Betting The Pot in Poker

Betting The Pot in Poker

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Poker is a game that involves a lot of intelligent betting. Different types of bets are used in different games. In poker, there are bets such as overbet, underbet, three-value bet, value bet etc. Protocols are made on these bets to keep things less confusing and more secure. Bets can be as large as the players want, but its value is usually less than the pot value. Therefore, the bet size depends upon the pot size. Pot betting also depends on the betting limits pre-determined for a game.

‘Bet the pot’ in poker

As discussed earlier, there are different types of bets. Each of them holds a percentage of the pot (20%, 30%, 50% etc.). There might be situations when the bet size is exactly equal to the pot size. This type of bet is referred to as ‘bet the pot’ or pot betting in poker. It can also be called a ‘pot bet’ or ‘pot-sized bet’ or an ‘all in one’ bet. Whenever the bet value matches the amount in your pot at that instant, it is considered as pot betting.

Pot betting is the maximum size a bet can have. As the size of pot increases, so does the size of bet. People sometimes get confused between overbet and ‘bet the pot’. This is because both of these are very similar. The overbet is usually the big bet a player places at the river, which can even go more than the pot bet but ‘bet the pot’ is the bet that sticks to the size of the pot.

How to use a ‘pot-sized bet’ in your poker strategy?

In pot betting, you put all the chips you hold in the middle. You take the risk of losing a lot of chips in one go and therefore should be done only after you have thought about it thoroughly. Therefore, only a few players use this as part of their winning strategy.

Here, it is better to bet all of your pot yourself before your rival makes you do so. This will increase your chances of winning. How? This is because when you make the first move, you can make your rival fold and you get an additional way to win. However, if your rival makes you do so, he/she will remain in the game and you will have to beat him to win.

In order to become a better player in any game, you need to have expertise over the tools you have. In poker, the main tool is the different types of bets. You must know the level at which your rival plays. While pot betting is a very strong move to be played against your rival, it is too risky. It must not be used as often as the other betting types.

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Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma Author
Kanchan Sharma

Kanchan Sharma started her career as a learning designer at an MNC while pursuing poker as a hobby. However, she soon pivoted to becoming a professional MTT (Multi Table Tournaments) player. She is currently a leading player, who has taken the male dominated poker world by storm. During her stint as a poker player, she has bagged many titles including India Online Poker Championship (IOPC) for Rs. 17,98,906, Winter Celebration Series for Rs. 6,62,500 and has final tabled multiple tournaments. She continually seeks to improve her poker game and work on her mindset to win the WSOP title soon. Her journey from being a recreational player to a poker pro is inspiring for many people out there.

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