Betting Structures

Many of the wide range of games offered at PokerStars can be played with different betting structures. The betting structure for a particular game sets the limits for how much you are allowed to bet each time it’s your turn to act, and in the case of the CAP games, how much you can bet in total on each hand.

Note: Not all limits are offered in all games.

Fixed Limit Games

PokerStars currently does not offer Fixed Limit real money poker.

Pot Limit and No Limit Games

PokerStars offers Pot Limit and No Limit games ranging from ₹1/₹2 up to ₹500/₹1,000.

In No Limit poker, you can bet any amount at any time - your bet size is limited only by the amount of money you have brought to the table. However, all bets must be at least the size of the big blind, and all raises must be at least the size of any previous raise on the same betting round.

In Pot Limit poker, players are allowed to bet any amount up to the size of the pot, or however much money they have brought to the table, whichever is less.

For No Limit and Pot Limit games, the ‘Stakes’ column in the PokerStars lobby indicates the Small Blind and Big Blind in that game.

In Pot Limit or No Limit play, a return to the game at the same table after an absence of less than 120 minutes is still considered part of the same playing session. In such a case, a player must buy in for at least the amount with which they cashed out, or up to 10% less, if that's all the player has left in their account.

CAP Games

CAP games limit the amount each player can wager per hand. Once that limit is reached, the player is treated as all-in.

The betting cap is the same for every player, so all players who start the hand with stack sizes equal to or greater than the cap will end up all-in after wagering the same amount. Players who start the hand with a stack size smaller than the cap will be treated as all-in when they have wagered their entire stack.

The cap restriction on betting is a modification to the normal Pot Limit or No Limit betting rules. All other betting restrictions and rules not directly affected by the cap restriction remain in place as they would on a regular No Limit or Pot Limit table.

The cap on betting is often expressed in terms of big blinds (bb). For example, on a ₹1/₹2 No-Limit Hold’em table, ‘20 bb CAP’ would mean that each player can wager no more than ₹40 on each hand: 20 big blinds x ₹2 big blind = ₹40 cap.

PokerStars currently offers only 20 big blind (20 bb) CAP tables.

CAP tables display extra information at the table about how much more each player can bet before reaching their cap for the hand. For example, a ₹25/₹50 20 bb CAP table has a cap of ₹1,000 (₹50 big blind x 20 big blinds = ₹1,000). This cap is clearly indicated in the title on the blue bar at the top of the window.

Instead of just displaying stack size at the table, each player’s seat now displays information in the form of:

Player’s total left to bet this hand (Player’s total money at table)

The cap status for the entire current player to act is displayed above the dealer tray, below the current pot size.

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