re: Poker & Badugi?
Badugi Starting Hands
Some general guidelines for Badugi starting hands would be, if you start your hand with 4 cards that are ranked 7 or lower, then you have a good Badugi starting hand. If you start with two cards that are ranked 5 or lower, i.e A2xx, 42xx, then you have a good starting hand too. Cards ranked 8 or above are bad for your hand and is generally not a good hand to play.
If you have a good hand in early position, raise it up to drive out other players and to get more money in the pot when you have a good chance at winning.
Badugi shares alot of strategic similarities with other forms of draw poker, and many of the concepts used in draw apply to badugi as well. In general, drawing on the last round against an opponent who has not drawn is considered a mistake, unless special circumstances warrant this maneuver.
Like other forms of poker, position can be an important and powerful component in badugi strategy. Players who are last to act will often have an opportunity to bluff since they are able to observe the actions of other players before they act. In addition, players in late position are able to determine the strength of their hand more accurately by observing the actions of other players and this value bet more thinly, or get away from their hand.
When drawing one card, there are only ten cards which will fill the badugi, the members of the fourth suit which don’t pair the other three cards (13 cards in one suit – 3 potentional pairing cards = 10).
A player holding a badugi can use this to estimate odds
. For example, a player with an 8 high hand, knows at most 5 cards, (A thru 8, less the three pairs) will fill an opponent’s hand and potentially beat his hand.
Another aspect of the strategy of badugi involves the number of people at the table. The more people there are at the table, the more likely there is to be a 4 card badugi out there. Bluffing with a 2 or 3 card hand is not usually advisable when playing at a 6 player table. However, when you are playing with fewer than 4 people, bluffing becomes more effective.
For instance, if you raised pre flop from the button and got called in the blinds, you could right away ’snow’ and stand pat, even with a hand like 65QJ. This puts you on a very strong range, and often the player in the blinds will draw once or twice and then give up when you keep firing and standing pat. Against the right opponent this can be used very effectively on occassion.
If a player has a three card badugi such as A♣ 2♠ 3♦ 3♥ in the first round the odds of you making a four card badugi by the final draw is 51%. If all players are still drawing A♣ 2♠ 3♦ is the best possible hand so betting or raising is the proper strategy to maximize your overall win rate. If you have a one card draw your chance of making a Badugi is roughly 21% per draw.
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