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2.1.1 Ante

Before the initial deal, participating players are required to blindly contribute a fixed amount of money ( ante) to the pot. In some variants an alternative system is used where some of the players immediately following the rotating dealer (called the button) are forced to put in fixed size bets (called the blinds). Without these forced bets, risk can be minimized by only playing the best hand, and the game becomes uninteresting.

Denis Papp