I have to figure that the local home games in my neck of the woods aren't the only places where these two discussions come up and after all the bicker and bantering, not everyone is on the same page. I have my view on it and am pretty 99% sure on the correct manner in which these things go, but for the sake of showing these guys with whom the back & forth debate happens and not leave any room for them to say that there's any partiality or me swaying anyone....I'll leave my take out until this place, full of much more knowledgeable poker players settle these two things once and for all....at least for the games I partake in. I think with this thread as a source of referrence, we can finally nip it in the bud. TOPIC 1: Dead blinds (either of the two) & dead Dealer, do they get dealt cards or not? -How are these handled? Say the player in the big blind who would have been on the small blind on the following hand goes all in, loses... The following hand is now being dealt.... Does the dead small blind get cards dealt? -Same applies to the other two spots, both the dead dealer and dead big blind. For now, lets focus on the UTG player, which is ridiculous for me to even ask this but to some....it's valid. The UTG player goes all in, covering the big blind with say 5 big blinds on top...his PP gets crushed and is knocked out. Is there a dead big blind? And if there is...does it get dealt cards? -Lastly...the dead Dealer position. Small blind player in current hand, covers the big blind plus 5 big blinds, pushes and loses, is knocked out. Next hand is a dead dealer spot to keep the blinds in place. When dealing for this player....does the dead dealer spot get dealt cards? TOPIC 2: Say at a certain blind level you anticipate to be the final table and figure antes will help move the tourney to a finish, especially when it's at the bubble where players tend to really tighten up... Who all pays for antes? Is it all players, including the blinds or all players except the blinds since the blinds have their antes already calculated within their blind pay. Say it's 9 handed: Are the blinds supposed to pay an ante on top of their blinds? SB: 2K BB: 4K UTG: 500 ante UTG +1: 500 ante UTG +2: 500 ante MP: 500 ante HJ: 500 ante CO: 500 ante D: 500 ante Thanks ahead of time! Side note: Regarding the first topic...I know that depending on the host (either online or live), blinds are positioned incumbent on where the dealer button moves, thus is button dependent and others are positioned according to the movement of the big blind. Just so things remain clear, lets stick to the former, where it's button dependent. Where the button moves, thus blinds are positioned. The focal point is in terms of whether the dead blinds and dealer spots get dealt cards, which does have an influence on the hand.