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Minimum buy-in? - Thu Mar 20, 2014, 09:03 PM
CrazYJohnnie's Avatar
Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 641

Why is there and what is minimum buy-in for cash tables, there is a link, but when i pressed it, it told me that page doesnt exist.

Can any of the mods elaborate?
Thu Mar 20, 2014, 10:39 PM
Fadyen's Avatar
Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,917
Hi CrazYJohnnie,

the standard rules for buying in to ring games are as follows:

1.All games are played table stakes. Only funds that you have brought to the table before a hand begins can be wagered in that hand.

2.For Fixed Limit games, the minimum buy-in is ten times the small bet. For example, in a $1/$2 game, the minimum buy-in is $10. There is no maximum buy-in at Fixed Limit tables.

3.For No Limit and Pot Limit games, the minimum buy-in is usually 40 times the big blind. The maximum buy-in is usually 100 times the big blind. For example, in a standard $1/$2 NL game, the minimum buy-in is $80 and the maximum is $200.

4.Minimum and maximum buy-ins may vary by table. Any such variations will be declared before you join a table.

You can find the full ring game rules here. Hope this helps.



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Fri Mar 21, 2014, 06:27 PM
thispaul's Avatar
Since: Jan 2010
Posts: 17
The "why" is a bit more complicated (and I haven't taken the time to fully understand it) but I think it stops (or discourages) people buying in really cheaply to a high-stakes table, playing a single hand to double up and they running away.

Something like that anyway - as I say, I've not taken the time to understand how it would work.

(On PL and NL table, there's also used to be a mechanism for stopping you getting up from a table with a big stack and then immediately sitting down again with a small stack, I believe. I don't play NL ring games, so I've not encountered it recently and it might not be the case any more.)


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