What is ‘Traveling Blind’?
A ‘traveling blind’ is one of several kinds of blind bet made in some casino games, either as a voluntary bet or as a forced wager. The term is most associated with the ‘Three-Blind Traveling Blind’ form of poker. The name comes from the skip between the blinds which is common – between two actions, a middle player can make a call. The blind position also shifts as the game progresses. There is no set way to complete the ‘traveling blind’ play, which varies between games, but it is commonly seen in lowball games.
‘Traveling Blind’ Explained
A traveling blind is a blind bet or a series of blind bets made during some forms of poker. It depends on position and is most often used to reduce a position advantage given to the dealer. The most common form of the traveling blind is a three-way set which starts with a dealer blind, followed by a middle blind and a big blind. The method of betting is often used to get every game pot started at a reasonable rate, with the equivalent of three or four bets made before any openers are posted.
The term appears often in lowball poker games, and describes a mutual agreement between the three players in the final position to act as the three ‘traveling blind’ positions in that game. It can only occur where there has been no opener in the early positions, leaving the late-acting players with a chance to reduce the dealer’s advantage. The dealer must meet the three bets made by the traveling blinds to play, thereby levelling the playing field for all players in the game. There are some games which will enforce this kind of traveling blind when an opener is not made, though in most cases this play is entirely optional.