Heard about this interesting game on a podcast. And I realized that what our mixed-game nights really need is more ways to play Badugi!
I'm having a hard time finding clear rules for how it's played, but this is what I've been able to gather from random internet forum posts.
Baduci is a hybrid of Badugi and 2-7 Triple Draw. Players are dealt five cards, and they are trying to make both the best 2-7 hand and the best four-card Badugi hand. Betting and drawing follow the same rules as Triple Draw, so you get four rounds of betting and three draws.
Baduci is a split pot game. Half of the pot goes to the player with the best 2-7 hand, and the other half goes to the player with the best four card Badugi hand. Three (and fewer) card Badugis do not count.
I've seen some discussions as to whether Aces are high or low for the Badugi portion (they are always high for the 2-7 pot). I'm leaning towards Aces high for both, as that allows for a truly nut-nut hand (2-3-4-5-7, 2345 rainbow), and the only rationale for low aces I've been able to find is that "it confuses the fish."
So there it is, yet another way to play Badugi! Just what everyone wanted. Who's up for some high stakes NLBaduci? How about a Baduci/Badugi/2-7TD cycle tournament? HU Baduci freezeout for rolls???