Badugi is a unique and intriguing variant of poker that involves creating the lowest possible hand with unique suits and ranks. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to play Badugi:
The objective of Badugi Poker:
The objective of Badugi is to have the best four-card hand with distinct suits and ranks, aiming for the lowest possible hand.
Setup of Badugi Poker:
1. Ante: Each player places an initial bet, known as the "ante," to start the round. The ante creates the initial pot for the hand.
2. Card Dealing: Each player is dealt four private cards face-down.
Betting Rounds in Badugi Poker:
3. First Betting Round: Starting with the player to the left of the dealer, there's a round of betting. Players can fold (discard their cards and forfeit the pot), call (match the current bet), or raise (increase the bet) based on their hand strength.
Drawing Phases and Betting Rounds in Badugi Poker:
4. First Drawing Phase: After the first betting round, players have the option to exchange (draw) zero to four of their cards in an attempt to improve their hand. The goal is to discard higher-ranking cards and keep or draw lower-ranking cards to form a Badugi hand.
5. Second Betting Round: After the first drawing phase, there's another round of betting. Players can fold, call, or raise based on their hand's potential.
6. Second Drawing Phase: Similar to the first drawing phase, players who are still in the hand and want to exchange cards participate in another drawing phase.
7. Third Betting Round: After the second drawing phase, there's a third round of betting. Players can continue to fold, call, or raise.
8. Final Drawing Phase: Like the previous rounds, players who are still in the hand and want to exchange cards can participate in the final drawing phase.
Final Betting Round and Showdown in Badugi Poker:
9. Final Betting Round: After the final drawing phase, there's a final round of betting. Players can make their last bets based on their hand's potential.
10. Showdown: If there are two or more players remaining after the final betting round, there's a showdown. Players reveal their hands, and the player with the best Badugi hand wins the pot.