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I Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now: Badugi

by Bryan Devonshire |  Published: Mar 20, 2013


The first time I saw the game badugi was around the summer of 2006. I asked a fellow spectator, railing the $40-$80 mixed game at the Bellagio, what they were playing. He responded Badugi, I asked how you played, and he said it’s like ace-to-five triple draw, except you only get four cards, and your cards have to be different suits. I asked him what it meant, and he said that it’s Korean for a different colored dog. Almost seven years later I’ve spent a lazy couple of hours researching the history of Badugi. Consensus is that history is unclear, but some trends seem consistent between the various sites chronicling the game. Most believe that the game originated in South Korea in the 70s or 80s, say that badugi sounds like padooki which means black and white and has something to do with the game Go, and spotted dogs are ...

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