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Poker Betting Structures

Poker Betting Structures

Limit Poker

In poker games with a limit, betting structure the bet and raise amounts are limited to a certain size. Each round of betting may have different limits, normally with higher limits on later betting rounds. There is often a cap to the number of raises per round as well, limiting the total bet for each round.

Examples:

  1. With a $3 limit on the current betting round and a current bet of $0: The player to act may check or bet $3.
  2. With a $3 limit on the current betting round and a current bet of $3: The player to act may fold, call $3 or raise the current bet to $6 (call $3 + raise $3).
  3. With a $3 limit on the current betting round and a current bet of $6: The player to act may fold, call $6 or raise the current bet to $9 (call $6 + raise $3).

Pot Limit Poker

In poker games with a pot limit betting structure, the bet and raise amounts are limited to the size of the pot plus the bets and raises made on the current betting round. The minimum bet size is equal to the big blind and the minimum raise size is equal to the last bet or raise.

Examples:

  1. With a big blind of $5, a pot of $100 and a current bet of $0: The player to act may check or bet between $5 and $100.
  2. With a big blind of $5, a pot of $100 and a current bet of $50: The player to act may fold or call $50 or raise the current bet to between $100 (call $50 + raise $50) and $250(call $50 + raise $200)

No Limit Poker

In poker games with a no limit betting structure there is no maximum bet or raise size (up to the amount of money the player has on the table). The minimum bet size is equal to the big blind and the minimum raise size is equal to the last bet or raise.

Examples:

  1. With a big blind of $5, a pot of $100 and a current bet of $0: The player to act may check or bet between $5 and however much the player has on the table.
  2. With a big blind of $5, a pot of $100 and a current bet of $50: The player to act may fold or call $50 or raise the current bet to between $100 (call $50 + raise $50) and however much the player has on the table.

Many poker varieties come in various forms of betting structures. This page will help you keep all of the different structures straight as you play so you do not anticipate the wrong moves. We have developed a large selection of helpful poker tools and strategy pages to help you win more and have more fun while playing online poker. Refer back to this poker betting structures page any time you switch to a different poker style and bookmark the tools and strategy pages for the variety of poker you are currently playing as well so you have immediate access to the guides and calculators you need.

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