Baduci Poker Rules

Baduci is one of the latest poker variants to hit the felt, combining the standard game play of Badugi and 2-7 Triple Draw into a single, split-pot mixed game. Pronounced “Bah-Due-See”, the game is so new that it is actually known by several spellings – Baduci, Badeucy or Badeucey.

Baduci Poker is a game for 2 to 8 players, using a normal deck of 52 cards.

To best define the rules of Baduci, we’ll need to define both games involved – Badugi and 2-7 Triple Draw. We’ll start with Badugi…

Baduci Rules

Badugi is a strictly Lowball poker game that requires player to use only 4 cards. There are three draw phases in which to develop the best possible hand. Below are the requirements of hand development.

Aces are the lowest card in Baduci.
Straight and Flushes don’t count.
Pairs count against you.
Same suits count against you.
If you have a Pair or Same Suit after the final draw, you must abandon one of the two cards for your final hand, leaving you with a 3-card hand (or lower).
A 4-card hand is always better than a hand of 3 or less cards.
The hand with the lowest high-card wins (unless effected by 4-card hand rule). If high-card ties, move to next highest card, and so on, to determine the winner.
The perfect hand is A-2-3-4, called “Badugi”.

Baduci Rules – 2-7 Triple Draw

In 2-7 Triple Draw (TD), players are competing for the lowest hand, but the rules of hand development are not like that of Badugi. 2-7 TD invokes the following rules of hand development:

Aces are the highest card.
Straights and Flushes count against you.
Pairs count against you.
Same Suits do not matter (so long as it’s not a Flush).
The hand with the lowest high-card wins. If high-card ties, move to next highest card, and so on, until a winner is determined.
The best possible 2-7 TD hand is 2-3-4-5-7.

Baduci Rules – Split Pot

Like normal Hi/Lo poker games, the winners of each hand split the pot. One player will win the Badugi hand, and another player wins the 2-7 Triple Draw hand. It is possible for the same player to win both hands, referred to as “scooping the pot”. However, unlike most Hi/Lo games, there will always be two winning hands. There is no need for a hand to ‘Qualify’ (i.e. 8 or Better) to win.