Scenario: I am chip leader and say "All In". The only other player left in the game calls, even though he only has half the chips I do. All my chips are pushed in. I never measure my chip count against his. I just said "All In" and put my chips in. The only other player puts his in to call (even though he has less). He wins the hand easily. Do I lose all my chips now? Or do I just lose as many chips as he had?

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You lose as many chips as he had, the rest of chips are considered the same as an uncalled raise and are returned to you.

  • So I do not lose all my chips even though I said "I'm All In"? Plus I pushed my whole stack of chips in..
    – zach
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 4:58
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    @zach No, you do not lose them. A player can only win as much as they've contributed to the pot from each of the other players in the hand. That is why side pots are created sometimes too.
    – Paul
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 5:01
  • A player can only win money he can cover. If you go all in with one chip, and all 9 opponents go all in for over a million, you win (assuming you win) 10 chips--yours and one from each other player. If you can't cover the bet, you can't win it. Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 17:31

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