What is the Big Blind Ante Structure?

Check outĀ Matt Savage’s recent articleĀ as he explains the benefits and rules of the new Big Blind Ante structure and why the World Poker Tour is adopting it.

So… what strategic adjustments should you be making because of the new BB Ante format?

The answer might surprise you….

Watch the below preview of LearnWPT Strategy Episode 237 as Nick Binger answers a Member submitted question from ourĀ Ask a Pro feature regarding adjustments for the new Big Blind Ante structure:

Some key take away’s from Matt Savages’ article regarding the new Big Blind Ante structure all players should know:

  • There will be one single ante posted for the whole table by the player in the Big Blind.
  • The ante is posted first and players from any position will be eligible to win the entire ante regardless of chip stack.
  • Antes never reduce until end of tournament.
  • In regards to payouts, if two players are all-in at same table and one is in the Big Blind, (a) the Big Blind gets credit for ante first, (b) the player out of the big blind gets full credit for ante, and (c) the ante is considered dead in the pot.
  • Dealers, staff, and players alike have universally claimed how much easier and more efficient it is. Dealers do not have to remind distracted players to post their antes every hand.
  • More hands are being dealt, allowing structures to remain deeper for longer portions of tournaments.
  • There are less chips in play and less need to make change

“The TDA and I share a mantra of consistency and, whether or not you personally agree, you should live with the change to be consistent for the benefit of the players. I know that big blind ante is a great change to no-limit holdā€™em poker tournaments. The big blind ante is here to stay! The bottom line is that BBA is faster and downright better!”

– Matt Savage


Members can send us any questions or hands they’ve played using the BBA and receive expert answers and analysis from the LearnWPT Instructors using the popular Ask a Pro featureĀ andĀ Hand Input Tool.

What do you think of the new Big Blind Ante?
Share your thoughtsĀ in the comments below!

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How Do You Play Pocket Pairs?

Pocket pairs can be tricky, and misplaying them can put your chips in serious trouble!

A pocket pair can look great preflop but how does the strength of your hand changeĀ on the Flop, Turn, or River?

Whether you have ducks, treys, walking sticks, snowmen, ladies, cowboys, or rockets, understanding what your pocket pair is worth on every street will give you a skill edge against your opponents.

Put your skills to the test in these decisions involving pocket pairs!

1. 3ā™„3ā™  with 17BB Stack
2. 5ā™¦5ā™£ in the Small Blind
3.Ā 6ā™ 6ā™£ on the Flop
4. Jā™ Jā™„ on the Turn
5.Ā Tā™£Tā™  on the River

Understanding and mastering these strategies will give you the opportunities to exert a skill edge against your opponents and play your pocket pairs effectively:

Keep on practicing!


PS:Ā a Membership with LearnWPT isĀ the easiest and fastest way to add more levels of complexity and nuance to your game. Members have access to over 150+ scenariosĀ like this to practice their decision-making skills!

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