How To Play Razz

There are lots of types of poker games and one of them is Razz. If you want to play this game, then you have to first know what it is all about. It is a variation of the common 7-card stud game. It is basically played for the lowest hand. Its rules and mechanics are the same as 7-card stud. The only exception is that the lowest hand is the one who wins the pot. Flushes and straights do not count in this game while aces are low. This means that the best chance of winning is getting A-2-3-4-5 at hand.

In Razz, you do not have to get a card under 9 to get the lowest hand, unlike any of the hi/lo poker games. This means that you can play a combination with a jack and you can still win the pot even if the lowest hand's cards are in your combo. The best low hand showing initializes the betting action on all other rounds as the high card showing has the bet forced after dealing the third card. If you have an ace or at least two unpaired cards of numbers five and under, you are off to a good start. Stud poker will never be able to dominate the poker sphere at anytime, but then again a lot of poker players love this game.

Here's what you have to do to play Razz and emerge successfully.

  1. First, you have to find a Razz game. You can search the Internet since it is not commonly played at live casinos, however it should be legal.
  2. Each player will ante. You will then be able to receive two cards down and one card up.
  3. The high card gives it in to get the minimum bid.
  4. With a round of betting, a fourth card is going to be received by the remaining players.
  5. Then, the fifth card will be up in another round of betting. To double their third or fourth street bets, betting usually increases at fifth street.
  6. A sixth card will then be up for another round of betting, then a seventh card down, and another one up, with a round of betting.

Here are some tips you can do in order to succeed.

  • On third street or your starting hand raise, bet with three low cards.
  • The value of the starting hand is highly dependent on the cards that your opponents are showing.
  • At a full table, don't slow play.
  • Do not continue the hand against a strong board, unless maybe if you have a trio of seven. Then, you can also ignore first and isolate those weaker boards.
  • On a fifth or sixth street, you can raise a draw to a 5 against a made 8 if you can influence a player to isolate 8.
  • Bet when heads-up, and catch an opponent's bad.
  • You should also keep in mind that you should not play with a rough 8 at a full table.

These are just some of the tips and how-to's for playing Razz.


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