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Bet Size - The Never Ending Debate

Discussion in 'Home Poker Rules' started by justsomedude, May 26, 2015.

  1. bordizzle

    bordizzle Well-Known Member

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    if we're REALLY splitting hairs... the opening blinds in a $2/$4 limit game would be $1/$2... but we get what yer sayin :)

    in a $4/$8 limit game (common in many casinos) the opening blinds are $2/$4... the UTG straddle would be $6... the next correct raise would be $8 and so on...

    additionally --and to further complicate things-- the straddle is not a "raise"... so the max number of raises stays the same beginning with any raises after the straddle...

    non-straddle cap in a $4 / $8 limit game ($2 / $4 blinds) with a four-raise max would be $20 (the BB + four raises)...

    the cap in a straddled hand of $4 / $8 limit would be $24 (the BB + the opening straddle + four raises)
     
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  2. BGinGA

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    Actually, that is not true. The raise must only be as large as the previous raise amount, not twice as much. Example: 1/2 NL, raised to $6 -- next action only needs to raise $4 more (same as the previous raise amount of $2 to $6) making the minimum raise $10, not twice the previous raise of $6 (which would be $12).
     
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    Using the phrase "twice" is both incorrect and misleading.
     
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    More semantics than anything I would say. Twice the previous raise is correct. Twice the previous bet is incorrect. In your example, the previous raise was not $6, but that is the previous bet.
     
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    An opening player can bet whatever amount they want (within the denomination of chips in play) so long as it as at least twice the BB. So, with blinds at 25/50, an opening bet would be to a minimum of 100 and can be any amount above that (assuming you have chips in play to make that amount). So, if the minimum chip size you have in play is a 25 denomination chip, then a player at 25/50 could open bet to 100, 125, 150, 175, etc.

    Where there is occasionally confusion in home games is when a player wants to raise a bettor. So, say at 25/50 a player open bets to 125 (or +75 over the BB), standard enforcement of poker rules would dictate that a 3-betting raiser would then have to make it at least 200 (or +75 over 125) in this case because he has to raise a minimum of the difference between the opening (or current) bet and the BB (or previous bet). If the 3-betting raiser instead made it 300 (+175 over 125), then a 4-bet would have to be to a minimum of 475 (+175 over 300), and so on and so forth.
     
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