From here you can profitably play good two-card hands, starting at 2-Card 5, profitably. However, you will have to prepare for a difficult game on the following streets and possibly be ready to bluff. It is therefore important to only play two-card hands against tight opponents, as they will fold more often.
You can make open raises with medium three card hands. This means that you can also re-roll 3-Card 8 first-in or even 3-Card 9 from the button. First-in at the button, you can re-roll all Badugis.
In idnpoker online first-in from the small blind, two-card hands are very playable, but only against a tight opponent. If players have entered play before your turn to speak, you must decide whether the odds require a fold or a call. If, on the other hand, there was a raise before you did, then a fold is almost always the best decision. Medium three-card hands can also be raised fairly loose first-in, as can all Badugis. If there has been some action before you, then a tighter range is recommended.
In the face of a late-position raise, it makes sense to defend with strong 2-Card hands and weaker 3-Card hands. In case of pronounced action, one can also easily lie down. The Badugis will have to be either folded or raised.
General Considerations on Pre-draw Game
You obviously have to be aware of what has happened before you and adapt your range accordingly. If there is a raise ahead of you, then you can either call or fold most three-card hands, depending on the opponent’s raise range. As a general rule, the more action that has gone before you, the more you should adopt a tight range.
When deciding to play a poker qq idn, you should play it especially aggressively before the first draw. After the first round of draw, your opponents will see that you opt for a Pat (you do not exchange any cards). If you just call with a Badugi preflop and then go for a Pat, then your opponents will immediately know something is wrong. Quite often this signals a certain weakness, when one is content to call with a Badugi on the first betting round, but sometimes one can also try to underplay a monster. So bring in as many predraw bets as possible when you have a Badugi you want to play. So you don’t reveal the strength of your hand.
You should not be doing open limp. If your hand isn’t strong enough for an open raise, then you should simply fold it.
Play your hands aggressively, in order to push your opponents into making tough decisions. This means that you should bet when you think you have the best hand and when there are not too many opponents involved in the hand.
The Badugis Pre-draw in particular should be played aggressively. You need to be able to break away from the weak pre-draw Badugis, however, when faced with a raise on a next street. Never take a check behind when you have a Badugi and your opponent is still drawing cards. You don’t want to give him a free draw.
Do not play 1-Card hands, except of course when you are at the Big Blind and have a free round. Reads are essential. Pay attention to your opponents’ pre-draw fans and take notes whenever something calls out to you.