Razz is Seven Card Stud where you only play for the Lo. The player with the best combination of five cards is the winner. Unlike Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo and Omaha Hi/Lo, the "8 or better" rule does not apply in Razz.
Straights and flushes don't count for the value of a hand, an ace counts as one, so the best possible hand is a wheel or bicycle: .
Round 1: Ante
All players place their ante, or blind. This is often 10-25% of the minimum bet.
Round 2: 3rd street
All players get 2 closed cards (pocket cards or hole cards) and 1 open card (door card).
1st betting round
The first betting round starts at the player with the lowest open card on the table. This plaer must bet half the minimum bet (the bring-in). The next player can increase this bet to the minimum bet, or he can decide to fold. The other players can call, raise, check or fold.
Round 3: 4th street
All the players get another extra open card (so the second open card for every player).
2nd betting round
From now on, the betting rounds start at the player with the best open card hand combination. So is higher than . This player can choose to fold, bet (play for the minimum bet) or check (pass his turn). The other players can call (go along with the bet), raise (raise the stakes), fold (give up their hand) or bet (when the previous player has checked).
Round 4: 5th street
All players get another open card.
3rd betting round
The player that has the best open cards, starts. Now the maximum bets start. The round goes the same as the round before.
Round 5: 6th street
All the players get another new open card.
4th betting round
Here, the player with the best open hand combination starts again. Then, this round goes the same as the previous rounds again.
Round 6: the River
Each player now gets the last closed card.
5th and final betting round
The last betting round starts at the player with the best open cards. This round goes the same as the other rounds.
The player with the ace-five Lo-hand consisting of the best five cards wins the pot. As opposed to Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo and Omaha Hi/Lo, a hand does not have to meet certain criteria: the best Lo-hand wins the entire pot.
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