re: Poker & What does it mean to be Pot Committed?
Originally Posted by luckyhearts
I disagree that being pot committed means u cannot fold....if you get to the river and say miss your flush...why would you call off the remaining 1/3 of your chips??? I see donks say 'I was pot committed' regularly.
Let’s say that you’re on the river and you’ve put $999 of a $1,000 stack in to the pot. Just before your opponent bets his final $1, he shows you that he has a Royal Flush, beating your full house. He then bets that last $1. Should you call?
Definitely not. You probably would just for a laugh, but you’re making a $1 loss every single time you call in that situation. There is a 0% chance of winning the $2,000 pot, but a 100% chance of losing $1. That leaves you with an EV of -$1.
Having put $999 in to the pot makes no difference. In fact, you could have put $999,999 in the middle and it wouldn’t change the fact that calling that $1 is negative EV. You have to remember that the odds of winning help dictate whether or not you are pot committed, not just the amount of money you have invested in the pot.