Badugi is from Asia and is a lottery version of poker. It shares many similarities as it wins the Lowball. This is in stark contrast to the most popular poker variants, as the manual ranking system is different. The strongest hands are unique, with four low cards, one for each suit. It’s called Badugi.

How to play


Badugi is played using a forced bet called a sticker, in which the player sitting to the left of the player’s button places a small blind, and the player to the left places a large blind. Small blinds are usually equal to half of large blinds.


Each player is dealt four cards face down. Then the first stage of the bet will take place and you will be able to call, lift and fold. After this first bet, the remaining players can now draw. The goal of the lottery is to discard all the cards you don’t want and replace them with new ones that you think will improve your hand. Click the cards you want to discard and click the ‘Discard’ button. You can refuse to discard all four cards if you wish. The second round of betting takes place and players can bet or fold if they do not bet, in which case you can check. After the end of this bet, there will be another lottery and betting. This is followed by the final draw and betting round, followed by a show with more than one player left.

Basic strategy

The object of the game is to make Badugi. So the best starting hand is 4-3-2-A (each card has a different suit).

Badugi’s hand is ranked with the highest card, and the card is always played like a low card, ignoring the straight path. A player wearing a different 9-8-4-3 suit (‘Nine Badugi’) will lose to an opponent wearing an 8-7-3-2 (‘Eight Badugi’). Similarly, 6-3-2-A (a ‘Six Badugi’) will lose to a 5-4-3-2 (a ‘Five Badugi’) team. If the top cards on the hand are tied, the next highest card is considered. Therefore, 6-5-4-A (a ‘Six-Five Badugi’) will lose to 6-4-3-2 (a ‘Six-Four Badugi’).

If a hand deal is reached and no players have Badugi, the player with the best three or two cards wins the pot. For example, if you hold a 6h-4d-3s-Ah, you have two hearts, so ignore the highest and leave the 4-3-Ax axis. This hand is called ‘Four of the Three Cards’ and will be defeated by someone from Badugi but will hit a 7x-5d-4d-3 (ignore the highest diamond and make it a ‘Three Card Seven’, 7-4-3) . All hands of three cards in turn hit all hands of two cards. For example, Ad-As-2d-2c is ‘Two-Card Deuce’, 2-AXX, because there are two pairs). It is even possible to have a ‘One Card’; for example, Qd-Jd-8d-4d has four cards with the same suit, so ignore all three and leave only 4d or “Four of One Card”.

The following Badugi hands (not a complete list) are ranked from the lowest power (# 1, not winning the pot) to the strongest (# 18, nut).

One card hand

[5-xxx] (ignores three diamonds)

[4-xxx] (three shovels ignored)

[Axxx] (Aces ignore three)

Hand with two cards

[QJxx] (ignores Js and another Jack)

[T-9-xx] (Ignore one Ten and nine of the other suit)

[7-6-xx] (ignore the top two shovels)

[2-Axx] (Ignore 3c and Ace)

Hand of three cards

[K-2-Ax] (Kd is ignored)

[Q-2-Ax] (Ignoring the Queen)

[JT-9-x] (Ignore Q)

[JT-6-x] (Ignore Q)

[J-8-6-x] (Ks ignored)

[4-2-Axe] (Ignore 3c)

[3-2-Axe] (ignores three)


[KQJT] (worst Badugi)



[4-3-2-A] (best Badugi)

It is important to think about the position, as the player who played last can get information about which hand the opponent may have by the number of cards he has thrown. If a player who has played before you does not discard any cards, they are likely to already have strong hands.

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