How To Play Razz
Monday, 26. April 2010

Razz is one of my personal favorites and can only be described as 7 Card Stud in Bizarro World. The winner in a hand of Razz will have the lowest possible five card hand of the seven cards that they are dealt instead of the highest possible five card hand. Straights and flushes are not considered in Razz ; therefore, the best possible hand in Razz is the [A][2][3][4][5] also known as the “wheel.”

Just as with 7 Card Stud, a game of Razz consists of 5 rounds of betting. Most games of Razz entail a betting limit meaning that there is a fixed amount of money players can bet in each of the five betting rounds. A game of Razz with $2/$4 limits means that players may bet in increments of $2 during the first two betting rounds and $4 during the last three betting rounds. Betting rounds in Razz allow for players to raise to a maximum of 3x the limit value for the round.

First Round
Once players have posted the ante, each player is dealt two hole cards (face down) and one door card (face up). The player with the highest door card is required to “bring in” or post the mandatory first bet which is usually half the value of the low bet. In the event that two or more players are dealt the same highest door card then the player closest to the dealer must “bring in.” The action continues from the player that posts the “bring in” in a clockwise fashion. Each player may either raise, call or fold. The minimum bet of this round is equal to the low limit.

Second Round
After the first round of betting comes to a conclusion, each player is dealt a fourth card face up. The player with the lowest hand showing opens the second round of betting. Should two players have the same lowest hand then the one closest to the dealer will open the betting. The action continues clockwise with players raising, calling or folding. The minimum bet for the second round is equal to the low limit.

Third Round
Once the second round of betting closes, each player remaining in the game is dealt a fifth card face up. As with the second round, the action in the third round begins with the player with the lowest hand showing posting the first bet. The action continues clockwise with players raising, calling of folding. The minimum bet for the third round is no longer the lower limit but the higher limit and continues as such through the fifth round of betting.

Fourth Round
Once the third round of betting closes, each player remaining in the game is dealt a sixth card face up. The action in the fourth round, again, begins with the player with the lowest hand posting the first bet. The action continues clockwise with players raising, calling or folding. The minimum bet for the fourth round is the higher limit.

Fifth Round
Once the fourth round of betting closes, each player remaining in the game is dealt a seventh and final card face down. The action in the fifth round begins with the player with the lowest hand posting the first bet. The action continues clockwise with players raising, calling or folding. The minimum bet for the fifth and final round is the higher limit. Should eight players remain in the fifth round, then there will not have been enough cards in the deck for everyone to receive another card. Should this be the case, then a single card is dealt in the middle of the table which serves as the seventh card for all players.

The Showdown
All players remaining after the fifth round of betting will now enter the Showdown. The player who made the last bet must show their cards. The action continues clockwise with players either showing their hands or mucking them if they have lost the hand and do not wish to expose their cards to the other players. The player making the lowest five card hand from the seven cards dealt wins the pot.

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