Poker Betting Limits

Poker has garnered world wide attention and a massive boost in its popularity in recent years. In almost every kind of medium, you'll be able to hear, see or read, anything to everything about poker.

One night you could be watching a live telecast of a major poker tournament, and the next night you could be playing in one of the numerous online casinos hosting poker matches.

Wherever you may encounter poker, it's a sure bet you'll also stumble upon terms such as no-limit, fixed-limit, and the other betting limits associated with poker. So what exactly are these betting limits, and what's the difference between each of them.

Poker games can be classified further by the betting limits of each particular game. The most commonly used of these are no-limit, fixed-limit, spread-limit, and pot-limit games.

For a lot of high-stakes tournaments, the betting limit of choice would be no-limit. This comes as no surprise since the bankrolls of players in such tournaments can run well into the hundreds of thousands.

For those familiar with major events like the World Series of Poker or the World Poker Tour, you may already be aware that these are no-limit games. In such events, no particular rules govern the betting amount of players. They can raise or bet as much as they want, as long as the amount doesn't go over their bankroll.

Fixed-limit is the most common poker betting limit in use today. Since most people are only willing to spend limited amounts of their money, fixed-limit games are very popular in casinos. Here, two betting amounts are used. Some online casinos offer different betting amounts for their hosted poker games. You might find $5-$10 games in some casinos, while in others these betting amounts might be $10-$20.

As an example, in a $5-$10 game, a $5 bet can only be called or raised by another $5. The number of raises for one betting round is mostly limited by casinos to three or four.

Another type of betting limit is a spread-limit. Let's say the game is a $1-$15 spread-limit game. For this particular game, bets can range from $1 to $15. However, all raises need to have a value at least equal to the previous bet amount.

Pot-limit is another type of poker betting limit. This differs from the others mentioned above in that the limit of bets should never exceed the current pot amount plus the current player's call. This means that for every round, the betting limit may vary.

Those are the four most commonly used betting limits in poker games. In most instances, playing in an inappropriate limit game may lead to an empty bankroll before you could even begin playing the game -- so choose wisely.