How to Play Razz



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RAZZ is about making the worse possible poker hand you can with a combination of five cards out of seven available cards (Cards are dealt 2 down, 4 up, 1 down). As in all low hand games, pairs count against the player. That is, any hand with no pair defeats any hand with a pair; one pair hands defeat two pair or three of a kind, etc. No-pair hands are compared starting with the highest ranking card, just as in high poker, except that the high hand loses. In ace-to-five low, straights and flushes are ignored, and aces play as the lowest card. Under these rules, the best RAZZ hand is A-2-3-4-5.

How to Play RAZZ

The game begins with a small ante from all players at the table and each player is dealt two cards face down and one card face up.

Betting in RAZZ

Next each player still in the hand is dealt another card face up, followed by another betting round that begins with the player whose up cards make the best hand.

Next a third is dealt face up followed by another betting round, then a fourth up card is dealt again followed by a betting round.

Finally a card is dealt face down followed by the final betting round and then a showdown.

RAZZ winning hands

At the showdown players must make the worse 5-card poker hand out of the seven cards they were dealt. So 5-6-9-K-J beats A-2-3-3-5 and 6-3-7-8-2 beats 5-8-9-4-A.

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