Archie Poker Strategy is a news site dedicated primarily on the poker community living in the Asia Pacific region. Founded by poker players based in South East Asia in 2014, Somuchpoker’s main goal is to provide the latest poker news and information from around the world, with greater focus on the happenings in the Asian Market. The WSOP is currently deciding on this year’s ‘Poker Hall of Fame’ candidate, and who to add to the illustrious pantheon of players which includes the likes of Johnny Moss (1979), Stu Ungar.

No Limit Hold’em is a great game, but it’s becoming harder to find soft competition and make money. Mixed games on the other hand are filled with opportunity like the glory days of NLH. Back in the early 2000’s you might find just one shark at a NLH table full of fish and now it’s often the other way around.

Why Learn Mixed Games?

  1. They are populated by a variety of players making a variety of mistakes. Mixed games tend to bring together an eclectic group of individuals. You get…
    • high/low players who tend to play the draw games erratically
    • draw game specialists taking their hands way too far in the high/low games.
    • hold’em players who luck-boxed a big tournament and think they can play any type of poker through sheer aggression.
    • and finally these games frequently include a few wealthy older recreational players that enjoy playing many different games… similar to dealer’s choice games that they may have played when growing up.

    The one common denominator amongst of all of them is that there are many mistakes being made, ones that can be exploited with a fundamental understanding of all the games.

  2. The games are still unsolved. Some would say no limit hold’em has been solved. But people are still experimenting and optimizing strategy in the many mixed game variants. Thus, there is great opportunity and challenge to develop your own strategies and profit from your diligence.
  3. The biggest games are mixed. The biggest game in the room is often the mixed game rotation. It’s not unusual to see a $400/800 limit mix going while the biggest no-limit game is “only” $25/$50.
  4. You will play a greater % of hands. Mixed games are often capped at six to eight players because less players can be dealt in draw and stud variants. This means less sitting and more playing for all of the games. No longer will you have to subject yourself to a cramped hold’em table with several players just sitting around trying to “peddle the nuts”.
  5. You can become a better overall poker player. Mixed games will cause you to examine poker more broadly and many players find that learning new variants elevates all of their games. If you are getting bored with hold-em it’s a great way to re-spark your love of poker.

What is a Mixed Poker Game?

Mixed poker games refer to playing more than one poker variant at a table in rotation. This could be as few as two games, like a no limit hold’em and pot limit mix, or a wide variety of games like HORSE (Hold’em; Omaha Eight or Better; Razz; Stud; Stud Eight or Better). In cash games, typically one poker variant is played for six to eight hands and then you switch to the next one. Online mixed tournaments utilize a time structure with each game being played for a specified amount of time before moving to the next.

Mixed game rotations primarily started as HORSE, however, many younger players arriving during the poker boom were not that fond of Razz and Stud. Deuce to Seven Triple Draw and Badugi arrived on the scene around 2005 and these draw games became very popular and created more action. In order to keep players on their toes and hopefully extract more money from novices, split pot games such as Badeucey and Badacey were introduced and quickly spread like wildfire.

New games are being tried all of the time as players enjoy the challenge and wish to profit from those who cannot adapt quickly. Some newer games such as Archie appear to have staying power while others go the way of Duck Flush and provide some entertainment for a brief time and then disappear soon after. If you have no clue what some or all of these games are; don’t worry because you are in the right place.

The split pot games, Omaha and Stud High Low/High Eight or Better are the two most common games included in mixes. After that the draw variants such as Badugi, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Badeucey, and Badacey are the next popular. To play the cash games out in Vegas you must be ready for anything and everything; Archie, Razzdugi, Drawmaha, and Big O are just a few of the games that are typically included in mixes during WSOP time. But no matter what games are included Counting Outs will have you covered; it is our goal to provide material for every game that is currently being played for money either online or in card rooms all across America.

Here are some strategy guides for the different mixed games. This is a new website and more games are being added regularly!
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What Mixed Games Should I Learn First?

One of our favorite and most spread games is Pot-Limit Omaha. The game plays similar to No Limit Hold’em but you’ll need to make a few adjustments to account for having four cards instead of two. The main adjustment is that relative hand values go down since you have more cards to make good hands. You can learn a basic strategy quickly and start making money off the no limit players who overvalue their hands. Big mistakes made in big bet games (no limit and pot limit) translate to big profits. In addition, PLO is a component of many mixed games played online.

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Ideally the next step is to familiarize yourself with the games in the HORSE rotation paying particular attention to the Omaha and Stud High/Low split games that are almost always a part of any mixed game. Stud High is very popular on the East coast and can only help improve your Stud High/Low split game.

After that it would probably be best to learn the one winner limit draw games; Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, Badugi, and Ace to Five Triple Draw. These games are popular in their own right but would also be a prerequisite to learning Badeucey and Badacey. Badeucey is a split pot game where the object is to make both the best Deuce to Seven and Badugi hand, whereas Badacey is a combination of Ace to Five and Badugi.

Why Counting Outs?

It’s a catchy name right? An out is a card in poker that will give you the best hand. Knowing how many outs you have allows you to calculate your chance of winning. As games get more complicated, particularly in Omaha variants, you need to learn how to quickly count your outs so that it becomes second nature and you focus on mixed game strategy!

Current nhl future odds. Five-card draw (also known as a Cantrell draw) is a pokervariant that is considered the simplest variant of poker, and is the basis for video poker. As a result, it is often the first variant learned by new players. It is commonly played in home games but rarely played in casino and tournament play. The variant is also offered by some online venues, although it is not as popular as other variants such as seven-card stud and Texas hold 'em.


In casino play the first betting round begins with the player to the left of the big blind, and subsequent rounds begin with the player to the dealer's left. Home games typically use an ante; the first betting round begins with the player to the dealer's left, and the second round begins with the player who opened the first round.

Play begins with each player being dealt five cards, one at a time, all face down. The remaining deck is placed aside, often protected by placing a chip or other marker on it. Players pick up the cards and hold them in their hands, being careful to keep them concealed from the other players, then a round of betting occurs.

If more than one player remains after the first round, the 'draw' phase begins. Each player specifies how many of their cards they wish to replace and discards them. The deck is retrieved, and each player is dealt in turn from the deck the same number of cards they discarded so that each player again has five cards.

A second 'after the draw' betting round occurs beginning with the player to the dealer's left or else beginning with the player who opened the first round (the latter is common when antes are used instead of blinds). This is followed by a showdown, if more than one player remains, in which the player with the best hand wins the pot.

House rules[edit]

A common 'house rule' in some places is that a player may not replace more than three cards, unless they draw four cards while keeping an ace (or wild card). This rule is useful for low-stakes social games where many players will stay for the draw, and will help avoid depletion of the deck. In more serious games such as those played in casinos it is unnecessary and generally not used. However, a rule used by many casinos is that a player is not allowed to draw five consecutive cards from the deck. In this case, if a player wishes to replace all five of their cards, that player is given four of them in turn, the other players are given their draws, and then the dealer returns to that player to give the fifth replacement card; if no other player draws it is necessary to deal a burn card first.

Another common house rule is that the bottom card of the deck is never given as a replacement, to avoid the possibility of someone who might have seen it during the deal using that information. If the deck is depleted during the draw before all players have received their replacements, the last players can receive cards chosen randomly from among those discarded by previous players. For example, if the last player to draw wants three replacements but there are only two cards remaining in the deck, the dealer gives the player the one top card he can give, then shuffles together the bottom card of the deck, the burn card, and the earlier players' discards (but not the player's own discards), and finally deals two more replacements to the last player.

Sample deal[edit]

The sample deal is being played by four players as shown to the right with Alice dealing. All four players ante $1. Alice deals five cards to each player and places the deck aside.

Bob opens the betting round by betting $5. Carol folds, David calls, and Alice calls, closing the betting round.

Bob now declares that he wishes to replace three of his cards, so he removes those three cards from his hand and discards them. Alice retrieves the deck, deals a burn card, then deals three cards directly to Bob, who puts them in his hand. David discards one card, and Alice deals one card to him from the deck. Alice now discards three of her own cards, and replaces them with three from the top of the deck (Note: in a player-dealt casino game there is often a rule that the dealer must discard before picking up the deck, but this is a home game so we won't worry about such details).

Now a second betting round begins. Bob checks, David checks, Alice bets $10, Bob folds, David raises $16, and Alice calls, ending the second betting round and going directly into a showdown. David shows a flush, and Alice shows two pair, so David takes the pot.

Stripped deck variant[edit]

Five-card draw is sometimes played with a stripped deck. This variant is commonly known as 'seven-to-ace' or 'ace-to-seven' (abbreviated as A-7 or 7-A). It can be played by up to five players. When four or fewer players play, a normal 32-card deck without jokers, with ranks ranging from ace to seven, is used. With five players, the sixes are added to make a 36-card deck. The deck thus contains only eight or nine different card ranks, compared to 13 in a standard deck. This affects the probabilities of making specific hands, so a flush ranks above a full house and below four of a kind. Many smaller online poker rooms, such as Boss Media, spread the variant, although it is unheard of in land casinos.

Maths of Five-card draw[edit]

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Pre-draw odds of getting each hand
  • Royal flush <0.001%
  • Straight flush (not including royal flush) <0.002%
  • Four of a kind 0.02%
  • Full house 0.14%
  • Flush (excluding royal flush and straight flush) 0.20%
  • Straight (excluding royal flush and straight flush) 0.39%
  • Three of a kind 2.11%
  • Two pair 4.75%
  • One pair 42.30%
  • No pair / High card 50.10%

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