GREATER PORTLAND AREA POKER

Special Rules

CUTTING THE CARDS

• The cards must be cut, no tapping the top of the deck. Cut card must be used.

Etiquette

• Repeated etiquette violations will result in penalties.  Examples include: unnecessarily touching other players’ cards or chips; delay of the game; and excessive chatter.  Players are required to act in turn.  [source: TDA Rule No. 62]

Tournament Rules

• Players draw to see who will start the game as the Dealer. Dealer responsibility rotates clockwise one player after each hand.

Option: Players May pick 1 player to deal for the table.

• Dealer must shuffle cards a minimum of 3 times. .

Players must post their blinds in front of them. (a mandatory amount put into the pot before each hand is dealt). The Small Blind is the player seated to the left of the Dealer. The Big Blind is the player seated to the left of the Small Blind. After all pre flop bets are made all chip are pushed into the middle of the table.

• If a card is dealt face-up by accident, (See Misdeals below), the Dealer continues to deal all of the hole cards as usual. The Dealer then replaces the improperly dealt card with a new one and the improperly dealt card becomes the first burn card.

• Dealer is the only player allowed to touch chips in the pot. Players should make change with other players between hands. If necessary, the player may state his intended action (call, raise) and dealer may make change for the player from the pot.

Anytime when facing a bet or blind, placing a single oversized chip in the pot is a call if a raise isn’t first verbally declared. To raise with an oversized chip, raise must be declared before the chip hits the table surface. If raise is declared (but no amount) the raise is the maximum allowable for that chip. When not facing a bet, placing an oversized chip in the pot without declaration is a bet of the maximum for that chip. TDA RULE

• A verbal statement denoting your action is binding. If you verbally declare fold, check ,bet, call or raise, you are forced to take that action. Rapping the table with your hand is a check.

• Please verbally announce your betting action, If “RAISE” is not called, then any bet will be considered “JUST A CALL”… The bet is 100 and someone, without saying raise, puts in a 500 $ chip, that will be considered a call, not a raise.

• A player must show all cards in the hand face-up on the table to win any part of the pot. (Unless everyone has folded)

• .All folded cards will be collected by the dealer and may not be looked at again.

• Higher-denomination chips must be placed where they are easily visible to all other players at the table.(TDA) All tournament chips must remain visible on the table throughout the event. Chips taken off the table or pocketed will be removed from the event, and a player who is caught doing this may be disqualified.

• You must protect your own hand at all times. Your cards may be protected with your hand with a chip, or other object placed on top of them. If you fail to protect your hand, you will have no redress if it becomes fouled or dealer accidentally kills it.

• Keep your cards on the poker table and in plain view at all times.

• String bets are not allowed… A bet (more typically a raise) in which a player doesn’t get all the chips required for the raise into the pot in one motion. Unless he verbally declared the raise, he can be forced to withdraw it and just call. This prevents the unethical play of putting out enough chips to call, seeing what effect that had, and then possibly raising.

• Do not splash the pot. (To throw into the pot, rather than placing chips in front of you when betting. This is not allowed because it can obscure the amount of money actually being wagered). WPA

NO DISCLOSURE

• Players are obligated to protect other players in the tournament at all times. Therefore, players whether in the hand or not may

Disclose contents of live or folded hands,

• Advise or criticize play at any tome,

• Read a hand that hasn’t been tabled.

• The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.

SHOWDOWN:  Players not still in possession of their cards at showdown, or who have mucked face down without tabling their cards, lose any rights or privileges they may have to ask to see the hand. The winning hand must be shown to claim the pot. if a participant refuses to show their hand and intentionally mucks his or her hand, can receive a penalty. This rule will be enforced. (rule 71 WSOP 2014)

IF YOU BET AND ARE CALLED YOU MUST SHOW YOUR HAND. THIS RULE WILL BE ENFORCED! THERE WILL BE NO EXCEPTIONS!

• Players may not reveal their hand to any player at the table. Whether intentionally or by fault of the dealer, if a card is shown to one player that belongs to another player, all at the table must be given the same courtesy and allowed to see the cards. As this information may affect the wagering of the player who has been given additional information, unfair advantages can affect the outcome of the deal. If this should happen during the deal, everyone should see the cards immediately. If the player who has been shown the cards is inactive in the hand, the cards should be shown once the hand is complete, as this can affect future hands within the game. It is not a muck if shown.(WSOP RULES)

• Lower valued chips will be “colored up” when they are no longer needed due to increased blinds. Any amounts not equal to the “colored up” chip denomination will be rounded up.

• Late arriving players will be allowed to start if they arrive up to 30 minutes late with a chip pentaly.

• If 2 or more players have the same hand at the showdown, the pot is split equally between them. If the pot cannot be split equally, the odd chip is given to the player left of the dearer still in the hand.

• Should Small Blind be eliminated player to the right of missing player will deal and blinds are posted as usual. Should Big Blind be eliminated Small Blind is dead and only the Big Blind is posted (the hand following that hand would be dealt by player to right of missing player and blinds posted as usual).

• Immediately inform the Tournament Director when a player is eliminated

• As players are eliminated remaining players may be moved to consolidate tables.

• When a player is eliminated and a move must be made, the player ‘playing a hand’ in the same position (seat), relative to the button, at the highest populated table must move to the eliminated player’s seat. The move must occur before the next hand is dealt at any table.

• A moved player will be dealt a hand at the start of the next deal and assume any obligation of the new seat including the posting of the small or big blinds.

• Players new to a table play are dealt in to next hand unless seated in the Small Blind or Dealer position.

• Absent players will be dealt a hand and held responsible for blinds. If player is absent when it is his/her turn to act the hand will be folded.

• When only 2 players remain the player due to act as the Big Blind will do so and the other player will assume the dealer position. The dealer will act first prior to the flop and second after the flop.

• Players who win a non-called pot are not required to show their cards.

• If a player has to leave the tournament early they need to turn their chips in to the Tournament Director instead of dumping their chips to other players.

MISDEALS:

(a) The first, or second card has been dealt face up or exposed. Players may be dealt 2 consecutive cards on the button. [Source: TDA Rule Number 34a]

(b) Two or more cards have been exposed by the dealer.

(c) The button was out of position.

(d) Cards have been dealt to an empty seat or a player not entitled to a hand.

e) No rabbit hunting

DEAD HANDS:

• Your hand is declared dead if:

• You fold or announce that you are folding when facing a bet or raise.

• Cards thrown into muck may be ruled dead. However, a hand that is clearly identifiable may be retrieved at tournament director’s discretion if doing so is in the best interest of the game. We will make an extra effort to rule a hand retrievable if it was folded as a result of false information given to players.