Antes explanation

Ante is a mandatory bet of an equal amount of money or chips for all players, which is put into the pot before the start of the hand. An ante ensures that the player who folds each round is losing money (though slowly), thus giving all players little incentive to play their hand rather than fold when it is their turn. Therefore, more players stay in the current hand, which increases the pot size and makes the game more interesting.

Ante is the most common bet in Razz and Stud poker but not popular in blind games. However, some blind tournament formats use antes to discourage overly tight play.

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