Seven-Card Stud Low or "Razz" Poker Rules

How to Play Razz Poker

Seven Stud is Old School

Razz is a seven-card stud poker game where instead of the highest hand winning, the lowest or worst hand wins the pot.

The lowest hand in Razz is A-2-3-4-5, because straights and flushes don't count against a hand being low, and aces are counted as low. The ace to five straight is also called "the bike" or "the wheel," and is the best possible low hand.

Unlike split-pot hi-lo games like Omaha, Razz doesn't have an "eight or better" component to it's play. In an hi-lo eight-or-better game, the winning low hand cannot have a card higher than 8 in it to count as a low hand -- but since Razz is a game with only a low hand winning, any hand can win, including hands with low pairs. However, while this is possible, it's highly unlikely, and most winning Razz hands will not have a pair in them.

The Deal

Razz is dealt exactly like 7-Stud, with two cards face down and one face up dealt to each player to begin. After that, there is a betting round.

The Bringin

In Razz, the lowest hand showing acts first. In case of a tie, the tied hand that is closest to the dealer's right acts first. However, on the very first betting, the highest card is forced to bring it in for a set amount, usually less than the small bet in a limit game, or the lowest amount in a spread limit game. In case of a tie, suits are used to determine which card is higher, with Spades being highest, then hearts, then diamonds, then clubs. The king of clubs is the worst card to get face up on the deal, as it cannot be beat and you are automatically the bringin. And unlike 7-stud, where a two of clubs might still be hiding a good hand (like a big pair or perhaps, two more deuces), in Razz, having a king pretty much turns your hand into a steaming mountain of crud.

Fourth Street

Next, a face up card is dealt to each player, followed by another betting round. Now, the low hand acts first and you start to use player position to resolve ties.

Fifth Street

Another face up card is dealt, followed by a betting round. In fixed limit Razz, the bet size double on fifth street.

Sixth Street

The last up card happens here, along with another betting round.

Seventh Street

The final card is dealt down, and the final betting round follows. In some spread limit games, the top end of the spread doubles here. If you hear about a $1-$5 with $10 on the end Razz game, it means you can bet $1 to $5 for most of the hand and can bet between $1 and $10 on the final betting round.

Show Down

If more than one player remains, the hands are revealed and the lowest hand wins the pot. In case of a tie, the pot is split, with the extra chip (if there is one in an uneven split) going to the player closest to the dealer's right.

Further reading: