Casino-Gaming :: What Is Razz Poker (Page 2 of 2)

This is when patience pays off!

An interesting feature of Razz Poker is the little known fact that after five cards are dealt, the best drawing hand is a favorite over any made nine low. However, things are back to normal on 6th street. The reason is that by jamming it, you generally create a big enough pot on third street that it allows you to call on fourth street even if you catch a bad card. And remember to always be willing to let go of a steal attempt if another player plays back at you!

Knowing when to fold. There are exceptions of course, but generally speaking if you have a good hand, you want to jam it. Save your money for when you have the best hand and then play aggressively. When good hands turn bad, release them. You can get right back on track with another good low card on fifth street. There are several situations where ante stealing should be attempted. Have fun playing Razz Poker and remember to be patient

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Razz Poker is not really a slow playing game. Another good stealing attempt to take in Razz Poker is when you are the lowest up card. First, if the bring in player is immediately to your left and it is folded up to you, you should always complete the bet to steal the bring and antes. You can also attempt to steal with second highest up card if it is folded up to you in late position. Generally, you won’t go wrong by just betting and raising when you have the best of it.

In Razz Poker, ante stealing is important, especially the higher up you go in limits. Just remember, that stealing becomes less effective and less profitable the lower the limits you are playing. If you make a habit of starting with sub par hands or drawing with weak hands, then you will just be leaking chips and blowing your bankroll. In most forms of poker the made hand usually leads the betting to make the draw hands pay, but in Razz Poker, that is not usually true on fifth street. With one card to come, the made nine low is now a favorite over the best draw and should definitely lead the betting.

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