What is ‘Dark Bet’?
To make a ‘Dark Bet’ means the player places a bet without even looking at their hand, this is a risky strategy and is usually only used when the player is low on chips and is effectively forced into betting as they do not have enough chips left to cover another small or big blind.
A Dark Bet may also by a player wanting to ‘showboat’ but they represent an unknown entity as no one has any clue what could have been dealt to them.
‘Dark Bet’ Explained
As mentioned above there are a couple of reasons why a player may make a Dark Bet. Showboating is one, with a numerous professional poker players sometimes making a Dark Bet just to play up to the cameras during a televised tournament.
The other reason may simply be because the player is left with little choice due to the number of chips they have left available.
For example, say the big blind is priced at £10 but you only have £15 worth of chips left, if you are on the big blind you have to pay the £10 regardless leaving you with only £5 worth of chips behind the commitment line.
This means you will have to effectively take action and as you have had to commit a majority of your pot on the big blind, going all in with your remaining £5 chips makes sense when the play returns to you.
This is a decision you will have more than likely made a prior with an eye on when it is your big blind. You may wish to Dark Bet in order to unsettle your opponents as a last resort and attempt to but the pot.
However, with only a small amount committed from yourself it is safe to assume at least one player will call you (if more than one player calls and those two wish to commence betting they may, however, a side pot will be set up).
You may wish to Dark Bet just to add an element of suspense to the game.