A term used to describe the amount of money the player is restricted to buying in with in a poker game.

For example, in a $1/$2 live poker game, the maximum amount you can buy-in for is usually $200, or 100 big blinds.

Note: This is applicable to both poker tournaments and cash games.

A “tournament buy-in” includes the entry fee (which goes towards the prize pool) and the rake. For example, in a $10+$1 NLHE tournament, $10 goes to the prize pool and $1 goes to the online poker room.

Related terms on

  1. GTD
  2. Overlay
  3. Freezeout
  4. Tournament
  5. Rake
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