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Razz Poker Rules

How To Play Razz Poker

Poker meets new rules with Razz.

Do you enjoy a good hand of 7-card stud? If you play well, you’re a prime candidate for RAZZ.  But before getting started, its best that you know the rules of razz poker.

Like some other poker games, Razz has an ante (a small amount of money that all players must add to the pot) to start the game, prior to the cards being dealt. The goal of the game however, is to get the worst possible hand, at least if you’re looking at regular 7 Card Stud rules. The action begins in a Razz Poker game when the third street card is dealt, and the highest player must place a bet. Every round following, the lowest hand displayed bets first. Should a round display a tie, then the first player clockwise from the dealer would initiate the betting. Another significant change from the standard 7 Card Stud game is should a player pair the door card; there is no option to double the bet. This is a habit of many 7 Card Stud players, online and off, and can confuse some one during a HORSE game. When the last cards are dealt, and it’s time for the showdown, hope you have the lowest hand. Aces count low (A, 2, 3, etc) A flush or a straight do not count the same as in standard stud, however the best hand a person can get in Razz is A, 2, 3, 4, 5, any suite. Keep in mind that this game can be determined by one card, as in any poker game. This game starts following everyone’s cards from their highest to the lowest. Start with who has the highest card, and they are out. Continue around everyone to determine who has the lowest set of cards.

To reiterate, here is a point form breakdown of the razz poker rules:

RULES OF RAZZ

1. All seven-card stud rules apply in razz except as otherwise noted.

2. The lowest hand wins the pot. Aces are low, and straights and flushes have no effect on the low value of a hand. The best possible hand is 5-4-3-2-A.

3. The highest card by suit starts the action with a forced bet. The low hand acts first on all subsequent rounds. If the low hand is tied, the first player clockwise from the dealer starts the action.

4. Fixed-limit games use the lower limit on third and fourth streets and the upper limit on subsequent streets. An open pair does not affect the limit.

5. The dealer announces all pairs the first time they occur, except pairs of face-cards, which are never announced.

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