While large chunk of casual poker players are quite accustomed with Texas Hold Em, lots of online card rooms give a plenty of different types of games for players to partake in addition to it. One such game is the Razz. Theoretically speaking, Razz is played in an identical manner to Seven Card Stud. The only point of difference between the two is that in Razz, you are working desperately to make your best five-card low hand, as compared to the high hand you are expected to make in Stud.
Razz is a type of poker game and it is played with seven cards. It can be played by a minimum of two players and a maximum of eight players. The player who has the lowest hand wins the game.
Seven cards are dealt to each player. Out of the seven cards dealt to each player, three of them are kept facing down and four of them are kept facing up. Each player has to try to make his best five cards low hand by forming combinations from the seven cards that he is dealt.
The aces have the lowest rank and the straights and the flushes have no result on the low value of the hand. The lowest possible hand is A2345.
Let us see what the terms Ante and Bring in mean.
The 7 card game is normally played with an ante which is 1/5th of the low limit bet size. It is necessary for every player to ante up before the game actually begins. The ante is not taken into consideration for any future bets.
When the cards are dealt, when every player has one card that is showing head sup, the person who has the highest card must bring in. Bring in means that the player must place the low limit bet size in the pot. In case two players have the same highest card, the player who is sitting to the immediate left gets the chance to bring in. this bet is considered as the first round bet and as long as no other player raises it, you wont have to place any more money in the pot.
Let us now have a look at the betting rounds.
There are a total of five rounds of betting. In case of f fixed limit game, the bets and the raises should be equal to the low or high limit bet size. In terms of the first two rounds, all the bets and the raises should be equal to the low limit bet size. In subsequent rounds of betting, all the bets and raises should be equal to the high limit bet size.
For example, if you are playing 2-4 Razz, then all the bets in the first two rounds should be in increments of 2 dollars and the subsequent bets will be in increment of 4 dollars.
Each player gets two cards which are face down and the third card which is facing up. The player with the highest card brings in and he bets 1/2 of the low limit bet. He may also bet the full amount of the low limit bet. Play begins clockwise and each player can fold, call or raise. All the bets and the raises should be equal to the amount of the low limit bet size.
In this case, a fourth card facing up is dealt to every player. The player who has the lowest hand is the first person to fold, check or bet. Play then again proceeds clockwise.
A fifth card, facing up is dealt to each player. Play then continues like the previous round and the player having the lowest hand folds, checks or bets. Now the bets and the raises must be equal to the high limit bet size.
A sixth card, facing up is dealt to each player. Play then continues like the previous round and the player having the lowest hand folds, checks or bets. The bets and the raises must be equal to the high limit bet size.
The seventh and the final card, facing down is dealt to each player. Play then proceeds as before. In case all the players remain in the hand at that point, there will not be enough cards for each player to be dealt one more card. In this case a single card facing up is placed in the middle and every player is free to use that card.
Any player who has still not folded after the last betting round will have the option of showing his hand in the hope of taking down the pot. The person who bets last is the first one to show his hand and then it continues clockwise with each player either opting to show their hand or muck it. Many times, it so happens that the player mucks his hand when he knows he is not going to win the pot anyways but he does not want the other players to know what he has played.