Casino Poker for Beginners: Missed Blinds, Seat Change & Other Buttons –


For those new to live poker: Explaining absent, reserved, missed blinds, and seat change buttons.

More button talk in the latest “Casino Poker for Beginners,” incl. missed blinds, seat change & more.

Ed. note: For those who might have missed it before, we’re reprising Robert Woolley‘s series of articles for poker players who are new to live poker. The series is great for newcomers, and likely useful as well to those with experience playing in casinos and poker rooms.

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In my last article, I tried to lay out everything players new to live poker might ever want to know about the dealer button. Now let’s move on to some of the other buttons you might see on a casino poker table, some of which even those who have played a lot of live poker might have questions about.

The Absent Button

The “absent” button gets used in a couple of different ways, depending on the casino. Most commonly, it designates a seat that is being held for a player who has lost all of his or her chips, but has indicated a desire to keep playing after a trip to the cash machine. This prevents the seat from being taken by another player.

In real life, a large percentage of the time the player never returns, despite a promise to do so. After 10 or 15 minutes the dealer will take the absent button back and the seat will be available.

The less common pattern of usage is that some poker rooms instruct dealers to toss an absent button in front of a seat as soon as it is vacated. This has the advantage of helping the dealer remember not to deal cards to that spot. Its disadvantage

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