Monday, March 16, 2009

Limit, No-Limit and Pot-Limit Holdem

Internet poker

Most online casinos offer holdem in at least two versions: limit and no limit. In limit, the exact size of every bet or raise you make is determined in advance. In the later betting rounds, it’s always twice as much as it is on the early betting rounds. In no-limit, you can bet in an almost unlimited range, starting with a minimum bet that’s equal to the size of the big blind, which is a required bet that the player two seats to the left of the dealer position makes, to as many poker chips as you have on the table.

Another method of betting is called pot limit. This is kind of an intermediate battleground bridging limit and no limit games. In pot-limit games, you can’t always bet all the chips you have in front of you; you’re limited by the size of the pot. But the pot can grow quickly as bets, raises, and calls occur, and huge money can change hands on a single showdown.

The maximum number of opponents who sit in a holdem game is usually limited to ten, but more commonly only nine chairs are put at a poker table.

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