Buy-ins and Table Stakes

Definition of a buy-in

The buy-in is the amount money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game. All real money games at have a minimum buy-in required before a player may join a table.

Minimum and maximum buy-ins

Limit poker

In limit games, the minimum buy-in is equal to 10 times the big blind. There is no maximum buy-in.

Example: In a €5/10 limit game, the big blind value is €5, so the minimum buy-in is equivalent to 10x5, or €50.

Pot and No-Limit poker

Pot-limit (PL) and no-limit (NL) games as played at both have a minimum and a maximum buy-in.

The maximum amount a player may bring to the table in an NL/PL game corresponds to the stakes of the game. All NL/PL games have a minimum buy-in restriction of 35 big blinds and maximum buy-in of 100 big blinds, with the exception of 20BB Min tables which allow a minimum buy-in of 20 big blinds and maximum buy-in of 40 big blinds. For example, in a €1/€2 NL game, the minimum buy-in would be €70 and maximum buy-in would be €200. In the case of 20bb tables, the minimum buy-in for a €1/€2 stakes table would be €40 and maximum buy-in would be €80.

Table stakes

At, all games and tournaments comply with the following table stakes protocols:

No chips may be added to a player's stack during a hand.

In a real money game, players can only add to their stack between hands. While some tournaments offer rebuys and add-ons, these may only be executed after a hand is over and before the next hand starts. Players may, however, add chips or rebuy and add-on during the play of a hand if they are not involved in that hand.

Players may not remove chips from the table.

In a real money game, a player cannot remove any chips from the table during play until he or she leaves the game. This rule applies regardless of how many chips a player has brought to the table.

Note: The table stakes protocols are designed to protect the game. Otherwise, if a player is allowed to put a few chips into his pocket every time he or she is ahead, then the number of chips available for play will be reduced and the action at the table will suffer.

If you have any more questions about table stakes, buy-ins or side pots, please contact our 24/7 Customer Care team.