Badugi is a form of draw poker, played with low combinations with a very peculiar hand ranking system.
This game is played by a maximum of 6 persons. The object of the Badugi is to build the lowest possible hand with no two cards of the same denomination and none of the identical colour.
A combination with 4 cards of various values and colors is called a badugi. The best possible low combination therefore is A:2:3:4 off suited.
But Badugi combination can comprise of 4, 3, 2 or even just single card.
Badugi Betting. This poker game can be played as a normally limit game, a pot limit game, in the more exotic half-pot limit betting structure or no-limit badugi.
In a limit game, the higher betting sum starts on the third of the four betting rounds.
A pot limit game permits the gamblers to stake up to the size of the actual pot value.
In a half pot limit, the higher bet in any stage is equivalent to 1/2 of the pot.
No-limit game does not use any betting limits.
Blinds. Badugi is played with compulsory bets known as a Big Blind (BB) and a Small Blind (SB). Before the cards are dealt the first two players to the left of the dealer must post the small blind and the BB.
The SB is typically equivalent to half of the BB.
Betting and drawing round. Once the blinds are placed, the dealer gives each of the persons 4 dark cards in a clockwise direction starting with the player to the left of the SB.
Afterwards, the initial betting round, referred to as the pre-draw round, begins with the player to the left of the BB.
Each person have the identical choices as the other form of game which includes; call, bet, raise and fold.
When pre-draw action is over, the players can draw new cards. Active players exchanges as few as 0 or as many as all the 4 cards from their combinations.
Once all players have received the replacement cards, the second round of betting takes place, starting with the 1st player to the left of the dealer and moving in a clockwise order.
In total, there are 4 series of betting and 3 opportunities to draw cards.
The showdown. At the showdown, the active player with the hand with a lower value wins the pot. In the instance of ties, the pot will be split accordingly.