Poker Betting Options

All Texas Hold’em poker games start with some compulsory wager in the form of blinds to start building a pot before the flop. There are two mandatory bets, a small blind and big blind must be posted. For example, in a $2/$4 no limit hold’em game, the small blind is $2 and the big blind is $4 and these are posted before any community cards are dealt.

In Pot Limit and No Limit Texas Hold’em, the other players are required to at least match the big blind in order to see a flop. Fixed Limit Hold’em is a bit different in that pre-flop and on the flop the betting is in increments of the small bet, which is equal to the small blind, and then the betting increment doubles on later streets.

Then the post flop betting commences after the flop and subsequent cards are dealt in the center of the table. There are five available betting options for all players during the post flop betting rounds, players strategically use certain moves available to them. The options are specified below:

1. CHECK – If there is no betting action on the current betting round, a player may decide to check. The option of checking means no additional chips are added to the existing pot, and the action moves to the next player that is positioned clockwise around the table. A check action doesn`t forfeit your cut in the pot, only the current right to bet. If all bettors check during a round of betting, the round comes to an end and another community card is dealt, until there is a showdown.

2. BET – If you encounter a situation in which there is no bet on the current betting round, a player may make a wager, equal to at least the size of the big blind. The betting starts with the player directly to the left of the button and any following participants in the game.

3. FOLD – The option of folding by mucking your hand, means you give up your right for a share in the pot. A player who folds is not required to invest any more chips on the current poker game and so will need to wait for the hand to draw to a conclusion before playing a new hand.

4. CALL – In situations where there has been a wager on the current round of betting, then checking is no longer an option, but a player might call by matching the bet amount.

5. RAISE – If there has been a bet on the current betting round, a player might raise the sum of the bet.The act of raising calls for the player to match the relevant wager, plus declare a greater bet, which is typically at least double the size of the last bet. All following players are asked to call the raise of the stakes or raise once again (“re-raise”) in order to stay involved in the hand.

During every wagering stage in the game, betting goes on until the player immediately in a clockwise direction of the previous bettor or raiser takes action. Once this person does something, the next active player makes his/her action until every active player has acted.

When the last bet or raise on the final betting round, known as the river takes place, or if it’s checked around by all the remaining active players in the hand, then a “showdown” occurs. This will decide who wins the pot, as players reveal their hands to decide a winner. In many hands there is no showdown. This takes place when a player bets or raises, and then no active players choose to call the participant`s stake (meaning all players around the table muck their hands). Now, the last active player initiating the betting or raising scoops the pot without showing their hand. If two or more players have the same hand at showdown, it’s a split pot, which is divided between the players with the winning hand.

No Limit Texas Hold’em is played with no fixed betting limit structure, which means that the poker chips in play at the start of each and every hand may be utilized during any round of betting. There is an option for players to go “All-In”, which allows a player to bet all the chips in front of them during any point in the hand. A person sitting at the table who does not have sufficient poker chips to call a bet/raise is said to be all-in, as is a player who bets all his/her chips when they have everyone else at the table covered. In situations where the player is short stacked and all-in, all further actions with other people involved in the hand is managed in a “side pot”.