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POT-LIMIT POKER RULES

    In some ways, pot-limit poker rules are different from limit poker rules. Your results could be affected by the knowledge of the poker game. The following rules apply to pot-limit poker play. The first four rules also apply to no-limit poker.

(1) The number of raises can be unlimited. As no restriction is required, the pot size grows quickly. ( I have seen four raises only once and have never seen more than a bet and four raises on any pot-limit deal.)

(2) Until a poker player is going all-in, the amount raised should at least be equal to the previous bet or raise. (If poker player A bets $100 and poker player B raises $200, poker player C should wager at least $200 more if he wants to wager. However, the minimum amount he could raise was only $200, the amount of the previous raise.)

    Some cardrooms (especially in UK) require that a raise in this scenario be 300 dollars. Therefore, the total bet is doubled. As it protects the poker player from being whipsawed with a series of small raises, this might actually be the better rule for multihanded pots.

    Short raises in heads-up poker play are allowed in a few places (especially in Britain). From my experience, I believe that there should be no expectations. We must avoid any misunderstandings and save the rookie poker players from facing peculiar scenarios that have no counterpart at limit poker play.

    It is not fair to let a poker player who has announced a “raise” to simply throw one more chip into the pot if it looks like he’s getting called. Sometimes the rival poker folds without even finding out how much the raise is.

(1) The betting is not reopened when some poker player goes all-in and there is a short bet or raise which is in sharp contrast with limit poker where a bet or raise need only be half a full bet to reopen the betting. For e.g. poker player A bets $100, poker player B raises all-in for $80 more than the total bet which is now $180 and poker player C calls the $180. Poker player A might not reraise at big-bet poker.

(2) A poker player has the right to know nearly how much money an adversary is playing. Converting all the cash into chips which are easier to eyeball and count is a good idea due to this reason. Factors such as government regulation of large cash transactions prevent this motive from being achieved. Even though, any bill other than the largest denomination in regular circulation-$100’s for Americans should not be allowed.

    You can get an approximation of his money if the rival poker player moves his arms out of the way. In most of the situations, this is the case. A rival poker player might be asked to furnish an exact count in exceptional circumstances involving multihanded pots where you need to know if an all-in wager will be reopening the betting.

    Unusually high chip values should not be allowed. For e.g. I have seen very costly blunders in a $1000 buy-in poker game when some poker player had a $5000 chip among his holdings. Higher denomination chips should not be hidden behind other chips to bushwhack an unaware adversary. Rather than that they should be kept where they are visible to the rival poker players.

(1) To make the maximum allowable bet a convenient number according to the denomination of chips used in the poker game, the pot size can be rounded off. An odd amount rounds off upward to the nearest smooth number. For e.g. the blinds are $5, $10 and $25 and the maximum bring-in is $25.

    Poker player A calls, the middle blind calls and the big blind wishes to raises the maximum pot. Now, the pot size is $80 ($25 from poker player A’s call, $5 from the small blind, $25 from the middle blind’s call, and $25 from poker player B’s call prior to raising).

    Even though the pot actually contains only $80, poker player B might raise $100 if the rules of the poker game call for all bets to be in $25 bet increments. The odd $5 is counted as $25. ( Some online poker players use a rounding off rule which says that the odd amount should be more than half a bet to be rounded upwards.)

(2) Even in a heads-up pot, no poker player might overbet the pot. If the cardroom’s floor personnel tell a prospective poker player that the game is pot-limit poker, he is allowed to play without having to face a bet greater than the pot size.

    Hence, in all situations the dealers must be instructed to call attention to an overbet and trim the amount down to proper size. As the poker player who bets has the option of calling the whole thing or requires the bet to be trimmed down, some poker players feel that overbet is favorable to such poker players.

    Their reasoning is incorrect as they would have to leave it up to the target to call down an overbet. First, the poker player might not realize that an overbet has happened. Second, it looks weak if you ask the bet to be trimmed down and tells information about your hand which the rival poker player is not entitled to.

(3) The bet stands if the dealer and other poker players fail to call attention to an overbet and the rival poker player calls. The reason is to prevent a poker player who has broken the rules by overbetting the pot from profiting thereby. For e.g. if the pot is $300 and poker player A bets $500 at poker player B.

    No poker player says anything. Poker player B calls the full amount as he thinks that it is over. Poker player A should not be allowed to retrieve $200 from the pot by now calling attention to his own overbet. It is not fair to allow poker player A confront his rival poker player with a seemingly large bet and then take money out of the pot if the full amount gets called.

    For the decision maker, this can be a difficult scenario as poker player B is not supposedly to speedily call the full amount before the dealer had any chance to call attention to the overbet. Determining who is trying to shoot an angle lies in the hand of decision maker. I would rule in favor of poker player B in close situation as his rival poker player was the one who broke the rules.

    Even though there is some poker player who has not yet acted, there should be a point where a wager has been acted on-condoned-by sufficient number of poker players that it should stand. There is an obligation to speak up about something which is happening improperly in the poker game. When two poker players have acted on a wager, its size should be accepted by all. This is the rule.



 

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