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What Is Fixed-Limit Poker?

Recently updated on July 18th, 2022

Fixed-limit, not to be mistaken with Pot-Limit, is a betting structure for poker games in which all wagers and raises have a fixed amount. Pot limit bets and raises can be increased continually as long as the amount you raise does not exceed the amount in the pot. In Fixed limit poker games, bets and raises are fixed amounts.

Most commonly, fixed-limit games have two bet sizes, fixed limit or limit games known as small and big bet.

How Does Limit Poker Work?

We talked about small and big bets before, but what are those exactly? The small bet is the amount bet in the first two betting rounds. Bets and raises in limit poker must be equal to the big blind for the pre flop and flop rounds. The big bet is double the big blind or small bet. After the two initial rounds come the turn and the river. In these subsequent rounds, all bets and additional raises must be equal to the big bet.

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Can You Go All-in On Limit Poker?

You cannot go all in, in a limit poker game. There is a betting structure that is adhered to. The betting structure is based on the fixed limits. Remember the limits are the small and big bets. The big bet is twice the small bet. If the small bet is $2 and the big bet is $4, that poker table is a 2/4 table.

In games like Holdem where there are 4 betting rounds, the betting limits for the rounds would be 1/2/4/4.

1 would be the initial $1 ante in the pre-flop,2 is $2 flop bet, and the next two $4 are the bets in the turn and river.

In other variations of poker with more than 4 betting rounds like 7-Stud and Razz Poker the fixed limit betting structure would be slightly different. The betting structure would be “1/1/2/2/4” the first two rounds would be fixed at a dollar; the turn and river would use the small bet limit and the final betting round would use the big bet.

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