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The Holdem Blackjack Betting Guide

The Holdem Blackjack Betting Guide will give you an understanding of how the betting works for each round during a hand. Knowing exactly how Holdem Blackjack betting works is crucial for any successful long-term strategy.

If you are already familiar with Fixed Limit poker, the betting for the first two rounds will be straightforward. However, the final round of Spread Limit betting might be new to you. If Spread Limit is what you’re looking for, scroll down to the section Final Round Betting. There you’ll find an example of how Spread Limit betting might develop during a hand.

Right let’s get started. To understand Holdem Blackjack betting we first need to know about the staking structure.

Holdem Blackjack Staking Structure

Let’s say you register for an online Sit and Go (SNG) tournament for Holdem Blackjack. You take your seat at the table with five other players and you each receive 5,000 chips. Somewhere at the table you will see the staking structure for the first hand. If you’re at a poker room on the CryptoLogic Network the staking structure is located in the black box at the top of the table. The staking structuremight look something like this:


SL Holdem Blackjack
100/200/200-1000

  • SL = Spread Limit.
  • 100 = relates to Fixed Limit betting in the first round. It also determines the blinds and ante sizes.
  • 200 = relates to Fixed Limit betting in the second round.
  • 200-1000 = relates to Spread Limit betting in the final round.

Now back to our game… Before any cards are dealt the blinds and antes are posted…

The Holdem Blackjack Betting Guide

Determining the Blinds and Ante Sizes

The first number in the staking structure 100/200/200-1000 usually determines what the blinds and antes are:

  • Big Blind = 100
  • Small Blind = 100/2 = 50
  • Antes = 100/4 = 25

If the staking structure was 2/4/4-20 (as might be in a cash game), the blinds and antes would be:

  • Big Blind = 2
  • Small Blind = 2/2 = 1
  • Antes = 2/4 = 0.5

OK so far? Right, back to our game… Everyone at the table receives a card face down. This is followed by the first round of betting.

First Round Betting

First round betting is Fixed Limit and works like the betting in Fixed Limit Texas Holdem. The first number in the staking structure 100/200/200-1000 determines the initial call, bet or raise size. So the first player to act can do one of three things:

  • Fold
  • Call 100 (the posting of the Big Blind initiates the betting)
  • Raise to 200

The betting continues around the table – where players can (dependent on the betting action before them) bet, check, call, raise, or fold in turn until all bets are matched.

There is a maximum of one bet and three raises in the first round, so a player could potentially commit a maximum of 400 chips to the pot during this round.

…back to the game… Remaining players in the hand (i.e. those that didn’t fold during the first round) receive a second card face up. This is followed by the second betting round.

Second Round Betting

Second round betting is Fixed Limit and works like first round betting. The second number in the staking structure 100/200/200-1000 determines the initial bet or raise size. The first player to act has three options:

  • Fold (although this is an option, the first player to act gains/loses nothing by folding at this stage)
  • Check
  • Bet 200

The betting continues around the table – where players can (dependent on the betting action before them) bet, check, call, raise, or fold in turn until all bets are matched.

There is a maximum of one bet and three raises in the second round, so a player could potentially commit a maximum of 800 chips to the pot during this round.

…back at our game the remaining players either stand or draw more cards (face down) until everyone has completed their hand. Players do not have to commit more chips to the pot if they are drawing cards. Now comes the final round of betting.

Final Round Betting

Final round betting is Spread Limit. Now this is the tricky part, so pay attention.

Any game played with a Spread Limit betting structure allows a player to bet or raise any amount within a specified range.

The last range of numbers in the staking structure 100/200/200-1000 determines the initial bet or raise range in the final betting round. There is a maximum of one bet and three raises in the final round, so a player could potentially commit a maximum of 4000 chips to the pot during this round.

Here comes an example of how Holdem Blackjack betting may develop during the final Spread Limit betting round.

The first player to act (let’s call her Mandy) has these options:

  • Fold (although this is an option, Mandy gains/loses nothing by folding at this stage)
  • Check
  • Bet any amount between 200-1000

Let’s say Mandy bets 600.The second player to act (let’s call him Charlie) would then have the following options:

  • Fold
  • Call 600
  • Raise to any amount between 1200-1600 (call Mandy’s 600 bet and raise between 600-1000)

The raising range is now between 600-1000. Do you see why?Charlie’s raise has to at least match Mandy’s original 600 bet. So that sets the lower limit of the range to 600. The upper limit of the range remains at 1000.

To put in a raise Charlie has to call Mandy’s original 600 bet first. Then he puts in a raise of between 600-1000 meaning that he has to put a total of between 1200-1600 into the pot (600 + 600 to 1000 = 1200 to 1600).

If that looks like a lot of numbers, don’t worry, it’s not really too complicated. We’ve just tried to explain it in different ways.

Let’s say Charlie has a hand of 20 and thinks Mandy is bluffing so he raises to 1600 (he calls the original 600 and raises 1000).

Everyone else folds so the action is back to Mandy. Her options are:

  • Fold
  • Call 1000
  • Raise to 2000 (call Charlie’s 1000 raise and raises 1000)

Now there is no raising range – it’s fixed at 1000. This is because Mandy has to at least match Charlie’s raise which was 1000. As the spread is 200-1000 the maximum range has been reached. So if Mandy wants to raise she will have to call Charlie’s 1000 raise and then raise 1000 herself putting a total of 2000 into the pot.

Some Observations

You can’t get all-in with one bet, but due to the Holdem Blackjack betting structure it’s possible to enter a Sit and Go tournament and by the end of the first hand be out of the game.

If you was to play a cash game with stakes of $2/$4/$4-20, you could potentially lose $8 in the first round, $16 in the second round and $80 in the last round for a grand total loss of $104.

The final Holdem Blackjack betting round is where the big money gets shoved into the pot. This stimulates the well known Holdem art of bluffing. For any long-term strategy to succeed, a good grasp of Holdem Blackjack Spread Limit betting is crucial. Hopefully you have that now.