Game rules: Badugi

Badugi - one of the youngest types of poker, and at the same time, it is considered quite difficult (you need to collect a combination of four low cards of different suits and without pairs).

Badugi - a draw game where each player is dealt 4 cards. It has small and big blinds, just like Texas Hold'em, and it comes in limited, pot-limit and half-pot-limit. The goal of the game is to collect the weakest hand of 4 cards in which there will be no pairs, and all cards will differ in suit. Since ace is the lowest card, the best hand is A-2-3-4 rainbow. Any hand that has no pairs and all cards differ in suit is called Badugi.

As with many games, Badugi has compulsory bets - big and small blinds. To the left of the dealer, the player pays a small blind. To the left of the player who paid the small blind, the player pays the large blind, which is twice the amount of the small blind.

Then cards are dealt to all players. And the first stage begins - before the exchange of cards - pre-draw, in which the player can fold, agree (check), call, raise or re-raise the bet, private the case of a re-raise is an all-in, in which all the money is put on a raise.

The first player to make a decision is the player to the left of the big blind and passes clockwise. The betting round will end only when all the players have equalized the highest bet, then the next round begins, or there are no volunteers, and the one who made the highest bet wins the pot (the sum of all bets in this hand).

Next, the first draw begins - the first round of exchange of cards, after which the players move on to the betting round (see above). Then the second draw, and the final one is the third.

In each draw, the player can either not change his cards, or change any number of them.

As soon as the players level the highest bet after the third draw, a showdown occurs, where the winner is determined, which becomes the player with the strongest badugi hand.

Badugi hand Is any combination of cards that consists of four unpaired cards of different suits. The seniority of Badugi combinations is determined by the highest card. In this case, aces are always considered low cards. Straights and flushes are ignored. If a player has several cards of the same suit, then only the lowest of these cards will participate in his combination. If a player has paired cards, then in his combination he can use only one of them.

Best Badugi Hand - "four Badugi" - 4-3-2-A
Weakest Badugi Hand - K-Q-J-T

A few examples:

2-4-5-6 wins A-2-3-7 (both hands are four cards, but the first has the highest 6, and the second has the seven)

4-5-6-K wins 2-3-4-7 (the first hand is four-card, the second is only three, because two spades, one of which is ignored)

A-2-2-J loses to A-5-9-9 (both hands are three-card, because there are paired cards, which pairs are ignored, so the second hand has a high card 9, and the first has a jack)

2-3-4-7 wins 4-5-6-K (both hands are three-card, since both have two cards
arts of the same suit, and in the first hand the highest card is 7, against the king in the second)

5-7-K-K wins 2-3-K-K (the first hand is three-card because K ignored, and the second is only two cards, due to the fact that both kings are ignored)

This type of poker appeared in Korea, where the word "badugi"Are called dogs. A distinctive feature of the breed of these dogs are spots and dots of different colors on the coat, the more spots and colors, the more pedigree this dog is considered. By analogy, in the game, the winner must have a combination consisting of cards of different ranks and different suits. As with many poker games, there are exchange rounds called "breakfast", "lunch" and "supper" to symbolize feeding the dog.

Pay attention to the online poker room Pokerstars, in which there is a large selection of Badugi games - there are both cash games and tournaments.

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