May, 2013 - This section is dedicated to the lowball version of 7 Card Stud; Razz poker. Many seven card stud players also play Razz. Even if you don't like Razz these strategy articles will surely help you if you are a 7 Card Stud HL player. This guide contains a 3 part Razz poker strategy series covering a wide range of tactics. We also have an article on Razz hand selection which is a vital part of a successful strategy. Incase you are unfamiliar with Razz poker we have included an explain explaining how Razz is played. Each of our Razz strategy guides have been written by a real Razz player. When it comes to providing the best Stud poker information we never go to inexperienced players for content. We know that if you don't win, we don't win.
Razz poker bankroll management is an important concept and part of a winning razz poker strategy. This Razz buyin guide will help you determine which table stakes, sitngos and tournaments you should be playing at based on the size of your bankroll. Cash game players should have 250X a tables big blind. That means that a $125 bankroll is required to play at a $.25/$.50 Razz poker cash table. Razz poker tournament and sitngo players should have 40X the buyin. That means that if you want to play in a $10 Razz tournament you should have a $400 bankroll.
One of the most important Razz strategies has nothing to do with betting or hand selection. Choosing the best Razz poker table can mean the difference between winning a losing. When you are looking at the active Razz tables there is a statistic that should always be considered. The Players/4th or Players/flop percentage is a good indicator on how soft the competition is. The number basically represents how often each player is staying in the hand until 4th Street. Higher Plrs/4th percentages will tell you that the players at the table are calling with weak hands, A full ring Razz poker table that has a Players/4th percentage of 45% will be much easier to win money at than a table with a 35% average.
Updated, May, 2013 - Since Razz is more uncommon than 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud HL it is hard to find a room that offers viable Razz action. Over the last couple years Razz has grown quite a bit but it is still far from what I would consider popular. Below I have listed the top 2 poker rooms for players interested in playing Razz poker online.
Pokerstars has the highest Razz poker traffic online. They have more Razz traffic than any other room and the software is very smooth. During peak hours you can easily find over 100 real money players at the Razz poker tables. They offer regular Razz poker tournaments including some nice guaranteed events that boast overlays. Players who enter the Poker Stars promo code PSP11820 will receive a 100% match on their first 3 deposits. These bonuses will be added together for a maximum of $600 in free Pokerstars money. When you follow the instructions located in our Pokerstars review you will receive the bonus mentioned above and entries to $1,000 freeroll tournaments which run five times a day.
The Razz poker traffic at Carbon Poker is much lower than what you will find at Pokerstars in 2013 but they are open to U.S. players. Many Razz poker players from the shutdown US poker sites Full Tilt, UB and Absolute Poker have flocked to Carbons Razz tables. Carbon is well known for being the only online poker site to offer PL Stud poker game tables. The PL Razz tables are not quite as active as the pot limit tables for the other Stud poker games but there are typically a couple active cash tables running. Carbon Poker really wants to boost their Razz poker traffic so they are allowing me to offer a private bonus deal. My bonus package includes a 200% bonus up to $5,000, 45% cashback and 14 tickets to the daily $500 freerolls.