Badugi is a card game very similar to Texas Hold’em, but the rules of the game (if you remember) are always the same. Well, almost. There are a couple of small changes made to Badugi from Texas Hold’em and these changes are the key to learning how to become a Badugi Pro.
As you remember, Texas Hold’em is poker with a house advantage. If you have the best hand, the dealer (dealer) has a better hand than you. This is the essence of the game. Then again, you can always “top up” your bankroll in the safe confines of your home. It is probably a safe assumption that you are aware of all the rules (or lack thereof) in Texas Hold’em. So you, in order to become a Badugi Pro, would have to know all the rules, also have a good knowledge of poker, and most importantly, practice the various games of Egp88.
Once you understand the rules, it is time to look at the cards each player is dealt. The combination of cards (or hand) you are dealt is the basis of your Badugi strategy. While it is not necessary to memorise the exact sequence of cards, doing so will give you a much better idea of what cards to expect. It is quite common in Badugi games to deal with three cards, one of which is normally considered the “hole card”. This is the card that is dealt face up in the middle of the table.
The next round of betting starts with the player who is still in the hand or those who haveDropped. If you are still in the hand, you should readjust your hand and toss the cards face-down to the table so they are accessible to all the other players. Once you ascertain that you are not the winner, you should proceed to the next round of betting.
If you are the winner of the previous round, you can adjust the strategy. You can either stick to the strategy of the type that worked in the previous round or you can adjust the strategy itself. In the latter case, if the other players still in the hand deem your hand as better than yours, you can backdoor your bet (a variant of Badugi) and hope that the other players will fold. If you are playing Badugi, there is no house advantage on this, but you do get a chance to backdoor your bet if everyone else folds.
The stakes in Badugi games are usually low. You can bet lower to decrease your risk and increase your opportunity to win. Of course, you will have to dread greatly the possibility of losing big money if the cards you hold are really poor. Please note, though, that the Big Five strategy works equally well for the game of Badugi.
The final round of betting commences and this is the point of maximum risk and reward. If you are the last to bet, this is the point where money is the easiest to be made. You could give your hand an widest possible chance to win and you will not have to fear the possibility of losing a fortune. If you wish, you can wide open your second card therefore, hoping to acquire the highest card possible. If this happens, you will have a great possibility of winning the game.
As you can see, this game is both easy to learn and hard to master. At the same time, it is very easy to learn and it is hard to master because it involves your opponents. If you presume Poker to be a game of bluff, you can easily defeat other players in this game. You just have to bet in a broad way. Learn Badugi and you will be a Badugi pro.