How to figure out side pots at home games?
I've been wanting to set up a game for me and my friends at my house.
I have recently bought some high quality playing chips and cards especially for these games.
The game is coming up this Friday and everything is arranged. Everyone is really looking forward to it and so am I! There is just one problem; i'm really struggling with calculating side pots. I really want to get it right, as i want the poker night to go as smoothly and as professionally as possible.
I get the simple concept of the side pot(s), but im really freaking out over the more complicated ones.
1) Players A, B, C go all in
Player in goes all in first with $1000, player B calls all in with his remaining $800, and C calls all in with his remaining $600.
Can someone exaplain to me how these two side pots would work out?
Also my last example that i would like to ask about.
Say for instance by the turn card there are only four players still active, player A with $1200, player B with $1000, player C with $1000 and player D with $200. Up to this point all players have bet heavily in pre and post flop, so the pot is quite substantial.
Player A bets 400. All players call, including player D who has to go all in.
So can player D only gain $200 for each person, even though he has put in over $1000 in the main pot during pre and post flop?
I know these are quite dull questions, but i just want to get this spot on :-)