Definition of Button
In poker and other card games, the button represents the table position of the current dealer. In standard poker, the button moves clockwise one player at a time each hand, so that everyone gets an opportunity to deal the cards.
In casino environments, however, a casino employee deals the cards. Nevertheless, the button, also known as the dealer button or buck, is still an important concept because it indicates other info, such as the small and big blind.
The player one position to the left of the button is the small blind. The player two positions to the left of the button, one to the left of the small, is the big blind. The blinds are forced bets, and the table stakes determine the amounts.
After the deal, the last three players to act prior to the flop are the button, the small blind and the large blind, in that order. This pre-flop order will remain true as long as those three players do not fold from the current hand.
In poker, having the button is a significant advantage, whether the button is the dealer or not, because the button can watch all of the other players react to the current hand before they have to make their own decision.
The button often has an opportunity to pick up unchallenged pots. The button can pick up blinds pre-flop, and the button can even pick up blinds when he or she has an otherwise weak hand. It is a very powerful position.
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