Big bet game
A big bet game is one which is played a pot limit betting structure, or a no limit betting structure. In a big bet game following the pot limit betting structure, none of the players are allowed to raise more than the total size of the pot. The total size of the pot is computed by adding all the chips collected from previous rounds, all previous action which occurred in the current betting round as well as the call from the player wanting to make a raise.
A player in a pot limit big bet game can always bet less than the maximum, provided the betting amount is not equal to greater than any other bet which has been made in the same betting round. The act of making a maximum raise is called ‘raising the pot’ in a pot limit big bet game.
Further in a big bet pot limit game, the dealer is allowed to tell the players about the size of the pot, and what the amount of the pot raise would be, before it is made. Keeping track of all the calculations regarding the pot and raise is a complex task, but it is also the responsibility of the dealer, and not the players.
In a big bet no limit poker game, like the name suggests, there is no limit to the amount with which to raise a bet. Only a minimum opening bet is fixed. So a player in this game can raise the bet by any amount, which can even include his entire stake is he is willing to risk it. There are some table stack rules attached to raising the entire stack a player owns.
For e.g. if in a $2/$5 game, if the pot has $20 to begin with, with player A to play, then the player may call with $5 and then raise by, say, $5 more. The pot now has $30 in it, after A’s hand. By raising the pot, player B now has to match the total ($5+$5) $10 to call Player A’s bet. If B chooses to raise the pot, then he can only do so by the total amount in the pot, i.e. $30. If he does, then Player C can raise the pot by up to $60, and so on.
Another rule in a big bet no limit game is that a raise needs to be equal to the previous raise, in the minimum.