Change it Up with Razz and London Lowball

Poker is as exciting a game as you can get but if you are ever in need of a change then why not try two of the most different variations out there. Razz and London Lowball are two games that will get your brain thinking in ways you never imagined possible while playing poker.

Rules and Strategy

Fist things first, lets get the rules of Razz and London Lowball out of the way so you know exactly what you are dealing with. Lets look at Razz poker first.

In Razz, just like in seven card stud, each player has 7 cards to work with and the goal is to make the best possible 5 card hand form these 7 cards. Similar to Texas Hold 'Em each player gets 2 hole cards while 4 cards are placed on the table face up with the final card being placed face down. The lowest hand will win and a good rule of thumb is that the 5 lowest unpaired card hand you can make will be good enough to have you challenging for a pot. Flushes and Straights are not an issue so the best hand would be 5 4 3 2 A.

London Lowball is very similar to Razz but it is played only in Europe. The main difference is that a straight works against a player as do flushes which mean that unlike in Razz where a hand with 5 4 3 2 A would win you a pot, in London Lowball the lowest winning hand would have to be 6 4 3 2 A to avoid the straight. The best strategy for both Razz and London Lowball lies in avoiding at all costs making pairs as these will diminish your chances at making a strong low set of 5 cards.

Where to Play Razz and London Lowball

You can find some competive games of Razz and London Lowball on the sites of the usual suspects like Full Tilt, 888 and Pokerstars. There are plenty of Razz tournaments available daily on Pokerstars. However, London Lowball is not that easy to find online at this moment in time being that it is a game native to Europe.

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