What Is Fixed Limit In Poker?

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Last Updated: December 18, 2023

What Is Fixed Limit In Poker

In poker, the term “fixed limit” describes a betting structure with a predetermined and fixed amount that players can bet or raise during each betting round.

In fixed-limit games, you are allowed to bet in fixed intervals using either a small betting size or a large betting size depending on the betting round, and there is a limit on the maximum amount of raises allowed during a betting round (usually one bet and three raises).

This is in contrast to other betting structures commonly used according to poker rules, such as no-limit and pot-limit, where the amount a player can bet or raise is not fixed and depends on the size of the pot or the size of the player’s stack:

  • No Limit – in no-limit games, players are allowed to bet any amount they want at any given time, and there is no limit on how many bets and raises can be made during a betting round.
  • Pot Limit – in pot limit games, players are allowed to bet up to the pot size at any given time, and there is no limit on how many bets and raises can be made during a betting round.

With this said, another term popularly used for fixed-limit games is limit games, and the most popular limit game is Limit Texas Hold’em.

Poker Fixed Limit Example:

In a $2/$4 fixed limit game, the bets and raises are fixed at $2 for the first two betting rounds (preflop and flop) and then increase to $4 for the last two betting rounds (turn and river).

So if you are playing a hand and find yourself on the river, you can only bet $4 no matter what is the pot size. If you choose to do so, your opponent can fold, call or raise to $8, increasing the active bet by another $4.

If he raises, you can raise again to $12, and he can do the same one more time and re-raise to $16, which is the last raise possible in the hand. At this point, your only option is either to call or fold.

The same betting logic is applied on all betting rounds, where there can be one bet and up to three raises.

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