Card Player Magazine , available in print and online, covers poker strategy, poker news, online and casino poker, and poker legislation. Sign up today for a digital subscription to access more than 800 magazine issues and get 26 new issues per year! Razz has never been known as an action game and I wonder if the reason why it didn’t go extinct a long time ago was due to its cool sounding name and conveniently being the “R game” in H.O.R.S.E. rotations. It’s still a worthwhile variant in that it’s deceptively simple, yet there is much skill involved and interesting situations occasionally arise. However, Razz does have its major flaws, most notably having a high card showing mostly renders a holding unplayable and there are just way too many hands that don’t make it past third or fourth street.
Over the years there have been attempts to spice up Razz by playing it Deuce to Seven (2-7) where aces are high and straights and flushes count against you. It does make for a slightly improved game. There are some players that despise traditional Razz but think the 2-7 variant is the best thing since sliced bread, something which I never quite understood.
While 2-7 Razz has a little more play to it and our opponents may not make the proper adjustments, ultimately many of the main problems of traditional Ace to Five (A-5) Razz have not been solved. Regardless if you are playing A-5 or 2-7 Razz, it’s impossible to have a good hand whenever you have a high card up and only having a few players able to contest a pot restricts the action.
However, Action Razz may be the answer as we can actually have quite a good hand with jack, queen, or even a king showing and thus more starting hands are playable.
Rules Of The Game
Action Razz is structured the same as traditional Razz where the highest up card on third street brings in the action and the best Ace to Five low wins. There is one major difference in the rules of the game, however, and […]
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