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Which hand would be ranked the lowest at razz or 7-card hi-low,

two pairs of 2's and 9's, or two pairs of 4's and 5's ??

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To see which hand is higher, you always start with the highest pair first, and then consider the lower pair only if the highest pair is the same.

In this example, the pair of 9's beats the pair of 5's and is the higher (losing in this case) hand, and the second pair doesn't matter (other than the fact that it makes it two pair).

If it were 99 22 -vs- 99 44 then you would consider the bottom pair and the 4's would make the second example the higher hand.

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I would suggest using the terms better/worse when dealing with hi-low games. using highest might be a little confusing –  amigal Oct 4 '13 at 11:16
    
@amigal: Well, I think that better and worse are even more ambiguous than high/low. A hand is always higher or lower, but that can be better or worse, depending on the game that you are playing. It's just that a high hand isn't a good thing in low games. :) –  lnafziger Oct 7 '13 at 0:05
    
@Inafziger: maybe we should combine and use "best low hand" and best high hand".... –  amigal Oct 7 '13 at 14:38
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