Poker Night in America | Season 4, Episode 4 | Twitch Celebrity Cash Game | Part 4 – Damn, Daniel!

– [Voiceover] From Las Vegas, Nevada, this is Poker Night in America. (upbeat music) – [Voiceover] Welcome to Poker Night in America. I’m Chris Hanson, he’s Joe Stapleton, and we’re headed back to Vegas for more of our Twitch celebrity cash game.

– And it is exciting times because for the first time ever, Daniel Negreanu sits down on Poker Night in America. And why not? It’s been at least five seconds, since he’s been on TV. And just in time for Easter, he and Antonio Esfandiari go to war in the battle of the pastel shirts. – I knew when I wore this shirt, that it was very likely that we were going to be wearing the exact same color. – [Hanson] As we continue here in Las Vegas, Antonio Esfandiari is in the game for 50,000, but right now he’s only down 2,000, that must be like a win at this point.

– [Stapleton] Yeah, absolutely I mean when you got that much on the table, being down just 2,200 is going to be OK with him. I’m focused on this guy in the blue shirt, Kid Poker starting with a fresh stack of 20K. – [Hanson] Who put Antonio and Kid Poker in those two t-shirts, next to each other? Is it Miami Vice on Poker Night in America?

Because it looks like Crocket and Tubbs to me. – Alright, action is on Dan O’Brien in seat one. – [Stapleton] Dan is the big loser, so far in the game. In life, he’s pretty cool. – [Hanson] He makes it 900 with ace-ten. – [Stapleton] So we have a straddle, which is a blind raise from Maria Ho.

A double straddle from Antonio Esfandiari. Daniel Negreanu limped in the double straddle, Dan O’Brien raising, Sommerville’s in, Esfandiari is in, back to Daniel who’s making it 10K with king-six suited! (crowd mumbling) – [???]

That’s a mix-up! – Mix it up! Right? – Did I put too much?

– [???] Put your cards side by side – Oh I thought I did. – You probably did and they can’t believe what they saw.

(laughter) – I have ten more you can have it, (bleep) it, let’s go. – [Stapleton] Daniel kicking things off, giving zero you-know-whats. – The two richest guys are wearing pastel! (laughter) – What does that mean?

You get to a certain threshold and then you switch over? – You wear easter egg colors… – What? I don’t give a (bleep) what you do, you can do whatever you want. I don’t care, read me, here, what do I got?

What do I got? He’s always so so good he knows what I have. Who cares?

(laughter) There’s no sense doing a poker face anymore, he just knows. I just end up telling him. – [Stapleton] Daniel just makes this move so infrequently with air – I’ll show you if you fold at least one card. I’ll show you one card if you fold. – [Stapleton] What an absolute wack-a-doo.

– [O’Brien] But maybe two, it’s still a possibility. – Oh all in, OK, good luck! (laughter) Once or twice? – Who has a deuce-seven? – Whatever you want. Let’s do twice for fun.

I got two kings. – Wow. – I’m kidding! (laughter) – You have to show at least one card.

– Are we showing our cards? – Well at least one card. – [Stapleton] Uh, Chris, do you hear that flushing sound? (flushing) One of these two guys is about to drop 20 grand in the toilet. – [Hanson] Ace-queen, still ahead.

– Two times, though. – [Stapleton] They are running it twice. You gotta win ’em both to scoop the pot. (laughter) There’s a six for Daniel.

– I have a pair. – [Stapleton] He’s very likely to win this first run-out. And he does win it. – [Negreanu] Pair.

Alright! I’m happy now! I don’t care what happens! – [Stapleton] So he’s free-rolling now. – [Hanson] A $41,000 pot.

– The sickness has exploded. (laughter) – I have a suited hand! What do you want me to do? – It was suited.

Your trap! – Come on, man! Break even one time, hit me a king or a six. (cheering) – [Stapleton] So gross! – [Grospellier] (unintelligble) coming by for sure, now! – [Stapleton] What a luck box.

How does Daniel take that twice? – [Somerville] Ding-dong. It’s the AOT. A.O.T. might come in! I heard him ringing at the door!

– [Laak] I am barefoot now, but with sandals on standby. – [Hanson] Remember how I said Antonio is in for 50K, and only down 2,000, thinking it probably felt pretty good? Guessing it doesn’t feel real good right now. – [Stapleton] Yeah, no now he’s down 22,000. – [Hanson] He’s also probably looking for the person that invited Daniel to the game!

– [Stapleton] Look how sad he is. You almost feel- No, I’m just kidding I wouldn’t feel bad for him. Not ever. So we had Elky straddling, Phil Laak raising, six-deuce suited. Maria and Esfandiari coming along for the ride. What is Esfandiari doing?

There’s a seven-deuce rule, right? Where if you win seven-deuce, everyone’s gotta pay two hundred bucks? – [Hanson] Yeah. So why would you play seven-three?

– [Stapleton] No idea! Other than the fact that maybe A.O.T. A.K.A., Antonio on Tilt is back.

– [Hanson] It’s very tough to tell the difference. – [Stapleton] Just look at the hands from Phil and Antonio, these guys are nuts! and Elky has very quietly made a straight on the turn. – [Hanson] Laak still has the flush draw, and he hits it on the river! – [Stapleton] Wow, so Elky gets there, Phil re-gets there and Elky is going to lose something here. He’s going to expect if someone had a flush draw they would’ve bet it.

– [Hanson] Everyone checked around on the flop and the turn it’s very unusual, so this pot’s relatively small. – [Stapleton] I think, Phil’s probably gotta just call here? – [Hanson] Or make it 3,375.

That’s another option! That’s what you meant to say. – [Stapleton] I mean I just feel like he can really only get paid by better flushes? – [Esfandiari] Was there an improved raise? – [Stapleton] I mean Laak is so capable of bluff-raising here, It’s really tough for Elky to fold, maybe he will pay it off. – I can’t even impress Phil Hellmuth by my folding abilities so what’s the point of folding anymore?

What’s the point of folding anymore? I can’t get Phil’s respect! (laughter) – [Esfandiari] I only understood like, two words.

(laughter) “Respect” and “folding.” I’m like how can everybody laugh if they don’t know what the hell he’s saying? (laughter) – He’s like you don’t speak Elky, right? It’s like when is the river and it’s like getting raise it’s like so sick because like force is good but you know it’s like he can have so many hands, so… – Oh man, I’m making it stick with whatever.

– [Stapleton] I will say Phil’s made a pretty great read here, decided Elky’s going to have a straight lot, because that’s about the only worse hand that can call him. Come on Elky. Nice one Elkster! – [Negreanu] A-game, Elky’s trying to win.

– [Somerville] I’ll give you a hundred dollars up ’til eight. – Was it a good fold, Phil? – [Negreanu] Whatever he says, is like you can rule out, as being the truth. So then it doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room, for him to respond. (laughing) – He says I’m a reverse barometer.

– It was good for someone, right? – [Somerville] Nice bluff, Phil. Well-played.

– Very nice. – [Somerville] Phil Laak, I got dozens of requests for us to have a Phil Laak-JCarver prop betting show, since Antonio is too big-time now. We could do it.

I’m willing to take over that responsibility. – [Esfandiari] What are you talking about? – With your blessing!

– I don’t want to not be involved. – Alright well, hey that sounds even better then. Let’s keep it all in one big happy gambling family.

– [Grospellier] Phil! – [Ho] Raise. – [Grospellier] Why?

– [Dealer] Raise. 500 total. – [Laak] I read Raiser’s Edge, kid.

– And that’s why you lived, I see you looking from the Raiser’s Edge. (laughter) – Raise the river, it’s like the most painful spot… – Raise. – You have like five cards to come, you know, you’re curious.

– [Stapleton] So now it’s Maria Ho with the seven-deuce. – [Hanson] And she’s running it into kings. – [Voiceover] 12.8 million hands, do you do that?

Do you ever limp with that there? (laughter) – No, I haven’t done that once! (laughter) – It’s probably not a profitable play, then. If in 12.8 million hands you haven’t done it. It’s probably not going to show a profit now! – Phil, he’s never played a game like this before, in those 13 million hands, right?

So you never know, maybe this is the perfect scenario, Phil Laak. – [O’Brien] This could be the time. – [Somerville] This could be the time.

– [Laak] I was pretty sure in 12.8 million hands it hadn’t happened yet, I just wanted confirmation ya know? I’m neural netting the game, I wanna learn ya know? Antonio started 8 days ago, i’m going to start today. I’m only 8 days behind.

(chips clacking) (laughter) – Elky, I’m going to come give you a hug! – Oh, sick! – I can’t help myself what am I supposed to do? I can’t tell you what I have, I can’t tell you what I have, I just wanna give you love, I feel bad ya know? – You feel bad bluffing him right?

– So when he says he feels bad, that’s more likely to mean he actually had the absolute nuts Because this is just the way his brain works. Whatever the lie is, he like goes down that stream the whole way! He’s dedicated. (inaudible) – When he said I feel bad, that’s a clue to like, oh, I had it, which means he never had it.

He’s just an absolute liar! – I’m trying to add a non-weighted gaming feel to, like, the frequency. – It’s hard when you been doing it so many years. – Right. Habits are hard to kick.

– It’s not a lie. If you believe it. – [Voiceover] For more from Poker Night, visit pokernight.com or find us on Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, where you can see complete episodes and unedited live streams.

(upbeat music) – Phil Hellmuth was trying to, like, keep the game slow, but it didn’t – it didn’t work out. – He really put on a good show today. – Did he win?

– But today was really… – He lost a little bit. He played like three hands. – I think he won a little bit.

He won, like, 3K I think. – No, it was like 1,700 up or down. I think it was up. – He’s going to hang out with some big celebs in New York, but you know, he dropped that, but he wouldn’t drop the specifics. – [Negreanu] Well, you know, Michael Jordan, Bill Clinton, they want to hang out with him.

– Well actually, they weren’t that big because he didn’t tell us the names. – [Negreanu] Right. They were definitely B minus list.

– [O’Brien] He was like, I can’t name names. OK, well then, – If they were premium A-list we would have to hear it. – We surely would. (inaudible) – It was probably, like, the fifth-string pitcher for the Yankees or something. – Brad wanted some advice on what to do with Angie. You know, so… – [Stapleton] Phil Hellmuth did not say he was going to give advice to Brad Pitt.

He said he was going to be hanging out at Richard Branson’s spaceship watching the Oscars with Deepak Chopra and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln. – [O’Brien] We had this, like… – Kinda like, quick, really hilarious conversation. in the main, like day five. When Neymar came to sweat, like, Philippe for a little bit?

And I walk over and Philippe is talking to Hellmuth And Hellmuth goes, oh he knows poker? He follows poker. And Philippe was like, yeah Oh then he probably knows me.

And you know, It’s a reasonable statement, and, they talk for a second, and I was like Philippe, so, he follows poker, he probably knows me too. And Philippe is like, oh yeah maybe, like clearly I’m joking. I’m like I don’t even have a chance to say I’m joking. Hellmuth just goes, no, he’s joking! I was like… (laughter) thanks, Phil. – I’ve heard that Neymar has watched poker on Twitch, though So it’s possible that any one of us have been watched by Neymar.

– So he’s a, what’s it called? He’s, I don’t know, but I know he’s like the best. Right?

I know he’s a super-sick soccer player. I’m actually, possibly going to try to learn Portuguese, so I can help him with some poker stuff. – [???] That’s a lot to learn isn’t it? – It’s a lot to learn but it’s not just him, there are other Portuguese-speaking individuals (inaudible) (inaudible crosstalk) – Rass just learned it. Yeah, right, his wife is, uh… – Oh you don’t speak English?

I’ll just learn your language. No problem. – He did it in about a year.

He was fluent. – He’s pretty fluent now. – That’s amazing.

– He just grinded it. They would talk on, uh- – He’s the whitest-speaking Portuguese man on the planet. That’s for sure. – That would be me if I take over though.

If I learn the Portuguese. – I don’t know, Rass is up there. He’s pretty white. – [???]

You’re white! – [Negreanu] Actually, no you’re whiter. – Yeah, I gotta be a little more pale. – [Negreanu] White bread, mac and cheese, Turkey Burgers, (bleep) no Tan.

– That’s pure (bleep) right there. 100%. – [Negreanu] It’s like, ghost material. – That’s right.

– [Stapleton] Maria’s fired three straights. Scott is really only beating a bluff, and I’m not sure how many bluffs Maria’s got here. Ooh, he pays it off! – [Negreanu] Oh-ho I had ace-nine.

Do you believe me? – [Stapleton] Not now, Daniel! – I had ace-nine, that’s how good I am. That’s my spirit radar, what do you call that? – Psychic flow.

– Psychic flow. Ace-nine, all psychic flow. – [Stapleton] Psychic flow sounds like Miss Cleo having her period.

Straddle’s on! – [Hanson] Didn’t Debbie Harry start the band “Psychic Flow?” I’m not – I could’ve swore she was- – [Stapleton] Before my time. – [Hanson] Yeah. – [Stapleton] Phil’s limping so he can call a raise later if he has to. He-hey!

The straddle’s on and the seven-deuce is on! Don’t forget, you win a hand with seven-deuce, everyone at the table’s gotta pay a 200 bucks! – [Ho] Daniel, what’s your psychic flow saying about (bleep) water?

– It’s sounding possible, but – I’m in consideration. Why, you wanna drink, huh? – Just like, nothing necessarily out of hand, just like a little, just to wet our beak a bit. – Wet our beak? Let’s get some wet flops and wet our beaks.

– No, that’s, uh… That’s Godfather. That’s the best. I love that reference.

– You want to wet my beak? (laughter) – [O’Brien] Are you finished? – I’m holding back. Like, oh there was seven things I was going to say, I’m like, I better stop. – [Hanson] Checked around. – [Stapleton] Somebody get Daniel an appletini.

– [Hanson] Ace on the turn. Laak picks up the royal flush draw on the turn. Come on Jason, you know you want to bet. He’s too smart to bet here isn’t he?

– [Stapleton] I’m not so sure about that, it’s not a smartness thing by the way. I mean, when you have absolutely nothing, your only real choice is to rep everything. (chips clacking) Phil Laak is more likely to vote Republican, than he is to fold here. – [Hanson] How about Somerville folding now when it gets back to him? – [Stapleton] That’s far more likely. – [Hanson] OK.

The decision is on Phil Laak and he is folding! – [Stapleton] Wow, all hail President Trump! – I’m getting abuse. They’re all laughing right now. That’s why I hate this stuff because then they abuse you, and they forum it (unintelligible).

Invite him to your game! – [Stapleton] So Jason, did just call. Wow! Ok, I’m wrong about everything. – [Hanson] Oh boy! Eight on the river.

Somerville gives up and checks. – [Stapleton] I don’t think he’s really given up, his only option is to check-raise. I mean he did call with a pair on the turn, I really don’t know what he’s up to here. Antonio’s just bet 6,400. And if check-raising was the plan, I think all of the money has to go into the middle.

I don’t think he’s calling and hoping that a seven is good. So my guess is, it’s all in or fold for Jason Somerville. There’s the fold! – [Hanson] And once again, seven-deuce is, like, 0 for 10 tonight. – God, I thought Phil Laak might do one of his stupid $30,000 raises there.

– It would’ve worked too, right? – Of course it would’ve worked. – [Stapleton] We’ve gotta take a quick break on Poker Night in America, but when we get back more battle of the pink and blue shirts. – You wanna see the pastel battle! (jazzy music) – He’s the weirdest (bleep) guy in the world.

(laughter) He’s so weird. – [Hanson] Welcome back to Poker Night in America, I’m Chris Hanson, Joe “Stapes” Stapleton What does your mother call you, Joseph? – [Stapleton] Stapes. – [Hanson] Stapes. You guys are tight, huh? – [Ho] Daniel’s doing, experimenting with the limp call go all in blind.

(laughter) Limp call raise (unintelligible) all in blind post. – I know what I’m doing. (laughter) – You’re earning, bro! That’s what you’re doing.

– I know what I’m doing, I’m winning. – Carve it up, take the money. – I told you I was going to get all of his money, but he wouldn’t give it to me. – [Hanson] Randy Lew and the small blind calls the $200 straddle.

Somerville calls. Maria Ho calls. – [Stapleton] Nice little squeeze from Antonio. Squeezing those guys like a month-old tube of toothpaste.

– ♪All of me, wants all your money. (laughter) All your money. – [Hanson] Top pair for Lew, flush draw for Esfandiari. – [Stapleton] It’s a perfect board for him to keep betting. And you can’t fold top pair, Rand-ay! – [Hanson] Here comes the turn.

And now Esfandiari is open-ended. – [Stapleton] Even more outs which means he can semi-bluff this even harder. (chips clacking) And I don’t think the nine is a bad enough card for Randy that he can fold. – [Hanson] No, he stays around to see the river. – [Stapleton] Man, it’s just brick-brick for Antonio.

But he is going for it anyway. I actually think given Antonio’s rep, that this is a crying call. It’s just really hard to have a hand here that you bet three streets for value, and it’s really easy to have a hand here that you bluff three streets and missed.

– [Hanson] Wow. – [Stapleton] Ohh, it’s so nitty. – [Hanson] Wow, what a play from Antonio Esfandiari. – I thought it was coming. Felt like it was coming. – She’s good at it.

– This is true. – She’s the best. (laughter) – Daniel, 800, no? – OK, fine. What do I do? Put eight?

– 16? – [Stapleton] Look at all of these straddles. – That would be balling as (bleep), bro.

(inaudible crosstalk) – People in the chat would go crazy. – We’re not that ballin’. – [Somerville] Scott Ballin’. – Hold on, I’ll tell you if I regret it right now, hold on. No. – [Negreanu] Alright, so I’m in position.

– [Laak] I just hope it turns into an Antonio- the pastel battle. That’s what I want it to be. – [Negreanu] The pastel battle?! Well I’m not folding. – I know that’s why I hope everyone folds, and you guys, I want to watch a battle.

– [Negreanu] Pastel battle. – I knew when I wore this shirt that it was very likely, that we were going to be wearing the exact same color. Because he has like, three shirts this color. – [Stapleton] There’s no point in raising these trash hands.

Because the straddles are going to defend pretty hard. – Here it comes, we’re getting closer to the pastel little battle. – [Stapleton] That is not a trash hand. – [Hanson] That’s a good hand for Antonio.

– [Somerville] It’s basically like a 400/800 blind vs. blind situation, yes. – [Stapleton] And he just calls. And are you kidding me?! Daniel quadruple straddles and wakes up with kings?! Antonio’s never going to believe him, either, especially after the king-six shenanigans from before.

– He hates being out of position. (inaudible crosstalk) – Because when he’s in position, he’s like spanking all day, all night. Out of position, he’s hating life.

– [Laak] But he’s sticky ya know, he’s in now. Stickiness. – [Hanson] Antonio calls, so we’re going to see the flop. – [Stapleton] We got eight grand in the middle, already.

– [Hanson] It may be bad news for Antonio, who’s got top pair. – [Stapleton] This could be the worst thing that happened to Antonio since the invention of the lunge. – [Hanson] Daniel bets 5,000. – You wanted to see the pastel battle.

– [Hanson] It’s like two Peeps playing poker. – [Grospellier] I’m gonna collect my hug. – Going to what? – Collect my hug. – [Stapleton] What?

Where is he going? – [Negreanu] Your hoog? – [O’Brien] His hug! – [Negreanu] Oh, hug. – [Stapleton] Phil Laak is a great hugger. (inaudible) – [Somerville] Great moment.

Probably most hugs in one session. Shipped out. Phil Laak. Paid four hugs today. (sighing) – [Stapleton] Hey, wait. Elky grunted when he got back?

It’s like he got more than a hug. – [O’Brien] I very rarely see tea with a spoon. – Well, I just wanted to get the cachectin release going on.

– Are you drinking something or are you eating something? – It’s green tea with lemon, seeped for nine and a half minutes. – Nine and a half. That’s pretty long.

– That’s why you had to learn. – By the time it gets to me, 30 seconds have passed and we’re at the ideal seeping time for optimal cachectin release. – [Stapleton] I think Phil’s gotta be on a lot more than cachectin. I’ve literally never heard that word before, by the way. – [Hanson] He’s done more thinking about tea than I’ve done about my life decisions in the past eight years.

– OK, I’m in! – [Stapleton] Oh, and, oh right, there’s still poker! – [Hanson] What is happening? Are they both all in?

Oh my god, you guys are the sickest. – Two times? – Two times. – Pair.

– [Stapleton] They’re both all in, in an $83,000 pot. They’re going to run it twice, Daniel way ahead. – How do you have kings? That’s so sick. – I got this first one, I’m assuming.

– [Stapleton] Daniel wins the first run out. And he is more than likely going to win the second one. That is correct! Daniel doubles through Antonio Esfandiari again! – [Hanson] Hey, Joe Stapleton, Welcome to Poker Night in America, That is the biggest hand, in Poker Night in America history.

$83,000. – [Stapleton] I’m sure they did it just for me. (laughter) – [Voiceover] Closed captioning is brought to you as a public service by Poker Night in America. – [Hanson] Welcome to the table Daniel Negreanu, that quick, up 63K, uh do you want to tell Antonio the bad news? – [Stapleton] I’m pretty sure he’s well aware that he’s down almost $60,000. – Daniel Negreanu starting off his very first appearance on Poker Night in America, really profitably.

The biggest pot in Poker Night history. – Next time, Antonio tries to dig himself out of his hole, and since we’re in a basement, I’m sure I can find a shovel somewhere. – Well you can find us online at pokernight.com where you can see our unedited livestreams, and complete episodes. For Joe Stapleton, I’m Chris Hanson. Check us out next time, right here on Poker Night in America. – A.O.T.?

– O.T.W. – All because I said, “Daniel, 800?” (laughter) And he goes, “OK.” – [Somerville] That’s what happens when you put on the 800 straddle.

You got an 80K pot! – I’m so glad I didn’t make it 1,600 there. – [Somerville] Kings in the 800 straddle, what a life.

That’s how your number one, I guess. Right there. – [???]

Nice hand. – [???] Thanks, bud.

Tips for Playing Texas Holdem Hands : Dealer Button in Texas Holdem

Hi, I’m Melissa Powell with JackPot City casino. Now that we’ve gone over all of that, let?s go through one fake game. Just so that you can make sure that you know all of the rules and how it works. So first off, we’re going to go over who gets the dealer button. I will deal one card face up to each player.

The highest number card will get the dealer button. And then I just collect all of these cards, as they only determine who was in the position of power, which got the dealer button. Next we determine from the dealer button that will be the big and small blind. As we said, we’ll go around in the circle, as if this was a circle completed. And these two players will be your big and small blind.

This player will be the small blind. And this player will be the big blind. So, in this case, we have one chip here for the small blind and two chips here for the big blind.

Now we can go ahead and start dealing. From the deal I will always deal to the right, to the immediate right of the dealer button which we?ll go around here to the small blind. Each player gets two cards. And now we can start with the betting. The betting will begin to my right, the players left of the big blind. So the action starts here on our black chip player.

And I ask him does he want to check, bet, raise, and fold. He looks at his cards and determines what he wants to do. Let?s imagine he wants to play, so he’ll put in two chips just the same as the big blind because he wants to play. Let?s move on to the green player. Let?s say he looks at his cards and he’s not thrilled. He folds them.

In order to fold them, he throws them to me, and I collect them and muck them. The red player over here also wants to play, he puts in two chips. The blue player now only has half of the big blind in. He must bet at least another chip if he wants to play. But let?s say he has excellent cards and he would like to raise. In order to raise he must bet at least the big blind plus another big blind.

This means four chips. Now the betting goes around once again. Now the big blind if he wants to play, has to put in two more chips. Let?s imagine everyone else at the table wants to play, and everybody has the equivalent of four chips on the table.

I tap the table, pick up all the chips and put them in the pot. Now each player has their cards, and I burn the first card underneath the stack of chips. The burn card again is to determine and to make sure there?s no cheating and no funny business.

Basics of Badugi

For those of you who have made it this far you probably want a more thorough explanation of how not to suck at Badugi.  Read this and understand these basic concepts before clicking on the embedded links to more in depth commentary on each concept.

The basic stages of the game as you know doubt remember from the rules section are: predraw, draw 1, draw 2 and draw 3 each with its own betting round.  Learning some basic tips for each stage of the game will help you earn your Badugi badge.

The following advice applies to full ring fixed limit badugi.  Short handed you should be more loose and aggressive. In pot limit or half pot limit you perhaps play even tighter.

Our general advice for playing before the flop or pre-draw in badugi is play tight and use the power of position

Well a very good hand pre-draw is 10 or lower badugi or 5 or lower 3-card hand (or “tri”).  You can almost always play these hands.

A good but not monster hand is any Badugi and any 3 cards 8 or lower.  These hands can be played in later position (see below).

A speculative hand is any 3 cards 9 or lower and any two cards 5 and lower.  

These are the weakest hands you’ll want to play before the draw and should be selective when you do so.  Usually this means you are on the button and you are stealing the playing against tight blinds.

How tight you play depends on your position relative to the button.  This is not exactly revolutionary advice. Every poker guide and book is incomplete with at least mentioning position somewhere.   The reason for its importance is that if you are last to act (i.e. on the button) you have tremendous advantage in that you get to see everyone else’s actions before you make a decision.

Position takes on added importance in Badugi because not only do you get to see what your opponents bet but you also get to see how many cards your opponents wish to draw to before deciding how many cards you would like to draw.

So the later your position the weaker your hand can be to be playable.

Always Open Raise

Generally you want to raise if all players have folded to you.   Even your strongest hands lose value the more players that are drawing.  You always want to cut down on your competition with a raise.

Smooth Draw in Badugi

Its important to make the distinction between a rough draw and a smooth draw in many forms of lowball poker.  Badugi is no exception.

A smooth draw is hand like a A28 3-card hand.  This is in fact the “smoothest” 3 card 8 you can draw to.  What makes it smooth are its kickers (the deuce and the Ace)

A rough draw is something like 678 3-card hand.  This the “roughest” 3 card 8 you can draw to, again because of its kickers (the 7 and the 6).

There are some situations described in the Badugi Starting Hand Chart that call for playing a smooth 3-card hand but not a rough one.  The reason for this is that your odds of winning at showdown are greater with a smooth draw than with a rough draw.

For example, suppose you are in a 3-way pot after the 1st draw:

Your Cards:  A28 tri

Opponent #1:  A3 2-card hand

Opponent #2:  Q853 Badugi (this actual about the average badugi one is dealt before the draw)

In this example you will win at showdown 40% of the time! If you knew your opponents hands you would want to get as many bets in as possible before the draw

Now lets look at the rough version of you 3 card 8:

Your Cards:  678 tri

Opponent #1:  A3 2-card hand

Opponent #2:  Q853 Badugi (this actual about the average badugi one is dealt before the draw)

In this example you win at showdown a mere 29% of the time.  Now you are happy to be in the pot but you want to be in as cheaply as possible as you are no longer the favorite.

Why is this?

Well the reasons are multiple.  Here are a few:

With the smooth draw you can outkick opponent #1 should you both get a badugi with the same two high cards.  Also your opponent with the Q8xx badugi is more difficult to beat with 678 rough draw because if you were to draw a Qhi a badugi your hand would still be 2nd best.

This is note as important as in lowball games in which straights can counterfeit your low as in 2-7 triple draw because in these games its much more likely to draw a straight with 876 than it is with A28.

In Badugi we don’t have to worry about straights but the concept still applies for the reasons stated above.

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