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The Betting Line

by Bob Ciaffone |  Published: Mar 04, 2015


In poker, the betting line is an oval line drawn in the center part of the table. To the best of my knowledge, it was first used in the 1980’s. The purpose of it was to be a boundary line demarcating an area where wagered chips should be placed. Chips released over that line were bet; chips behind that line in front of the player were not in the pot area, and thus not yet a legal wager. My first impression was that the betting line was a useful idea that fulfilled a poker need. We would like to know at what point chips have been wagered. Many cardrooms now have a betting line drawn on all their poker tables. As time went on, the uses for the betting line expanded, and now there are a number of poker rules that have been changed. We are going to discuss those ...

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