A guide to poker blinds and how they work

Here’s a brief guide to help you understand what poker blinds are, and how they work.

The 2 players who are on the left of the dealer in hold’em poker are supposed to place bets before any cards have been dealt. These are blind bets since they are placed when players don’t have any cards. These are the bets which trigger actions in hands since there will already be something in the pot for every one of the players to try and win. Usually, the player on the left of the dealer places a small bet which is half of the full bet for the round. This is called the small blind. The player on the left then places a complete bet for the round. This is the big blind.

When cards have been dealt, the action starts from the player on the left of the big blind. He can choose to fold, call, or raise, depending on his cards.

If the pot was not raised by the time the small blind has a turn, he only needs to complete his bet to match the complete bet for the round. If he doesn’t complete the bet, he can fold. Of course, he also has the option of raising. If the pot has already been raised, he must complete his blind to match the amount the pot is raised to.

The last player who will make a decision for the round is the big blind. By then, if the pot hasn’t been raised, he can choose to check or raise. But, if the pot was raised, he can’t check, he has to either fold or call the raise. Of course, he also has the option of re-raising. If everyone folds, the big blind will get his own bet back plus the small blinds bet.