# How to Play Pot-Limit Texas Hold'em?

## What is pot limit?

The meaning of pot limit lies in the word pot limit, it means that there is a limit based on the betting. The limit is set between a specific minimum bet and size of the pot in that round. The reason that players choose pot limit games over no limits or other variations is because in a pot limit game, a player cannot over bet.

The betting is restricted to the size of the pot in that round. In a lot of variations of pot limit game, there are certain rules and regulations regarding the buy in that players have to abide by. These rules and regulations put a minimum and a maximum restriction to the buy ins for all the players. This phenomenon is extremely rare. This is because the whole point of pot limit games is to put a restriction on how much a player can bet so, the need to put restrictions on the buy in amount is eliminated in a pot limit game.

One of the hardest parts of pot limit games is to actually calculate the total pot value. Calculating the total pot value required some simple calculations. The problem occurs during the game. Players, beginners and experienced, are so immersed in the game that they sometimes cannot calculate the total pot value and hence have trouble making their bets. There is a very simple formula involved in calculating the total pot value. The formula is-

Maximum Bet- Amount of bet to the player + Total amount of chips in the pot

With this formula a [player can calculate how big the pot is along with the maximum amount of bet allowed in that round. To break this formula up, the amount of the bet to the player is the amount of money that the player has to put in the pot to call a raised bet in that round. If no bet has been raised in that particular round, this number amounts to zero. The Total amount of chips in the pot is the total amount of money in the pot. We arrive to this number by adding all the blind amounts and all the bets that have been raised and called respectively in all the previous rounds.

To make calculations easier, players can keep a record of all the bets being placed in the pot at the end of each round so that it becomes easier for them to raise a pot limit bet whenever they want. In a lot of games with a proper dealer, the dealer has the job of keeping track of all bets raised and called respectively. Players just need to declare that they are raising the pot and the dealer has the responsibility to give them the proper amount to raise while playing the game.

## How to play pot limit hold'em poker?

Pot limit hold'em poker is short for Texas Hold'em Poker with a pot limit betting structure. As explained above, pot limit hold'em poker makes use of a pot limit betting structure to put a restriction on the maximum amount of raised bets to the total value of the pot. This restricts players from over betting and allows the game to be played smoothly. The rules and regulations of the game are the same, with no changes being made to any aspect of the game apart from the betting structure. The game begins with the small and the big blind being posted in the pot and the dealer dealing 2 cards, face down, to each of the players. After this, the players are supposed to make their first bets. After the first round of betting, the dealer unfurls 3 community cards or cards common for all players on the table. After the unveiling of the community cards, players start the second round of betting. After the second round of betting, the dealer deals the 4th community card on the table. After this, the third round of betting ensues between the players. After the third round of betting, the dealer deals the last card or the river on the table.

After this, the fourth and the last round of betting ensues between all the players on the table. After this last round of betting is over, all the players who have not folded and are still in the game have a showdown between each other.

In this showdown, the player with the best possible hand combination made with the cards in their hands, the hole cards, and the community cards on the table win the game and take away all the money in the pot. In this game of pot limit hold'em poker, all the bets raised and called in all the four betting rounds have to abide by the rules that are set by the dealer and the game of pot limit hold'em poker.

The minimum amount that a bet can be is decided by the players before hand or is decided by the dealer and is instilled in the table rules before the game begins.

## Hand Combinations

The hand combinations that are compared in a game of pot limit hold'em poker are the same as Texas hold'em poker. These hand combinations have a certain hierarchy in a game of pot limit hold'em poker as well as any other variation of poker. These are-

### 1. Royal Flush

This is the highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, all the cards should be in a sequential order from the card of rank 10 (10) to Ace (A). All the cards should be of the same suit. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), Jack (J), Queen (Q), King (K) and Ace (A), all of the suit spades, is regarded as a royal flush.

### 2. Straight Flush

This is the second highest hand combination a player can get in a game of pot limit holdem poker. In this hand combination, all the cards should be in a sequential order. All the cards should be of the same suit. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 9 (9), rank 8 (8), rank 7 (7) and rank 6 (6), all of the suit spades, is regarded as a straight flush.

### 3. Four of a kind

This is the third highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, 4 out of the 5 cards in the hand combination should be of the same rank. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 8 (8) , rank 8 (8) , rank 8 (8) and rank 8 (8) is regarded as a four of a kind.

### 4. Full House

This is the fourth highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, there should be a three of a kind and a pair in the hand combination. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 10 (10) , rank 10 (10) , rank 8 (8) and rank 8 (8) is regarded as a full house.

### 5. Flush

This is the fifth highest hand combination a player can get in a game of pot limit holdem poker. In this hand combination, all the cards should be of the same suit. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 7 (7) , rank 3 (3) , rank 4 (4) and rank 9 (9), all of the suit diamonds is regarded as a flush.

### 6. Straight

This is the sixth highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. This is the second highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, all the cards should be in a sequential order. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 9 (9), rank 8 (8), rank 7 (7) and rank 6 (6) is regarded as a straight flush.

### 7. Three of a Kind

This is the seventh highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, 3 out of the 5 cards in the hand combination should be of the same rank. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 5 (5) , rank 8 (8) , rank 8 (8) and rank 8 (8) is regarded as a three of a kind.

### 8. Two Pair

This is the eight highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, there should be 2 pairs in the hand combination. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 10 (10), rank 2 (2) , rank 8 (8) and rank 8 (8) is regarded as a two pair.

### 9. Pair

This is then ninth highest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, 2 out of the 5 cards in the hand combination should be of the same rank. The suit does not matter in this hand combination. For example, a hand combination of cards of rank 10 (10), rank 2 (2), rank 5 (5) , rank 8 (8) and rank 8 (8) is regarded as a pair.

### 10. High Card

This is the lowest hand combination a player can get in a game of poker. In this hand combination, there is no relation between any of the cards in the hand. The highest card of this hand combination is compared with all the other high cards or hand combinations of the other players.

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