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Side Pots

Discussion in 'The Poker Room' started by Breeze147, Nov 7, 2013.

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  1. Breeze147

    Breeze147 Button Man

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    Okay I'm stupid.

    Make like you were trying to explain side pots to the slightly above average intelligent 12 year old.
     
  2. theghost

    theghost Low-Roller

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    For example, lets use NL Texas Hold em due to its popularity

    Player A has $280
    Player B has $400
    Player C has $200

    The 3 players are in a hand and get all of there money in
    Possible scenario--> player A raised, player B re raised all in and player C called along with player A. Since player C only has $200 he can only play for his $200 and $200 from players A,B.

    The main pot would look like this....$200 from every player ($600 total plus possible blinds and antes if there are any)

    The SIDE POT would be between Players A, and B and would consist of Player A's remaining $80 and another $80 from Player B (Total side pot would be $160)

    Player B would then get his "extra" $120 or left over money back and the cards would be dealt.



    IF Player C's hand wins he would win the "main" pot ($600) and players A,B would see who has the winning hand between them and that person would win the side pot.

    If player B's hand was the winner he would win both the "main" and "side" pots and the other 2 would cry about a bad beat and say some 4 letter words about someone being an idiot and swear they would never play poker again.....only to pay the crazy ATM fee and come back for revenge and probably go broke again :evillaugh
     
  3. Auggie

    Auggie Dovahkiin

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    A side pot forms when there are three or more people involved in a hand but one or more players is "all in"

    A really basic example would be:

    Al, Bob and Charlie are playing a hand.
    At the start of the hand Al has $20 in front of him, Bob has $40, and Charlie has $50

    Al is first to act and goes all in, putting his whole $20 in the pot.
    Bob goes next and he raises to $30.
    Charlie calls Bob's bet and puts $30 in the pot.

    So right now there would be two pots:
    The "main pot" has $60 in it (Al's $20 plus $20 from each of Bob and Charlie)
    The "side pot" would have the leftover money in it: Bob's $10 (over the $20 that went in the main pot) and Charlie's $10 (his $10 that went over the $20 that went to the main pot), for a total of $20 in the side pot.

    If Bob and Charlie continue to bet on the flop or later streets any money from them would go in to the side pot.

    The purpose of the side pot is because Al only had $20 and so he can only win a maximum of that, the $20, from other players involved in the hand. So at this point in the hand example above there is a total of $80 being wagered ($20 from Al, $30 from Bob and $30 from Charlie) but Al can only win $60 of it.


    It can get more complicated than that when there are multiple short stacks in a hand and/or a player can't cover the blinds, etc where there could be multiple side pots. IE: if 5 players were playing and they all went in and they all had $10, $20, $30, $40 and $50 each, respectively, then there would be one main pot (having $50) and then side pot 1 (having $40) and side pot 2 (having $30) and side pot 3 (having $20) and then finally players 4 and 5 would be the only two involved in the final side pot, which would have $20.
     
  4. Breeze147

    Breeze147 Button Man

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    Thanks!!!
     
  5. scottydoog

    scottydoog Low-Roller

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    I hate it when there is a side pot and then you get the table gobshite trying to tell the dealer how to chop it up, let the dealer just do his job
     
  6. johnvic

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    Agreed. Unless you're in the pot and the dealer made a mistake, but let him do it first. Give the dealer the chance to prove themselves.
     
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