WSOP: Razz (1971 to present)

[SS] “Did you hear that Phil Hellmuth is joining us for tonight’s tournament?” Stan the Stat asked excitedly.

[RR] “I don’t think so; he didn’t RSVP.”

[SS] “He’s Elias the Eagle’s ‘plus one’. Phil’s friends with a local pro that Elias knows.”

[RR] “Really?”

[SS] “Not really. April Fool! Of course, you knew I was just teasing you, razzing you as a lead-in to the next WSOP game. Razz is a lowball version of Seven Card Stud. Aces are always low, so the best possible hand is a Five-High: 5432A. Neither straights nor flushes count against you.”

Game Name Razz
Game Type Stud
Game Limits Limit
High or Low Low
WSOP Years 1971 to present (except 1976; maybe not 1972)
Buyins $500 to $5,000
Largest Field 462 (2015 $1,500 event)
Notable Champions Several players have won two Razz bracelets, including Gary Berland, Huck Seed, Phil Hellmuth (his only non-Hold ‘Em bracelets), and Ted Forrest.
Basic Rules Antes only. Each player is dealt two hole cards. There is a round of betting after each of four up cards and another round of betting after one final hole card.
History Razz was an obvious variation of Seven Card Stud, but nobody knows when it was invented or even how it was named. The word “razz” itself dates back to 1920, when it was used as a short form of “raspberry” to mean “to hiss or deride”.1 The game of Razz started to become popular in the 1950s.
Notes Razz is the Ace-to-Five lowball version of Seven Card Stud.

Footnotes:

  1. Source: “razz” in the Online Etymology Dictionary.

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