Our tournament rules are based on Robert's Rules of Poker. Robert's Rules Of Poker is authored by Robert Ciaffone, better known in the poker world as Bob Ciaffone, a leading authority on cardroom rules. He is the person who has selected which rules to use, and formatted, organized, and worded the text. Nearly all these rules are substantively in common use for poker, but many improved ideas for wording and organization are employed throughout this work. A lot of the rules are similar to those used in the rulebook of cardrooms where he has acted as a rules consultant and rules drafter. Ciaffone authored the rulebook for the Poker Players Association (founded in 1984, now defunct), the first comprehensive set of poker rules for the general public. Visit the page and read through some of the basic rules to familiarize yourself with them.
Roberts Rules of Poker

Tournaments and Betting:

Here are some of the basic stuff that we ask our members to follow when playing tournament games......

* PLAYERS must be in their seats to play a hand. If action is on a player who is NOT in their seat, their hand is dead and mucked by the dealer
* DO NOT splash the pot. All bets should be placed in front of each players cards/chips so that the bet can be clearly viewed and identified. Do not throw bets half way out on the table
* KEEP ALL CHIPS stacked for quick counts when it's needed. Large denomination chips on top or out front
* Protect your cards at all times. Hands that are pulled into the muck by accident by a dealer are dead, unless they were protected by a chip/guard. Keep your cards ON the table, they should never leave the table surface. Plastics bend quite easily to view
* MINIMUM BET or raise must be equal to or greater than the previous bet or raise
* NO STRING BETS. A player who announces raise and puts chips in the pot must do so in one motion. If that player announces raise, and the amount of the raise, he can then make multiple moves from his stack to put the amount of his raise into the pot
* NO TALKING ABOUT A HAND while it is still in progress. Players that are still in the hand must not speculate out loud what a player may have, because that may influence the action of other players that are still in the hand.
* SINGLE CHIP RULE - If you put a single chip in the pot that is larger than the bet, but do not announce a raise, you are assumed to have only called
* ACTING OUT OF TURN will not be tolerated and WILL be penalized. If a player acts out of turn, that player is then penalized by being limited to a call. He/she will not have the option to raise. If a player to act behind that player subsequently raises, then the player will have the option to re-raise that bet. If all action behind simply calls, the next card will be dealt and the new betting will begin with all bets open to raises once again.
*** A player who has to leave early for any reason will have their chips blinded off until they are busted. If you know ahead of time that you will not be able to finish a tournament, please consider skipping the tournament instead. 4 scores are dropped at the end of the season so subjecting other players to blinding off a large stack of chips is inconvenient. If a player makes a habit of doing so, the player will be warned and notified that the next time will result in their chips being removed from the table and they will bust in their current position.

Showing Cards:

* A player MUST show ALL cards in the hand face-up on the table to win any part of the pot
* A player MUST show BOTH cards when playing the board in order to get any part of the pot
* All hands will be turned face up whenever a player is all-in and betting action is complete
* You are NOT allowed to show any of your cards during poker tournament play. Showing cards from a live hand during the action injures the rights of other players still competing in an event, who wish to see contestants eliminated. A player may not show any cards during a deal (unless the event has only two remaining players). If a player deliberately shows a card, the player may be penalized (but his hand will not be ruled dead). Verbally stating one’s hand during the play will be penalized
* If a player does intentionally show any card to any player ... If you show cards to an active player during a deal, any player at the table has the right to see those exposed cards. Cards shown during or after a deal to a player not in the pot should be shown to all players when the deal is finished. This is known as the "show one, show all" rule

Dealing Errors

* If the flop contains four (rather than three) cards, whether exposed or not, the dealer shall scramble the 4 cards face down. A floorperson will be called to randomly select one card to be used as the next burn card and the remaining three cards will become the flop.
* If two cards of the same rank and suit are found, all action is void, and all chips in the pot are returned to the players who wagered them
* A joker that appears in a game where it is not used is treated as a scrap of paper. Discovery of a joker does not cause a misdeal. If the joker is discovered before a player acts on his or her hand, it is replaced as in the previous rule. If the player does not call attention to the joker before acting, then the player has a dead hand
* If you play a hand without looking at all of your cards, you assume the liability of having an irregular card or an improper joker
* If a card is exposed due to dealer error, a player does not have an option to take or reject the card. The situation will be governed by the rules for the particular game being played
* If the dealer prematurely deals any cards before the betting is complete, those cards will not play, even if a player who has not acted decides to fold
* If the dealer fails to burn a card or burns more than one card, the error should be corrected if discovered before betting action has started for that round. Once action has been taken on a boardcard, the card must stand. Whether the error is able to be corrected or not, subsequent cards dealt should be those that would have come if no error had occurred. For example, if two cards were burned, one of the cards should be put back on the deck and used for the burncard on the next round. On the last round, if there was no betting because a player was all-in, the error should be corrected if discovered before the pot has been awarded, provided the deck stub, boardcards, and burncards are all sufficiently intact to determine the proper replacement card





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