A mix of hold'em, draw poker, and razz. You know, Badugi.
Badugi is a very interesting draw poker/lowball game. It’s not only a fun game to play with your friends, but it’s also a WSOP event.
Badugi is similar to Hold’em and Omaha in the way that the blinds and betting structure work. There is a small blind, big blind, and 4 betting rounds. However it is a draw game, and a lowball game where the LOWEST hand wins.
The objective of the game is to make a ‘badugi’, which is a 4 card hand with different suits and different values. The lowest badugi wins.
Example: A-2-3-4 all of different suits, is the best possible hand you can have.
The blinds: Just like in Texas Hold’em, the player to the left of the dealer posts the ‘small blind’, and the player to the left of the small blind posts the ‘big blind’.
The deal: Each players is dealt 4 cards face down.
There is a 1st betting round after this, where action begins on the player to the left of the big blind. The action moves clockwise until all players have acted. Players have the choice to check, call, bet, raise, or fold.
1st Draw: Each player, starting with the player to the left of the dealer, has a chance to discard and draw cards, (or exchange cards for new ones). You may exchange however many cards you would like, including none or all 4.
After the 1st draw, a 2nd betting round takes place, beginning with the player to the left of the dealer.
2nd Draw: The rules to this round of drawing are the exact same as the first draw.
The 2nd draw is followed by a 3rd round of betting.
3rd Draw: The 3rd and final draw is exactly the same rules as the first 2 draws.
This is followed by a 4th and final betting round.
After the final bets are made, remaining players turn their cards over and the best hand wins the pot. The best hand will be the lowest 4 cards, all of different suits and values.
Pairs automatically lose to any 4 non paired cards. 3 card badugis beat 2 card badugis and 2 card badugis beat 1 card badugis.
To determine the winning hand, the highest card in each hand is compared. The lowest card always wins, but if two (or more) hands share the highest card, then the third card in the hand is compared, then the second and last.
Hands that tie will share the pot.
Don’t understand poker terms? No problem.