# How to Beat the Big Blind in Poker

In poker, players make forced bets on the cards, called ante or blind bets. The dealer then cuts or shuffles the deck and deals the cards one by one to the players. The cards are either dealt face-up or face-down, depending on the game variant. As the rounds progress, poker hands develop.

## All-in

In poker, going all-in means betting all your chips into a pot. This is usually done in the later stages of a tournament when the blinds are high. This strategy is very common because it makes mathematical sense to go all-in with a weak hand. There are two common scenarios for an all-in: a heads-up all-in between two players, and a multi-way pot scenario.

## Big blind

The big blind is one of the most challenging poker table positions. It will be where you see the majority of the flops throughout your poker career, so it’s important that you know how to play effectively from this position. Unfortunately, few players really understand how to play from this position, and many of these players are huge leaks.

## Straight flush

A Straight Flush in poker is a maximum play in poker. Although its probability of occurrence is low, it is still considered a winning hand. However, there are certain tips that you should follow to improve your chances of hitting a straight flush.

## Royal flush

In poker, a royal flush is the highest possible straight of cards. The cards in a royal flush must be of the same suit. The royal flush occurs only very rarely. Approximately one in every 649,000 hands in five-card stud poker and one in every 40,000 hands in five-card draw poker.

## Five-card draw

A five-card draw in poker is played with five cards of the same suit. Two pairs are compared if they have the same rank, but if not, the next highest card is compared instead. If all the cards are of the same rank, a tie results.

## Stud poker

Stud poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards. Each player receives two downcards and one upcard before the first betting round begins. Each player makes an ante before each round of betting, and the player with the highest hand will act first. The betting rounds proceed in a clockwise direction. As with other poker variants, the betting structure of stud poker is fixed. In addition to a fixed betting limit, there is a cap on raises.