# Pot-Limit and No-Limit Set-Up and Play

When playing Pot-Limit, all bets are restricted to the size of the pot.

This means that if there is \$100 in the pot, a player can bet anything between the size of the big blind (the minimum bet unless a player is forced to move all-in) and \$100.

Example

The game is \$1-\$2 Pot-Limit Texas Hold'em or Pot-Limit Omaha (these games are identical in terms of betting procedures).

In a \$1-\$2 Pot-Limit or No-Limit game the small blind is \$1 and the big blind is \$2. The first player can either raise the minimum \$2 (making it \$4 to go), raise the pot, or raise any amount in between the minimum raise and a pot raise.

A pot raise would be \$7 (the small blind (\$1) + the big blind (\$2) + the call (\$2) = \$5. The pot raise then becomes \$5 more, so the call (\$2) + the raise (\$5) makes it \$7 to go).

If the next player decides to raise the pot, he can raise it to \$24 (the small blind (\$1) + the big blind (\$2) + the raise \$7 + the call (\$7) = \$17. The pot re-raise now becomes \$17 more, so the call (\$7) + the re-raise (\$17) makes it \$24 to go).

A re-raise in Pot-Limit must be a minimum of double the previous raise, unless the player does not have enough money and is forced to move all-in.

A bet in Pot-Limit must be at least the size of the big blind, unless the player does not have enough money and is forced to move all-in.

No-Limit

In No-Limit you may bet whatever you have in front of you at any time, no matter what the pot is.

A re-raise in No-Limit must be a minimum of double the previous raise, unless the player does not have enough money and is forced to move all-in.

A bet in No-Limit has to be the size of the big blind, unless the player does not have enough money and is forced to move all-in.

Table Stakes in Pot-Limit and No-Limit

Table stakes are used in almost all poker games today. It provides protection so that a player can play with any amount he has in front of him.

This means that if two players are involved in a hand and one has \$100 and the other has \$50, the player with \$100 can bet, at the most, \$50 (consequently, he can only lose \$50 on the hand).

Example

It is a No-Limit game and three players (players A, B, and C) are involved in a hand. Player A has \$300, player B has \$200 and player C has \$100. Player C goes all-in and bets \$100, player B calls and must put in \$100 out of his \$200, player A chooses to raise all-in and bets \$300 and player B decides to call all-in with his last \$100.

In a situation like this, a side pot is created. The main pot contains what player C can win (\$100 from C + \$100 from B + \$100 from A = \$300) and the side pot contains (B's last \$100 + \$100 from A = \$200). As such, player A has to take \$100 back.

Once all the cards are dealt, player C wins the main pot (\$300) if he holds the best hand. Player A or player B will win the side pot (\$200), depending on which of them has the best hand. If player A or B hold the best hand, that player will then win both the side pot and the main pot (\$300 + \$200 = \$500).

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