word type: noun

  1. To wager an initial amount of money in a game of poker

Popular Uses

Hold'em is a game of calculated aggression: If you cards are good enough for your to call a bet, they are good enough to raise with. -Alfred Alvarez

Sometimes you'll miss a bet, sure, but it's OK to miss a bet. Poker is an art form, of course, but sometimes you have to sacrifice art in favor of making a profit. -Mike Caro

Importance of Betting

Poker really is not poker without betting. The fear of losing money makes it so that people actually think about what they are doing and play reasonably, rather than just raising and re-raising with any two cards every hand. And the possibility of winning money makes it so that people will actually play, period.

Reasons to Bet in Poker

* Build the pot
* Force opponents to fold
* Show strength to setup a play in a future betting round
* Gauge the opponents' relative strength

Related Terms

Float, Raise, Fold, All-In, Call