The history of Bai Buu
Bai Buu is a popular casino game in Cambodia and Vietnam. Its exact Vietnamese origins are unknown, although it’s certain to have been invented after card games have been introduced to Vietnam as a popular gambling gaming tool. Its calculation formula of the cards is also adapted from the Western card ranking system, minus the Joker.
Bai Buu rules
- A standard of 52-card deck is used to play this casino game
- The dealer arranges the cards into 7 stacks with 4 cards each
- The dealer will shake the dice and will give opportunity to a player to shake the dice as well.
- The total result of the 3 dice determines the house card and where the deal begins.
- The dealer distributes the stacks to each player
- The player arranges the cards into a High Hand and Low Hand with 2 cards each
- Then, the dealer opens the house card and arrange into a High Hand and Low Hand
- The dealer opens each player’s cards to determine the winning hand
- If the High Hand and Low Hand are arranged incorrectly, the House automatically wins.
UNDERSTANDING POINTS STRUCTURE & SPLITTING MECHANICS
- The House card can play with 9 points for high hand and 4 points and above for low hand.
- If low hand under 4 points, dealer must split (example: Q+8+A+4, player may arrange the card as 4+Q (Low Hand) and 8+A (High Hand). If Q+8+A+3, dealer will arrange as A+3 and Q+8.
- The number of pairs that cannot be split are: 4,4/ 5,5/ 10,10/ J,J/ Q,Q/ K,K/ A,A
- If House hand has A+ 9 or 2 pictures, dealer cannot split.
- For Q+K+6+4, dealer will arrange this as 6+4 and Q+K
- For A+9+8+2, dealer will arrange this as 8+2 and A+9
- The number of pairs that must be split are: 2,2/ 3,3/ 6,6/ 7,7/ 8,8/ 9,9
- For Pair of 2 : 3+7, 4+7, 5+7, 6+7, 5+6 will be split
- For Pair of 3 : 4+6, 5+6 will be split
- For Pair of 6 : 1+2 and/or 3, 2+10, 3+10 will be split
- For Pair of 7 : 1+2 and/or 10, 2+9 will be split
- For Pair of 8 : A+10, and J+Q and/or K will be split
- For Pair of 9 : A+10, and J+Q and/or K will be split
RANKS OF THE HAND
- Four of a kind
- Three of a kind
- Pairs (AA is the highest)
- Two Picture Cards, no pair. (e.g. KQ KJ QJ, the value is the same, which KQ ties QJ ties KJ)
- Ten points (only A&9 counts as 10 points (they call it “Kong”), unlike 2&8 or 3&7, which counts as 0.)
- Point from 0 to 9 (Two cards count as Bacarrat points, like 9&6 count as 5, or 4&9 counts as 3.)