is a form of stud poker
that is normally played for ace-to-five low
(lowball poker). The object of Razz is to make the lowest possible five-card hand from the seven cards you are dealt. In Razz, straight
do not count against the player for low, and the ace usually plays low. Thus, the best possible Razz hand is 5-4-3-2-A, or 5 high, also known as "the wheel" or "the bicycle". Deuce-to-seven
Razz is also sometimes played. Razz is featured in the mixed game rotation H.O.R.S.E.
as the "R" in the game's name.
Razz is similar to seven-card stud
, except the lowest hand wins. Seven cards are dealt, but only the best five are used in forming a complete hand.
Razz is usually played with a maximum of eight players, with limit betting
, meaning that there is a fixed amount that can be bet per player per round. Each player antes and is dealt two cards face down (the hole cards
), and one card face up (the "door card"). The highest door card showing has to "bring it in"
– put in the mandatory first bet, which is usually one third to one half of the regular bet. The player responsible for the bring-in can instead opt to "complete the bet", i.e. make a whole regular bet. If he opts to make a normal bring-in, the remaining players can either call his bet or "complete", by raising to a regular bet. From that point the... Read More