Definition of Blind Off
What does the term "blind off" mean in poker? What is the definition of the term "blinded off"?
Note: people use the term "blind off" and "ante off" interchangeably
Let's say that you are playing in a Sunday poker tournament at your local casino. The original 900 entrants have been whittled down to just 85 and the tournament is now in the money.
At this point, the blinds are 12,000/24,000 and the antes are 1,000.
Let's say that the chip leader decides that he is going to beat the crowd and go to lunch 20 minutes before the tournament is scheduled to go on break. He stands up and disappears into the crowd.
In order to keep things fair, the dealer will "blind off" this player as he is not around to play his cards. Blinding off means that the dealer will collect the blinds and antes that this player would have paid, plus his cards will automatically be folded (unless he is in the BB and everybody checks around).
Before the chip leader left on break, he had over 1,000,000 in chips. Assuming that the table was nine-headed and that one entire orbit was played while he was away, the chip leader would pay:
Nine antes of 1,000
The SB of 12,000
The BB of 24,000
So this early lunch would cost this player 45,000 in chips, plus he would lose the opportunity to play his cards.
"Blinding off" occurs in online tournaments as well. If a player's Internet connection goes down, he/she will be "blinded off" until they can either restore their Internet connection or access another computer.
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