What is an Orbit in Poker?

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Last Updated: January 31, 2024


An orbit in poker is one rotation of the dealer button around the table. An orbit is complete once every player has been in every position. The orbit isn’t a fixed number of hands, as the extent of the orbit depends on the poker format and number of players.

Orbit Poker Example:

If you’re playing a 9-handed poker game, the orbit would be nine hands. In comparison, in a 6-max game, the orbit can be a maximum of six hands. 

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