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What Comes First, The Big Blind Or The Ante?

by Linda Johnson |  Published: Oct 09, 2019

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I’m sure most of my readers, especially tournament players, have heard about the concept of the big-blind ante. For anyone who doesn’t know what I am referring to, the big-blind ante works like this: Once antes have been introduced in a tournament, instead of each individual player posting an ante every hand, the big blind position posts the ante for everyone at the table. The ante is equivalent to the size of the big blind.  I don’t know why it took so long for someone to come up with this concept. Most tournament players I have spoken with love the big-blind ante for the following reasons. It speeds up play because the dealer only has to collect the ante from one person each hand. There are no more arguments when the ante is short and the dealer has to figure out who didn’t ante. The dealer doesn’t have to make ...


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