The rules of razz poker follow the seven card stud poker structure and the standard low ball poker rules. The goal is to make the lowest five cards with ace being low. Straights and flushes have no effect on this game. The best low hand is A, 2, 3, 4, 5. Razz can be played with up to 8 players. The first three cards are called your hole cards or 3rd street. Each of the next 4 cards are called 4th street, 5th street, 6th street, 7th street in respective order.
In limit Razz the first two rounds of betting are the same and the last three are twice the first two rounds. For 2-4 the betting and raising would be $2 bring in with $2 raises. On the 5th, 6th, 7th streets a bet would be $4 with $4 raises.
Razz Poker Rules start with the collection of an ante from each player. This builds a small pot to create action. Each player then receives three cards, two face down and one face up. The player with the worst hand ( highest card ) is forced to bring in with a minimum forced bet, or make a larger bet if they want. This starts off the action of the hand. Players then act in turn in a clockwise motion starting at the forced bet. Players can either fold, call or raise. This round is called 3rd street.
4th street is the fourth card each player receives These cards are face up on the table and the action now starts with the best visible hand. The player is not forced to bet, so they can check or bet. They don’t need to fold because there has been no action in front of them. In limit razz poker rules, the first two rounds of betting are the smaller of the predetermined amount and 5th 6th 7th streets are twice that amount. You can also play with a spread structure that allows players to bet with in a range; $1-$5.
5th street action is the same as 4th each remaining player gets one face up card and then completes a round of betting, starting with the best hand visible.
6th street is the last visible card for each player. The card is dealt face up and players complete their betting action.
7th street is also sometimes called the river card. This card is face down to each player. The action starts with the same player as on 6th street. If there is betting action and a called hand the player who last bet is forced to show their hand first. Any player with a better hand must then show their hand after to claim the pot. If a players hand is not better they are not forced to show their hand. The worst hand on the stud hand ranking chart makes the best hand on the razz low ball ranking chart and would be the winner of the pot.
Razz Poker can be a slower game because of the number of cards dealt each hand.