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23.16.1237    BETTING

(1) A player who unintentionally puts less chips into the pot than are needed to call a bet must either complete the call or withdraw his or her chips and fold.

(2) If an improper number of chips are bet by a player and the dealer puts the player's chips into the pot without making an immediate objection, it must be considered a bet by the player.

(3) A player must place his entire bet in front of the player at one time. Unless a player has failed to place the necessary amount of chips to call a bet or to signify a raise, the player may not place additional chips into the pot (no string bets). The dealer may allow a single apparent string bet, but must caution the player that such bets are not allowed.

(4) A player confronted by a bet larger than the player's table stakes may "call" with the amount of chips in front of the player ("all in" bet). The excess part of the bet is either returned to the bettor(s) or used to form a side pot with another player or players by matching the amount called.

(5) A side pot or other wager on the outcome of a hand is prohibited unless an "all in" bet is made as provided for in (4).

(6) In stud poker without a blind, the highest or lowest up card may be designated to initiate action if a house rule is posted to identify which method will be used.

History: Sec. 23-5-115 MCA; IMP, Sec. 23-5-311 MCA; EMERG, NEW, 1990 MAR p. 286, Eff. 2/9/90; AMD, 1991 MAR p. 1942, Eff. 10/18/91.

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