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Chopping the blinds

Chopping the blinds

In live poker, a permissible form of collusion between players to avoid paying the rake or drop. If the action folds around to the small blind, the small and big blinds can decide not to play the hand. The casino's charge for a hand that does not see the flop is taken from one of the blinds and the remainders of the blinds are refunded to the two players.

This is usually considered a smart action to take when it is permitted, even if a player has a monster hand such as pocket aces, because heads-up pots rarely become large enough to overcome the costs of the rake that is taken after the flop.

Example: "I had pocket jacks in the small blind, but nobody bet and I decided to chop the blinds."


Created by LawDude on 5 Aug, 2009
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