Golden Touch Craps
Know Your Limits
There are several variations of Texas Holdem and they are determined by the betting structure. Limit and No Limit games are the two most popular but you can also find the game played with Pot limits and Spread limits. These betting structures are also used in Omaha, Seven Card Stud or any other type of poker. These can be a little confusing if you have never played them before. Here is a look at the difference between the games.
Fixed limit games have structured betting limits for each round with a minimum and maximum bet. You cannot vary your bet from the amount of the structure and you must bet in multiples of the amount for the limit you are playing. The limits vary with the round of play. In Holdem, and Omaha the amount of the blinds is based on the limit of the game. Lets look a typical $4/8 fixed limit game.
The $4 denotes the betting limits for the first two betting rounds. The big blind would be $4 and the small blind which is half of the big blind would be $2. During the betting for the pre-flop and flop betting rounds the players must bet and raise in multiples of four dollars. After the flop the betting limits are increased to $8 and all bets and raise must be in multiples of $8. In most casinos the lowest limit Texas Holdem game you can find in most casinos will be $2/4 but the limits can go up to any amount.
Limit Holdem and Omaha games are listed with the numbers reflecting the amount of the big blind and the amount of the bet after the Turn such as: $4/8, $5/10, $10/20, etc.
A game with a spread limit allows the player to bet any amount within a certain range. Spread limit games are most common in Stud games but have been used in Texas Holdem.
Spread limit games are similar to fixed limit games except that the players are allowed to bet within a range. You may see a game listed as $2-$10 which means that players can bet any amount within the range at any time. The lowest number represents the amount of the big blind. Spread limit Texas Holdem games are not very common these days. However many seven card stud games you a spread betting structure.
In no limit games you can bet any amount at any time. This format is the most popular for tournaments however the demand for no limit cash games, many casinos are offering more of these games.
When the betting structures of no limit games are listed the figures usually represents the amount of the small blind and the amount of the big blind. For example a $5/10 no limit game means the small blind is $5 and the big blind is $10.
No Limit Texas Holdem is of course the most popular no limit game in the card room but any other poker game can be played using this format as well.
Pot limit games are similar to no limit games in that there is not fixed betting amount. However the size of your bet can not exceed the size of the pot. For example, if there is $400 in the pot your bet can not exceed $400.
In most games before the flop they treat the little blind as if it were the same size of the big blind in computing pot size. A player can open for a maximum of four times the size of the big blind. For example, if the blinds are $5 and $10, a player may open with a raise to $40. (The range of options is to either open with a call of $10, or raise in increments of five dollars to any amount from $20 to $40.) Subsequent players also treat the $5 as if it were $10 in computing the pot size, until the big blind is through acting on the first betting round. The betting structure of pot limit games are listed the same way as no limit games with the denomination being the amount of the small and big blinds.
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