April 5th, 2010 | Published in Gambling Games
Razz poker got its popularity in poker tournaments, frustrating professional poker players left and right. Since then, Razz poker has quickly become a requested game at poker tournaments and casinos alike. Razz is a lot like other poker games, the player pays an Ante to be in the round and the dealer hands out the cards. Razz has one noticeable exception to the rules, however. In Razz, the player holding the lowest card hand at the end of the game wins the round. It is more challenging then it sounds and players could use a few strategies to help them in this game.
Top Three Razz Poker Tips
1. Look for the dead cards. In most poker games, such as Seven Card Stud, the player is on the look out for live cards- those cards that let him know a good hand is on its way. In Razz poker, any good player would know to look for the dead cards- or rather those cards that guarantee his hand is not going to start showing pairs. If you have an Ace, four, and six card and you see two Aces, to fours, and two sixes- chances are you are holding a good hand. After all, the likelihood of you drawing any of those cards while three are already present on the table is slim.
2. Play your hand quickly. Razz poker is best played on the aggressive side. If you are holding a good hand, or rather a bad hand in this game, you want to jam the betting at each opportunity. The goal is to have a high pot on third street so by the time you get to fourth street you can call that terrible hand of yours. It may be tempting to play slow bets in Razz, since there are so many betting opportunities. However, by shooting up the betting you will force other players out of the game early and raise the pot. Words to the wise though, do not play too aggressively or you may wind up spending your entire bankroll before you realize it.
3. Know when to fold your hand. Like any game of poker, it is vital that you know when to play and when to fold. Learn to read the table and your opponents. If you are holding a questionable hand, and it seems like your opponents are not, then it may be best to fold.