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PostSubject: Basic Play and Strategy   Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:33 am

Objective: to have the lowest non suited, non-paired hand at the end of the draws.

Basic Play: Badugi is played exactly the same as any other triple-draw poker game. It uses the same button, big/small blind betting system as hold'em. Blinds are posted. Each player is dealt four cards and a round of betting ensues. After the round of betting player's choose which cards to redraw, starting with the small blind going clockwise. Another round of betting ensues. These two steps are repeated until there are no draws left or no remaining players. At the end of all drawing and betting rounds, if players remain cards are turned over, and best hand wins.

Strategy: Badugi is a draw poker variant similar to triple draw, but with hand values similar to lowball. The betting structure and overall play of the game is identical to a standard poker game using blinds, but, unlike traditional poker which involves a minimum of five cards, players' hands contain only four cards at any one time. During each of three drawing rounds, players can trade zero to four cards from their hands for new ones from the deck, in an attempt to form the best badugi hand and win the pot.

A badugi hand consists of one to four cards (from among the four cards in a player's hand) with distinct ranks and suits, which means you don't want pairs at all and you want 4 different suits. Thus duplicates of suit or of rank are disregarded. Any four-card badugi hand beats a three-card badugi hand, a three-card badugi hand beats a two-card badugi hand, and a two-card badugi hand beats a one-card badugi hand. A four-card badugi hand is called a "badugi".

Two badugi hands containing the same number of cards are evaluated by comparing the highest card in each hand (where ace is low). As in lowball, the hand with the lower card is superior. If there is a tie for the highest card, the second highest card (if there is one) is compared. If the ranks of all the cards in the badugi hand are the same the two hands tie. Suits are irrelevant in comparison of two hands.

Badugi shares many strategic similarities with other forms of draw poker, and many of the strategic concepts used in draw apply to badugi as well. In general, drawing on the last round against an opponent who has not drawn is considered a mistake, unless special circumstances warrant this maneuver.

Like other games with a fixed order of play, position can be an important component in badugi strategy. Players who are last to act often have an opportunity to bluff since they are able to observe the actions of other players before they act. In addition, players in late position are able to determine the strength of their hand more accurately by observing the actions of other players.

When drawing one card, there are only ten cards which will fill the badugi;the members of the fourth suit which don't pair the other three cards. A player holding a badugi can use this to estimate odds. For example, a player with an 8 high hand, knows at most 5 cards (A thru 8, less the three pairs) will fill an opponent's hand.

Another aspect of the strategy of badugi involves the number of people at the table. The more people there are at the table, the more likely there is to be a 4 card badugi. Bluffing with a 2 or 3 card hand is not usually advisable when playing at a 6 player table. However, when you are playing with fewer than 4 people, bluffing becomes more effective.


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PostSubject: Re: Basic Play and Strategy   Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:07 pm

thanks for the info, now I understand the game better Basketball
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PostSubject: Re: Basic Play and Strategy   Sun Apr 18, 2010 6:26 pm

This is one of my favorite games it's fun with lots of action Like a Star @ heaven
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