The following is a sample hand of Badugi to better explain the order of events. We’ll use the same example as above – $1/$2 FL Badugi.
Blind Bets: The game starts with the placement of blinds. The $1 small blind is placed by the player immediately left of the dealer. The $2 big blind is placed by the player left of the small blind.
Initial Deal: The dealer will deal four cards face down to each player, in standard fashion. Each player may pick up and view their own cards.
1st Betting Round: Starting left of the big blind, this player will open the first betting round by either calling the big blind, raising, or folding. Bets continue around the table in this fashion until all have acted, placing equal amounts into the pot or folding.
Note: At any time during the hand, if all but one player has folded, the last active player wins the pot and the hand is over.
1st Draw Phase: Each player will discard any cards they do not wish to keep. Only one player at a time, starting left of the dealer, will discard and request the same of number of cards. No player may discard, or announce their number of discards, out of turn. Once the first player is done drawing, the next player will discard, then the next, and so on until all active players have completed the draw phase. Note that players may draw up to 4 cards per draw phase. If a player opts not to discard or draw any cards, they are said to be “standing pat”.
2nd Betting Round: A second round of betting takes place. This time, the player in the small blind position will act first (or, if the small blind has folded, the first player left of the small blind that remains active). Again, all bets/raises must be placed in $2 increments.
2nd Draw Phase: A second draw phase ensues, just like the first.
3rd Betting Round: A third betting round takes place. For this and all remaining rounds, all bets/raises double to $4.
3rd Draw Phase: Players partake in a third and final draw phase.
4th Betting Round: The final round of betting begins, mimicking the last.
Showdown: A showdown occurs when all active players have called in the final betting round. All hands are revealed. The lowest hand, with the most qualifying cards, wins the pot. In case of an exact tie (rare, but it can happen), the pot is split evenly between the winners.