An amount asked of players at the start of a betting round regardless of whether they are taking part in that round or not. Some poker tournaments have antes in the later stages to speed up the progress of the tournament, and you can also find cash games with antes, but not all games require antes.

Playing with antes definitely changes the dynamics of the game as it becomes more profitable to take down the dead money before the flop. This video with Mohsin Charania talks about adjusting to antes games.

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