Check in the Dark in Poker

Check in the Dark in Poker

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Imagine you're in a room with no lights and cannot see. However, you try to find your way out of the room or look for the switch for the lights, which means you are trying to do something ‘in the dark.’ Similarly, if you act before looking at the cards dealt just before the betting hand, your action is said to be ‘in the dark.’ This action cannot be done just by hand signals, so it must be done verbally.

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To act ‘in the dark’ doesn’t convey anything to your rivals. Therefore, this phrase is used quite often in two different ways in games such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha - ‘check in the dark’ and ‘bet in the dark.’ Here, we discuss ‘check in the dark.’

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To check in the dark in poker

To ‘check in the dark’ in a poker game refers to checking without looking at the cards. It means announcing to your rivals that your hand is not worth betting on, regardless of other cards. The player who decides to check in the dark announces that he will ‘check’ in the next round without caring about which cards are dealt.

There are two situations where a player is said to have checked in the dark-

❏ First, when a player acts on a betting round before the exposure of the cards of that betting round.

❏ Second, when a player acts on a betting round after other players who also have checked in the dark.

After a player announces to check in the dark, they cannot return their decision after the cards are exposed.

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More on check in the dark strategy

Using this poker strategy to check in the dark has some shortcomings. When you check in the dark, the dealer wraps up the table and deals out the next card without asking whether you’d like to take any action in that round. You have to give a free card or showdown to scare your rival from betting.

However, the strength you get here is to create an unwanted threat of check-raise for your rival. Your rival will have no relevant input from you, still. They will be forced to take action.

Sometimes, the ‘in the dark’ phrase is confused with ‘in the blind,’ meaning completely different. Still, some novice players use these two phrases synonymously.

To master poker and the various strategies, you must be aware of the different poker terms. Also, you need to practice the game regularly.

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