In poker, pre-flop play refers to the action that occurs before the flop is dealt. A game begins with the small blind and big blind posting the blinds, and cards are dealt to each player.

Then, there is the first round of betting, known as the preflop betting round, starting with the player to the left of the blinds, and the betting is going around the table in a clockwise manner, with the player in the big blind closing the action.

Preflop raises vary in size depending on whether you’re playing online/live. In online poker, typically raises are 3 to 4 times the size of the big blind.

EXAMPLE “Lots of bluffing occurs pre-flop in tournaments in an attempt to steal the blinds.”

Related terms on

  1. Blind
  2. Big Blind Special
  3. Wait for Big Blind
  4. BB
  5. Continuation Bet
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