Badugi

No one really knows where Badugi was born. It depends on who you ask. Some say Badugi originated in China. Others say Badugi was based on a Korean card game. While its origins are still wrapped in a mystery, one thing is certain, Badugi has been growing in popularity over the last few years, especially among lowball fetishists and high-stakes regulars.

How to play Badugi

The goal of Badugi is to make the best four-card low hand with one card from each suit. An unpaired hand containing a heart, diamond, club, and spade, is called a "Badugi". Hands containing pairs or multiple suits are considered 3-card hands. Badugi is also a triple draw game, so you have three chances to make the best Badugi. The Ace is considered the lowest card and the King is the highest card.

The best possible Badugi is 4-3-2-A rainbow. For example: Carte 4 de pique Carte 3 de coeur Carte 2 de trèfle Carte As de carreau

 

SAMPLE HAND: Limit Badugi with $400/$800 stakes. Badugi is played with blinds and a dealer button. Action progresses clockwise. The small blind is $200 and the big blind is $400.

 

DEAL: Each player is dealt four cards face-down.

 

YOUR HAND: You hold two spades so your best hand is a 3-card 5-2-A.

 

Carte privée 7 de pique Carte privée 5 de carreau Carte privée 2 de coeur Carte privée As de pique

Your hand

1st round of betting

The initial bet is $400. The player to the immediate left of the big blind, aka Under the Gun, is the first to act and has the option to call $400, raise to $800, or fold. If a player is facing a raise, they must call, fold, or re-raise. The big blind is last to act.

If the pot has not been raised and other opponents have only called the $400 big blind, the big blind has the option to check or raise to $800. If the big blind checks, the betting round is complete and the players move on to the first draw. If the big blind raises, betting continues until the action makes its way back around the table. If a raise goes uncalled, the raiser wins the pot without revealing their hole cards.

 

Once all remaining bets and raises have been called, it is time for players to draw cards.

 

FIRST DRAW: Each player may discard zero to four cards. If a player does not draw any cards, they are "standing pat". You discard the Carte 7 de pique, but you pick up the Carte 5 de pique for a pair of fives. Your best hand is still a 3-card 5-2-A.

 

Carte privée 5 de carreau Carte privée 2 de coeur Carte privée As de pique Carte privée 5 de pique

2nd round of betting

On this betting round and all subsequent betting rounds, action begins with the small blind. On the first draw, players may check or bet $400.

If a bet is made, players must call, fold, or raise. The button is last to act. If no one has bet, the button has the option to check or bet. If the button checks, the betting round is complete and the players proceed to the second draw. If the button raises, betting continues until the action makes its way back around the table. If no one calls a bet or raise, the bettor wins the pot without revealing their hole cards.

 

Once all remaining bets and raises have been called, it is time for players to draw cards for a second time.

 

SECOND DRAW: You discard the Carte 5 de pique. You pick up a Carte 4 de carreau but still need a club to make a Badugi. However, you have improved to a 3-card 4-2-A.

 

Carte privée 5 de carreau Carte privée 2 de coeur Carte privée As de pique Carte privée 4 de carreau

3rd round of betting

The betting limit is now $800 from here on out. Action starts with the small blind and players may check or bet $800.

If a bet is made, players must call, fold, or raise. The button is last to act. If no one has bet, the button has the option to check or bet. If the button checks, the betting round is complete and the players proceed to the third draw. If the button bets, betting continues until the action makes its way back around the table. If no one calls a bet or raise, the bettor wins the pot without revealing their hole cards.

 

Once all remaining bets and raises have been called, it is time for players to draw cards for the third and final time.

 

THIRD DRAW: You discard the Carte 5 de carreau and draw the Carte 6 de trèfle. You have made a 6-4-2-A Badugi.

 

Carte privée 4 de carreau Carte privée 2 de coeur Carte privée As de pique Carte privée 6 de trèfle

4th round of betting

The betting limit is $800. Action starts with the small blind. Players may check or bet $800.

If a bet is made, players must call, fold, or raise. The button is last to act. If no one has bet, the button has the option to check or bet. If the button checks, the betting round is complete and the players show down their hands. If the button bets, betting continues until the action makes its way back around the table. If no one calls a bet or raise, the bettor wins the pot without revealing their hole cards.

 

Once all remaining bets and raises have been called, it is time for players to reveal their cards.

Badugi ties

If two players have the same hand, they split the pot. There is no way to determine a tie-breaker.

Badugi tip

Don't forget that straights do not count, but you must have four different suits to make a Badugi.

In the same category
Latest news Poker strategy
Wednesday November 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm
Telex
New Power Up Poker strategy site

Have you taken your shot at the newest tweak in online poker? PokerStars launched Power Up Poker, which they hope will revolutionize poker and entice video gamers to take the leap into real money gaming. The learning curve is evolving as we speak. Luckily, some folks launched a specific site dedicated to Power Up Strategy. In short, they are… "Developing winning strategies since day one! Op-poker is working to bring you the first dedicated platform for all your strategy needs so you can be the first to capitalize on the new Power Up poker format." Check out Op-Poker here.

Thursday October 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm
SCOOP
Paul Phua Poker: How to spot visual tells

Paul Phua added a new strategy video to his growing arsenal on YouTube. Phua is a regular in the biggest cash games in Asia. He tapped some of his fellow players at the nosebleed stakes to share their thoughts on visual tells. Some tips are provided by legends such as Fedor Holz and Steve O'Dwyer. Also contributing some tips... Sam Trickett, Timofey 'trueteller' Kuznetsov, Dan 'Jungleman' Cates, and Lucas Greenwood.

Wednesday October 4, 2017 at 5:03 pm
HOT !
Fedor Holz and performing under pressure on the Lewis Howes podcast

German wunderkind Fedor Holz appeared on the Lewis Howes podcast The School of Greatness. The entrepreneur and best-selling author interviews various professional athletes, successful business leaders, and other people at the top of their profession. Howes invited Fedor Holz on his podcast because he was curious how Holz trained his mind to detach from the money and potentially losing in high stakes. In this hour-long episode, Holz dispatched many pearls of wisdom that can be applied to both life and poker.

Thursday September 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm
FUN
Full Contact Poker Podcast: Angle Shooting

Daniel Negreanu recorded another episode of the Full Contact Poker Podcast. Episode 15 titled The One About Angle Shooting covered a few incidents of angle shooting. Kid Poker gave some examples by Amarillo Slim, Puggy Pearson, and Shaun Deeb. Angle shooting used to be more common place in the days before the online poker boom, but we still see some examples today with players testing the elasticity of the rules.

Tuesday August 8, 2017 at 10:17 pm
Breaking News
FUN

After a summer-long hiatus to focus on the World Series of Poker, Daniel Negreanu return to posting fresh content on his YouTube channel. Negreanu resumed his weekly hand breakdowns. In the latest episode, Negreanu broke down a hand he played against Johnny Chan during a taping of the popular TV show Poker After Dark. Chan rivered a monster, but could Negreanu show restraint and fold a straight?

Poker rules
Sign-up to the Club Poker
Free tournaments and added prizes

The Club Poker organizes freerolls and special tournaments with added prizes.
To qualify for free, register on our poker partners websites:

Next Tournaments Club Poker
Come and play tournaments with a relaxed atmosphere, and meet the Club Poker community:
No Online poker tournament is currently planned.
278 points
2.
232 points
3.
173 points
4.
157 points
5.
156 points