POKER BASICS: BLINDS AND ANTES

blinds and antes

There is no compulsion in poker to play with money, although doing so makes the experience exciting and more enjoyable. Understandably, different forms of poker in India have different types of bets. Here is a small guide:

Most Texas Hold’em poker games require the players to post blinds (initial bets) before the cards are dealt in order to stimulate betting. Blinds are of two categories: Small and Big – in each playing round. After each hand, the players who post small and big blinds shift one place to the left (anticlockwise). During the beginning of the game, the player who posts a small blind sits to the left of the dealer, and the player who puts in the big blind is seated to the left of the player who posted the small blind. The size of the blinds vary depending on the table. But, generally the big blind is the minimum bet on the table and the small one is half of it. For example: If the minimum bet a table is $20, the big blind would be $20 and the small one would be $10.

While entering an existing Hold'em game, you will be required to post the big blind in order to play. If your seat is next to the big blind on your right, you will want to wait till the big blind is at your position. If you are already at a table and you leave and miss the blinds, you will be needed to post both blinds in order to resume play, otherwise you can wait until the big blind arrives at your position.

On the other hand, an ante is a forced bet where all table players put an equal amount of money or chips into the pot before the deal commences. Often this is small amount. Antes ensure that a player who folds every round will lose money (though slowly), thus offering all players with an incentive, however minute, to play the hand instead of tossing it in when the opening bet reaches them.