How To Play Razz
How To Play Razz
In this video, poker player Barry Martin will explain the rules to the fun seven card stud variant, razz. In this game, you'll be looking for the worst possible hand you can make!
So let's look at the basics of playing razz. Razz is a low game, and when we say low game, you're looking to make low hands, as opposed to normal poker where you're looking for straights, flushes, full houses and four of a kind. Razz is a seven card stud variant of the game.
We're going to play two hands, each player will be dealt two cards individually, and you'd each get a card up, and that's how the betting would start. What you're looking for is to make the lowest possible hand, and the lowest possible hand in razz is ace, two, three, four, six. Again, straights and flushes work against you, as do deuce to seven triple draw.
So you're looking for ace, deuce, three, four, six. So, let's try and find the nuts here to show you exactly what it looks like. Ace, deuce, three, four, six: this is the best hand in razz, because obviously, the lowest hand would be ace, deuce, three, four, five, now, that's a straight in poker parlance, so that's no good, and if you had all spades or all hearts, that's a flush, again, not good for you.
So, let's have a quick run-through with the hand and we'll take this as it comes out the pack. Obviously, there are rounds of betting between each card being dealt. Seventh card, like seven card stud, is always down and dirty, as we say.
So let's look who has got the best hand, or in razz, it's the worst hand. So, his lowest five cards would be ace, deuce, three, seven, ten, so he's got a ten low, not bad, not bad at all. What have we got here, this guy's in trouble, because he has got two pairs in his hand which means all he can make is to use his big card which is a queen.
So he's got a queen low, so the ten low would actually win and take the pot. Basically, that's razz! .