What is a ‘Dead Blind’?
Dead blinds are blinds posted directly into the pot and are not regarded as part of a player’s bet. A dead blind is usually placed by players who return to the table after taking a break. You will see them used online, in traditional cash games, and in your local casino.
An example is if a player steps aways from the table and misses paying the small blind. He would be forced to compensate for this by paying a dead blind if he wishes to re-enter the game. If a player misses both the big blind and the small blind, the player must post a big blind and a small dead blind in order to re-enter the game. Alternatively, he can sit out the game and wait for the big blind to come around to him again.
‘Dead Blind’ Explained
Let’s say you are in the middle of game of Texas Holdem. Play has stalled and the game has become boring, with a few tight players protecting their stack. You decide this is a good time to take a break and head off in search of food and a little beverage. You have been gone for about 40 minutes when you return to the game and notice a new inexperienced player at the table who is playing loose. You decide this is a good time to re-enter and take a few chips off him. While you have been gone, you missed both the big blind and the small blind. So in order to re-enter the game you have to post a big blind, which forms part of your bet, and a dead blind, equivalent to the price of the small blind you missed, which does not. You could have waited until the big blind came around to you again, before re-entering the game. But in this case, you saw an opportunity to take out another player and wanted to take advantage of it, sooner rather than later.
In normal circumstances, it is wise to wait for the big blind to return to your position before re-entering play. This gives you chance to watch other players and learn how they play before committing money to the pot. There are no specific strategies that take advantage of the dead blind, but it is good to know what it is before you sit down at the table.