Badugi rules

Badugi is a mixture of the rules for the increasingly popular Badugi and the Deuce to Seven Triple Draw rules. In principle, Badugi’s goal is to make the best Badugi and 2-7 lowball hands simultaneously.

Here are the Badugi rules:
Player: 2 – 6
Betting rounds: 3
Category: Draw Poker
Betting options: Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, Spread Limit, No Limit, Mixed Limit, Split Limit

Poker Rules Badugi Poker

Badugi can be played with blinds or antes as a basic bet. The process is similar to other draw poker variants like Five Card Draw or Badugi.

Betting Round 1: Each player receives five face-down cards. This is followed by the first round of betting, started by the player to the left of the big blind (if played with blinds) or by the player to the left of the dealer (if played with antes).

First Draw: The still active players can now discard up to three cards and receive new cards for this. This is followed by the second betting round.

Second Draw: The game repeats itself. Again, players can discard up to three cards and exchange them for new ones from the deck, followed by a betting round.

In the showdown the pot is split. The first half wins the player with the best Badugi hand. The second half is won by the player with the best Deuce to Seven lowball hand.

This is how the Badugi leaf is formed

A badugi is a hand of 4 cards that contains no pair and no cards of the same color. In the showdown, players must first remove each pair from their cards. You must also remove all cards that have the same color. If you have two hearts cards, they must be discarded, and your own final hand then only consists of 2 cards.

Once pairs and cards of the same color have been placed, all players compare to each other how many cards each player now holds. The more cards, the better. A 2-card hand hitting a hand with only 1 card. A 4-card hand beats any other hand made up of only 3, 2, or 1 cards.

Remain then still left players who can boast the same high number of cards, e.g. two players with four cards each, they compare the value of their cards.

The lower the cards the better. They start with the highest card. If player A has e.g. an 8 as highest card and player B a 7, automatically wins player B. Both have an 8 as highest card, compare their second highest card, and so on. In this variant the ace counts as 1, as the smallest card value.

This is how the 2-7 lowball hand is made

A lowball hand is better, the lower the cards are. At Deuce to Seven Lowball, the smallest card is the two. The ace does not count as one like in other lowball variants.

Likewise, streets and flushes count in the rating. If you have 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, this is a road and a relatively bad hand. The best hand in 2-7 lowball is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, although not all cards must be of the same suit, otherwise they would make a flush.

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