How to Play Badugi | Official Rules for Badugi & Badeucy Poker


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."

Badugi Rules

  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:

Badugi Poker Hand Ranking

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 is 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.


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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.


How to Play Badeucy Poker

Two poker games that have exploded in popularity over the last couple of years are Badugi and 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball.  Both are draw poker variants and tend to produce a lot of action.

Somewhere along the line, someone decided to make a split pot game by combining the two games and Badeucy was born.

Aces Are Bad

As a quick refresher: In 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball you're looking to make the lowest five-card hand. Straights and flushes hurt your hand and an ace is always high.

In Badugi you're looking for a four-card hand with one of each suit. This is called a Badugi. If more than one player has a Badugi, the lowest hand wins.

Normally the lowest Badugi is A-2-3-4. However, in Badeucy, aces are also high for the Badugi hand. This makes the best Badugi hand 2-3-4-5.

Most Badeucy games run six-handed.

In Badeucy the goal is to scoop the full pot by taking half with the best 2-7 hand and the other half with the best Badugi.

Playing Badeucy

Most Badeucy games are played six-handed and fixed-limit betting is generally used. A button will determine the dealer position and the two players to the left of the dealer post the small and big blinds.

Once blinds are posted each player is dealt five cards. After a round of betting the remaining players may exchange cards or stand pat.

Players can exchange up to five cards, but this is not typical.

There are three draws in Badeucy with a round of betting after each round. Betting on the deal and after the first draw is in the small bet amount, or the size of the big blind.

Betting on the second and third draw is done in the big bet amount, typically double the big blind. After the third draw and final round of betting the remaining players go to showdown.

The player with the best 2-7 lowball hand wins half the pot and the player with the best Badugi hand wins the other half. In the event the same player wins both hands, he or she scoops the pot.

Basic Badeucy Strategy Tips

Like most split-pot games you want to focus on starting hands that give you the best possibility to scoop.

First, stay away from higher badugis when possible. Since everyone is getting five cards instead of four the odds of improving to a lower badugi increases.

For starting hands try and focus on playing hands requiring just two cards to complete a hand.

Preferably you want at least three suits to start with. That way you have three draws to your badugi and you can focus on your 2-7 hand.


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If you've got a good one-way hand, pump the pot.

Pump Your One-Way Hands

Unlike Stud 8 or Omaha 8 this is one game where you want to pump your one-way hands.

Let's say you get dealt 2s-3s-4s-5h-7d. You have the nut 2-7 hand but no badugi.

In this case, don't worry about the other half and try and pump the pot. Odds are that you will have multi-way action to the end and win half of a nice pot.

Yes, there is a chance you could get quartered by someone else hitting the same 2-7 hand. However the odds of that happening are not the same as in Omaha Hi-Lo.

If there is a lot of action in a pot after the first draw and you have to draw more than one card it might be time to abandon the hand.

Unless your game is very loose a lot of action after the draw is usually being driven by one or more players with at least half a made hand.

These players are freerolling and pumping the pot. You're drawing and should wait for a better spot.

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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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