All-In - A wager of all of your chips.
Most ring games are table stakes games. This means that
chips must be on the table at the start of the hand in order to be in play. Players may only lose as many chips as they have in front of
the on any given hand. They may not go into their pocket for more money during the hand, nor can they remove chips from the table while
they play. Because of this rule, players will often go all-in when the size of the bet they are facing is larger than the total number
of chips that they have on the table. When a player goes all in, their hand is live, but they are only allowed to participate in the
betting up to the point where they run out of chips. When that happens, a second pot, called a side pot is created. The all in player is
not eligible to win any of the side pot, because they did not contribute towards it.
Imagine that you are playing in a No-Limit Hold’em tournament, you have $10,000 in tournament chips, and you have pocket aces in the big
blind. The player under the gun, whom we will call
player “A,” goes all in for $3,000 and the player to his left, player “B,” reraises and goes all-in for $7,000. Of course, you
immediately call. Since player “A” only has $3,000, he can only win $3,000 from each of the other players plus the blinds. So $9,000
plus the blinds goes into the main pot. All three players are eligible to win this pot. Player “B” has $4,000 more than player “A.” You
are obligated to give him action on this money, so a second pot, called a side pot is formed. This pot contains $4,000 from you and
$4,000 from player “B,” for a total of $8,000. Only the two of you are eligible to win this pot. Your remaining $3,000 is returned to
you as your change. If there are multiple players all-in with different chip amounts, it may be necessary to create several
side pots. In this situation, it is the dealer’s job to
make sure the pots are correct, and to keep track of who is eligible to win which pots.
Usage: All-In Situation, Going All-In, I'm All-In
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