Razz Poker from Microgaming

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Razz is a Seven-Card Stud game that changes the way poker is played entirely. It’s quite easy to understand, but can be confusing to some regarding how it works and how payouts are granted. The game is available with the Microgaming poker network, meaning you can challenge other players and win the pot. However, instead of playing for the strongest hand, players will now play for the weakest hand. This means a royal flush would be considered a low hand and a low card are seen as one of the strongest hands. As you can imagine this creates a whole new vision for poker and what your strategy is to win the hand.

Microgaming includes Razz with all the standard poker options and provides a professional game. The game is dealt in the same way as normal Seven-Card Stud and provides the same options such as call, raise, and fold. The developer has also included a paytable that will show the hand rankings for players who are still trying to get used to the game and wants to double check what exactly their hand consists of. Players will also see the strength of their hand in the statistics offered by developer, making it a bit easier to make the next move.

The game rules are very different to that of Hold’em or Omaha hi/lo Poker as the Ace is always considered a low card and the game uses an Ace to 5 reward system. Players will also not be rewarded for a straight or flush as these hands don’t count. This means the strongest hand in Razz Poker is known as a wheel, consisting of 5, 4, 3, 2, A.

To determine the winner of the hand, the dealer will look at the highest numbers in each hand first. For example, the “wheel hand” mentioned above would be a 5 low hand. This means the highest card is a 5, and the rest are less. A hand consisting of 7, 5, 4, 3, 2, A would be seen as a 7 low hand.

Should 2 hands have the same high card such as 5, the dealer will look at the second lowest card as well. For example, the 2 best hands consist of a 5, 4, 3, 2, A and the other 5, 5, 4, 3, 2. The first hand is seen as a 5, 4 low hand the second is a 5, 5 low hand. The first hand would win as it consists of lower valued cards.

How to Play Razz Poker

The games work the same as a Seven-Card Stud gaming when it comes to how it dealt. To start the game, all players will receive 3 cards of which 1 card will be face-up. The game will look for the player with the highest card value who would need to start the betting process first. Each round has to consist of a bet, meaning there is no check option.

Another 4 rounds would continue during which an additional card will be added each time. Players who fold will lose their bets placed up to that point, and the rest of the players will progress. After the 7th street (once all remaining players have 7 cards) the winner will be determined by looking at the lowest card in each hand. 

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