One of the worst things that can happen to a player in razz is for them to get a pair of some card, three of a kind, four of a kind or full house. This blog post will give a few details in summary of my article about how to play with pairs in razz poker. We all know that if you are dealt a pair in razz, they do not count. You have to discount one of the pairs or essentially throw it out of the game. For instance, if you are dealt a starting hand of K-K-A, then you have a pair of kings and one of them doesn’t count, so you only have a 2 card hand of K-A instead.
There are a few strategies you can do when you are dealt a pair or if someone else does. The worst possible scenario is when you have a pair showing on your open cards or the ones facing up so everyone can see. It is even worse if you are attempting to bluff and have put in big money into the pot because everyone knows pairs are terrible. Usually they will attack that and raise a lot of money in order to get you to fold. You can also use the same strategy and many experts recommend doing this as well, especially if there are two pairs or multiple pairs.
If the pair is concealed, straight bluffing might be best to your advantage only if you have a very low door card and the other players have fair cards facing up. The reason is that you should always ignore your concealed hole cards (the ones that only you can see) when bluffing. For instance, you might have a hand like K-K-A with the ace facing up, but everyone else might assume you have other very low “wheel” cards that make up the most powerful hand of A-2-3-4-5. This is straight bluffing and it is especially risky to do if you stay in too long, but it is great for cutting the number of players down early and stealing the antes.
Check out the article mentioned above for the entire step by step guide on how to deal with pairs.