so, I\'ve been playing a little Razz here and there for a change of pace. I don\'t know what Im doing, but thats ok cause neither do my opponents.
Lets say I have a hand like 542. Qxx brings in. and 7xx raises and its on me. It seems that I obviously have the best hand and should be putting my money in, but are there some equity issues that I am missing? with 4 more cards to come is my equity not that great here? I wont request a Razz video, but any input would be great.
3 wheel cards is about as good as it gets for a starting hand in Razz. I would raise here with minor provisos about the visible upcards:
It is to your advantage if cards pairing the cards you hold are visible - the more the better - this gives you less chance of pairing on later streets.
It is to your advantage if the low cards (A-6 especially) that do not pair your cards are not visible - this gives you the best chance of catching a good card on later streets.
If things are not favourable I would probably
If you're up against a bunch of paint upcards, I might flatcall here for deception and since you don't really risk a multiway pot (and even if they do come along, theyre playing from behind so thats not a big deal). If you're up against more medium or small upcards, I'd raise for value and to try and thin the field a bit to increase your equity (though of course when the pot is small that isn't quite as important).
And of course tx4allthefish is right about the other cards matching or not matching your holdings, the more available outs the better.
I\'d generally 3bet in this spot, but it depends on what cards are up, what cards are dead, etc.
as DJ pointed out there is more to the picture than just raise or call. Is hero last to act before the bringin? How many players? Do we want to encourage a loose peel on 4th street, or are we comfortable doing the same? Will bloating the pot encourage you or your opponent to play better, or worse? If the villain is possibly stealing will he defend vs a raise or will he fold? These are all factors to consider. Additionally the equity advantage of even a solid hand like A25 vs (5-6-)7 on 3rd street is far less than it would be in Hold'em for example.
In short I raise sometimes, and I call sometimes. Overall my manipulation of the pot size allows me to play correctly on 4th and 5th streets.
OP - Once the old videos are reposted you should check out my three part series on Razz.