In poker ‘all in’ refers to staking all your chips on a single hand. It is a quite delightful yet risky situation for a poker player as a player doesn’t go all-in when he is bluffing. The stack of chips you possess should either get doubled or you might lose all your chips after going all in, it basically depends on whether you win the hand or lose. Also, all in is only interesting when your opponent goes all in too, otherwise, you will just end up winning the pot amount, meaning whatever was in the pot before you went all in. In online poker app, countering an all-in is a bit difficult as you don’t have much time to think and that is why it is tougher than live poker and needs more attention.
If you are a professional you must be knowing everything about all-ins, but sometimes people who have just started playing poker have a lot of questions regarding the subject and often get confused. Hopefully, this article will clear all your doubts about ‘all in’ in poker.
As the name suggests, all in means going all in. Whatever you have with you on the table you push it on the table to play on that one hand you think is the best. Now let us come to the tricky part, what if I have more chips than my opponent, or what if my opponent has more chips than me and he goes all in, can I play the hand with fewer chips. Now the answer to this question is yes, absolutely you can play the hand in any case, you can go all-in if you have more chips than your opponent and you can still play a hand if your opponent has more chips and he has gone all-in. In such cases, if the person with more chips wins the hand, he takes all the chips of his opponent, and if he loses the hand, in that case, he only has to give out the number of chips his opponent brought to the table.
For example, in an online poker game, player X has 10 chips and goes all in. Now there is another player Y, who has 15 chips and he thinks he has a good hand and goes all-in but loses the hand. In that case, player Y will only lose 10 of his chips because player X had only 10 chips on the table.
Likewise, in a side pot, the player with the best hand wins the most chips but does not win all the chips if he has fewer chips than his opponents on the table. Side pot comes into play when there are more than two players going all in. You will better understand this situation with an example. Now, there are three players A, B, and C, with 10, 15, and 20 chips, respectively. Now, the three of them went all-in in a particular hand, and let’s assume player A won the hand. So, he would get only 10 chips from players B and C because that is how much he brought to the table. Now there are still 5 chips of player B and 10 chips of player C on the table, and among those two players, if player C has a better hand than player B, he gets all his 5 chips. And if player B has a better hand than player C, in that case, player B takes 5 chips from the remaining 10 chips of player C. This is a case of a side pot bet.
However, this would not have been the situation if player C had won the hand, in that case, he would have taken all the chips from players A and B because he had more chips on the table than both of them. Download an online poker app, you don’t need to worry about side bets as it is pre-calculated, but you need to be careful when to go all in.