Badugi Poker Rules

Badugi is also known as Padooki and Paduki. It could not be more different than the other forms of poker being a lowball, draw game with its own unique hand ranking system. The Badugi craze started off in Korea and found its way to online poker rooms a few years ago. It is a really fun game and a good to try-out if your bored by Holdem or Omaha.

Badugi is played with blinds and is a fixed limit game.

Basic Badugi Poker Rules

The object of the game is to make a Badugi. A Badugi is a four card hand of all different suits with no pairs. The nuts hand is therefore 4 – 3 – 2 – A rainbow. The rules for Badugi are as follows:

1)      One player is assigned dealer.

2)      The player to the left of the dealer pays the small blind and the player who is sitting to the left of the small blind is the big blind.

3)      The dealer gives four cards to each player, all face down.

4)      The first betting round now begins with the player to the left of the big blind. They have the choice of calling the big blind, raising or folding.

5)      If there are still players in the game after the first betting round then the first drawing round takes place. This starts with the player nearest to the dealer’s left who has the option of drawing 0-4 cards.

6)      A second round of betting now begins. Once complete and if there are players still remaining, a second draw round takes place.

7)      A third round of betting now begins and once complete. Once complete and if there are players still remaining, a third draw round takes place.

8)      Showdown. The player with the best hand wins using the unique Badugi hand ranking system.

9)      If two players hold hands of the same rank then the pot is split.

Badugi Hand Ranking System

Badugi has its own unique hand ranking system. There are only four cards, aces are always low and straights do not count. Pairs and flushes, however, do count. A Badugi must therefore consist of four cards of all different suits and ranks.

Hands are ranked by their highest card so 4-3-2-A will beat 5-4-3-A .

If you have a pair then your hand is known as a three card Badugi and will be beaten by any four card Badugi. For example, 4-4-2-A is a “three card four” and will lose to K-Q-10-4.

If you have a flush then your hand will also be a three card Badugi. For example, 4s-3s-2-A is a “three card 3”. When two cards are suited, the higher of the two cards cannot be used. In our example the 4 and the 3 are suited and so the 4 is disregarded. Remember, this hand will be beaten by any four card Badugi.

A two card hand is beaten by any three card or four card Badugi. Examples of two card hands are when you hold three cards of the same rank, e.g. J-J-J-Q is a “two card queen”.

A one card hand is beaten by any two card, three card or four card Badugi. Examples of one card hands are when you hold four cards of the same rank e.g. A-A-A-A (“one card ace”) or when all your cards are of the same suit e.g. 9s-6s-4s-2s (“one card 2”)

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