A player can never be forced out of a hand because he does not have enough chips to call a bet. However, a player can only win (from each opposing player) as many chips as he bets. If a player only puts 50 chips into a pot, he can only win 50 chips from each opposing player.

A side pot is a pot containing the chips over and above what an all in player has contributed to the main pot. For example, if two players each bet 100 chips and a third player goes all in with 60 chips, there would be a main pot of 180 (60 x 3) and a side pot of 80 (40 x 2). All three players would be eligible to win the main pot, but only the two players who contributed chips to the side pot would be eligible to win that side pot.

It can get complicated when two or more players go all in, resulting in multiple side pots. As a general rule, the first player to go all in is eligible for the main pot only. The next all in player is eligible for the first side pot and the main pot and the next all in player is eligible for the second side pot, the first side pot and the main pot, etc.

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