The objective of a Badugi is to make a four card low hand with four different suits and no pairs.


  • In Badugi the Dealer never plays instead a round plastic disc called ‘The Button’ moves around the table clockwise from player to player starting from the first player to the immediate left of the House Dealer.
  • Before every round of play begins the button is shifted to the next player on the left to indicate the dealer for that round. A player is said to be ‘on the button’ if he is the dealer for the round of play.
  • The player to the left of the Dealer must post his forced bets know and the Small Blind, the Big Blind is posted by the player to the left of the Small Blind.
  • After the Blinds have been posted the House Dealer deals four facedown cards to each player at the table.
  • Once all the players receive four cards each the first round of betting begins.
  • Player may choose to play the hand or fold (not to play the hand).
  • If a player chooses to play the hand he must post a bet equal to the Big Blind this is the (minimum bet allowed), there by entering the first betting round.
  • After all bets a complete the remaining player still left in the hand after this betting round, have the option to draw, meaning a player may discard anywhere from 0 to all 4 cards he does not want and have them replaced with the ones that he hopes will improve his hand.
  • This is followed by a second round of betting. Again players have the option to bet or to fold. In case there are no raises players may opt to check.
  • No sooner all the remaining players are done posting their bets or checking another drawing round commences.
  • When all player are done drawing their replacement cards the round of betting starts again.
  • And finally this betting round is followed by yet another round of drawing as well as betting.
  • There after players enter a showdown wherein the player with the best hand takes the pot.


  • Player may win a pot by making the lowest four card hand.
  • If all other players at the table choose to fold.


  • The Small Blind is posted by the player to the left of the Button.
  • The Big Blind is posted by player to the left of the Small Blind
  • In Badugi there are four betting rounds.
  • A player may choose to play the hand, in which case he must call the amount of the Bid Blind which is the minimum bet allowed.
  • Players my also chose to fold their cards.


  • The best possible starting hand therefore is 4-3-2-A (with each card a different suit).

  • A Badugi hand is ranked by its highest card, with aces always playing the low card, and straights ignored. An 8-5-4-3 (a ‘Eight Badugi’) would lose to 7-6-5-4 (a ‘Seven Badugi’).  If the top cards in the hand are tied, then the next-highest card is considered, and so on.  Therefore, a 6-5-4-A (a ‘Six-Five Badugi’) would lose to a 6-4-3-2 (a ‘Six-Four Badugi’).

  • If a hand reaches showdown and no player has a Badugi, the player with the best three-card or two-card hand wins the pot. For example, if you hold 7h-5d-4s-2h, you have two hearts, so the highest one is ignored, leaving a 5-4-2-x.  That hand is known as a ‘Three Card Five’, and would lose to any Badugi, but it would beat 8h-6d-5d-4s (the highest diamond is ignored, making a ‘Three Card 8’, 8-5-4-x),.  All three-card hands, in turn, beat all two-card hands.  For example, Ad-As-2d-2c is a ‘Two-Card Deuce’, 2-A-X-X, because there are two pairs). It’s even possible to have a ‘One Card’ hand; for example, Qd-Jd-8d-4d has four cards of the same suit, so three of them are ignored, leaving just the 4d, a ‘One-Card Four’.



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