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Razz Poker Strategy
Rules for Playing Razz
Before a game of razz begins play, all players ante a nominal amount .
Each player is dealt two hidden hole cards and one exposed card. The
player with the highest exposed card is the
"bring-in", and is forced to make a wager of either a half a small bet or
a full small bet (for example, either $1 or $2 in a $2/$4 razz game).
Action continues clockwise around the table until betting is complete for
Rule Note: For the purposes of determining
the bring-in in razz, ties in card rank are broken by suit, with the order
being spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs (in descending order). So if the
queen of hearts and queen of diamonds are visible at the beginning of the
hand, and a queen is the highest card, then the queen of hearts would have
Each player now receives an exposed card, called "Fourth Street". The
first player to act is the individual whose exposed stud cards have the
lowest poker value (ignoring straights and flushes). By rule, this player
may either check or bet. The bet will be a small bet ($2 in a $2/$4 game).
Each player now receives another exposed card, called "Fifth Street".
Again by rule, the first player to act is the individual whose exposed
poker hand have the lowest poker value (ignoring straights and flushes).
Rule Note: Starting on Fifth Street and for
the rest of the hand, all bets are in big bet increments ($4 in a $2/$4
Each player now receives another exposed card, called "Sixth Street".
Again, the first player to act is the individual whose exposed cards have
the lowest poker value.
Each player now receives a seventh and final card (hence the name 7
card stud), which is dealt face-down and known only to the player to whom
the card is dealt. The first player to act is the individual whose exposed
cards have the lowest poker value.
If there is more than one remaining player when the final betting round
is complete in razz, the last bettor or raiser shows his or her cards. If
there was no bet on the final round, the player whose exposed cards have
the lowest poker value shows his or her cards first.
Showdown - Determining the Winner
The player with the best five-card razz hand wins the pot. Remember
that (unlike 7 card stud hi-lo and Omaha hi-lo), there is no "qualifier";
the hand with the best value in razz order wins the entire pot. After the
pot is awarded to the best hand, a new game of razz is ready to be played.
If two or more hands have the same value, the pot is equally split
among them. There is no precedence of suit for the purposes of awarding