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tournament rules

SECTION 1 – GENERAL HOUSE RULES

1. As used herein, “Eagles 3512 Game Nights” reserves the right to refuse anyone entry into the Poker Room, in its sole and absolute discretion.

2. Individuals who are excluded from game night facilities, either through a government program or by their own request, are not eligible.

3. Eagles 3512 Game Nights reserves the right to accommodate players based on special needs.

4. Floor decisions are final.

5. Players must protect their own hands at all times.

6. Management reserves the right to make decisions, which are as fair and equitable as possible. Therefore, under extreme circumstances, it may decide to award a pot or decision to a player who is clearly entitled to it in the spirit of the rule rather than using the literal interpretation.

7. Discourteous behavior, disrespect towards staff and other players, or abusive language will not be tolerated, and may result in removal from the room.

8. Players are not permitted to transfer tables without House consent.

9. The House has the right to request a standard of behavior and dress befitting ladies and gentlemen.

10. A player may request to see another player’s hand if:

a. Collusion is suspected, and then only in the presence of a floor-person.

b. They have voluntarily contributed to the pot at any point.

11. The winning hand must show all cards prior to the pot being pushed, unless that hand is the only live hand remaining. Cards speak for themselves. Dealers will assist in reading hands and assigning the correct value to any tabled hand.

12. A verbal statement of fold, check, call, raise or a specific size bet is binding on an active player.

13. Action out of turn will be binding if the action to that participant has not changed. A check, call or fold is not considered action changing. If a participant acts out of turn and the action changes, the person who acted out of turn may change their action by calling, raising or folding and may have their chips returned. Participants may not intentionally act out of turn to influence play before them.

14. Conditional statements of definite future action WILL be binding i.e. “If-then” statements such as “if you bet, then I will raise.” Or “I have to call you”.  Trying to influence action is strongly discouraged and many forms can be left up to interpretation.  Refrain from these types of actions. Or “I have to call you”

15. Cards must remain on the table at all times.

16. Only one player per hand.

17. A boxed card is a card discovered face up in the deck. It will be treated as a meaningless scrap of paper. A boxed card will be replaced by the next card below it in the deck, except when the next card has already been dealt facedown to another player and mixed in with other downcards.  In that case, the card that was face up in the deck will be replaced after all other cards are dealt for that round. If 2 or more boxed cards appear during the hand, that hand in progress will be void, and all monies returned to the players involved.

18. Foreign cards in a deck void a hand.

19. All cell phones and other voice-enabled and “ringing” devices are allowed as long as it does not impede the progress of the game. Participants not involved in a hand (cards in muck) shall be permitted to text/email at the table, but shall not be permitted to text/email any other participant at the table. If Eagles 3512 Charity Game Nights, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, believes a participant is communicating with another participant at the table, both parties will be immediately removed from the Poker Room.

20. Participants are allowed to use as approved electronic devices, iPods, MP3 and other music player or noise reduction headsets during Live Action play as long as their use does not interfere with play. Approved electronic devices are not used to collude or cheat in anyway. No cell phones or other communication device can be placed on the poker table.

21. Participants must remove themselves from the table in order to speak (have a conversation) on their phone.  If a player is speaking on the phone with live cards, their hand will be dead.

22. Only English may be spoken at the table while cards are in play. This also applies to those who are watching a game and communicating with a player in the game. Speaking a foreign language while any hand is in progress is not allowed, regardless of whether a player has cards or not.

23. No tobacco products of any kind are allowed in the Poker Room. This includes cigarettes, chewing tobacco.  Electronic cigarette devices are allowed.

 

SECTION 2 – PLAYER CONDUCT AND LIVE GAME INTEGRITY

The following is a list of violations that may result in removal from and probable permanent barring from the poker room.

 

24. Verbally or physically threatening any patron or employee.

25. Using profanity or obscene language. The occasional outburst may be tolerated, but players should be given a warning by the dealer regarding profanity. Obscene expletives or lewdness will not be tolerated.

26. Collusion with another player or any other form of cheating is completely unacceptable and can be grounds for immediate and permanent expulsion from the room.

27. Creating a disturbance by arguing, shouting, or making excessive noise.

28. Throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards.

29. Destroying or defacing property.

30. Using an illegal substance or being too intoxicated.

31. Deliberately acting out of turn.

32. Deliberately splashing chips into the pot.

33. Proposing or agreeing to check a hand out when another player is all-in.

34. Revealing the contents of a live hand in a multi-handed pot before the betting is complete.

35. Revealing the contents of a folded hand before the betting is complete. Do not divulge the contents of a hand during a deal even to someone not in the pot, so you do not leave any possibility of the information being transmitted to an active player.

36. Needlessly stalling the action of a game.

37. Deliberately discarding hands away from the muck. Cards should be released in a low line of flight, at a moderate rate of speed; not at the dealer’s hands or chip-rack.

38. Stacking chips in a manner that interferes with dealing or viewing cards. Participants are entitled to a reasonable estimation of an opponent's chip count; thus chips should be kept in countable stacks. Clean stacks in multiples of 20 are recommended as a standard. Participants must keep their higher denomination chips visible and identifiable at all times.

39. Making statements or taking action that could unfairly influence the course of play, whether or not the offender is involved in the pot.

40. Showing live cards to an active or folded player(s) and/or spectator(s) while there is still action to be made in order to gain an advantage on another player.  This rule will be enforced no matter the number of players involved.  You can not show your hand even if action is heads-up.

 

SECTION 3 – HOUSE POLICIES

 

41. Management reserves the right to make decisions in the spirit of fairness, even if a strict interpretation of the rules may indicate a different ruling. A player who commits an infraction should not profit from it and, conversely, a player who has done nothing wrong should not be placed at a disadvantage.

42. The proper time to draw attention to an error or irregularity is when it occurs or is first noticed. Any delay may affect the ruling.

43. If an incorrect rule interpretation or decision by an employee is made in good faith, the establishment has no liability.

44. A request for a ruling must be made prior to the start of the next hand.

45. If a pot has been incorrectly awarded and mingled with chips that were not in the pot, and the time limit for a ruling request given in the previous rule has been observed, management may determine how much was in the pot by reconstructing the betting, and then transfer that amount to the proper player.

46. Action will be stopped until a ruling is made.

47. The same action from two different players may have a different meaning, depending on the player who commits that action, so it is possible that the intent of an offender will be taken into consideration to make the fairest ruling possible. Some examples are a person’s amount of poker experience and past record of behavior.

 

SECTION 4 – SEATING | BREAKING | BALANCING TABLES

48. Seats are randomly generated for all Eagles 3512 Charity Game Nights tournaments.

49. Eagles 3512 Charity Game Nights holds the right to accommodate special need clientele including, but not limited to;

a. Vision Impaired

b. Hearing Impaired

c. Handicap/Paralyzed

50. Seats are on a first paid basis.  Eagles 3512 does not guarantee a certain number of seats to start a tournament, but will do the best to gauge the amount of players and accommodate accordingly.

51. All alternates, late registrations and re-entries will be awarded full starting stacks.

52. Order in which tables will be broke may vary, but will normally break in order they opened.

53. Tables are balanced according to position to the button.  Players moved from one table to the next will assume the same position at the new table, that they were in at the previous table.

54. Unless in special events, all Eagles 3512 tournament tables seat 10 players.

55. In the event that a player sits in the wrong seat, the correct player will be moved to offending players original seat.  If this becomes a habit with the offending player, it may result in a penalty or disqualification.

56. Late registration is for one (1) hour unless otherwise noted by tournament director or on the tournament schedule.

57. Eagles 3512 Charity Game Nights does not accept any call-ins and seats will be available to players on a first paid basis.  If you are going to be late, it is recommended that you have a player that will pay your entry fee, to ensure your spot in the tournament.

 

SECTION 5 – POTS | SHOWDOWNS

58. Cards speak.  Verbal declarations of a hand value are not binding at showdown.

59. Miscalling a hand deliberately can lead to the player being penalized.

60. At showdown players should table their cards in a way that is easily readable for the dealer and any other player at the table.  This means showing BOTH hole cards.

61. If a player does not fully table his cards and then mucks his hand, he does so at his own discretion.  If the cards cross the bet line, face down, they are declared a muck.  If this situation comes up because of a dealer mistake or a player being misguided or misled by another player (hiding their cards or miscalling their hand) the floor can declare that the mucked hand is live, if clearly identifiable as the players current hand.

62. Anything that crosses the bet-line is final action.

a. Any chips that cross the bet line are in the pot.

b. Any cards that cross the line face down are mucked and void.

63. All-ins must be placed face up, if no other action to follow, before the next card is turned.

64. Tabling cards order;

a. If there is action on the river, the last player to make aggressive action (bets or raises) is first to show.

b. If there has been no action on the river, the first player clockwise of the button, will be first to show.

c. In the case of all-ins before the river, the player that got called (is all-in) will be first to show.

i. Players active in side pots will be first to show according to the above rules.

65. Player must show both cards to be awarded a pot at showdown.

66. Any player that voluntarily contributes to a pot, at any point, can request to see a hand if there is a showdown.

67. In the case of a tie/split pot, any odd chips will be broken down to the smallest possible denomination.  In the case that there is an odd chip of the smallest denomination, it will be awarded to the first person, clockwise from the dealer button.

68. The right to dispute a hand ends, when a new hand begins.

69. A hand begins with the first riffle.

70. Color-ups:

a. At the scheduled color ups, odd amounts will rounded to the next highest valued chip.  Example: Player A has 225 in Green Chips.  He will be awarded even value for the first $200 in chips, and the 25 chip will be rounded up and he will be awarded a 100 chip.

b. Players are encouraged to witness the chip up.  After the chip up session is over, players will be awarded chips for even value, but will not be “chipped-up” for an uneven amount.  Example:  Player A notices he has five (5) 25 valued green chips.  He will be awarded a 100 value black chip in exchange for four (4) of his green chips, but will lose the extra 25 valued green chip.

c. It is the players responsibility to make his color up chips readily visible for the dealer at chip up time.

71. Add-ons must be purchased BEFORE leaving the table for break.  If you leave the table, you are forfeiting your option to add-on.

72. Players may forfeit their stack on the last hand before the end of a re-entry/re-buy period, if they currently have no more than 1/3 of the starting stack.  This includes all tournament structures we have.

 

SECTION 6 – SPECIAL PLAYER REQUESTS

73. Deck change requests by players will not be recognized in tournament play.

74. Rabbit hunting or revealing the cards that “would have came” if the hand had played out, is not permitted in tournament play.

75. Calling a clock on a player: Once a reasonable amount of time has passed a player can call for a clock.  The player will have a 60 second window to make his action.  After 50 seconds, there will be a 10 second countdown.  If after the countdown, the player has not acted, the hand will be dead.  If the player announces his action right as the countdown ends, the tie will go to the player and his action will stand as a valid action.

 

SECTION 7 –KILLED HANDS AND OTHER PENALTIES

76. A player must be IN (not around) his/her seat, by the time his/her second card is dealt or the hand will be a dead hand.

77. Showing your cards to ANYBODY during a hand, is highly discouraged.  Keep your hand to yourself and nobody else while action is going.  This may end in a penalty.  (The dealer is not allowed to look at your cards either)

78. Players that act out of turn, will be awarded one (1) warning.  Thereafter they will be accessed a 3 hand penalty for their second offense and a ten (10) hand penalty for their third offense.  The penalty for any further offense will be handed out by the discretion of the floor person.

a. If you are leaving the table, you MUST wait until it is your turn to act before leaving the table.  Leaving before your turn to act is effectively “Acting out of turn.”

b. If a player is found to be hiding their cards, in order to induce a player to act out of turn, will be subject to a penalty at the floor persons discretion.

79. Players discussing live hands, in any way that could give information to another player, will be warned and then face penalties for further infractions.  The floor has full discretion on what these penalties should be.

80. Floor person has the discretion to enforce a penalty due to the history of a player.

a. If a player has had numerous warnings in previous tournaments, it may be deemed fair to enforce a penalty or a more harsh penalty than the infraction may call for.

81. Arguing, fighting or berating another player can lead to extreme penalty, forfeiture of chips/disqualification or being banned from the Eagles 3512 Charity Game Nights for extended periods of time.

 

SECTION 8 – BETS & RAISES

82. A player must act in turn.  Verbal betting declarations in turn are binding.  Chips put in the pot (crossing the bet line) will stay in the pot.  An undercall (betting less than the current call amount) is a mandatory full call.

83. Players should wait for clear bet amounts before acting.  Acting before the bet amount is clear and announced is binding.

84. Out of turn action is binding, if the action does not change.  A check, call or fold does not change action.  If the action does change, the bet is no longer binding and has all options including; call, raise or fold.

85. A player skipped by out of turn action must defend his right to act.  If there is a reasonable time (Normally, but not always,  2 players) and the skipped player has not spoken up by the time substantial action occurs to his left, the out of action is binding.

86. Acceptable forms of calling include:

a. Verbally declaring “call”

b. Pushing out chips equal to a call.

c. Silently pushing out an overchip.

d. Silently pushing out multiple chips equal to a call under the multiple-chip betting rule. SEE RULE 89

87. Acceptable forms of raising include:

a. The raise must be at least the size of the largest previous bet or raise of the current betting round.  If a player raises 50% or more of the previous bet, but less than the minimum raise, he must complete the full raise.  The raise will be the minimum amount allowed.

b. An all-in raise must be 100% of the previous largest raise on that betting round re-opens betting for previously acted players.

88. Oversized chip betting.

a. Anytime when facing a bet or blind, placing a single oversized chip in the pot is a call if a raise is not first verbally declared.

b. To raise with an oversized chip it must be first announced verbally.

89. Multiple Chip Betting:

a. When facing a bet, unless a raise is declared first, a multiple-chip bet is a call if there is not one chip that can be removed and still leave at least the call amount.  Example: Preflop, 200-400 blinds, Player A raises to 1200 total (an 800 Raise), Player B puts out two 1000 chips without declaring raise.  This is just a call because removing one 1000 chip leaves less than the amount to call, 1200.

b. If the single removal of any ONE single chip leaves the call amount or more, the bet is governed by the 50% standard in rule 87.

90. If player faces a calling situation and has chips in front of him not yet pulled in from a prior bet/blinds, those chips (and any change due) may affect whether his betting response is a call or a re-raise.  Because several possibilities exist, players are encouraged to verbally declare their bet before putting out new chips on top of chips from a prior bet not pulled in.

91. If a caller requests a count, but receives incorrect information from the dealer or players, then places that amount in the pot, the caller is assumed to accept the full correct action and is subject to the correct wager or all-in amount.

92. Players are not to be informed of a pot size in no-limit tournaments.  They can ask to have the pot spread, to more easily read the amount of chips, but can not have the dealer or any other player count down the pot for them.

a. Declaring, “I bet the pot” is not a valid bet in no-limit, but it does bind the player to making a valid bet and may be subject to penalty.

93. String bets are not allowed.

94. Players use unofficial betting terms and gestures at their own risk.  These may be interpreted to mean other than what the player intended.

a. Also, whenever the size of a declared bet can reasonably have multiple meanings, it will be ruled the lesser value.  Example: “I bet five”.  If it is unclear whether “five” means $500 or $5,000, the bet will stand at $500

95. Anytime before the end of the last betting round of a hand, folding in turn when there’s been no bet to you or folding out of turn, are both binding folds.

96. Conditional statements regarding future action are non-standard and strongly discouraged; they may be binding and/or subject to penalty.  Example: “if-then” statements such as “If you bet, then I will raise” or “I will have to call you if you bet”.

97. Betting action should not be used to obtain change.  Example:  The opening bet is 325 to Player A and he silently puts out 525 (one 500 and one 25) expecting 200 change.  This is a raise to 650 under the multiple chip rule.

98. If Player A bets all-in and a hidden chip is found behind after the player has called, the floor person will determine if the chip behind is part of the accepted action or not.  If not part of the action, Player a will not be paid off for the chip(s) if he wins.  If Player A loses, he is not saved by the chip(s) and the floor person may award the chip(s) to the winning caller.

 

SECTION 9 – OTHER RULES

99. Players may not hold or transport tournament chips in any manner that takes them out of view.  This could lead to forfeiture of chips or disqualification.

100. Players must protect their hands at all times.  If the hand is fouled or a dealer kills a hand by mistake, the player has no redress and is not entitled to a refund of called bets.  If the player initiated a bet or raise and hasn’t been called, the uncalled bet or raise will be returned to him.

 

SECTION 10 – ETIQUETTE, PENALTIES & CHIP FORFEITURES

101. A penalty may be invoked if a player exposes any card with action pending, throws a card off the table, violates the one-player-to-a-hand rule or similar incidents occur.

102. Penalties will be invoked for soft play, abuse, disruptive behavior, or cheating.

103. Penalty options include.

a. VERBAL WARNINGS

b. MISSED HANDS

c. MISSED ROUNDS

d. DISQUALIFICATION

104. Repeat infractions are subject to escalating penalties.

105. During a penalty, the player must remain away from the table.  Cards are dealt to their seat and blinds will be posted and forfeited.

106. Chips of a disqualified player will be removed from play.

107. Chips of a forfeited stack will be removed from play.

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

a. Disclose contents of live or folded hands,

b. Advise or criticize play at any time,

c. Read a hand that hasn’t been tabled.

109. The “ONE-PLAYER-TO-A-HAND” rule will be enforced.  Among other things, this rule prohibits:

a. Showing a hand or discussing a hand with:

i. Another Player

ii. A Spectator

iii. Or an Advisor

110. A player who exposes his cards with action pending may incur a penalty, but will not have a dead hand.  The penalty will begin at the end of the hand.

111. When folding, cards should be pushed forward low to the table, not deliberately exposing or tossing cards high in the air.

112. Poker is an individual game.  Soft play will result in penalties, which may include chip forfeiture and/or disqualification.  Chip dumping and other forms of collusion will result in disqualification.

a. Checking down is NEVER permitted.

 

 

SECTION 11 – THE PLAYER EXPERIENCE

 

Here at the Eagles 3512 Charity Charity Game Nights we get new players everyday we are open.  At the time of this rule draft, we have nearly 3,000 registered tournament players in our system.

 

With that being said, it is at our discretion to give leniency, or issue warnings rather than penalty, to a player that may be a novice or new player at our establishment.

 

Our goal is not to penalize, kill hands or to disqualify any single player.  Instead we want to make player experiences enjoyable for all that partake in our events.  So help us in helping the new players feel comfortable, so that we can offer all of our players, new and old the most enjoyable poker room experience possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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