How to Play And Rules of Badugi?

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Poker is a game that has so many variants that can baffle you at first. However, when you try to understand each game, it is not that different from each other. The basics are pretty much the same with a few differences in the game’s structure. One such popular variant is that of Badugi. Through this article, we will give you a comprehensive guide on how to play the game and the strategies you can use to win.

What is Badugi?

Badugi is a draw poker variant of poker. It also goes by the name of badougi, paduka and padooki. Players have been playing badugi since the early 1980s. The origin of this game has been traced back to Winnipeg, Canada. This is a betting game as well as a card game. In this game, the betting structure matches that of games like Poker and Teen Patti. This is because the betting structure consists of blinds, antes, raises, calls and folds. In badugi, players are given only 4 cards as opposed to the 5 cards dealt in poker or the 3 cards dealt in teen patti. During the course of the game, the players have the option of drawing new cards from a deck of undealt cards. This can be done by discarding unwanted cards and filling up those spaces with fresh cards. The main aim of this game is to discard and pick up fresh cards until players have the best hand combinations. The winner is declared by comparing these hand combinations. The hand combinations work a little differently in this game as compared to poker. Unlike poker, in this game, the players have to form hand combinations with cards which do not have any relations with each other. This is what makes this game so special and different from all the other card games and betting games.

Gameplay and Betting in Badugi

The gameplay of this game is a little different from that of poker and flash. In this game, the players are allowed to draw extra cards from a deck of undealt cards. The betting structure is similar to that of poker and flush. Here is the gameplay and the betting structure of Badugi.

·         Compulsory Bets - Like poker, the two players to the left have to pay the small and the big blind. The big blind is double the amount of the small blind.

·         First Betting Round - this is the first round including cards. In this round, the dealer starts dealing cards, face down, to all the players starting to the player sitting on their left. The player sitting next to the players who posted the big blind starts the game. All the players need to call the big blind as the first raised bet to start playing the game. Any player who does not or cannot call the big blind as the first raised bet has to fold their hand. The pot starts to increase from this round as the money starts piling up in it.

·         First Draw - In this round, each of the players have an option of drawing up to 4 cards from the pile of undealt cards. For a player to draw new cards from the pile of undealt cards, they first have to discard any unwanted cards from their hand. Once they have discarded those unwanted cards, they can draw the same number of cards they discarded from the deck of undealt cards. The discarded cards are stacked away from the deck of unwanted cards and are not used in the game.

·         Second Betting Round - In the second betting round, the player who posted the small blind acts first. This is because there are no mandatory bets to be played in this round. This betting round can go normally with people raising bets and their opponents either calling those raised bets or folding their badugi hands.

·         Second Draw - In the second drawing round, players can either discard any other unwanted cards or draw fresh ones from the deck of undealt cards. Players also have the option of standing pat, or, not drawing any other cards and playing with the hand they were dealt or changed in the first drawing round.

·         Third Betting Round - The third betting round is played just like the second betting round. This round is also played normally with players raising new bets and their opponents either calling those bets or folding their hands and forfeiting the game.

·         Third Draw - The third drawing round is the last drawing round for a game of Badugi. In this round, all the players still in the game, excluding the players who folded their hands, have the options of either discarding any unwanted cards and drawing fresh ones from the deck of undealt cards. The players also have the option of standing pat and neither discarding nor drawing new cards from the deck of undealt cards.

·         Last Betting Round - This round is the last betting round. After the third and last drawing round, all the players have to stick with the cards they have and either raise new bets on those cards or fold their hand.

·         Showdown - After the last betting round, the time comes for the showdown. In this, the players still in the game, excluding the players who folded their cards, have to reveal their hand combinations to the rest of the players. The players with the best hand combinations win the game and take everything in the pot.

Badugi hands and their ranking

Badugi hands are a little different from standard poker and flush hands. Here are the four badugi hands possible in badugi with their rankings.

1)    Badugi - This is also known as a four card hand. This is one of the best badugi hands a player can get. In this badugi hand, there should be no relation between either of the cards. All the cards should be of different ranks and different suits. If multiple people end up having this hand combination, the player holding the hand combination with cards of the lowest rank wins.

2)    Three Card Hand - This is one of the higher badugi hands a player can get. In this badugi hand, there should be at least three cards with no relation between each other. All three of these cards should be of different ranks and different suits.

3)    Two Card Hand - This is one of the lower badugi hands a player can get. In this badugi hand, there should be at least two cards with no relation between each other. Both of these cards should be of different ranks and different suits.

4)    One Card Hand - This is one of the worst badugi hands a player can get. In this hand, all four cards in the player’s hand have some relation between each other.

Strategies to use in Badugi

Just like Texas Holdem and Omaha Poker, Badugi also favours players with the best position. In a game of badugi, the players sitting at the last position have the best chances of winning. This is because they can observe all the players before them and come up with a strategy to win the game. They can leverage their badugi hand along with the other players' badugi hands to win the game. Players sitting at the last position also have the best chances of bluffing in the game. Another strategy that can be used by the players playing badugi involves the number of players at the table. The more people there are, the better chances there are for the player to bluff with four card badugi hands. When playing with 6 players at a table, players can bluff with a two or a three card badugi as opposed to bluffing with a three card hand while sitting at a table with less than four players.

Now that you have all the information needed to play and win a game of badugi, how about trying your hand at a real game. Download the GetMega app and register yourself to play poker online and win big money.

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