Definition of Pot Committed

What does the term "pot committed" mean in the world of poker? What is meant by the term "pot committed"?

In poker, the term "pot committed" refers to when the pot odds dictate that the only correct move for a player is to call a bet or raise.

In short, folding is not an option, based on the math.

The examples and meaning of the poker term pot committed is explained.  Pictured is a stack of chips in front of a player.Let's say that you are playing in a $5/$10 cash game at your local casino. You had the nut flush draw and called all the way down to the river.

There is $700 in the pot and you have bottom pair and a missed flush draw. Your opponent bets $10 on the river.

Now, you know that you are probably going to lose the hand, but the pot odds dictate that you must make the river call. After all, $10 relative to the size of the pot is nothing, and there is a small chance that your opponent has a missed flush draw as well, and that you could end up winning the hand.

In this case, you are pot committed and must make the call.

Let's look at another example.

You are short-stacked while playing in an online tournament. You have just three BBs left.

There is a raise from early position and a number of calls. When the action gets around to you, you look down at A-2 offsuit. This would normally be a fold, but there is a great deal of money in the pot, which makes a call correct. You decide to commit the rest of your chips, and you end up winning the pot after the flop gives you the straight.

In this case, you were pot committed due to the pot odds. The call was the correct one to make.


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