All-In definition and meaning

All-in is a term most frequently used by poker players when wagering all of their remaining chips into the pot.

Technically, all-in is similar to raising, except that instead of raising a specific amount, you are raising everything you have left. In order for someone to call your all-in, they need to have more chips than you do. Otherwise, they will be going all-in as well.

For example, let’s say that you have $150,000 chips and you announce that you are all-in. If only one player who has $70,000 calls, this means that you are technically betting only $70,000 into the pot while the rest is given back to you.

However, if you’re all-in with $150,000, and someone with $300,000 calls, that means they are only contributing additional $150,000 to the pot instead of all $300,000.

After a player announces that they are all-in, they can’t take any more action until the round ends.

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