What is ‘Bet the Pot’?
Bet the pot is a poker term which essentially means when you bet the equivalent amount of chips to the number that is already in the pot.
‘Bet the Pot’ Explained
Bet sizes are an important element of poker and something that can take a while to master. One such bet size is to bet the pot.
What you are doing when you do that is effectively doubling the amount of chips in the pot at the time you place your bet.
Blinds are 50/100. Eight players have called including the small blind, with the big blind electing not to raise. Eight players each paying 100 chips means the pot is currently at 800.
You are first to act and you bet the pot. This means that your bet is 800 chips taking the pot up to 1600 chips. If the person after you then wanted to bet the pot that player would be betting 1600 chips.
Generally in no limit hold’em, betting the pot is a sign of confidence. It gives off the impression that you have a strong hand and that you are going to go all the way with the hand, so it is a perfect opportunity for a bluff.
In pot limit games, if you bet the pot you are betting the maximum you are allowed to bet. So in this game that particular move looks even stronger than it does in no limit – but remember the pot moves up with each bet, so your maximum bet won’t be the maximum for the person after you once you have bet the pot.
Traditional wisdom in no limit games suggests the pot is the highest you should bet. Unless you are making an all-in move you should never be seen to over bet the pot. It can be seen as a sign of weakness by professionals.