The most popular game in East TN is no limit Cougar. Yep, that's what we call it here because we are rednecks, and Badugi just sounds too foreign to us. I'm sure other areas may have a different name for the same game. Some people would say No Limit takes the skill out of the game, and those people would be wrong. Why?
Poker is a game of information. Most popular games have board cards and hidden hole cards which creates a blend of exposed and unknown cards. No Limit Cougar is the most pure form of gambling because all the hole cards are hidden and there are no community cards. This forces players to make decisions based on their hole cards, body language, and the way players bet.
The difference between Cougar and omaha is that a player can start off with the worst possible hand KKKK and draw 4cards and make the A234 wheel which is the best possible hand. When a player has 7263 he/she has 0% of making a royal flush in omaha.
If you have tested No Limit Cougar and have played enough of it then you would probably agree that there is skill in it and an enormous amount of gamble. Let me know if you have played this format and if you think it is a game that could catch on. If you haven't played No Limit Badugi, your opinion on whether or not it is a good game wouldn't be worth much. Leave your predisposition behind, and test it!
It is a fun game to play and has characteristics gamblers enjoy. If you made it this far, thank you for reading my post.