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General

  1. Floor people- They are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision making process. Unusual Circumstances can on occasions dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules. The floors decision is final.
  2. Official Language- The English only rule must be adhered to at the table. This includes to outside influences. Should a player wish to talk in a foreign language they must leave the table.
  3. The Chip Race- When it is time to colour up chips, they will be raced off with a maximum 1 chip going to any player. A player cannot be eliminated from a tournament in a chip race. We encourage players to witness the chip race.
  4. Odd Chips- The odd chips will go to the high hand. In flop games when there are two or more high hands or 2 or more low hands, the odd chips will be awarded to the player left of the button during showdown.
  5. Each side pot will be split one at a time and before any boards will be completed, this reducing risk of error.
  6. Calling for a clock- Should a player have had sufficient time, any player at the table can call a clock. The dealer will call the floor and if both the dealer and the floor person agree that it is fair to put the player on the clock, then the player will have 60 seconds plus an additional 10 second countdown to make an action, should the player not act in this time, their hand will be declared dead.
  7. Dead Button- Tournaments and Cash games operate using a dead button.
  8. Penalties and Disqualification- Should a player act against the rules or the order of play, the floor person will penalise the offender with either a warning, a 1 round penalty, a 2 round penalty or even more. Should a player be a repeat offender, he will be subject to more severe penalties and possibly to the grounds of Disqualification. -If a player is on a penalty, they must remain outside of the tournament area until they are told that they can return. Through-out the penalty the play will blind away as normal. -A player who is disqualified will have their chips removed from the tournament. All penalties will be dealt with once the hand has reached conclusion.
  9. At your seat- to have a LIVE hand a player must be at their seat when the first card leaves the deck. If they are not at their seat the hand will be deemed dead. Dealers are instructed to muck hands once all hold cards have been distributed. At your seat is defined as in reach of the chair, however the floor will have last say on the matter, and even if within reach of the seat your hand could be deemed dead if there is any risk of the player seeing other player’s cards.
  10. All in Showdown- In an all-in situation, all players that reach showdown should must show their hands.
  11. Raise Requirements- If a player puts in a raise of 50% or more of the previous bet/raise, but less than a minimum raise, the player will have to make the raise upto a minimum raise. In no limit and pot limit, a raise all-in that doesn’t meet the required minimum raise will not re-open the betting to the previous aggressor.
  12. Oversized Chip- An oversized chip will be considered a call if the player does not announce otherwise. If a player puts an oversized chip into the pot whilst stating only ‘raise’, the raise will be for the full value of the chip that entered the pot. Any verbal declarations must occur before the chip lands over the betting line.
  13. No Disclosure – No Advice – One player to a hand- Players cannot expose their hand. Although it isn’t binding, they can declare a hand whilst in play. Players cannot discuss other player’s hands unless the hand is heads up. During hands, no players can seek help from any source whether involved or not involved directly in the game, One player to a hand rule is in play, and should there be any outside influence, the hand will be declared dead with the player subject to penalty, outside influence also ejected.
  14. Speech Play – This is permitted, during hands only players holding cards can discuss anything related to the game. Multiway speech play is allowed, however players cannot discuss other players hands unless heads-up. Speech play must not contravene the Code of Conduct.
  15. Random Seats- Tournament and Satellite seats will be randomly assigned. We do however have a family and friends rule, whereby we try to keep these separate to avoid chances of collusion.
  16. Communication Devices- A player may not use a Mobile Phone whilst actively involved in a hand. Should a player still be on the phone when the final card is dealt to the button, their hand will be deemed dead. Whilst active in the hand, the player must not touch there phone. Kindles/IPads are allowed at the table, though they are not allowed on the poker table’as cloth surface. Again these should be left whilst a player is active in a hand.
  17. Deck Changes- Deck changes will be determined by the house.
  18. New Limits- When time has elapsed the blinds will be raised, these will be announce by the Tournament Director. The blinds will go up in the first hand of the new level (start of the new hand being the first riffle).
  19. Reloads/Rebuys- Should a player want a Reload/Rebuy, they must make the dealer aware, this way they will be dealt into the following hand with a known stack including the rebuy. Upon request the player is obligated to pay for the reloads/rebuy.
  20. Higher Denomination Chips- These chips must be clearly visible at all times.
  21. Rabbit Hunting- No rabbit hunting is allowed.
  22. Breaking tables- All players will receive a table and seat number upon the breaking of a table. All players must go straight to their new seat. Not doing so will be punished with a penalty. On arrival at a new table players can fill any position at the table, though they will miss the first hand should they be positioned between the Button and the Small Blind.
  23. Chips- When moving table’s chips must remain visible whether in trays or hand. Chips must not be put in pockets, or carried by anybody other than the play or a member of staff assigned by the Tournament Director. During Breaks all chips must remain at the table. Failure to abide by these rules could lead to penalty or even disqualification.
  24. Balancing tables – In Flop Games when balancing tables, players from the big blind will be moved to the open position that will pay the big blind first. Play will be paused should a table be 3 players short of the standard at any given time.
  25. Raises – There is no cap on the number of raise in no-limit games. A minimum raise must be the previous raise interval + total of last bet. In Limit events there will be a limit to the number of raises until heads up. Even when heads up the house limit will apply.
  26. Misdeals- In Flop Games the following constitute a misdeal:
    • One of the first two cards dealt being exposed.
    • Two cards being exposed in all.
    • A boxed card appear in the original deal.
    • A card flying of off the table.
    • A player not receiving the required number of cards. Players can be dealt two consecutive cards on the button. In stud games if any of the players two down cards are exposed it is instantly a misdeal.
  27. Failure to shuffle or cut the deck- No matter how much action has taken place, if it turns out that either of these have taken place the hand will be void.
  28. Unprotected Hands- If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the players hand will be dead and they will lose any chips that are invested in the pot. However, should a player have an uncalled raise in the pot, they will lose the previous calling amount.
  29. Card Speak- Dealers cannot kill a winning hand that has been tabled and was clearly the winning hand. Players are encouraged to assist in reading tabled hands and point out any errors about to be made.
  30. Verbal Declarations- These are binding. Verbal action out of turn will be treated like a completed action. Should the action not change your action will stand, should the player change the action (raise) you get all chips back with all options.
  31. Exposing cards- A player who exposes cards with action pending may incur penalty. The players hand will NOT be dead and the hand will play out as normal.
  32. Methods of raising- in no limit and pot limit a raise must be made either: -Verbal declaration -Placing the full amount across the betting line in one motion. -Announcing raise, placing the call amount across the line, followed by the additional raise amount.
  33. Ethical play- Poker is an individual Game. Soft play will result in penalties or possibly straight disqualification.
  34. Pot size- Only in pot limit games can players ask the dealer how much is in the pot.
  35. Button in heads-up- The button will always be the small blind when heads-up. A player cannot be the Big Blind both in the final hand of 3 handed and the 1st hand of heads-up.
  36. Ettiquette violations- this will result in warnings and escalating penalties when repeat offending. These include:
    • Leaving out of turn
    • Touching another players cards or chips
    • Delaying the game
    • Excessive chatter.
  37. Order of Showdown- should aggressive action take place on the river, the last aggressor must show his hand first. Should the action be checked around on the river, order of showdown will move around left of the button.
  38. Last Man Standing Rule- The last live hand wins the pot without having to show any cards. Example A heads-up pot, Player A bets the river, Player B calls, A mucks. In this instance B wins as the last live hand and does not have to give up any information by showing his hand. Had player A shown then mucked Player B would had to show to claim the pot.
  39. Action Pending- Players must remain at the table if they still have action pending on a hand.
  40. String raises- Dealers will be responsible for calling string raises. Any objections, the floor will have the final say.
  41. Playing the Board- Players must still show both cards if they are playing the board and want to claim part of the pot.