Blinds are bets made by two players before cards are dealt for the purpose of stimulating a game. It's called a blind because you haven't seen a card when you make this bet.
The player immediately clockwise from the button posts the "small blind", and the player immediately clockwise from the small blind posts the "big blind", which is typically twice the size of the small blind, but the blinds can vary upon stakes and betting structure of tables.
|Voluntary Bet||Bet||To bet is the act of making the first bet in a betting round.
In a no-limit game with blinds, the minimum bet is equal to the big blind.
|Raise||To raise is to increase the size an existing bet in the same betting round. A player making the second or subsequent raise of a betting round is said to re-raise.
The sum of the opening bet and all raises is the amount that all players in the hand must call in order to remain eligible to win the pot.
|Check||If no one has yet bet, a player may check, which is equivalent to calling the current bet of zero.|
|Call||To call is to match a bet or match a raise. A betting round ends when all active players have bet an equal amount.
If everyone folded except one player, the player wins the pot.
|Fold||To fold is to discard one's hand and lose the right to claim the current pot. No further bets are required by the folding player, but the player cannot win.|
All of the poker games in Golden Sand Casino follow the “half bet” rule. For example, we have a no-limit Texas Hold’em game with the half bet rule in effect. The first player Bruno opens the betting for 20, and the second player Christina has a total stake of 29. Christina makes a raise to 29, declaring herself all-in, but this isn’t considered as a "real" raise, since her raise is less than half the minimum required amount. If the third player Justin calls the 29, and Bruno's turn to act comes up, now he can call the additional 9, but cannot re-raise further. In fact, Christina's “incomplete” raise was just a call with some extra money, and Justin's call was just a call, so the initial opener, Bruno's bet was called by both players, closing the betting.
However, when Christina has a total stake of 30, and she makes a raise to 30, declaring herself all-in, this does make a "real" raise. If Justin now calls the 30, and Bruno's turn to act comes up, he may now call the additional 10 or re-raise further. Christina's raise is regarded as a normal raise, as the amount of her raise was equal to half the minimum amount of a normal raise.
|No-limit||In a no-limit game, a player can bet or make a raise by any amount up to and including their full stack in any betting round.
Minimum bet : the minimum bet is the same as the size of the big blind, but players can always bet as much more as they want, up to all of their chips.
Minimum raise: the raise amount must be at least as much as the previous bet or raise in the same round. As an example, if the first player to act bets 5 then the second player must raise the minimum of 5 (total bet of 10).
Maximum raise: a player can raise maximum the size of your stack (your chips on the table) at once, at any betting round.
Betting cap : there is no ‘cap’ on the number of raises allowed.
Applied to : Texas Hold’em
However, pots are not raked in Hold'em, unless the flop is seen.