Forget The Wheel To Win In The Razz
The razz is a variant of 7 card Stud played in Lo, it is a very popular game and is very common to find in the online rooms with tournaments and razz tables, it is actually quite fun to play a razz tournament. In most poker game modes, the highest hand or the best play is played as in hold’em, in other modalities the highest hand (Hi) or the lowest hand (Lo) is played as in the Variants of Omaha Hi / Lo or Stud Hi / Lo; Razz is a variant of Stud in which the best hand is the lowest (Lo). The best razz hand is called “wheel” which translates “wheel” into Spanish and consists of the lowest 5 cards (5, 4, 3, 2, A).
I will recommend a good strategy to play the razz, which has helped me to hold more time in a game of razz and to raise my stack of chips and reach later in a tournament. Well, most of you have played this poker game derived from Stud, some have more experience than others and their experience depends on both the number of hands played and the strategies they have learned to manage.
The strategy I recommend is not to think that we necessarily need to form The Wheel (5, 4, 3, 2, A) or similar to win the bet. Always when we play a razz hand we are afraid that if all our cards are not the lowest we will lose, and then we decide to withdraw and leave our chips for the hand winner. Or, on the contrary, when we get too good (low) cards also tend to overvalue us, in this case the strategy must be applied, so we should not rely too much on a razz hand when we observe a few very low cards. Well there are times when we have a very good game (low) but we cannot get the fifth card down and then we can win with a game that did not seem so perfect.
Example # 1: Let’s say you are playing a game of razz and have the cards (8, 6, 9, 4, 3) up to the fifth street, do not think this is a bad hand; On the contrary it is a very good hand. Even if you look at your opponent’s exposed cards (4th and 5th street) for an apparent good game (very low cards), they may not have enough to adjust the low cards they need to win the hand.
Example # 2: You are enjoying a razz hand and have the following cards (A, 2, 4, Q, J) to the fifth street, do not overestimate your game although you have some of the most powerful cards in the razz as they are The Ace and the 2, because you only have 2 cards (sixth street and river) to receive and if they come out very high or pair with another of their cards, it could happen that you get only 4 low cards and someone wins with 5 cards Not so low.