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No Limit Poker Rules

The rules for No-Limit Hold’em Poker are very similar to the rules for Limit Hold’em, but again the main difference is the betting amount permitted.

No-Limit, any one player is allowed to raise up to the amount they have in front of them at any time. If the blinds are $1-$2, and the first player to act has $200 in front of them, and wants to put all $200 in (a raise of $198), they are entitled to do so.

Minimum eligible raise: The minimum size of raises allowed must always be at least the size of the previous bet or raise. As an example, in a game with $5-$10 blinds the first player into the pot could not bet a total of $15, because that would only be a raise of $5. The minimum bet in this situation would be a bet of $20, which is a raise of $10.

In the more likely case that the first raiser makes a somewhat larger bet, for example, a bet of $40 (which would be a raise of $30), the next player could fold, call the $40, or raise. If they raise, they would have to place at least $70 in the pot, because their raise would need to be at least as much as the previous raise. The only upper limit on the size of their raise is the number of chips they have in front of them when the hand begins.

Maximum eligible raise: The total amount of chips you have at the table! All games are table stakes. Players may not buy additional chips in the middle of a hand, but can always (unless they exceed their daily, weekly, or monthly limit), decide to buy more chips in between hands.

If a player bets more chips than you have in front of you, you are not forced out of the hand. You are allowed to call for whatever number of chips you have. If no one else is in the pot, the person betting simply takes back his excess chips, and the hand is played to conclusion without any additional bets. If there are other players remaining in the pot, it is possible to create a side pot.

Order of Bets

First to Act Each round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer button (the small blind) and proceeds clockwise around the table, ending with the player at the dealer button. (One exception to this rule is the opening round, which begins with the player to the left of the big blind.) At each turn, a player chooses between the following options: check, call, bet, raise (if a bet has already been made), or fold.

Check If no one has bet previously in the round a player may simply “check,” which means they do not wish to bet or fold. Instead of betting they want to let their turn pass without adding any bets to the pot.

Call If a bet has already been made in the round a player can no longer check. They must now either call the amount previously bet, raise, or fold. If they call they are matching the previous bet. If they do not wish to match the bet they must fold.

Fold If a bet has been made previously in the round, and the player does not wish to at least match the bet to stay in the hand, they must fold. To fold means to withdraw from the remainder of the hand and forfeit all amounts invested in the pot up until that time.

Bet or Raise If a player wishes to increase the amount of the pot they bet or raise. The first time the pot is raised in a given round it is called a bet, the second time a raise, and all subsequent are called re-raises. The amount a player can bet, raise or re-raise is determined by the game limits. For example, in a 10-20 limit poker game, players can bet or raise $10 in the first two rounds of betting and can bet or raise $20 in the last two rounds. The maximum number of times a pot can be raised in a given round is three. This means that up to, but not more than, four bets (including the initial bet) can be made in a given round.

Sit out Sitting out is choosing not to participate in a hand of poker while remaining seated at the table. Players, who sit out and miss the blinds, must post both blinds to rejoin the game. Players missing two rounds of the blind (two circuits of the Dealer button) are removed from the table to free their seat for another player.