Razz is a 7 card stud poker game in which the lowest five card hand wins the pot. This is different to regular 7 card stud in which there is also a high hand in each round. The game is played with a standard 52-deck pack with no jokers. Each round is played with two to eight players and each player is dealt a total of seven cards, three face down and four face up.
Flushes and straights are not ranked as hands and aces are low so the best possible hand in Razz is 5-4-3-2-A.
The order of play is as follows. A round begins with each player putting in an ante to the pot. This does not count towards future bets. Each player then receives three cards two face down and one face up. This is known as 3rd street and the face up card is often called the door card.
A round of betting begins with the player showing the highest ranked face up card. If there is a tie, then suits are used to decide the rank. This player must now put down a blind bet called a ‘bring-in’ that is half the table minimum. Betting continues clockwise around the table with players choosing to either call, raise, or fold. The first player to call after the bring-in must bring the bet to the table minimum. Betting continues around the table three times or until all bets are called.
Each player then receives another card face up called ‘4th street’. Another round of betting follows this time starting with the player showing the lowest ranking hand on face up cards. Flushes and straights are not ranked for this purpose. Betting continues until all bets are called or checked.
Another card is dealt to each player at the start of ‘5th street’. Betting continues as with the previous rounds starting again with the highest-ranking hand that is showing. However, on 5th street the minimum bet is doubled.
After all bets are called another face up card is dealt to each remaining player. This is 6th street and betting follows the same procedure as on 5th street.
A last and final card is dealt on 7th street, although this time the card is dealt face down. Another round of betting follows as with the previous two streets. When all bets have been called comes the showdown and the lowest ranking hand wins the pot. Because there is no qualifying hand rank as in Hi Lo poker games it is possible to win the lowest ranking hand with a pair although this is rare.
If there are eight players at the table and they all continue to 7th street then there will no longer be enough cards left in the pack to give each player another card. In this case a single community card is dealt face up in the middle of the table and players can use this card to make up their hands.