Updated In 2013 - Been wondering what Badugi poker is all about? Perhaps you’ve noticed the game is available at PokerStars, the best Badugi poker site in 2013, heard some friends were including Badugi in a mixed game session? Want to get in on the action? Well let’s get to it. Below are the Badugi Poker rules and information on how Badugi is played. If you already understand how Badugi is played please read this article on Badugi poker strategy. The only other game comparable to Badugi is 2-7 Triple Draw. When I need a break from Badugi I usually play casino games. The win palace casino is another great Internet casino that provides an excellent experience and is perfect for when you need a break from Badugi.
Of course there’s more to it than that, that’s the game plain and simple on the surface, but let’s dig a little bit deeper into the rules of Badugi. The object of the Badugi, as mentioned above, is to create the worst 4-card hand possible, which is perfect for some of us unlucky poker players. That being said, a rainbow A234 would be “The Nuts” in Badugi.
In fact, any rainbow hand that is a hand that includes one card from every suit is actually called a “Badugi” in the game. Subsequently a hand that contains 2 cards of the same suit or value, such as As2s3h4d or AsAh2d3c are called 3-card hands, and not only do they still play, but providing no one else has a Badugi, they can win. Also 2-card hands (AsAh2d2c) and 1-card hands (AsAcAdAh) also still play but rarely win.
Figuring out the way hands are ranked in this game could very well be the most confusing part of the game. Let’s get right down to that, and look at the way hands are ranked in Badugi.
The first thing to know when ranking a hand is that you rank your hand backwards, ranking the highest card in your hand first. Example: Hand 1–As2c3h8d vs. hand 2–2s3d4h6c, hand 2 wins. Why you ask?
Although hand 1 does have the lowest card, when counting high card first, hand 2’s 6 beats hand 1’s 8. The second thing to note is that a Badugi always beats a 3-card or lower, 3-card hand beats a 2-card hand and so on. Example: Hand 1–5h8d9cks vs. hand 2—Ah2h4s5c, hand 1 wins. Hand 2 does have the lower cards, but as the Ace and the 2 are the same suits, only the ace counts, making it a 3-card hand. Hand 1 having no cards that match is a Badugi which always beats a lower hand. Having explained that, here’s a handy hand ranking list for you to reference during your next Badugi Game.
1. A 2 3 4
2. A 2 3 5
3. A 2 4 5
4. A 3 4 5
5. 2 3 4 5
6. A 2 3 6
7. A 2 4 6
8. A 3 4 6
9. 2 3 4 6
10. A 2 5 6
The drawing rounds and betting structure in the game are fairly simple. The hand starts out, just like in Hold’em, with a big blind, a small blind, and sometimes an ante. Each player is then dealt 4 cards and a betting round commences. After the betting is finished, each player still in the hand is offered the chance to draw anywhere from zero (“stand pat”) to 4 new cards. There will be 3 drawing rounds each followed by a betting round. After the last draw and betting have concluded all players left in the hand will have a show down. The best hand wins.
So that’s Badugi! Although it is bit different from most games of poker, it’s a whole lot of fun. It also can be very profitable once you get the hang of it. So good luck and have fun.
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