Badugi is a draw poker game, similar in structure to other “lowball” games.
However, the hand ranking system in Badugi is very different from the other draw games and the game is played with only four pocket cards.
Sounds complex, but it’s simple.
The object of the game is to make a Badugi – a four-card low hand with four different suits, and no pairs.
The best possible starting hand therefore is 4-3-2-A (with each card a different suit).
There are four different types of Badugi hands you can make.
Rank in order of strength: Badugi > Three Card > Two Card> One Card
A four-card badugi is the best type of hand.
This has four cards of different numbers and suits.
If there is no “Badugi” hand, the three-card hand will beat any two-card hand, and so on.
The hand with fewer cards always loses to hands that have more cards remaining.
Two-card would lose to any Badugi, and Three-card, but it would beat One-card
The “low” hand is counted from the highest-valued card in each hand, where aces are low.
The small blind and big blind are assigned to the players to the left of the dealer button.
After the cards are dealt, the first round of betting ensues.
Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, each player has the option to fold their hand, call the current bet or raise it up!
When the first round of betting is complete, all players still in the hand have the option to discard any or all of their cards and draw new ones.
Click on the cards you want to discard, and then click the Draw Card Button when it’s your turn to act.
After the first draw, another round of betting takes place.
Once the second round of betting is complete, draw #2 takes place.
After new cards are drawn, a third round of betting takes place, followed by draw #3.
Draw #3 is your last chance to make the best hand you can.
Let’s enjoy the tables now!