Singapore Poker: Betting by the Blinds

On the first round of betting, the blinds act after everyone else. After the button has folded, opened, or called, or raised, the small blind acts. Since the small blind already has chips in the pot, if he plays he adds only as much to the pot as needed to make the total equal the bet.

Singapore Poker: Betting by the Blinds

In our example of the $5-$10 game, we saw that the small blind has $5 that plays for him in the pot. If players have limped and there have been no raises, he can participate by adding $5 to the pot. Just as any other player, the small blind can fold, call, or raise.

If everyone has folded except the small blind, the small blind has those same three options. If anyone has raised before the action gets to the small blind, he would have to call the raise, less $5, to participate. For example, if a player raised to $20, the small blind can play by adding $15 to the pot.

The big blind is the last to act on the first round of betting. If one or more players have called the initial bet, that is, if the players have all limped, the big blind has two choices. This situation is called the option. He can elect to simply check (not raise, that is, put no further chips into the pot). This effectively end the betting for the round.

However, the big blind has another choice when the action gets to him with no raises. Even though he has already technically made a bet, the big blind, after all, is a bet and there is no raise, he can himself raise.

In online poker room, when the action similarly gets to the big blind, the software presents two choices, one prompting “raise” and the other “check”. The effect is the same. If, however, there has been a raise, the big blind now must either match the raise (call) raise the pot himself or fold his hand.

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