Different Limits in Texas Holdem Poker

If you’re new to Texas Holdem, you may wonder what the difference is between limit, pot limit and no limit poker.  Or what the heck $1/$2 pot limit means.  It’s all about the amount that players can bet, and when they can bet it.  A low limit game is going to make your money go further because the amount that can be bet islow.  High limit and no limit games means you better have a healthy stack of poker chips if you want to stick around.

A fixed limit or structured limit game means that betting amounts are set.  It’s usually described with two dollar amounts, like $1/$2 or $5/$10.  In Texas Holdem, the first number is how much can be bet pre-flop or on the flop.  So in a $5/$10 game, you could bet $5 on the pre-flop and flop.  On the turn and the river, the amount doubles, for example $5 to $10.  The number of bets is limited to four per round.  A player can bet, get raised, re-raise the bet and get re-raised one more time.

Spread limit means you don’t have to bet a certain amount like in our $5/$10 structured limit.  If you’re playing in a $1-$5 game, you can bet any amount between $1 and $5 during any round.  If there are four amounts, say $1-$5-$10-$10, it spells out the high end on each round, so $1 to $5 on the pre-flop and $1 to $10 on the Turn and the River.

A pot limit game means a player can bet any amount between the cost of the big blind and the size of the pot on any betting round. If someone calls a game $5/$10 pot limit, the $5 and $10 are the amount of the blinds.  The only thing the numbers mean in regard to betting is the $10 (or second number) will be the amount of a minimum bet.

In a No Limit game, your maximum bet on any betting round is the amount of poker chips you have at the table.  The minimum bet will be the amount of the Big Blind.  So a $5/$10 No Limit game means $10 minimum bet.

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