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Poker Video Spotlight: Barry Greenstein On Badugi

Poker Hall of Famer and Three-Time WSOP Bracelet Winner Shares Strategy Advice About The Unique Draw Game


Barry Greenstein is a three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and a World Poker Tour main event champion. The 65-year-old poker pro focuses primarily on playing cash games, but has still managed to accrue more than $8.4 million in career live tournament earnings.

Greenstein was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in December of 2011. Earlier that year Greenstein released The Badugi Chapter, a short-form publication about the unique game of Badugi.

The lowball game features three draws, with the object being to make the lowest Badugi or four-card low with one card from each suit. A-2-3-4 of different suits would be the nuts. Hand values are counted from the highest card down. A paired card or two cards of the same suit do not count towards a four-card hand and would result in only a three-card Badugi. Any four-card Badugi will always beat a three-card Badugi.

Card Player TV caught up with Greenstein to discuss Badugi and any advice he had for beginning players.

“It seems pretty simple, but it’s actually probably one of the better forms of lowball because there is a lot of bluffing that goes on,” said Greenstein. “It’s pretty hard to get four low cards that are all of different suits when pairs count against you. So a lot of times you try to fake people out and act like you have it. When someone is drawing, it’s hard for them to make their hand, so you’ll raise on the turn (meaning before the last draw) and hope they don’t hit or catch your bluff. There’s a lot of that going on in this game.”

You can check out the rest of Greenstein’s advice by watching the full video below:

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