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Badugi!

3 years ago at 11:56 am

Lately I seem to be taking some really bad beats in holdem. I won't go through the ugly details because I hate bad beat stories. So, I decided to switch it up a bit and play some Badugi. Merge has some daily Badugi tournaments that are fast and furious. Yesterday I played a $3 tourney and survived for 2nd place and a $33 payout. Here's some of the stuff I had to learn before playing:

Badugi Basics:

Badugi is a lowball triple draw game played with 4 cards. The object is to get 4 cards of different suits and different denominations. You don't want to see pairs or cards of the same suit. The best hand in Badugi is (4, 3, 2, A) Rainbow. Straights are OK.

4 Card Badugi: 4 cards of all different suits, with no pairs. eg. This hand will beat any 3 card Badugi or less.

3 Card Badugi: 3 Cards Rainbow. eg. . Please note that because there's a pair only one of the 3s counts towards your hand. This will beat a 2 card Badugi.

2 Card Badugi: 2 Cards Rainbow. eg . Only one of the Ks and one of the Hearts can be used. This terrible hand will beat a one card Badugi.

1 Card Badugi: This is where only one card can be used. It means you have either drawn a flush or 4 of a kind. eg. .

Badugi is played like Holdem where there's a small blind and a big blind, Betting starts after the Big Blind. Most Badugi games are pot limit. There is a total of 3 draws and there is a round of betting after each draw. You can draw up to 4 cards. Betting starts after the dealer after each draw. Badugi is a lowball game so low cards are good and high cards bad. Aces are low.

Badugi Strategy:

Starting hands: Generally speaking, 2 card to a 5 low (), or 3 cards to a 7 low () are playable. If you get a decent hand it's a good idea to bet every round, giving free draws is a no no. Some holdem strategies work well here, Your choice of starting hands should increase the closer you are to the button.

You should keep and eye on how many cards your opponents are drawing. If they are drawing zero cards (Standing) there's a good chance they have a 4 card Badugi. If you are dealt a 3 card Badugi, the chances of you completing for 4 cards in the first round is only 48%, in the 2nd round it's 35% and 3rd round it's about 25%. So, it's important to know what the pot odds are, and whether it's in your best interest to call. If you are the one with a 4 card Badugi, then you want to make sure that you aren't pricing your opponents in, with your bets. You should be making pot sized bets if they are still drawing. If you have a really good Badugi hand then of course you will want to price the drawing hands in so that you maximize your profit.

Badugi Snow: This is where someone may stand on there cards to make it look like they have a 4 card Badugi. By drawing 0 cards, it looks like they have a full Badugi and a pot sized bet after this usually will get their opponents to fold. There are times to Snow and times not to. If you see all your opponents drawing for 2 or 3 cards after the second round it might be a good time to pull it off. A snow job is always best to do if you are in position. Don't worry if you get caught snowing, it could work to your advantage in later rounds when you actually do have a hand.

OK, there you have it. Now that you know the basics try it out. The game is still fairly new and there's a lot of people that really don't have a clue at what they're doing in this game. It can get just as frustrating as holdem when you don't get the draws, but it can be a lot of fun too. I'd like to see Pokerspace hold a few Badugi tourneys now that you are all trained

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    • dipstick2 (Ace high) wrote Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 9:14 am:
      i,m glad yu like badugi,but i cant stand it it is to frustratin,well done in your 2nd place win
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    • Melodyme (Aces full) wrote Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm:
      Great info G!
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    • schubereater (Pair of twos) wrote Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 9:14 pm:
      i love badugi but haven't played since there hasen't been a "freeroll" for a while. i like the game, am so-so in playing, wont wager real money til i "GET IT DOWN"
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    • playful1 (Quad aces) wrote Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm:
      PLAYFUL IS AN EXPERT AT THIS GAME GO BAD GO
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    • raguli (Jacks full) wrote Wednesday, August 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm:
      Thanks for the info Graham, never played it but might give it a whirl.
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