Badugi at Poker Stars
Pokerstars.com has Badugi poker among their many other card games. There are tournaments, sit-n-go's and free rolls for Badugi at all times of the day and thousands of players online. Poker Stars was created back in 2000 and is largely famous for Texas Holdem and the World Series of Poker (WSOP). It is also one of the best poker sites in the world and they still accept US players.
Pokerstars Badugi Poker Sites
Currently, PokerStars offers badugi with stakes up to $200/$400, which are great for high rollers and high stakes players. The only drawback is that the minimum table amount is $0.25/$0.50, which is a bit high and leaves out the players who enjoy the penny and nickel games. The most plausible reason for this is the fact that the game is still relatively unknown and not too many people know about it. Still, they have the largest concentration of players playing online and playing badugi. They have many fixed limit tables for the ring games and pot limit tables for the tournaments, freerolls and sit and go's. Sometimes you will see a half-pot limit game, but this type of table is not as common.
New players can get a 100% match bonus on your deposit up to $600. So if you put $600 into your Pokerstars account, you will have a total of $1200 to play with. The Pokerstars website will have all the details on this promotion along with the promotional code. Note that these bonus promotions change throughout the year and they have been known to give out 200% bonuses or even more depending on the season or the game.
A great incentive for Badugi players is the Pokerstars VIP program. Loyal players who play poker for a long period of time will earn "frequent player points". These points can be exchanged for great prizes like chip sets, sports cars and vacations. They even let you exchange these points for entry into the World Series of Poker tournaments where even Badugi has sometimes been played. Also, there are different levels of VIP programs. Just for playing for a long time, you could advance up the VIP brackets and get more frequent player points than normal and get automatic entry into free rolls with larger prize pools depending on your Pokerstars VIP level.
Many famous poker players play online at pokerstars.com. Most notorious is Chris Moneymaker, Greg "fossilman" Raymer and Joe Hachem. There is a great chance that you can watch these guys play poker or even play against them if you have enough money! I've been lucky enough to see these stars play many times at Pokerstars and it's quite interesting to watch actually.
They also have the World Poker Tour, European Poker Tour and the Caribbean Adventure games there. There are tons of satellite and qualifier rounds that players have the opportunity to play in where they can get into the main events. Some of these satellite tournaments or special rounds even have Badugi rounds just to spice things up even though Badugi poker isn't as popular as Texas Holdem or Omaha.
Pokerstars itself has great graphics with great customizable features for every player. There are player's guides and special themed tables. In fact, there are four pictures at the bottom of this page that show examples of the Pokerstars custom table themes that you can choose to play Badugi on as well as different decks of cards. These custom card decks are great in some cases because you can keep track of the card suits with four different colors instead of red and black, which can be confusing if you have bad eyes. The tables also open up in full screen and there are tons of other poker games besides Badugi that can be played at Poker Stars.
If you would like to play Badugi for free, you can always join a free roll tournament and win real money without paying any buy-in fees! Pokerstars provides the free money for the pot, but sometimes the tournaments may have over 5,000 players which make for a long game. You can also choose smaller tournaments and play for fake play money such as single table sit'n'go games or multiple tables. This can be done with real money as well and there is always a huge volume of players who want to play this particular game.
Players can also play no limit badugi poker, fixed limit and many different variations of the game. If you are planning on depositing money, there are tons and tons of payment methods including Visa and MasterDard credit cards and you can cash out with checks, money orders or almost any method you can think of. To see all of the deposit and withdrawal methods, visit the Poker Stars website for full details.