Razz Poker Rules
Razz Poker is an increasingly popular variation of Seven Card Stud. In simple terms, Razz is Seven Card Stud Low. The entire pot goes to the lowest hand. The game uses a 52-card deck and is best suited for a group of two to eight players. The object of the game is make the lowest possible hand using five out of the seven cards dealt in the hand.
Important Things to Remember in Razz Poker Rules
- Aces are low.
- There is no “8 or better rule.”
- Straights and flushes do not count as playable hands in Razz.
- If all other players at the table fold, leaving only one active player, he automatically wins the pot at the end of the hand.
Razz games are typically played in a fixed limited betting structure, though playing with a pot limit or no-limit betting structure is possible.
Playing the Game
For the sake of this example, we are using a fixed betting structure with $2/$4 stakes.
Players ante up. The dealer deals the three cards to each player to determine the Door card, and the highest player places the Bring-In. This starts the betting round. For this round, all bets must match the $2 stake.
Fourth is when the fourth card is dealt face-up to all players. Betting begins from now on with the player who gets the lowest card. For this round, all bets must match the $2 stake.
Fifth street is when the fifth card is dealt face-up to the players. Betting takes place again, this time matching the $4 stake.
Sixth street deals the sixth card face-up to all players. Betting takes place again, also matching the $4 stake.
Seventh street deals the final card face-down, and betting takes place one last time, matching the $4 stake.
If by chance two players remain in the game, a showdown takes place where all players reveal their hands. The one with the lowest five card hand wins.
Running out of Cards
When playing with a full table of eight people, it is possible to run out of cards before all players receive seven cards. If this happens, which is rare, seventh street is dealt as a single card face up. The card then becomes a Community Card for all players to use as their seventh street.