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The minimum amount of money required by a player to sit down in a particular poker game.

Usage: The buy in is the entry fee for any particular table or tournament.

Tournament buy-ins are usually displayed like the following Party Poker example:

Limit Hold Em $20+$2 - The total payable would be $22. $20 to the prize fund and $2 to Party Poker for arranging the event

Cash (ring) table buy-ins are often displayed like this Party Poker table example:

$200 NL - This means the maximum you can bring to the table in cash is $200, NL means the game is No Limit.