How To Play Badugi

Introducing Badugi

Badugi, also known as Asian poker, is a relatively new form of lowball poker which can be played online as well as live. It can be quite confusing in the beginning but it's actually quite easy once you learn how to play it. Badugi is a four card draw game, where the goal is to make a Badugi, which is a hand with four different suits and ranks. The ace is counted as a low card in this game which makes A234 with different suits the best possible hand a player can make.

The game can be played with up to six players, and it's usually played as fixed limit which you can read more about here.

Betting Rounds And Gameplay
The game begins with every player getting dealt 4 cards each. When the blinds are posted the first betting round starts with the player to the right of the big blind first to speak. When the action is closed the remaining players will choose whether to draw cards or to stand pat, if they decide to draw cards they will have to throw the discarded cards in the muck.

When the players have recieved the cards the second betting round takes place, beginning with the first player to the right of the dealer. If there is still more than one player in the pot when the action closes, the players will once again decide whether to draw new cards or standing pat.

We have now arrived at the third betting round and if it's fixed limit the bet size is doubled. If there's still players contending for the pot the final draw will commence. It's the final betting round and the bet size is the same as the previous round. If the pot is checked down or the last bet called the players will show their hands and the winner will scoop the pot.

Card Drawing

Badugi is a triple draw poker variant, accordingly the players have three opportunities to draw cards in order to improve their hands. The players may choose to draw one to four cards or simply standing pat. Since it's the first player to the right of the dealer who starts drawing cards there is one more important aspect of having postion on your opponents other than the betting rounds.

How to play Badugi drawing cards in Badugi

Showdown And Hand Values

If there is more than one player remaining after the fourth betting round, the players will go to showdown. This means that the cards will be placed on the table faced up to determine the winner. Any hand wins over another hand with less number of legimate cards. This means that any four card hand beats a three card hand no matter the rankings on the cards. It's only in the hand were the players have the same number of valid cards that the hand rankings come to effect. And in those situations it is the highest card that the players don't have in common that decides it.

Hand examples

Player A: A239

Player B: 5678

Player B wins the pot.

In this hand both players have a badugi but Player B's highest card is an 8 which beats Player A's 9.

Player A: A478

Player B: 2478

Player A wins the pot

Once again both players have a Badugi, and both players have 478 as their three highest cards. But player A have the lower fourth card which wins this player the pot.

Player A: A234

Player B: 10JQK

Player B wins the pot.

In this pot, player A is sitting on a pretty A234 but since this player has two diamonds and thus only having a three card hand the pot is going to player b with a four card hand.

Player A: AA36

Player B: 7810K

Player B wins the pot.

In this pot player A has four different suits but has paired the ace which makes this hand a three card hand which is beaten by the king high Badugi of player B.

Good luck at the tables!

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