Some clarifications when playing Razz

Jennifer Harman

For those who are not familiar with Razz, this is a game that is similar to 7 card stud. But in Razz, the worst hand that wins. The straight and the flushes don't count, but pairs are bad. The ACE is still a small card. A "straight" 5 (remember that they do not count in this game), is the worst - or I should say, the best - possible hand.  A 2-3-4-5.

Starting hands:

When you play Razz, it is important to leave with 3 small cards. You should never play with a card higher than an 8. But there are two exceptions to this rule.

1. you have a 9 overdraft when all other cards of your opponents are higher than 9 and you have 2 smaller cards in your hands. In this case, you have the best starting hand.

2. you are in a position to fly with small maps discoveries and the remaining player (or say the 2 remaining players) have large open maps. You can often raiser in this spot to steal the antes, regardless of the cards you have the hands. In case of call, you hope that their next card fourth street) will be a big and you one tiny. If your opponent has a baby card and you hit a big, you should let it go. There's no reason to continue on this bluff.

Spot cards:

Count the dead cards? That is what I mean by "dead cards? This is something important to know when we play in Razz. A «dead cards» is a card that is no longer in the deck. You know because you saw her pass in an opponent's hand. Track the «dead cards» lets you know how many cards could hurt you and how many others will be able to improve your game. For example, your first three cards are 2-5-8. There are seven other players in this part and their visible cards are: 2, 5, 8, 8, 2, 7, J. remember you that the pairs are bad in Razz. Fortunately, many of the cards that could pair your game are already in the hands of your opponents. Now imagine that your opponent holds 7-3A. He will need several maps that are already on the board (dead) to make his hand. The cards you need to make your hand are still available. In this situation, you are a little more than 56% favorite. By tracking the cards, you can specifically make decisions based on your actual equity at any time.

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