07- 7-05, LearnTexasHoldem:

Dealer Button Blind Positions Heads Up

Question: in a tournament, when down to 2 players, who gets dealt to first? the button? and why?

When a tournament gets down to the final 2 players, who is in the big blind, the dealer or the non-dealer? What is the order of play pre-flop and post-flop?

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Answer: I get this question a lot so I'll answer it again here.

In heads up holdem, the dealer button has the small blind and the other player has the big blind. The dealer button gets dealt the first card (because he is the small blind), then the big blind gets his/her first card. Then after the players get their cards, the preflop betting starts with the small blind -- the dealer button. After the flop is shown, now the player on the dealer button is last to act (like normal). So preflop the dealer has to act first and gets the small blind, after the flop -- flop, turn and river betting -- the dealer is second to act.

The reason this is like this is because if the dealer button had the big blind, it would be too much power -- the dealer would have the big blind (already a lot of money in) plus position for every betting round. This would make heads up play really tight with the small blind only playing with premium hands (in which case the dealer would most likely fold). So by giving the small blind to the dealer button, it is more balanced and a better game.

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