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Poker Blinds

by Thomas Jensen on Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Poker BlindsThe term poker blinds is used to describe the number of forced bets that are posted by players who sit to the left of the dealer in flop-style poker. While the number of blinds can be one or three, it is usually two. They exist because Omaha and Texas Hold ‘em poker are frequently played without antes, which allows a player to fold a hand without actually placing a bet.

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These poker blind bets produce a regular cost in order to play in the game, which requires a player to enter pots in an attempts to compensate for the added expense. In general, the “big blind” is equal to the minimum bet, and is twice as much as the “small blind”. The “small blind” is posted by the player to the left of the dealer. The “big blind” is then posted by the player to the left of the one who posted the “small blind”.

After the cards are dealt, the player who is positioned to the left of the poster of the “big blind” is first to act during the first betting round.


Poker blinds are present during both live and online poker games, and can act in a player’s favor. Like all other aspects of poker, understand them and how to use them takes a certain amount of strategy.
Texas Hold ‘em has become one of the most popular forms of poker, and poker blinds are likely to be present during this game. Understanding how you can take advantage of their use is key to winning, and could help you stay on top.

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