Badugi is a new game taking the live poker world by storm. It is an action-packed game combining the most exciting elements of poker with a new spin on hand values and psychology.

Badugi is a triple draw four card low-hand wins game! The best low hand is comprised of four cards, with none of the same suit and none of the same rank; i.e., ace, two, three, four, all of different suits, is the best possible hand!!

When you find yourself holding 4 cards of different rank and suit, then you are holding a . . . BADUGI.


Each player is dealt 4 cards in a clockwise direction starting from the player on the Small Blind. Cards are dealt to each player one card at a time.

Once everyone has their 4 cards the action begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind and continues around the table in a clockwise direction.


Badugi can be played as either a Limit game, a Pot Limit game or even a Half Pot Limit game. No matter what level of action mixed with skill you like best there is a game to suit you!

Limit Badugi

All bets are made in incremental units. On Rounds 1 and 2 a player can bet the lower level bet (e.g. in a $2/$4 game the bet for Rounds 1 and 2 would be $2). On Rounds 3 and 4 players can bet the higher level bet (e.g. in a $2/$4 game the bet for rounds 3 and 4 would be $4). Betting is capped at 4 bets per round as is standard in all limit games.

Pot Limit Badugi

In Pot Limit Badugi players can raise any amount at any stage, ranging from the minimum bet (i.e. the big blind amount) up to how much is already in the pot. E.g. if the pot is comprised of the small blind ($2), the big blind ($4), and one caller ($4), then the next active player can bet any amount from $4 up to the total value of the current pot (on top of his initial call), in this case the maximum bet would be $18. ($2 + $4 + $4 + $4).

All bettors can raise the pot by the total value of the current pot as it stands when it is their turn to act. So in Pot Limit Badugi there is no limit to the amount of betting allowed on any particular round, as opposed to it being capped in the Limit version.

Half Pot Limit Badugi

The same rules apply to Half Pot Limit Badugi as they do to Pot Limit Badugi. The only exception is that the maximum a player can raise is the value of half the current pot. E.g. if the pot is comprised of the small blind ($2), the big blind ($4), one caller ($4), the next player to act can bet any amount from $4 up to a maximum of $11. ($2 + $4 + $4 + $4 /2) = 7. So it would be a call of $4 and a raise of $7, making a total bet of $11. So in this case the player can bet any amount from $4 to $11.


Each player is dealt 4 cards, after which the first betting round ensues, based on the strength of each player’s initial 4 cards. The betting amounts will depend which variation of Badugi you are playing,Limit, Pot Limit or Half Pot Limit.

  • First Bet Round:  In this round the first player to act is the first participating player clockwise from the big blind.  The player may fold, call, or raise.  Each player in clockwise order is asked to bet, (call, raise, fold or check). Once everyone has had their turn and all bets are matched you move on to the First Draw.
  • First Draw Round:  Players are offered the opportunity to draw zero to four cards, clockwise from the first participating seat to the left of the dealer button.  Players select which cards to keep and which to replace through a draw. Drawing zero cards is known as 'Standing Pat'.
  • Second Bet Round:  Once players have completed their first draws, the second betting round is held.  Again, the bet increment uses the low stakes.
  • Second Draw Round:  Same as first draw round.
  • Third Bet Round:  Same as second bet round, only exception is that on this round the high stake is used for the betting increment.
  • Third Draw Round:  Same as second draw round, applying reshuffle of discards as is necessary.
  • Final Bet Round:  The final betting round follows the same rules, using the high stake and leads to a showdown if more than one player remains standing.


It’s time to show your hand and see who won. The winning player scoops the pot! The showdown rules follow those of Hold'em. In brief, the player whose last bet is called, if there is one, shows cards first. If there is no last aggressor, showdown begins from the first participant holding cards, clockwise from the dealer button. As hands are shown, players with losing hands may muck or show, similar to Hold'em options


Once the showdown is complete the winner is announced and awarded the pot. Fingers crossed that player will be you!


  • Side pots are accumulated and awarded just as they are in all other games.
  • Make sure you never forget that in this game the lowest hand wins!!