Bet

  • A bet is considered the first wager made in every betting round of a poker hand.
    The first wager made on every betting round is called a bet. Every consecutive wager in the round made by players is either a call, or a raise. Each betting round is ended if every player has had the option of betting, or facing a bet and electing to call, raise or fold. While a bet or a raise can win the pot by everyone folding, a call can only win the hand at showdown.

    At the start of a new hand all common poker variants use a mandatory bet system to create action. For holdem and omaha games, the players left to the dealer have to commit a blind bet into the pot before seeing their starting hands.
    Other poker variants use a mandatory bring-in bet which usually has to be made by the player with the worst showing card (see Stud, or Razz).
    Due to the mandatory enforced nature of the bet players still retain the option to check, call, raise or fold once the action is on them in the first round of betting.

    If a player has the option to bet, they can elect to waive that option by checking. So in other words a check means to turn over the right to bet to the next player in line. If all players checked their option to bet, the betting round is closed and the next phase of the poker hand commences.

    An example:

    The game is No-Limit Holdem 5/10
    (This means there are two mandatory blind bets before the flop. A small blind bet of $5 from the player left of the dealer, and a $10 blind bet from the player left of the small blind better)

    Sam $1000
    Alex $1000
    Martin $1000

    Sam is dealing
    Alex posts the small blind of $5
    Martin posts the big blind of $10
    (Both blind wagers are considered to be bets, but both players have retained the option to call, raise or fold depending on the action, while the big blind can also check if no raise is made in this betting round by other players)

    (Action is on Sam, because there is no other player in the game besides the other two player who already put in blind bets this betting round, he chooses to raise the big blind bet from Martin by $10 to $20 total)
    Sam raises to $20
    Alex calls $15
    Martin calls $10
    (As all players called the last wager made by Sam, the betting round is ended)

    Pot: $60 3 players to the flop

    Flop is :as :3h :tc
    (new betting round)
    Alex checks
    Martin checks
    Sam checks
    (All three players checked their option to bet, so the betting round is closed without any wagers being made by the players involved in the hand)

    Pot: $60 3 players to the turn

    Turn is :as :3h :tc :qs
    (new betting round)
    Alex checks
    Martin checks
    Sam bets $40 (First wager of the betting round)
    Alex folds
    Martin calls $40
    (Betting round is ended due to every player calling or folding to the bet)

    Pot: $140 2 players to the river

    River is :as :3h :tc :qs :2s
    (new betting round)
    Martin checks
    Sam bets $100 (First wager of the betting round)
    Martin raises to $350 (no longer the first wager of the betting round, so this is indeed a raise)
    Sam calls
    (last round of betting has ended)
    Showdown:
    Martin shows :ts :8s , a flush Ace high)
    Sam mucks ( :qd :qh , a set of queens)

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