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Razz Poker

Feb 5, 2008
In recent time poker in its many forms has gained immense popularity. In fact the online world offer a variety of poker versions and as such more and more people are learning the basics so as to be able to display the winning hand. There are yet others who simply turn to the game because they are so well versed in other forms of poker. Whatever your reason may be, learning razz poker and 7 card strategy can prove to be beneficial for you, because these little hands can help you earn a fair bit.

The rules are fairly simple. You have to remember that the lowest hand, in other words, the worst hand wins. The game can be played by a minimum of 2 players and maximum of eight players and the dealer begins to deal from his left. There are certain rules you need to adhere to when playing razz poker. Prior to the start of any razz poker game, all players are required to ante a nominal amount. You will need to refer to poker limits for an exact ante amount but in general terms what this implies is that all player s are dealt 2 hidden hole cards, i.e., face down and the third card is the exposed card. Whoever has the highest exposed card is the "bring-in". The bring in is a forced bet and is usually half the small bet as such, in a $2-4 game it will be $1. The bring-in is required to make a wager of either a half of a small bet or a full small bet. The game moves on in a clockwise pattern till betting for the round is concluded.

In case of a tie, the bring-in is determined by breaking suit. The order is spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs. After this, players receive another exposed card referred to as "Fourth Street". The player who gets the first go is the one with the lowest poker value stud card exposed. In Razz poker or 7 card strategy straights and flushes are not taken into count. This player is empowered to either check or bet. In case of a bet, it'll be a small bet, i.e., $2 in a $2/$4 game.

Next step, players receive another exposed card, called "Fifth Street". As per rules, the 1st player to make a move will be the one whose exposed poker hand displays the lowest poker value. You obviously ignore the straights and flushes and from now on till the remainder of the game all bets to be placed are a big bet, i.e., $4 in a $2/$4 game.

Next you receive the next exposed card termed as "Sixth Street" and the rules remain the same with the player with the lowest valuation card acting first. After this the final card, i.e., the 7th card is dealt. This is why the game is also called 7 Card Stud. This card is dealt face-down and each player only knows what his/her card is. The first person who plays is the person whose 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th cards have the least poker value. In case there's more than one player still in the game at the time of final betting, the last bettor displays their cards. In case of a no bet in the final round, the player with the lowest poker value of exposed cards shows their hand first.
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The author of this article enjoys playing poker games, to read more about poker variations and where to play poker and where to play razz poker click on the links.
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