What's the Term Ante-Up in Poker?

What's the Term Ante-Up in Poker?

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Have you ever heard about the term ‘Ante up’ in poker? What is its meaning? Why is it relevant in any poker game?


You will get answers to all the above questions in this article.

Meaning of ‘Ante’ in poker

The dictionary meaning of the noun ‘Ante’ refers to the mandatory bet amount paid by each player before a hand being dealt. The players pay their shares or do their parts. So, to ‘anteing’ is to place this bet into the middle of the table. You can have three cases: the ‘blinds’, the ‘straddle’ and the ‘antes’. In each case the impacted players have to contribute money to the pot. These antes are mostly found in stud games, for example, seven card stud, five card stud, razz etc.

This is because these types of games are played without blinds, therefore, without antes there would be no chances for a player to play anything else than playing strong starting hands. Antes can also be used in Texas Hold’em or Omaha Hold’em but they can be discarded too, as is the case most times. However,the tournament organizers themselves want to implement Antes in these games at times.

But, what is ‘Ante up’?

Just by looking at the term for once can suggest its meaning. ‘To up’ something - is to make an increase in its value. Hence the term ‘Ante up’ refers to an increase in value of Antes with each level. You should not get confused with the phrases- ‘up the Antes’ and ‘Ante up’. Although these terms carry related meanings, yet ‘Ante up’ is more popular in poker culture. To ‘ Ante up’ is to raise bet values with each level in a tournament while to ‘up the Antes’ is to raise the salary or wages.

It is common to start a tournament without Antes, but they are included into the game as the levels rise so as to increase the speed of the game and make it more interesting. After introducing all the Antes, the levels of blinds too are raised with each stage.

Adjustments in Poker Strategy for Antes

The main part of a poker tournament starts when the antes are kicked in. The antes are extra bets to the pot in addition to the previous blinds. This is where you can open more hands, steal blinds or make more plays. Antes encourage you to put in more action and make extra money by adjusting your poker strategy.

Here are the three adjustments which you can make in your poker strategy when antes come into play.

Steal the Blinds: It basically means you are bluffing and attempting to take down the blinds. It can prove to be effective in order to utilize your position and to help build your stack.

Resteal: Resteals or shoves are used when another opponent opens and creates dead money. The main point to remember here is that between the antes and other players in the pot, there’s a lot of money to justify a resteal. The restealing pots must have a worth of at least 15% of your stacks.

Short Stack Strategy: The last adjustment which can be made to your shoving range is the short stack strategy. This is applied to short stacks because these stack sizes are smaller than they appear to be. The smaller the stack sizes the wider the calling ranges are and better the odds are.

It is therefore recommended to observe the stack sizes, the pot worth and the opponent’s mind. Antes can prove to be very useful when played with good adjusted strategies. To practice this and other strategies of poker, download the GetMega Poker app now.

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