Blind/Ante Rules

Blinds - Blinds are bets that are designed to get the betting started and are used for all the flop games. There are two blinds - the small blind and the big blind. The player whom posts the small blind is to the immediate left of the dealer and next player to his or her left posts the big blind.

On Texas Hold'em tables and Omaha tables, to take part in the action, you must regularly pay the blinds. In cash game play, you have the option of not paying the blinds and sitting out from the play. In tournament game play, paying the blinds is obligatory

There are two blinds - the small blind and the big blind. The big blind is set at the lower limit of the table and the small blind is generally half the size of the big blind. In most games, the player to the left of the dealer button must pay the small blind and the next player must pay the big blind. In heads-up matches, the dealer pays the small blind and his opponent pays the big blind. At the start of each new game, the dealer button will move one place around the table and thus the blind paying players will change. A player who pays the big blind in a game will pay the small blind in the next game and a player who pays the small blind in a game will receive the dealer button in the next game (except in heads-up play).

If a player does not pay one of the blinds, he will be expected to pay both blinds before he can take part in a game.

When a player joins a running table, he will be expected to pay the big blind before he can take part in a game. He can either pay the blind at the next possible opportunity or choose to wait until he is in the big blind position. If a player pays a blind when not in the blind position, he will have to pay that blind again when he is in the position if he wants to take part in future games.

When players are reseated in tournaments, we try to reseat them in a fair manner such that they are seated in the closest matching position in relation to the dealer button so that they do not experience a loss (or a gain) in position due to the reseating.

When there are only two players left in the game the blinds are handled slightly differently. The dealer posts the small blind. The other player posts the big blind.


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