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Games | 6 May 2010



Razz (seven-card stud in which used only low combinations) is poker game in which wins the bank the best poker low-combination from Ace to Five. In Razz throughout all hand players receive seven cards, but for definition of the winner only five-card combinations are used. Unlike seven-card Stud High low or Omaha high low, there is no condition "Eight or better" at which realization it is possible to win the bank.

In Razz there is the system of seniority of low-combinations from Ace to Five or California is used, streets and flushes are not compared, and aces always are the younger card, therefore the best possible combination is "wheel": 5, 4, 3, 2, A.


Lists of combinations from the weakest (1, hard to win the bank) to the strongest (12, the best):

1. 5, 5, 5, 3, 2

2. K, K, 4, 3, 2

3. 2, 2, 7, 6, 5

4. A, A, 10, 9, 8

5. K, K, J, 10, 9

6. K, Q, J, 10, 7

7. 9, 8, 7, 6, 5

8. 9, 7, 6, 5, 3

9. 9, 7, 6, 5, A

10. 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

11. 6, 4, 3, 2, A

12. 5, 4, 3, 2, A

1. 5, 4, 3, 2, A


Pay attention that the low-hand seniority is determined from the senior card to the younger. For example, the hand 10 is known as Six low, as in it there is the most senior card is six. The hand 9 Nine low, and the hand 5 King low.


Game rules of Razz


Before the beginning of the hand in Razz all players make the nominal bet ante. Each player gets two closed cards and one open card. The player with the senior open card makes bring-in and should make one more nominal bet, or the full minimum bet (the size bring-in also can be various, depends on game). The course passes clockwise until the end of all placed bets in the round.


Note. To determine the player who should make bring-in, in Razz suit of cards is used. The order of seniority of suits: spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. The senior suit makes bring-in, so if in the beginning of game one player has heart queen, and  another diamond queen, and the queen is the senior card, the owner of the heart queen will make bring-in.


Now every player receives the open card which is called as "fourth street. The first goes the player with the strongest (younger) open cards. By rules, this player can make check or raise. The player can place the minimum bet ($2 in game of $2 / $4).

After that each player receives one more open card which is called as "fifth street. And again, the first goes the player with the younger open cards.

Note. Since the fifth street and till the end of hand, all bets become with step of the big bet ($4 in game of $2 / $4).


Now each player receives one more open card which is called as "sixth street". The first again goes the owner of the younger open cards.

After that each player receives the seventh and last card which gives blindly and is known only to the player to whom it was handed. As well as in the previous streets, the first goes the owner of the younger open cards.

After the end of last round of betting there are some players, the last one, who made bet or raise, shows the cards. If in the final round of betting any bets or raise were absent, the player who sits on earlier place (place 1, place 2 etc.) shows the cards.


The winner

The player with the best low-combination from Ace to Five from five cards wins the bank. Dont forget that (unlike seven-card Stud High Low and Omaha High-low) there is no used the determination that the best combination wins all bank. After the bank was given to the winner, it is possible to start the following round of Razz.

In the case, that there are two or more equal hands - the bank shares between them in equal shares. To determine the winner the suit seniority is not used.