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Razz (7-Stud Low): rules and overview


General Strategic Considerations

Implied odds, player profiling, loose/tight games, full-ring or short-handed
The greater the number of players dealt a hand, and the greater the number of players seeing 4th and 5th street, the better the hand you’ll need to win. Fold equity in fixed-limit games is already very low, but as players in the hand increase, fold equity becomes even lower … almost non-existent.

Lowest hand wins (no “8 or better” qualifier)
Straights and flushes DO NOT count as a high hand
A-5 (the “Wheel”) is the nuts
Highest door card (suits–low to high: CDHS): forced “Bring-in” or “Complete”
Position: low-hand opens from 4th Street to River

Low-hands probabilities in seven cards

Starting Hands

3rd Street

A23 is the 3-card nuts
Any 3 to the wheel
In general, fold any hand that isn’t a 3-card 7-low or better (door cards)
Lowest door card with a non-paired hole-card high of 8 or lower
Non-paired high cards & lowest door card vs. all high door cards (bluff)
Pairing is less likely when your hole cards match others’ door cards

[3-card hand probabilities (table)]

4rd Street

5th Street

Look at runners and check/calling down
Big bets (2x the small bet)

Avoid 2-card draws on 5th street

6th Street

Look at one-card draws

7th Street — a.k.a “The River”

Calling down and respective equity needed to do so

[5-card low hands dealt in 7 cards (table)]



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