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What Does "On the Button" Mean in Poker?

Learn what "on the button" means in poker from poker champion Nick "Nicky Numbers" Brancato in this Howcast video.


Hey, I'm Nicky Numbers, Professional Poker Player and today I'm going to explain to you what the term "on the button" means.

When you're playing Hold 'Em, there's a button that one player at the table has in front of him. This player is the simulated dealer. When they have the button, the two players after them on their left are the blinds. The blinds have to put up forced bets.

For example, one green chip, two green chips.

Being on the button means that the button is literally in front of you. The button is the most valuable position at the table because it's last to act post-flop. On the flop, turn and river all the players in the hand have to act before the button.

However pre-flop, it's almost last to act. There's two people, the blinds, who get to act after it.

So when you're on the button, it means that you're in a good position at the table.

The last thing about being on the button is knowing that it moves around the table so each player gets the button for one hand. If you're at a table with 10 people, then every 10 hands you would get the button, the most valuable seat at the table.

And that's what you need to know about being on the button.

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