This is a term that is exclusive to live poker games. It refers to a check or bet that a player makes before even seeing the next card(s) dealt.
More commonly, a player who is first to act
in the next betting round will call
out, "Check in the dark
!" as the dealer
is preparing to deal
the next card(s). Since verbal declarations are binding, the action
on the next round starts on the next player. Of course, the player who checked dark
does not get last action
, but that player can check-raise
, and that is the thinly veiled hammer one wields when choosing this line
. In many cases, a check in the dark
on the river
means that a passive
player is chasing a draw
One can also bet in the dark
as a show of strength, conveying the idea that one's hand is so powerful it doesn't matter what the next card brings.
Actions declared in the dark
are typically viewed as "theatrical" moves, drawing attention to the player (both positive and negative). One can exploit
this to build up an "actor" type table image
and induce loose
Example: eg - Hero holds TPTK in EP and checkraises a rainbow flop. Unfortunately, he still gets multiple callers. In an attempt to narrow the field with scare tactics, Hero throws out a handful of chips before the dealer has even cleared the table of cards and chips, declaring, "Bet 50 in the dark."
Created by ChezJ
on 14 Oct, 2009