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Poker Betting Structures

There are several different types of betting structures a poker game can use.

Structured Limit Betting

Structured Limit betting just means that the betting limit at the poker table has been set, usually called things like $5/$10, or $20/$40, or something similar. In games like Hold'em poker this means that – if you're playing a $5/$10 game – the first bets are $5, and then the betting doubles on the turn card and the river card to $10. You might even come across some games where the betting structure is broken up into three numbers instead of two, like $5/$10/$20, and these work exactly the same way as before, except that betting doubles again on the River card.

Spread Limit Betting

In this type of betting you can place bets between a range of amounts. For example, in a $1/$5 poker game, a player can bet anything between one dollar and five dollars on any betting round. If there are four numbers, like $1/$5/$10/$20, it goes back to working by rounds: on the pre-flop and flop bet between one dollar and five; on the Turn card, between $1 and $10; on the River, between $1 and $20.

Pot Limit Betting

In pot limit betting, the players can bet between the amount of the big blind and what's already in the pot. So if you're playing a $5/$10 poker game and there's $40 in the pot, you can bet from ten to forty dollars.

No Limit Betting

Yeah, that's right: no limit. In this play you can bet anything you want – above to amount of the big blind – including everything you've got in front of you, called All-In.

Betting To Press An Opponent In No Limit

Why should you take big risks when playing Texas holdem? If you've got the cash - use it. The idea behind this move in no limit Hold'em is to put the other player to the test, risking their whole stack, without risking yours. For example, suppose there are two of you in a pot, the opponent has 1000 in chips, and you have twice that.

Suppose that there are 1000 in chips in the pot. If you bet 700 chips, your opponent can’t really call and see what comes on the next card, then fold if it’s not favorable. The pot will be too big compared to the size of his stack – he's become “pot committed.” However, if you bet 700 and he raises all-in, if you have no hand at all then you can still fold. So you’re essentially asking, “Are you willing to get your whole stack in?” and you’re only paying 700 to ask, not your whole stack.

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