Small Blind

  • The "small blind" is a forced bet made by the player sat to the left of the button which is usually smaller than the big blind.
    The small blind is a forced bet made by the player sat to the left of the button which is usually smaller than the big blind. The value of the forced bets made by the blinds are used to identify the stakes being played. For example if the small blind is $2 and the big blind is $4 then the stakes being played is referred to as 2/4. The big blind is typically double the small blind but there are exceptions which occur when half of the big blind would result in a fraction of a chip. examples of this would be 0.02/0.05 , 0.10/0.25 , 1/3 , 2/5 etc.

    The small blind also refers to the seat to the left of the button as that player has to pay the small blind, for example , James was in the small blind and decided to fold preflop.

    The small blind is the last but one player to act preflop and the small blind he has already put into the pot is deducted from any amount he needs to call / raise if he wants to play the hand. Once the flop is dealt ,the small blind is always first to act if they are still in the hand and will therefore be at a positional disadvantage for the rest of the hand.Typically players will lose money when they are in the blinds from a combination of the forced bets and playing out of position.

    When nobody has raised preflop and its the player in the small blind to act, they have the choice of folding, calling (which is referred to as completing the small small blind) or raising.

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