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Betting Structures in Poker Games

The method of betting in a poker game varies, partly depending on the type of poker you are playing and partly on how you wish to play it. There is no set rule of how the betting must be structured in all poker games, but there are four common structures that often appear and that you should familiarise yourself with if you intend to play. Free poker might be interesting but does not provide you with any wins.

The first structure is the spread limit, which is most common in simple games of poker played between friends. In a spread limit game, there is a range in which bets can be placed, for example between £5 and £20. Players can bet any amount within that framework, the minimum bet being £5 and the maximum anyone can bet or raise at any one time being £20. In this kind of game, if someone raises you must then raise either the same amount or higher.

The fixed limit betting structure is the standard for poker played in casinos. In this kind of poker, the amount that you can bet or raised is fixed for each separate round of betting. The amount allowed will increase as you progress through rounds of the game. In a £5 to £10 fixed limit game, for example, for the first few rounds, usually two, each player will only be able to bet or raise £5. For the last rounds, you can only bet or raise the maximum of £10. This structure keeps the game simple and fair, which is why it is popular in casinos.

Pot limit games depend on the amount of money currently in the “pot”. The money in the pot has been contributed by players, and the largest amount you can bet or raise is the amount currently present in that pot. Although this may seem simple, pot limit games can get extremely confusing and more worryingly very expensive if players keep betting the maximum amount and therefore doubling the pot.

No limit is probably the most exciting form of poker, and you will be familiar with it if you’ve ever watched Texas Hold’em on TV or at the World Series of Poker. No limit poker means exactly what it says – there is absolutely no limit or cap on the amount of money you can bet at any one time. As long as you can afford it, of course!