BlindsWhat are Blinds?
Blind are forced bets posted by poker players to the left of the dealer button in flop-style in poker games? The number of poker blinds is usually two, but can be one or three. When poker players shift away from the seven-card stud family of games and start playing hold'em, they must get used to posting blind bets instead of antes and to using a dealer button to indicate the dealer's position. Without the blinds, everyone would just wait until they had a perfect hand to play, and there would be no action at all. Blind is a forced bet before you receive your initial cards and is posted by the players to the immediate left of the dealer button. This is used to seed the pot with cash.
Dealer Button: The Button moves from player to player at the beginning of each hand and identifies the current dealer position. The player at this location is considered to be the dealer. After each hand is completed the dealer button is moved to the next player to the left.
Blinds: In Texas Hold'em, there's no ante, so the two players to the left of the dealer must post blind bets. A Blind is a forced bet before you receive your initial cards and is posted by the players to the immediate left of the dealer button. This is used to seed the pot with cash. Everyone at the table takes their turn playing the blinds. No one is immune.
How to calculate a poker tournament blinds schedule
- Divide the starting chip amount by 50. Make this your first big blind.
- Make your big blind equal to your starting chip amount at the time you want your tournament to finish. This is your anticipated final blind.
- Arrange the middle levels so that the blinds gradually increase from your first big blind to your anticipated final big blind. Keep the first 2 or 3 levels low to allow new players to learn without having to risk too much.
- Add a couple of extra blinds levels to be on the safe side.