What Is A Limit In Poker?
In poker, the term “limit” refers to the betting structure, specifically the minimum and maximum bets that can be made in a game.
There are three available betting structures in cash games and tournaments:
- 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.
- Fixed Limit – in fixed-limit games, players can bet in fixed intervals using either a small or a large betting size, depending on the betting round. Also, there is a limit on the maximum amount of raises allowed during a betting round (usually one bet and three raises).
In poker, the betting structure has a big impact on the game, and since each of these games has different poker rules, they all require a different approach.
With this said, when using the term “limit,” poker players exclusively refer to Fixed Limit games such as Limit Hold’em.
Poker Limit Example:
If a player says, “I was playing $1/$2 Limit Hold’em”, he is communicating to us that he played in a Texas Hold’em poker game where the small blind was $1, and the big blind was $2 and that the betting structure and the size of the allowed bets were fixed.