How To Play Badugi

PokerStars.comLearning how to play Badugi is quite simple especially if you are familiar with how draw poker works. Don’t worry if you’ve never played draw poker before because this article will explain in full how to play Badugi and how Badugi works. Badugi is a game that can be played in a limit, pot limit and half pot limit format. The best place to play Badugi online is at Pokerstars where the most popular form of the game is fixed limit. The focus of this article will be on how to play Badugi in it’s fixed limit format.

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Betting and drawing rounds

A maximum of 8 players can sit at one Badugi table on Pokerstars. The game starts with each player being dealt 4 cards. The player to the left of the dealer button posts the small blind and the player to the left of the small blind pots the big blind. Play moves around the table starting from the player to the left of the big blind in a clockwise direction. The first betting round commences which is known as the pre draw betting round. In this round players are limited to only betting the lower limit of the game they are playing. For example in a $10/$20 limit Badugi game players are limiting to betting and raising in $10 increments during the pre draw round.

Once the pre draw betting round is over play starts with the player to the left of the big blind. This player now has the option of drawing cards. This means the player can elect to swap up to four of the cards he or she currently holds. If a player chooses to draw zero cards then they are doing what is known as ‘Standing Pat’. Once all players remaining in the hand have had the chance to draw cards another round of betting begins, again starting with the player to the left of the big blind and moving around the table in a clockwise direction. During this round players are still limited to betting and raising the small bet amount.

Next another round of drawing commences followed by what is now the third round of betting. During the third round of betting players are no longer restricted to the small bet amount and may now bet and raise the full big bet amount. In a $10/$20 limit game this amount would be $20. After the third round of betting is completed any players who remain go to the final draw and final betting round. If two or more players are left in the pot once the final rounds of drawing and betting are completed then the hand goes to a showdown and the player with the strongest hand wins all of the pot. If players have the same strength hand then the pot is split.

How to play badugi at showdown

When learning how to play Badugi you obviously need to know the Badugi hand rankings, if you click on the previous link you will be taken to a detailed article which discusses Badugi hand rankings and what beats what when playing Badugi. If you just want a quick reminder of how things work then carry on reading this how to play Badugi article.

At showdown the best 4 card Badugi hand is the winner. Aces are always considered low cards when playing Badugi and pairs as well as suited cards will count against you. It is possible to make 1, 2, 3 and 4 card hands when playing Badugi. At showdown players must remove cards which make pairs or share suits from their hand. This is how you decide if you have a 1, 2, 3, or 4 card hand.

For example at showdown you hold 4h 6c Js Jd. You are forced to remove one of your Jacks because it makes a pair leaving you with only a 3 card hand. In another example you hold 2c 3s 8d 8c, in this example you are forced to discard the 8c because it makes a pair with your other 8 but is also the same suit as the 2c.

4 card hands are known as ‘a Badugi’ and any 4 card hand beats any 3 card hand, which beats any 2 card hand which in turn beats any 1 card hand. If both players hold a 4 card hand then the lowest 4 card hand is the winner. This is determined by the highest card first so if the two showdown hands were Ac 2s 3d Kh and As 2c 4h Kd then Ac 2s 3d Kh would be the winner because a 3 is lower than a 4.

Now you know how to play Badugi poker get over to Pokerstars.com and give it a go!