Texas Holdem limits

Limit, pot-limit and no-limit Holdem

Depending on the betting rules, Texas Hold’em games can be Limit, Pot-Limit, and No-Limit.

Limit Texas Hold’em games

In Limit Texas Hold’em games, bets are “fixed”. For example in a $10/20 game, the big blind is $10, whereas the small blind is $5. The first and the second round of betting are in $10 increments. The final two betting rounds are in $20 increments. Each round of betting allows up to three re-raises.

Pot-Limit

In Pot-Limit, there is a minimum bet set, whereas the maximum bet allowed is equal to the pot size. For instance, if we take a $10/20 game, the big blind would be $20, whereas the small blind would be $10. The players that goes first have the option to either call the big blind ($20 in this example, which is the minimum bet), or raise up to the amount equal to the pot size. Every raise that will follow later on has to be either equal or bigger than the previous raise or bet. After the first player has called the big blind, in our $10/20 example, the pot would be $50 ($20 for the big blind, $10 for the small blind, and $20 for the call by the first player). Now, if the player wishes to make a raise, the maximum amount allowed is the pot size, which now is $50. For the sake of our example, we will assume that the player raised to the maximum allowed amount, which is another $50 (on top of the $20 already called – $70 in total). Now the pot is $100 ($20 for the big blind, $10 for the small blind, $20 for the call by the first player, and $50 for the raise made by the first player). The next player may fold, call $70 (the total amount betted by the first player), or raise. If this player calls $70, now the pot will be $170 ($20 for the big blind, $10 for the small blind, $20 for the call by the first player, $50 for the raise made by the first player, and $70 for the call made by this player). If this player wishes to raise to the maximum, he or she would bet additional $170 ($240 in total).

No-Limit Texas Holdem Poker

No-Limit games allow players to bet any size between the minimum bet and the total amount of chips already on the table. $10/20 No-Limit game has $10 small blind and $20 big blind.