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  1. Noun

    A mandatory bet made before any cards are dealt, either in addition to or instead of an ante. Most common in community card games. Different than an ante in that: (a) it counts toward the total amount a player has contributed to the pot in a given hand, and; (b) it is only required of certain players.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The players required to contribute are usually two rotating blinds, a big blind two seats to the left of the dealer and a small blind immediately to the left of the dealer. There exist variations on the number of blinds and determination of who will be the blind, such as adding a little blind to create three blinds or assigning the blind to a player who has won multiple consecutive hands, although two rotating blinds are most common. When a big blind (BB) and small blind (SB) are required, the amounts are typically denoted $SB/$BB, such as 30/60.

    EXAMPLE: "Since I'd already put in the blind and nobody raised, I got to see the flop even though I'd have folded my rags if I'd seen them before having to place a bet."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Shared Card Games

    RELATED TERMS: Big Blind, Blind Game, Kill Blind, Small Blind, Straddle

  2. Noun

    A player who has the responsibility of contributing the blind in a particular hand, especially the player in the big blind position.

    EXAMPLE: "The blind checked on the flop and raised on the turn."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Shared Card Games

  3. Adverb

    Done without looking at one's cards; made without the full knowledge to which a player is entitled under the rules.

    EXAMPLE: "I was up for a bit of a gamble, so I raised blind."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    USAGE: Describes an action.

  4. Noun

    A disk marking the seat or player who is required to contribute the blind.

    EXAMPLE: "Don't forget to pass the blind after the hand."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    GAME CATEGORY: Shared Card Games

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