Party Poker Table Stakes, Minimum Buy-In, All-In and Side Pots
The only money that "plays" in a hand must be
on the table prior to the start of the hand, i.e., Player may not
make a wager in excess of the value of his chips on the table at the
start of a hand.
Taking money out of the game and continuing to play is
not allowed in a table stakes format.
You may add money to your stack at any time (except
during a hand in which you are involved), i.e., you may only acquire
additional chips between hands.
If you run out of chips after a hand any added money
you requested during the hand will have to be at least in the amount
of the minimum buy-in.
The Minimum Buy-in requirement for all limit poker
games is 10 times the Big Blind/Lower Stake in the Game. This means
you would need $100 to enter the $10/$20 game, $50 to enter the
$5/$10 game and $30 to enter the $3/$6 game.
For Pot Limit and No Limit games there is a
predetermined minimum and maximum buy-in.
All-In and Side Pots
When a player puts the last of his chips into a pot,
that player is said to be all-in. An all-in player is not eligible
to win any money bet above his last bet. The excess part of the bet
is either returned to the lone bettor, or is used to form a side pot
with another player or players still remaining. There is no
limitation on the number of side pots. The all-in player(s) will be
eligible for the pot they are involved in and cannot be forced from
Sometimes a player has enough chips to continue betting
or calling but has been disconnected and unable to respond. In this
case the player is also deemed to be "all-in" (if he or
she has disconnect protection available) for all the amount of chips
he or she has bet on that particular hand.