The origins of baduci poker are unknown and many people confuse this game with badugi poker because of how closely the spelling of the name is. Baduci is actually a card game that has a split pot and rule. The split pot is normally used when a player and their opponents reached the number of cards needed. As a result, the players are dealt a worst or winning hand. This is actually not at all unusual as this type of poker is considered a lot easier than other versions of the game like pai gow poker. Baduci is usually played with a single deck of 52 cards and the number of cards per deck is usually twice that of pai gow poker.
Baduci is played with a single set of dealer cards. The dealer is the person who deals the cards in casinos and more often than not this person is an employee who takes and selects cards. Each card has a value according to what the card is. Some cards are worth ten points, or a total of 20 points. Cards ranging from nine to two worth ten are worth their face value. Lower cards are worth face value. When the cards are dealt, always split the aces and eights.
The rankings of the hands also differ in baduci poker. The hand that a player holds can be from the single card airplane or the full boat. If the hand has all cards of the same kind they are known as a royal hand. The player with the lowest card value wins the hand and brings home the pot. When there are no hands matching the one you are holding, bring in card #1 from the deck. Your opponent can either stay pat, or if they have unmatched cards they can choose to draw matching cards. The player can also choose to stay pat or draw matching cards if they have unmatched cards. Following this, the player with the highest card value wins the pot. A badugi is when the pot does not contain any cards of the same kind, and the hand is not a duplicate.
Baduci has many variants of poker with the most common of which is baduci eight or better. When playing baduci poker, a player is dealt three cards. The player has to make the best hand possible out of the seven cards they are dealt. The cards that the player receives are added to what the player’s hand is and the player must choose which cards they want to discard. This continues on until the player has made a hand and all of the cards have been removed. The player then uses the two cards they have to make the hand they have. The first round of betting begins with the player making a bet. If the player thinks the hand they have is better than the others they will stay in, and the others will fold. But if the player does not think they have the best hand they will fold. Baduci poker is usually played for money or something of value. But if a player is not really sure that they have the best hand they can fold for an amount of time, until the middle of the game the betting strategy becomes more crucial.
Baduci is not the most difficult of poker games to learn and the first step is not a hard learning, but it can take some time to perfect.