Official Badugi Rules & Game Play

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One of the few draw games gaining popularity in the community card-dominated world, Badugi is a fun, action-laden game.

Although it shares many aspects of its structure with other draw games, such as 2-7 Triple-Draw Lowball, Badugi uses an entirely distinct system for evaluating the winning hand. A hand in Badugi is aptly named "a Badugi."

Dealing and Game Play

  1. Badugi is a "blind game," meaning the player to the left of the dealer puts in the small blind, and the player to the left of the small blind puts in the big blind.
  2. Starting with the player on the left of the dealer, and moving clockwise around the table, every player is dealt four cards facedown, one card at a time.
  3. Once all players have their four cards, the first betting round starts with the player to the left of the big blind.
  4. Once the betting round has completed, the players enter the first drawing round.
  5. Starting with the player on the dealer's left, the player announces how many cards he would like to throw away from his hand, and receives new ones in return.
  6. The dealer deals all of the cards to that player at once, and moves on to the next player.
  7. A player can choose to throw away no cards, keeping their hand intact. This is known as standing pat or rapping pat.
  8. Once all players have received their new cards, the second betting round begins, starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
  9. This pattern repeats until either:
    • Only one player is left, the rest having folded.
    • The players have completed the betting round after the third drawing round.

If you'd like more information on things such as betting rounds or blinds, head to this article:


Once all betting is complete, the best Badugi wins the pot.

  1. A Badugi must be made up of the lowest one to four cards from a player's hand.
  2. Hands are counted from the highest card down, the value of the hand based on how low the highest cards in the hand are.
  3. Aces are low.
  4. All cards used must be of different suits and ranks.
  5. Any four-card Badugi beats any three-card Badugi.
  6. A two-card Badugi is beaten by any three- or four-card Badugi.
  7. Some hand examples:
    • A 2 3 4 - This is the best possible Badugi, known as a "four-card four."
    • A 2 3 3 - Since you cannot have a pair, this hand can't use the second three, making the hand a "three-card three". This hand would lose to any four-card Badugi.
    • 2 3 7 9 - This is a three-card nine. Since the 3 is of the same suit as the 2, the higher of the two cards cannot be used.
    • A 2 3 T versus 4 6 7 9. The second hand wins with a four-card nine beating the four-card ten.
  8. Any two players holding the same hand split the pot.

Once the player with the winning hand has received the pot, the player who was to the left of the dealer becomes the new dealer for the next hand.

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Tashi 2010-05-07 10:50:31

Hi Sean,

Thanks for the reply.
I have more questions as usual :-)

In Online Poker, draw Games Suppose, Player is allowed to discard and draw any number of cards [0-5]. They are allowed to draw five consecutive cards from the deck
Let us consider, there are 8 players till the end of the Second Round of Betting. Each Player gets an opportunity to discard 0-4 pocket cards and draw from the deck all together. Each Player will discard and receive their new cards from the deck before moving on to the next player.

For Example:
All Players are Dealt 4 Cards Each. Now the Deck has 20 cards left
Player 1 – Draws 4 Cards from original deck – Cards left on Deck - 16
Player 2 - Draws 4 Cards from original deck – Cards left on Deck - 12
Player 3 - Draws 4 Cards from original deck – Cards left on Deck - 8
Player 4 - Draws 3 Cards from original deck – Cards left on Deck - 5
Player 5 - Draws 4 Cards from original deck – Cards left on Deck - 1
Player 6 – Discards 4 cards however they run out of cards for drawing hence the remaining cards and cards player discarded previously are shuffled together to make a new deck and Player 6 is replaced their cards from this new deck
Player 7 – Draws 4 cards from the new deck
Player 8 – Draws 4 cards from the new deck

Now my question is :
Are cards discarded in previous rounds (First draw Round) only shuffled or even discards from the current round (Second Draw round) is shuffled?

Is the player prevented from getting back a card which they previously discarded in the round (First/Second)

Sean Lind 2010-05-06 18:53:57


In your first question:

You are correct, the best possible hand there is a two-card Six (6-4).

It doesn't matter which four you use, since it's all the same.

In your second question, you're playing a one-card King (I.E you lose to everyone, since you have the worst possible hand in the game)

Again, it doesn't matter which king you choose to play.

Tashi 2010-05-06 14:09:21

To support my above question
King(h), King(s), King(c),King(d) - will form 1-card hand i.e. 1-card King

Any suit can be considered when dispalying the card...

tashi 2010-05-06 14:07:31

Hand Evaluation:

Let us consider 8(c), 6(c), 4(s), 4(d), two cards are considered one from the pair and one from the suited cards and the other two are not considered for the Hand . This is done to have a 2-card hand i.e. 2-card six [6(c), 4(s)]

My question here is that as stated suits are not considered while evakuating the hands can any of the number four cards can be considered for the 2-card spade or diamond.

Can any number 4 card can be discarded and not considered for hand evalution taking suits into cinsideration

Thanks in advance


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