Introduction to Betting Limits in Poker

In draw poker games, the minimum bet is made on the first round, and the maximum on the second round. Thus, in a $10-$20 draw Loball game, the bets will be $10 before the draw and $20 after.

In the Stud games, there usually will be an opening bet by low hand, called bringing it in. This usually double the ante or equal to the ante, depending on the game. In the smaller games it is double, in the bigger games, it is equal, though there are variations on this as well. But that's the general rule.

In 7-Stud, the first three cards are dealt, prior to the first bet and at this point, is known as Third Street. After the bring in, a raise will usually be the minimum bet. For example, in a $15-$30 game, after the bring in, the raise makes it $15.

On Third Street and Fourth Street in the same type of game, the bets and raises are at the bottom tier, the minimum. Thus, after the $15 raise, someone else can raise to $30 by making an additional $15 bet. The same holds true on Fourth Street, where high card must bet or check, and the first bet is $15, with $15 increments in raises.

However, if there's an open pair on Fourth Street, then the player holding the high hand can either bet $15 or $30. This option is true in the other 7-Stud limit games. Even if the high hand decides to bet only $15, another player can raise by $30. This is a unique situation, happening only on Fourth Street. Thereafter, on the later streets, Fifth, Sixth and Seventh (The River), bets and raises are at the high end of the tier. Thus in the $15-$30 game, the raises will be in $30 increments after a $30 bet.

In Hold'em games, there is also a two-tiered structure that is rather strict, with no options as were seen in the 7-Stud games. Let's say the game is $5-$10. There is a blind usually in these games, equal to the minimum bet. Sometimes there are two blinds. A blind is a bet that must be made regardless of the card the players holds, because of his position in the game.

Thus, the player who is the blind is the player to the left of the theoretical dealer, the one who has the button. He must bet $5, and each subsequent player must call or raise the bet to stay in. No one can check without checking out, that is, folding his cards and getting out of the game.

When it comes around to the blind, he can raise if he desires or stand on his original bet, assuming no one else has raised. This is known as a live blind.

If there has been a raise or raises before it gets to the blind's turn again, he can either match the raise, reraise or fold.

The betting on the flop is still at the same tier as the betting before the flop, the minimum bet. Now the blind can check instead of being forced to bet. The bets are now in the lower tier range with raises the same way. On the next card dealt, Fourth Street, bets are in the maximum range, as they are on Fifth Street, with all raises in the same range.

Thus, if the betting range is $5-$10 in a Hold'em game, on Fourth Street a bet must be $10,and a raise must be to $20. No bets in between are allowed.

What if a player in any game runs out of checks? He can still be in the game, after making his bet and announcing "all-in", but bets after his will be segregated into another pot that he can't win. Two separate pots will exist on the table.

The player "all-in" can only win the pot he's contributed checks to, while the side pot will be won by some other player, even if the other player has an inferior hand.

This article is about an introduction to betting limits in poker. The article shows various betting limits for different kinds of poker games and how it works as the game progresses.