Table stakes, (a) In any poker game except one
with fixed limits, i.e., in any pot limit,
doubling-up or no-limit game, a player
who has not enough chips to call the preceding bets and who cannot
obtain more chips may stay in for the showdown by betting all the chips
he has left. If there are other players in the pot and they wish to
continue betting, their bets above this amount go in a "side pot" in
which the short player has no interest. Play continues normally until
there is a showdown, when the player who was short competes on even
terms for that part of the pot to which he contributed in full.
(b) A player in a table stakes game may obtain
additional chips from the
banker, and add them to his stack on the table, only in the period between a showdown and
the beginning of the next
deal. He may at no time reduce the number of chips he has in front of him, by cashing them
in or by removing them from
his stack, except when he leaves the game.
(c) A player who is tapped and calls remains in the
pot until the showdown,
drawing cards on even terms with the other players, without further contributions to
the pot. If he has the best
hand at the showdown, he takes the main pot. He has no interest in any side pots.
(d) A player who drops rather than call a bet in a
side pot must discard his hand
and relinquishes his interest in all pots.