Rules - We abide by World Poker Tour Rules
Dress standards at every venue vary. Players are guests of the venue and it is the players’ responsibility to be aware of the dress standards. Generally hoodies with hoods up, beanies, caps and the like will be permitted while seated at the playing table only however, these may not be permitted at all. Observe and respect the venue.
The game will commence with one player shuffling the cards and spreading them across the table. Each player will select a card (other than the two end ones) and the highest card is the dealer. If more than one player has the same high card, then all players select again and will continue to do so until there is one clear winner.
The deck of cards must be cut by the person on the dealer’s right side and must be more than five cards on the top and bottom pile. Players cannot "tap" the top of the deck to substitute cutting.
· If a player shows another player his cards when both are active in the same hand, then he must fold his hand and forfeit all chips already bet.
· If player shows another player his hand after he has folded, he must show all other players on their request.
· The first increase (or raise) in betting pre flop must be at least double of the big blind or any amount more than double.
· The minimum bet for any round post flop must equal the “big Blind” wager.
· Any re-raise(s) must be at least double the immediate preceding raise.
· If a card is upturned whilst being dealt, then that card is shown to all players then takes the place of the card that is normally burned before “the flop”. The next card in the deck is then dealt to the next player and the player whose card was upturned receives the last one dealt. During the first round of dealing, if the Dealer exposes the card that would have been due to the dealer, then that card becomes the burn card as normal, however the next card is dealt to the dealer rather than the small blind. This ensures the dealer does not receive 2 cards in a row.
· In the case of an error by the dealer, he must first try to reconstruct the hand. If he can't then the cards are re shuffled and re-dealt. The game cannot be folded due to a misdeal if substantial betting (ie. 1st round) has been completed.
· If a number of players are eliminated in a row then the game is reconstructed so whoever's turn it was to place the “big Blind” must still place it. The “small blind may miss out and it may (depending on who or how many was eliminated) the previous dealer may have to deal again. The “Big Blind” must be placed by someone as that constitutes in minimal bet for that round. Each player must take his turn at playing the big blind.
· Whatever the minimal bet is set at for the start of each round (big blind) then this bet will be for the entire betting round - the TURN and RIVER card will not double. If the Big Blind has to go ‘all in' on an amount that is less than the nominated amount for the big blind, then the first bet must be at least equal to the Big Blind level. The first action cannot be to simply call the reduced Big Blind.
· When a player is moved to another table – he must be placed in a similar position (in relation to where he previous sat to the dealer) at the new table. If out of position he will wait in his new position until that position becomes available on the table. He can however join the game early by posting an extra big blind bet.
· Where a pot is split between one or more players and the bet doesn't allow an even distribution then the odd chip will go to the person who bet first (left of the dealer). If three are involved and there is two chips over then it goes to the first two after the dealer.
· A player does not have to show his hand unless he is ‘called' to do so or to prove that he has the winning hand if more than one player is left in the final action. Normal all-in situations apply.
· In an all-in situation, all hands will be turned face up when all betting action is complete. Those hands are “live” and cannot be mucked.
· When the blinds reach 100/200 then the every four 25 (or green) value chip will be exchanged with the black or 100 value chip. If a player only has one green then this chip will be forfeited. If a player has two or three left over then they will be upgraded to one black chip. For black chips one will be forfeited and two, three and four upgraded to a 500 chip. A player will not be down-graded out of the game - in this instance only will the player be up-graded.
· If a player is running late for the start of a tournament they may ring the venue and reserve a seat. The blinds are bet in his absence and cards dealt then folded when that player is on the blinds. If the player has not arrived by the first break of the game, then he will retire from the game without scoring points and chips forfeited.
· A player may enter the game after arriving later (at the Tournament Director’s discretion) than the first blind increase. Chips equivalent to two small blinds and two big blinds will be removed from the starting stack for each blind round missed. The player will be positioned behind the button and must also post an additional small and big blind to start the game. The player cannot wait till the big blind to start the game.
· If a card is flipped over (flop, turn or river) before last person has had an opportunity to place a bet, then that card and the burn card are placed back in the deck, re-shuffled and re-dealt. Same thing applies if a card is dealt before a player has the opportunity to bet.
· If a player bets out of turn he will be warned but is not compelled to follow this when his turn is officially available.Chips placed in for the bet must stay in the middle. If a player before him raises the bet and the offender now has changed his mind and doesn't want to bet - then he must forfeit his chips.
Any player who bets out of turn can only raise to a maximum of double the Big Blind when that player’s turn becomes available. That player will receive a warning. For any subsequent repeat during the same tournament, that player will only be able to CHECK, Call or FOLD when that player’s turn becomes available.
· A player cannot touch another's chips unless placing "Blind" bets in that player's absence.
· If a player turns their cards over when going “all in” prior to betting action being complete, then the cards must remain face up for the rest of the hand.
· A player not seated when the hand is in play (play commences when the deck is cut) will not be able to play that hand.
· To win any part of a pot, the player must show both of their cards face up on the table.
· “Rabbit Hunting” (revealing subsequent cards in the deck when the hand is over) is strictly prohibited.
· Do not “splash” the pot with chips. Chips are to be placed across the line in a neat stack.
· Mucked cards are to be pushed in a gentle forward motion toward the dealer or muck pile. They are not to touch the community or another player’s cards.
· One Chip Rule
If a player puts out a single chip (even a higher valued one) into a pot without announcing the size of the bet, the bet will be equal to the Big Blind (minimum bet).
If a player puts out a single chip (even a higher valued one) into a pot without announcing the size of the bet after a bet, it is considered a call.
· Multiple Chip Rule
Where multiple chips are placed across the line, without announcing, and those chips equal or exceed 50% of a raise, then those chips constitute a raise or minimum raise.
Players are expected to maintain a high standard of behaviour while participating. In the case of bad language, intoxication, inconsideration or disrespect toward others, general abuse, failure to heed Tournament Directors instructions/decisions and the like, players may face a penalty. A first instance will result in that player being issued a yellow card. A second instance will result in that player being issued a red card. A red card requires that player to miss 2 orbits of play and during those 2 orbits their Small Blinds and Big Blinds will be posted. The player will leave the general playing area during those orbits.
Tournament Directors have the discretion to eliminate any player from an event where the issue of penalties is not in the best interests of the event.
- Tournament Directors will have the final say on any disputes.
- Ensure that your cards and chips are always behind the line – otherwise they will be considered a fold for the cards or a bet with the chips.
- Make sure that you do not bet out of turn.
- When watching a game that you are not involved in or playing at a table when not involved in the hand, please refrain from commenting on the game whilst in progress – such as pointing out a potential flush or straight etc
- String betting or placing part of a bet then increasing it is not allowed. All bets must be placed in one go. You also cannot place a number of chips on the table and (even though your fingers haven't released form the chips) only leave part of the chips behind.
- Ensure that the game is played at a reasonable speed without intentionally slowing it down.
- Once a hand is folded you cannot pick them up again to look at.
- You must at all times show your chips and cards (if still playing the hand) and not cover them, especially with your arms folded around them. “Dirty Stacking” is not permitted – all chips must be at all times stacked by colour with the greater value chips to the front and no stacks concealed.
- Any player who sees an error being made or about to be made has an obligation to advise the dealer.
- When raising a bet or going “all in” please declare this in a clear and audible voice.
· When it is time to “chip up”, all players are to stack their chips to be exchanged. Failure to do so could result in those chips being forfeited.
· Accept Bad Beats graciously, they are part of the game.