May, 2013 - Razz poker popularity has grown considerably since the big poker boom of 2004. In 2013 the leading online poker rooms saw a huge rise in Razz poker cash game and tournament traffic. 7 Card Stud and Stud Hi-Lo also grew in popularity which means Razz is still the least played on the 3 Stud variants but this won't be a problem. At Poker Stars there are hundreds of real money Razz poker players at the tables around the clock. You'll find active ring tables at stakes ranging from $.04/$.08 to $30/$60. Razz poker is played exclusively in the fixed limit format at Pokerstars but you can play PL Razz at Bovada Poker, a leading U.S. poker site in 2013. Our Razz poker strategy section contains a wide range of articles written by experienced Razz players.
Though Razz poker is offered at most online poker rooms this web site will only list the ones that have enough traffic to sustain active real money tables at a wide range of stakes levels. It would be easy to lie and claim that 4-5 rooms offer excellent Razz poker action, as most of my competitors do, but I'm not going to waste your time. If you are looking for a poker room that has healthy traffic at the small - high stakes levels there are only two rooms worth mentioning, Poker Stars and Gr88 Poker. At Pokerstars during peak hours in 2013 you will find roughly 200-300 real money Razz poker players at the tables. Gr88 Poker boasts far less but they accept US players. Pokerstars offers a diverse Razz poker tournament line-up, including a large weekly Razz tournament with a huge guaranteed prize pool to finish out the week. If you prefer tournaments with small-medium buy-ins they each host a variety of guaranteed events with smaller buy-ins every day.
Pokerstars is widely known as the world's best poker room. Traffic levels during peak hours are well about 250,000 players in 2013. As of April 2012, Pokerstars no longer accepts players from the USA but online poker is expected to be legalized in the USA in 2013. Until then you can play at Bovada Poker, a top US poker site in 2013. I really cannot wait for Pokerstars.com to accept US players again. Pokerstars offers more Razz poker traffic than any other poker room. Their Razz poker tournament line-up is also second to none. Their software is fast, secure, easy to use and comes loaded with extra features. A large number of well known professional players call Pokerstars their home and can be found at the tables around the clock, including the Razz poker tables. What draws many players to their tables is their VIP program, which was recently upgraded in 2013. They use a multi-tier system that is more rewarding than any other loyalty program I have come across online. As you move up to higher VIP levels you will earn points at a faster rate and with the new upgrades you will receive regular cash bonuses, more info can be found in our review of Pokerstars.
Carbon Poker is a newcomer to the Razz poker scene. They gained much of their Razz traffic after the events of Black Friday (April 15th, 2012), when Fulltilt Poker, Absolute Poker and UB Poker were shut down and Pokerstars banned American players. The real money Razz traffic at Carbon Poker is still small compared to the traffic at Poker Stars but it is all U.S. players have. The traffic is split between pot limit and fixed limit Razz. I've found the PL Razz poker tables to be very fast paced, which is quite refreshing. Here is our special bonus offer during May, 2013 at Carbon Poker: