Originally Posted by kingphil02
[...] I was playing in a cash game a guy pushed all in after flop and a girl who hit two pair calls went in her purse to cover the rest.
This would have been acceptable in our home games when I was a kid. We had an open-stakes policy. Basically, you could add money at any times. Still, you could not remove money from the table once it was on it.
You never had
to add money to call a bet. So it was "table-stakes" in that sense. If I had $6 left and a person moved all-in for $10, I could call $6 and then any further betting would be a side-pot. Or I could call any amount between $6-$10 (adding only that extra amount to my stack). As a third option, I could raise above $10 (say I throw a $20 down and raise to $26). If I do that, the other player will have the option to remain all-in, call any amount up to the $26 by adding just enough money, or adding even more cash and raising. Once a player elects to be "all-in" they can't add money for the rest of that hand. So, if there is a side-pot that I am not in, I couldn't suddenly call all those extra bets on the river to join the side-pot (too much opportunity for angle shooting).
It created an interesting dynamic at times, especially when calling an amount larger than your original stack but smaller than the actual bet with a third player involved. It gave you a real sense of the "value" someone had for their hand. Obviously, that's only for players that understood that different hands have different intrinsic values.
We still allow this as a house rule. But, only if there's no objections at the table. It's rarely used. If it's all family, we've never had someone deny it. With non-family, we have only had one objection. A player with a large stack moved all-in against a shorter stack, believing that he was playing for $5 (not his whole $30+ stack). The shorter stack asked to be allowed to add money to call. The person who moved in was obviously not thrilled by the idea (could see it on his face), but didn't speak up. My uncle (who wasn't in the hand) objected to it until after that hand because the person who moved all-in thought it was table-stakes and didn't really make a $30+ bet, he intended to make a $5 bet. After that hand, we explained the normal house rule to the newbie and he was fine with it. Also, he was very careful trying to push people around with his "big" stack from that point on.