Badugi rules and strategy
Rules: Badugi, a game that is traditionally played in Asia, is more and more popular in Europe and the USA, because of online poker. No books have been published yet about the Badugi. Poker players haven't shared their secrets of the game yet so, here is the chance to learn.
If you know something about Texas Hold'em, then do not surprise playing Badugi as it will be completely different from Texas Hold'em.
It's very similar to draw poker where the best hand contains four different suits and the the winning combination is the lowest one. The best Badugi hand is A-2-3-4 of four different suits as Aces are always low. If you do not have four different suits then the lowest in three different suits is your best hand. A-2-3 is a reasonably strong hand, which most of the cases is able to win a showdown. If your hand is A-2-3 during the draw and all the other players are drawing, you still have the best hand and be aggressive.
Before the Deal
Just like in Texas Hold'em, the blinds need to paid in this game too. The player on the dealer's left is the small blind and the player to his left is the big blind. Badugi is usually played in limit, pot limit and half pot limit forms.
All players receive four cards face down. The game starts with the small blind, goes one by one clockwise until all players receive all four cards. The player sitting behind the big blind acts first, just like in Texas Hold'em. If he wants to play, he must call the big blind or he must raise. The first draw comes after each player had a chance to act.
Each active player can draw up to 4 cards, but they can stop drawing anytime. Next, there is a round of betting, then the second draw, then another round of betting, and finally the third draw and the last round of betting. If someone called the last raise, a showdown comes, when the remaining players reveal their cards. The strength of Badugi hands should be checked starting with the highest card so, for example, a 5-6-7-Q (Queen high) beats an A-2-3-K (King high).
It is important to start with three low cards of different suits, because if you do not make a Badugi (4 different suits), and your opponent does not make a Badugi either then the three low cards can win in the end. It is worth playing and drawing with any three cards lower than 7. How high your 4th card should be will depend on the number of opponents, whether they are drawing or not and also you should think about how strong they are once they stand pat. From late position, you should perhaps play with any two cards of different suits that are not higher than 5. Always enter with a raise, and if you have an advantage in the number of cards being drawn (they draw 2, you draw 1) you should always bet.
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