An Ante is an obligatory bet made by a player before any cards are dealt. These are in addition to the Blinds, the idea being to further seed the pot in order to generate action.

Antes are now a common feature of tournaments, implemented to spice up the play after a certain number of Blind levels. Indeed, this has become such a widespread practice in online poker that it’s not unusual to see antes at the beginning of a tournament, or specifically ‘big’ antes being used.

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· Published 23.10.2017 · last updated 09.03.2021

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