Alberta is soon going to see its first mixed-game poker tournament ever (as far as we’re aware). A four-game mix will be introduced to this year’s Summer Super Stack series at Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary.
The poker world has seen growing interest in a wider variety of game types in recent years. The enormously disproportionate focus on hold’em over the past couple of decades has been starting to be balanced with other variants of poker.
Omaha, especially, has been growing in popularity with the World Series of Poker expanding their Omaha offerings this year, and PokerStars has begun including a high-priced Omaha Sunday major tournament and they grew their mixed-game tournament schedule as well.
Deerfoot Inn & Casino has always had an open ear to the community and they try to accommodate what players show interest in. Their poker room is a popular destination for pot-limit Omaha and their annual tournament series include plenty of Omaha as well as other uncommon events like heads-up hold’em, heads-up Omaha, and team tournaments.
When the 2016 Summer Super Stack schedule came out, Event #2 was penciled in as a four-game mix with more details to be announced. We’ve now learned that it will be a $330 H.O.S.E. tournament (or S.H.O.E., if you prefer).
The H.O.S.E. tournament will be based on a four-game rotation that is made up of hold’em (H), Omaha (O), seven-card stud (S), and seven-card stud hi-lo (E). Each game will be played with fixed-limit betting through 30-minute levels and players will receive 20,000 chips to start.
The mix of four different poker variants will test the breadth of skill in players and the one who comes out on top will have a real claim to fame having mastered the mix.
The H.O.S.E. tournament will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 12. It is just one of 14 tournaments on the 12-day schedule running from August 11 to 22. The series kicks off with a popular $550 two-day event with three starting flights and concludes with the $1,500 Main Event with a guaranteed prize pool of $200,000.
Come be a part of Alberta poker history and make sure you’re at the table for the first-ever mixed-game tournament in the province.