OK. So you now know all about badugi rules and have mastered the badugi beginner’s strategies. The next step, obviously, would be to master the advanced badugi strategies to win more. The key to winning, however, is not just learning the strategy; it is also about applying it at the right time. Here is a look at some of the advanced badugi strategies and how and when you need to use them.
Be Aggressive – Selectively
Badugi is not for those who want a lot of action; it is not about playing as many hands as possible. Playing every hand dealt to you at a badugi table will lead to loss of chips; in fact a lot of them. Patience is definitely a virtue when playing badugi. Choose to play only strong hands, and play them aggressively. What you need to practice in badugi is selective aggression. Bet and get aggressive only when you have winning hands, without worrying about other players at the table. If you have a strong hand that is sure to get you winning, go on with your game, regardless of how strong the other players’ cards seem to be.
Don’t Rush in Badugi
When you do have a strong starting hand, one of the strategies is to play slow. This is not about misleading anybody. It is just to increase the pot value and in the end, take home a big amount. Then again, remember that this can be a great idea only when you have a really strong hand. Badugi is a game where starting hands play a major role in determining your win or loss. So no matter how slow you play the chances of another player improving his or hand is less. It is you who has a better chance of winning, so why not make it big?
Play Rough Badugi, But Only When Needed
An amateur badugi player may not have the confidence that an expert or pro has. Playing rough is best left to the experienced players, for it needs determination and the poise to play even a not-so-great hand. In badugi, a rough hand is one that is not that great, but is good, for its gives you a badugi right at the beginning. A rough hand situation, wherein the highest card is king for example, can create a dilemma for the player. The trick is to avoid getting confused about what to do. Play your rough hand, even if the other player seems to be going toe-on-toe with you. The chances that he or she can win are lesser, unless they have a badugi hand.
Be patient and play rough, chances are that by the end of third or fourth round, the pot would be yours.
Most Importantly, Know Your Opponents
Badugi strategies work when you apply them at the right time. One of the factors that determine whether or not you should apply a strategy is the kind of players you are set up against. Here are the 4 different types of poker players you will come across at the badugi table.
Loose/Passive – Loose/Passive players tend to play their hands slow and usually do not fold. Analyzing these players can be the toughest, for they tend to play every hand they are dealt and bet on everything, rather than get aggressive only on good hands. So, knowing whether the players really have a good hand or not can be tough. At a table with loose and passive players, be careful and play tight.
Loose/Aggressive – These players tend to play every hand, and they play it aggressively. They bet and raise every hand, instead of just calling. Knocking these players out with a bluff is literally impossible. Watch these players carefully. They tend to raise and re-raise aggressively if they have a good 4-hand badugi. One way to make money off these people to learn to identify their tells, one of which is to bet heavily when they have a good starting hand.
Unlike the aggressive/loose players, the tight/passive players tend to fold every hand except really good hands. They tend to call the bets and slow-play their hands, which is one of the best techniques to scare aggressive players out of the game and bag the entire pot.
Tight/Aggressive Badugi Poker
These players fold most of their hands except those that are really good. And when they have a strong hand, they will raise and re-raise and play aggressively. This tendency of theirs to get aggressive only when a good hand is dealt to them is what makes it easy to identify them.
Irrespective of what kind of players you are setup against, it is important to be on your guard and observe the others to get a clear idea about their playing style. Watch out the players and how they wager in the first round to figure out what kind of badugi opponents you have. Once that is done, reaping profits, using the right strategies, will not be that difficult.