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In The Blind

What is ‘In the Blind’?

In the blind describes a poker player who is eligible to make a blind bet on their turn, or who has made a blind bet into the pot.

A player can also go ‘in the blind’ voluntarily in many forms of poker.

The phrase might be used in the interrogative, for example ‘who is in the blind?’, and also as an action phrase or a descriptive term for a player – i.e. to ‘be in the blind’.

’In the Blind’ Explained

In many forms of poker, players bet before the cards are seen or even dealt. These bets are known as ‘blinds’.

The most common form of blind bet is the ‘ante‘. Antes are mandatory blinds made by every player who wishes to receive cards at the deal.

They are usually the value of the minimum bet, and they start off the pot for every game.

In other forms of poker, only some of the players make these blind bets each turn.

These players are usually the two people sitting to the left of the dealer. One player makes the big blind (twice the minimum bet value) and the next player makes the small blind (the same value as the minimum bet). Like the antes, these are forced bets required from any player who wishes to take part in that hand, and for whom the blind button has fallen.

Players can also opt into a blind bet if they choose. The bet should be placed before the cards have been dealt. However, some casinos and private games allow optional blind bets to be made after the cards have been dealt, as long as the cards have not yet been looked at by the players. Any player who has opted into a blind bet or who is obliged to make this wager is said to be ‘in the blind’.