Min raise requirements, card dealt face up

Albert AAlbert A Red Chipper Posts: 96 ✭✭
I'm a little embarrassed to ask these questions because I've been playing too long not to know the answers but here goes:
1) In No Limit Hold 'em how much is the minimum raise (disregard "all-in" situations)? I've always thought it was at least double the previous bet. Example/ heads up to the flop and player 1 bets $700 and player 2 wants to raise. Minimum of $1400 correct? Is there ever a situation that the minimum raise can be less and does it have anything to do with the size of the big blind?
2) If a card is dealt face up, can the player choose to keep it or does it have to become the burn card? I've never seen anyone in a cardroom be able to keep it.

These subjects came up at my home game. (disclaimer: my friends are definitely not "players" nor do they want to be. It's just a fool around game. 50cent blinds, $3 limit cash games and $20 sit n goes. They needle me constantly for reading poker books:) Anyway, I dealt a card face up and it was an Ace and the guy wanted to keep it:) I said it had to be the burn. Then during the sit n go the blinds were $50/$100 and I made a turn bet of $700. My opponent put out $800 so I pushed a $100 chip back to him but he said he wanted to raise (these guys will never, ever, EVERRRR announce "raise". lol) and I said it had to be $1400 but everyone said it was ok because the big blind was $100!! I just rubbed my forehead and said, "Ok.":)

I don't care about the home game, it's just fun but I do play $1/$2NL and some $2/$5 in a cardroom so I should know these things. I've always at least raised double the previous bet and it's kept me out of trouble.


  • MichaelBMichaelB Red Chipper Posts: 211 ✭✭✭
    edited March 2019
    In the casino I play in, if the blinds are, say $1/$3, first to act must make it $6 for it to be a raise, but the next raise need only match the initial raise amount, so in a case like this, the absolute minimum legal raise is to $9. The next player can then make it $12. This can cause some pretty crazy situations given the right players are in early position.

    Unless a player is moving all in, he can't 'raise' a $700 bet to $800. If the player was moving all in for $800, and another player called for $800, the original raiser would not have the option to reraise.

    You are correct, all boxed cards (face up in the deck) are dead on impact. In my casino, they neither become a burn card or are ever shuffled back into the deck. They're just removed from play.

    In my long experience with home games, for rules like these, it's best to stick to standard casino rules to avoid unnecessary argument and tension.
  • Albert AAlbert A Red Chipper Posts: 96 ✭✭
    Ok, so a re raise only needs to match the initial raise. I get it. The up card was flipped when I dealt it. It was not boxed. Thanks for the input.
  • U_TurnU_Turn Las VegasRed Chipper Posts: 51 ✭✭
    Albert A wrote: »
    Ok, so a re raise only needs to match the initial raise. I get it. The up card was flipped when I dealt it. It was not boxed. Thanks for the input.
    This is from Robert’s Rules of Poker:

    “If the initial holecard dealt to the first or second player is exposed, a misdeal results. The dealer will retrieve the card, reshuffle, and recut the cards. If any other holecard is exposed due to a dealer error, the deal continues. The exposed card may not be kept. After completing the hand, the dealer replaces the card with the top card on the deck, and the exposed card is then used for the burncard. If more than one holecard is exposed, this is a misdeal and there must be a redeal.”
  • Albert AAlbert A Red Chipper Posts: 96 ✭✭
    Got it, thanks!

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