PokerStars added Badugi to its list of events for the upcoming MicroMillions II. The event will be held in the fixed limit format, with a guaranteed prize pool of $5,000. According to the MicroMillions II schedule, the event will take place on the 18th of July. Since PokerStars introduced Badugi to its game portfolio in 2008, the site has featured it in a few of its tournaments, like the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).
One of the most recent tournaments in which it was offered was the 2012 World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). In the past too, PokerStars featured the game in its tournaments and cash games. One of the reasons for this is the growing demand for the poker variant. For many players, Badugi is an easy poker game which they can start playing for real money, even if they do not have much experience in it.
PokerStars offers the game in both pot-limit and fixed limit formats in tournaments. Quite frequently, the site runs Badugi tournaments with small buy-in requirements. This makes the tournaments some of the best options that low-rollers can play. Those new to the game stand to benefit if they opt for the tournaments.
Firstly, with small buy-in requirements, players don’t risk much money when they play Badugi. They get to develop skills in Badugi without wagering big sums of money. Secondly, they get to practice the variant in a tournament. Once they gain experience in playing Badugi in low stakes tournaments, they can participate in mid- to high-stakes events like the MicroMillions II. PokerStars offers Badugi to not only its low-stakes players, but high-stakes ones too. For the latter, the site runs tournaments with big buy-ins. However, the highest traffic volume is at the micro limit games.
About Pokerstars’ MicroMillions II
MicroMillions II is a big online poker tournament series that is geared at low stakes players. Priced just a little over $0.10, the buy-ins for the events are quite small. MicroMillions II will take place between the 12th and 22nd of July. As many as 10 events will take place on a few days. With as many events in the schedule, players will have plenty of options to win. The main event in MicroMillions II, to be held on the 22nd of July, will require players to buy-in for $22. It will come with a big guaranteed prize pool of a million dollars.
Players have the option to either buy-in to the event or to enter qualifiers, through which they can earn a seat to an event. All events, including Badugi, will have a qualifier which comes with very small buy-in requirements. A few satellites do not require players to pay the entry fee, only buy-in with their Frequent Player Points (FPPs). To enter the MicroMillions II events and qualifiers, players will have to create an account at the site for real money play.
PokerStars’ Role in Bringing Badugi to the Masses
PokerStars has played a big role in bringing Badugi to the poker playing masses. It brought the game to their attention by introducing it to its online tournament scene in 2009, through the WCOOP. It was the largest Badugi tournament in 2009. Following this, some of the poker tournament organizers took the initiative to add the game to their event list. However, only Matt Savage was successful. He offered the game through the LA Poker Classis in 2010. Though many were sure that the World Poker Tour (WPT) would include the game that year, it didn’t. The World Series of Poker (WSOP), has added a Badugi event to its’ schedule for the year. In it, Badugi will feature as Event #52.
Just as it is popular among tournament players, Badugi is a highly sought out poker variant in cash games at PokerStars. There are a number of reasons for this, one of which is that it gives players a few options to improve their hand by discarding cards and taking new ones.
Badugi is offered by a number of poker rooms online. Most of them allow players to start with free play games, which provide a good opportunity to new players to practice the game before they wager money on it.