Common Badugi Poker MistakesWhen you’re trying to master any poker game variant, it becomes extremely important to steer clear of some basic mistakes. This is even more important than learning the complex tricks. No matter how knowledgeable you may be about the game, you’ll still end up on the losing side if you continue to make certain errors. Let’s go over some commonly made mistakes by Badugi players, both beginners as well as the advanced-level players. You’ll be able to make far more money playing Badugi poker if you manage to plug such leaks in your game.
One of the most common temptations in Badugi poker is to play almost every hand you get. After all, you can possibly improve your hand using three draws. Resultantly, it’s not uncommon to see some players consistently drawing three or two cards, especially if they’ve a seven and an eight in their hands.
When you’re playing Badugi poker, this is the biggest mistake you can make.
If you start out with a poor hand, the chances are high you’ll also end up with a poor one. Worse still, you may often convince yourself successfully that there’s a good chance of winning, making you chase third or second-best hand, even after the bets have doubled post the second draw.
On the other hand, you’d significantly improve your winning chances and may ultimately post big profits if you play only the solid cards aggressively, raising only when you get pat hands like a one card draw to a seven or something better, opting to stay on two card draws during the later stages with unraised pots and two cards lower than five.
Obviously, since it’s a poker game, there may be times when you’ll still get run over by other players’ draws, however, you’ll do well if you continue giving yourself the best chances of winning.
Whenever you feel that you’re in possession of the best possible Badugi hand, it’s a mistake to not raise and re-raise with that hand. Please keep in mind that the more is the number of players who remain with a chance to draw cards, the more will be the chances of someone else beating your cards. So unless you’re in possession of absolutely unbeatable cards, you must do your best to push as many players out of the game as possible. Doing so becomes extremely important when you get a vulnerable pat hand, for instance a King, Queen or a Jack-high Badugi. Although you may still come out on top if you go into a heads up confrontation with such a hand, you may slowly become an underdog with every additional player drawing more and more cards. In fact, it may be a better idea to not even play such a hand if there are 3 or 4 players on the table who consistently draw every single hand, as you’re most likely to get beaten majority of the times.
If you get something like a K 5 3 A at such a table, you’d be better off getting rid of the King and making a better Badugi hand. Your three card hand may turn out to be the best one if no one at the table makes a pat hand. But if someone does manage to get a good hand, your King-high hand is most likely to end up on the losing side.
Lastly, you should be aware of the number of outs you may get when you choose to draw against a pat hand, followed by paying close attention to the pot odds and whether they are good enough to continue or not. For instance, if it’s a £ 5 / £ 10 table you’re playing at, and £ 30 is the total amount in the pot post the second draw, the pot odds just aren’t good enough to chase a one card draw placing a £ 10 bet, unless of course your opponent is feigning a pat hand. You have no more than 10 outs even if this player’s playing with a King-high badugi. You should ideally fold as the pot odds aren’t good enough.