Badugi Poker: Poker with an Asiatic Touch

Badugi poker (also known as Paduki or Padooki) is a relatively unknown variant of draw poker. It became popular in Asia and it became also known in Europe and America in the meantime. Even though this poker variant is not played at the big poker tournaments and it is only offered at a few of the online poker rooms, it is much fun and provides a lot of action. The rules are easy to learn and therefore it is suitable both for beginners and occasional players.

Badugi Poker – The Basics

A Badugi poker play consists of four betting rounds and three draw rounds, each one after the other. In a draw round you can buy several cards and the game is played without having any community cards. Each player gets four cards. The process resembles Texas Hold’em: it is played with blinds. The remarkable thing of Badugi is: the lowest hand wins. Therefore, the ace is always considered to be the lowest card. Streets, three-of-a-kind, and pairs do not exist when playing Badugi poker and the best hand is ace-2-3-4. The color sequence does not matter when playing Badugi poker, but each color may be used two times. This applies to all hands for Badugi poker. It is the aim to get a hand without double colors. Furthermore, you should not get any pairs. If a poker player gets two cards of the same color or a pair at the end of the game, the double color is null and void.

Badugi Poker Strategy                   

At first you should learn the rules of the game – especially when otherwise playing Texas Hold’em or Omaha: after all, Badugi partly is a mirrored version of conventional poker. Bluffing is performed like it is when playing any other poker games. Same as Texas Hold’em, positioning is very important. The end positions are the safest positions and they are better suited to get any information. Regarding the starting hands you should consider the following rules of thumb. Play to 5 when having 2 cards, when having low cards play to 7. If you should have a good hand you should raise immediately to minimize the number of your opponents. This way, you can avoid that too many opponents will be able to buy good cards.