Yesterday we covered the positions and how the dealer button moves which in turn moves the Small Blind and The Big Blind.


The Blinds dictate how much a person must bet at the outset of a hand.  As long as  a person is ‘Sitting at the Table’ they must put money in for the blinds when it is their turn.  This is called Posting the Blind.


Posting the Big and Small Blinds occurs before any cards are dealt to any players.  This is probably an inference of the source of the terminology ‘Blind’ as the players must post a bet blind to what their cards may be.


All of the other players at the table can wait until they see their first two cards.  Once they receive their first two cards the other players will have the option to Fold their hand and quit the hand or post a bet.  The bet must be at a minimum the same amount as the Big Blind.  The players can also raise the bet.


Depending on the version of Texas Hold ‘em that is being played the amount of the raise can vary from double the Big Blind up to all the chips that a player has.  I will cover the raising scenarios more thoroughly tomorrow.


In the simplest of scenarios all the players will match the Big Blinds bet or they will fold (or they will raise which I will talk about, tomorrow.)


After every player has had a chance to fold or post a bet including the player that has the dealer button, the player in the Small Blind position, who has now had a chance to view their cards, can post a bet to stay in the hand.


Why does the Small Blind have to post an additional Amount?

The Small Blind initially only has to post an amount that is half the amount posted by the big blind.  So if the Big Blind has to bet $10, the Small Blind initially has to blindly post up $5 before any cards are dealt. More


After they receive their cards, they can then decide to fold or stay in the hand.  They now have the option to Fold, Post an additional $5 to see and match the $10 or raise the bet(again to be covered tomorrow.)