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When I play with friends live poker we always ask ourself what are the min-raise and min-reraise rules in Holdem No Limit?

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Limit games are very tricky with this. If in a 3/6 Hold'em game, player A bets $3, and player B goes all-in with $4, then player C has the option to call the all-in, complete the raise to $6, or fold. If player C completes the raise to $6 then player A may call the $6, fold, or reraise to $9.

Now, on the flip side, if player A bets $3, and player B goes all-in with $5, then player C has the options of folding, calling the $5 all-in, completing the raise to $6, or realising for a total of $8 ($3 more than the all-in). Furthermore, If player C only calls the $5, player A still has the option to reraise to $8 or complete the raise to $6, forcing player C to put in more money to continue with the hand.

Thus details the "1/2 or more rule"

For no-limit games, in either of these scenarios, player C may only call the all-in or fold. Because the all-in was not a full raise, reraises are out of the question.

Disclaimer: This is the way that it is done at the casino where I work, where you play may have different rules.

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This can vary. In a lot of European card rooms the minimum raise is the size of last bet, not the size of the last raise. So let's say in a 1/2 game you raise to 6, then someone else reraises to 12. In many European rooms the minimum bet for you to raise now is 24, while in most US rooms it would be 18.

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Min-Raise (preflop), Bet (flop, turn, river)
You've to min-raise/bet always at least the size of bigblind.


Bigblind is $100
You've to raise $100 to an amount of $200.

You've to re-raise at least as much as the last raise was big.


BigBlind is $100.
Player A raises +300$ to an amount of 400$.
Player B has to raise at least +300$ to an amount of $700.
But Player B can also raise $350 to an amount of $750.
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"You've to min-raise always at least the size of bigblind." Is not right. What you are describing under "Re-raise" is the "min-raise" rule. Rule wise there is no such thing as "re-raise". A raise is a raise no matter if you are the first player to raise, or the second, or any time after that. – RoToRa Mar 11 '14 at 13:37
Okay, I improved my answer so that everyone can understand it. There's a difference - especially when you look at it as a newbie - between a raise and re-raise and a bet. – Jurik Mar 11 '14 at 16:34

First off, make sure not to call a "bet" a "raise". If you can check, that is you aren't facing an amount you have to call, then when you put in chips it is called a bet. If you have to put in some amount of chips to continue with the hand, and you want to increase the pot, it's called a raise. If it is confusing, just remember this old poker adage: "You can't raise yourself."

In No-Limit Hold'em, the minimum bet is usually the big blind. The minimum raise is going to be the amount of the previous bet or raise called. For example, in a 1/2 nl game, the minimum you can raise before the flop is going to be to make $4... you are calling the $2 blind and then raising $2. If you make it four, the next player to act can raise to a minimum of $6... remember you are only raising $2.

This can get tricky when a player is all-in. Keep in mind that a player can always push his whole stack into the middle in NL, even if his stack is less than what a min-bet or min-raise would be. The question that arises often is whether a shortstack shove reopens the action to an original better.

For example, let's say you are playing NL holden with blinds at 100-200. You are first to act after the flop and you bet 500. A shortstacked player then shoves all-in for 700. Two other players call behind him. Now it's back up to you and you want to reraise. This scenario leads to arguments all of the time and I've seen lots of floor staff get it wrong.

Rules are going to be different from place to place, but under the TDA rules, it opens up the action again to you if the shortstacked player's raise is at least 1/2 the minimum. So in the example I gave, the shortstacked player would have to have made it 750 for you to be able to reraise when it got back to you. Other places don't use the 1/2 minimum rule and won't let the action be opened back up unless the full minimum amount is met.

Here is Rule 41 of the TDA :

41: Raises A: A raise must be at least the size of the largest previous bet or raise of the current betting round. If a player raises 50% or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, he must make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed.

B: In no-limit and pot limit, an all-in wager of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted and is not facing at least a full raise when the action returns to him. In limit, at least 50% of a full raise is required to re-open betting for players who have already acted. See Illustration Addendum.

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Great answer. I had no idea about the limit rule – Daniel Mar 11 '14 at 8:44
Be careful with the phrase "calling the $2 blind and then raising $2". It may allow beginners to think, it's ok to say "I call you and raise $x." which is not allowed and is just considered calling. Generally: You can either say "I call" or "I raise", but not "I call and raise". – RoToRa Mar 11 '14 at 13:33
Ha... what RoToRa says is true. If you say "I call X... and raise Y" it's usually going to count as a string-bet and you'll be bound to just call under TDA rules. So don't announce a raise that way... in fact, it's generally best not to "verbally announce" bets or raises at all. Keep it quiet and avoid verbal inflection tells. Let your chips do the talking. – Dutch.Boyd Mar 15 '14 at 9:21

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