What is ‘Go In’?
To go in is a poker phrase meaning to bet into the pot. It usually refers to players who bet or call rather than raise. It is linked to the phrase go all in. Meaning to use all available chips on a single pot. Players who wish to call or bet after an all in must match the last player’s bet. ‘All in’ can also refer to a player who has used all their chips and therefore is only eligible for part of the pot.
‘Go In’ Explained
When a poker player says they will go in, it means they are opting to make a bet rather than folding. During a poker round, players can surrender their cards and their stake at any point, opting to withdraw from the game rather than make any more bets. Players who want to see how their hand improves or who are already confident in their hand will opt to bet and stay in play.
To go in on a poker round, players take some of their available chips and place them in the pot. The player can match the previous bet or raise on it – that is, they must meet the value of the last person’s bet, but increasing upon it is optional. Bets pass around the table until all players have chosen to ‘call’, or match the minimum amount allowed, without any further raises.
Players can also be said to go in when they run short of chips during a hand. To prevent cheating, poker players are not allowed to access their pockets or wallet during a hand and chip purchases must be made between deals. If a player runs short of chips but wishes to stay in play, the pot is usually split and the ‘all in’ player is only eligible to win the part they contributed to. Not all casinos will allow this rule; it is at the discretion of the house and the other players.