Poker Table Limits and Betting Types
One of the most common questions we asked by beginners to poker
is, "How do the table types and betting limits work in poker?"
There are three types of betting at tables, limit poker, no limit
poker and pot limit. They are explained in brief below, beginners
should familiarise themselves with the types before playing poker
for the first time :
With limit poker games, the table limits are set at the beginning,
each round of betting then follows the limits laid down.
For example, you may play at a £1/£2 table or a £10/£20
table. In the first example, the first and second rounds of betting
would be a minimum of £1 and a £1 raise. This is followed
by £2 for each subsequent round and raise until the end of
the poker hand. There may be a maximum of 1 bet and 3 raises in
each round of betting. This includes a bet, raise, re-raise and
a cap. After this the next card must be dealt by the dealer.
In no limit, the first betting round would have to be at least
the size of the big blind value for the table, as normal in poker
games whether limit or not. A valid bet must then be at least the
size of the blind set for the game in the opening round of betting
but with no maximum. The sky's the limit as they say!
After the opening round the bet must be at least half of the last
bet. There is no maximum number of raises and there is no limit
on the amount that the pot can be raised.
In pot limit the first round of betting is at least the size of
the big blind value for the table.
Thereafter, a pot limit bet is the limited to the maximum size of
the current pot.