There are many different forms of Texas Hold’em. The first variation that probably comes to mind, would be No Limit Texas Holdem. For many people, they do not realize that this is just one of the three variations of Texas Hold-em.
Being the more popular variation, it is easy to assume that all Texas Holdem games are No Limit. There is even a chance you may have no clue what the difference is before reading this article.
There are three different variations of Texas Hold’em. All of them are played by the same rules and they are still the same game. The only difference is that the betting structure and limits are different. There is No Limit, Fixed Limit and Pot Limit Texas Hold’em. All three are very common poker games, but still some times mixed up and misunderstood. If you have ever played Texas Hold’em (any variation), you will not have any problem quickly picking up the other limits.
No Limit Betting
In No Limit Texas Hold’em, which is the form of poker that is used for the World Series of Poker Main Event, there is no betting limit. This just means that you can bet as much as you want. Any amount of money that is front of you can get put into the pot at any time during the course of the game.
Pot Limit Betting
In Pot Limit Texas Hold-em, you can bet as much as you want to bet up to the size of the pot. This is fairly simple as well. It just means that if there is $100 in the pot, that is the most you are allowed to bet. This is another very popular variation of Texas Hold’em.
Fix Limit Betting
The last and least popular (although still fairly popular) variation of Texas Hold-em, would be Fixed Limit. This means that you can only bet the amount that is set up for that game. So, if the game was $10/$20 Fixed Limit Texas Hold’em, you would be limited to $10 bets in the first two rounds and $20 bets in the second two rounds. That is the only betting that can be done, only in those increments.
Understanding the different variations is not hard. It is just that a lot of people really simply do not know they exist. Now that you understand that, you will have even more knowledge about poker. It is very important for any poker player at any level to understand these commonly forgotten basics.