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Razz Poker Strategies
Once you learn the basic rules of Razz its time to start
focusing on a winning strategy. Razz is a poker game that demands Strong
Being a low ball game the lower your starting cards the stronger your
hand. To be a winner more often you should try to pay good attention to
the up-cards of your opponents.
Like all forms of stud, razz is primarily
a board game, where the strength of the opponent’s up-cards can be more
important then the true strength of their hand.
Generally only starting
with 3 cards to a 7 low is a good strategy for any multi-way pot. As a
rule you want to draw from the bottom on up. Three cards like 237 is a
much stronger hand then 567.
It is also very important to realize is that
if you had to play a 567 you would much rather have the 5 face up then the
7 because this would put a lot more pressure on your opponents on later
In Razz, any time you have the best up card and have
decent hole cards and no opponents behind you with a better low card
showing, a raise is a good strategy. You don't need a great hand to play
aggressively when you are playing heads up, you just need a better hand
then the other player.
Bluffing is also an important part of playing the game of Razz. If you
have a very low card showing but high cards in the hidden part of your
hand it may be advisable or possible to make a bluff raise.
If you catch
other low cards on the next streets and bet into your opponents they would
probably give you credit for making a low-hand and fold. This is
particularly the case when opponents catch high cards themselves.
are called in several places or raised then you must give up on the bluff
quickly. The size of the pot compared to the bets on later streets will
sometimes ensure that opponents will call.
Good luck and have fun.