Free Razz Poker Games Online
Razz is a rarely played variation of Seven Card Stud. Razz is a simple game, and it’s easy to play, but it’s deceptively difficult to master (much like other forms of poker). Some professional poker players refer to Razz as the "hated game", because it can be very frustrating.
The ante and playing structure of Razz is exactly the same as Seven Card Stud except it is played for low instead of high. Straights and flushes are ignored, so the best possible hand is A 2 3 4 5. There are five betting rounds in Razz.
How to Play Razz
Razz is played with two to eight players per table. Each player places an ante and is dealt two cards face down and one card face up. This is followed by a round of betting, started by another forced bet, called the "bring in", placed by the player with the highest card showing. When two or more players have the same high card, the player closest to the dealers left must place the "bring in". Play then proceeds clockwise around the table, with each player folding, calling or raising. In limit play, the "bring in" is equal to the lower of the two betting limits, and each subsequent bet or raise must be equal to the lower limit. For example, in a 5 / 10 game, the "bring in" and betting is done in units of 5. The first two betting rounds are at the lower limit and the last three are at the higher limit.
After all of the betting is completed on the first round, each player remaining in the hand is dealt another card face up, and the player with the lowest hand showing acts first. The lowest possible hand showing is A 2, followed by A 3, etc. The first to act may either check or bet, then play continues clockwise around the table. This round is often called Fourth Street.
Another card is dealt face up to all remaining players, and the betting is the same as the previous round, with the lowest hand showing acting first, with the exception of moving to the higher limit. This is often called Fifth Street.
At this time the last face up card is dealt and betting is the same as the previous round. This round is called Sixth Street.
The final card is dealt face down to each player remaining in the hand and the final betting round is conducted just as it was the previous two rounds. If all the players who started the hand remain in the hand, there won't be enough cards left in the deck, so the final card will be placed face up in the center of the table for each player to use instead of being dealt to each player, like a community card in Texas holdem. This round is called Seventh Street.
After the final round of betting, the remaining players show their hands to determine who had the lowest possible five-card hand. The easiest way to determine which hand is lower between two hands is to read it backwards like a number, with the lowest number winning.
A 2 4 5 8 = 85,421
2 3 4 5 7 = 75,432
In the above example, the second hand is lower than the first. In the event that all of the players remaining in the hand have pairs, the lowest pair wins.
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