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"S" Terms

Side Pot

  1. Noun

    A separate pot to which a certain player or multiple players did not contribute and that they are not eligible to win, as occurs when a player goes all-in and other players continue to wager more than the all-in player.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Separate showdowns occur for each side pot and for the main pot, and players not eligible to win a particular pot do not participate in the showdown for it. Example: In a particular game Player A has $4, Player B has $20, and Player C has $20. Player A goes all-in with $4, Player B raises to $11, and Player C calls for $11. Because Players B and C have bet more than player A can call, a side pot is created. The side pot is the amount that B and C bet that was not matched by A: $7 each for a total side pot of $14. The main pot is the money that was matched by all players who are still playing: $4 from A, $4 from B, and $4 from C, for a total main pot of $12. Only Players B or C may compete in the showdown for the side pot.

    EXAMPLE: "I won the side pot and lost the main pot."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues




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