are several different types of betting structures a poker game can
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
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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