by Joseph Smith Sr.
A $1,500 buy-in tournament with two controlling parameters, six handed tables and a rotation of 10 different poker formats. The ten different games are no-limit 2-7 single draw, 2-7 triple draw, razz, pot-limit Omaha, Omaha eight-or-better, stud, stud hi-lo eight-or-better, limit hold'em, no-limit hold'em and badugi.
Most poker players will have some knowledge of the 10 listed games or at least 9 of the 10. How about the last one, badugi? Can you offer an explanation of how this game is played? Did you know that it was probably first played in Korea?
Here's our quickie explanation of the game. It's a variation of triple draw poker with the winning hand values of lowball. A major difference between badugi and other poker formats is the number of cards to make a hand. In other poker games the best hand is determined by the best 5 cards. In badugi the best 4 cards make up the hand. The best badugi hand would be an A234 of different suits. The worst hand would be KKKK since Aces are the lowest card. Badugi is considered to be an excellent pot builder.
The game was first offered at the WSOP in 2011. Today's event attracted 445 entrants and built a prize pool of $600,750 paid to the top 48 finishers. The winner receives $153,220 plus a WSOP gold bracelet. Among the notables making the money were Allen Cunningham, Marcel Luske, Brandon Shack-Harris, Mel Judah and Phil Laak.
Heads-up found Bryn Kenney of New York facing Jan Suchanek from Nelson, New Zealand. Kenney enjoyed a 3-to-1 chip lead and needed less than 10 minutes to claim the WSOP gold and cash.
Jan Suchanek will head south with an extra $94,618 in his pocket.
The following lists the six final table players' order of finish and the prize money awarded to each.
Bryn Kenney ------- $153,220
Jan Suchanek ------- $94,618
Daniel Xack--------- $40,550
Randy Ohel ---------$18,923
Congratulations to Bryn Kenney for winning xxx WSOP gold bracelet plus the winner's share of $153,220 in cash in the 2014 WSOP Event #63 $1,500 Six-Handed 10-Game Mix.