# Razz: Starting Hand Point System

## Razz Starting Hand Point System

Here is a simple point system to give you an edge in playing the first three cards dealt to you in Razz. Follow the five steps below as it will properly value the strength of your hand given the cards exposed on board, your position in the hand, and the betting action taken by your opponents. It works!

**Assign the following points to your hand using the chart below (assumes 8 players):**

**3 cards to a**:**Points**

5 low 10 points

6 9

7-4 8

7-5 7

7-6 6

8-4 6

8-5 5

8-6 4

8-7 3

9 2

10 or higher low 0 points

**Add or subtract points based on the exposed cards on board:**

- Each duplicate card to your hand: +1 point

- Each card needed to make your hand: -1 point

**Subtract points based on the action of your opponents:**

Each call of the bring-in bet: -1 point

Each raise of the bring-in bet: -2 points

**Subtract -1 point for each player who has a low card after your potential action in a hand:**

**Total the points and act as follows:**

**If the total points are: Action**

+5 or more points: Raise or Re-raise

+1 to +4 points: If first in the hand,raise. If you follow a call, raise to get heads up. If you follow a raise, call.

0 to negative points: Fold

**Example 1**:

Board:

You:

You have (A-6)**7**. And the board is Q, 9, 6, 2,**7**, J, 10, 5.

Points:

Your hand is 7-6 low = 6 points.

One duplicate (the 6) = +1 pt.,

Two cards needed = -2 pts.

One player behind you with a low card (the 5) = -1 pt.

Total before there is action on the hand: You have 4 points.

Everyone folds to the player with the 2 showing. He raises = -2 pts.

Total: You have 2 points, so you need to call the raise.

**Example 2**:

Using the same hand, but your opponents' actions are different.

You have (A-6)**7**. And the board is Q, 9, 6, 2,**7**, J, 10, 5.

Points:

Your hand is 7-6 low = 6 points.

One duplicate (the 6) = +1 pt.,

Two cards needed = -2 pts.

One player behind you with a low card (the 5) = -1 pt.

Total before there is action on the hand: You have 4 points.

Everyone folds to the player with the 6 showing. He raises: -2 points.

The next player with the 2 showing, re-raises: -2 points again.

Total: You have 0 points, so you need to fold.

**Example 3**:

Board:

You:

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You have (A-7)**8**and the board is K, J, 10,**8**, 2, A, 5, 9.

Points:

Your hand is 8-7 low = 3 points.

One duplicate = +1 pt.,

Two cards needed = -2 pts.

Three players behind you with a low card = -3 points.

Total before there is action on the hand: You have – 1 point.

Everyone folds to you.

Total: You have -1 point, so you need to fold.

*Example 4**:*

Board:

You:

You have (A-2)**5**. And the board is K, 9, 2, A,**5**, J, 3, 9.

Points:

Your hand is 5 low = 10 points

Two duplicate = +2 pts.

One card needed = -1 pt.

One player behind you with a low card = -1 pt.

Total before there is action on the hand: You have 10 points.

Everyone folds to the player with the 2 showing. He raises = -2 points

The next player with the A showing, re-raises = another -2 points

Total: You have 6 points, so you need to re-raise.

**Example 5**:

*Board:*

You:

*You have (A-7)***6**. And the board is K, 9, 2, A,**6**, J, 3, 9.

Points:

Your hand is 7-6 low = 6 points.

One duplicate = +1 pt.,

Two cards needed = -2 pts.

One player behind you with a low card = -1 pt.

Total before there is action on the hand: You have 4 points.

Everyone folds to the player with the 2 showing. He raises = -2 points.

The next player with the A showing, re-raises = -2 points

Total: You have 0 points, so you need to fold.

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