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The Poker Blinds

Playing the Blinds

First let's define some terms when using the poker jargon "blind":
1) Forced bets in community card games similar to the use of antes, but normally only required of two players rather than all players at the table
2) Small Blind: the smaller of two forced bets, usually 1/2 the minimum opening bet
3) Big Blind: the larger of two forced bets, usually equal to the minimum opening bet
4) Stealing the Blinds: make a raise on the opening betting round with the goal of winning the blind bets without any further action on the hand
5) Betting blind: betting without taking the option to look at the next card

Issues concerning the small and big blinds are generally much more important in Limit poker than in No Limit games, but no matter what the game structure, the blind bets are extremely important to consider when you make them and also when someone else is making them.

Here are several articles that focus on the importance of the blinds in both Texas Holdem and Omaha Holdem.

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The Battle for the Blinds
The catalyst of poker

Texas Holdem Big Blind Play
Playing out of the big blind, "trouble" and making decisions
Poker Blinds
Miles of Blinds
Putting the blinds in perspective in regards to the rake and win rates

Blind Man's Bluff
Attacking and defending the blind positions

Blue Light Specials
Creating bargains playing out of the blinds

Posting the Blinds
Coming in behind the button versus taking the big blind

The Fox and the Farmer
The "wall" and the blinds in tournament play

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