Tournament Directors are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can on occasion dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules. Below is some common rules, but remember other less common instances may arise.The Tournament Directors decision is final.
Conditions Of Entry
Frothy’s World of Poker reserves the right to refuse entry to any tournament to any person at any time without advance notice.
Cutting The Deck
The deck must be cut by the person to the right of the dealer prior to dealing. A minimum of 5 cards must be removed as the cut.
In the case of split pots, the odd chips will go to the player’s to the immediate left of the dealer.
Dealers & Side Pots
The individual who is the dealer for that hand is encouraged to take control of the betting and pot splitting for that hand. Each side pot will be split separately.
Calling for a Clock
Once a reasonable amount of time has passed and a clock is called for, a player will be given a maximum of one minute to make a decision. If action has not been taken before time expires, there will be a 10-second countdown. If a player has not acted by the time the countdown is over, the player’s hand will be dead. Any player dealt cards in the hand may call the clock.
Tournament play will use a dead button i.e. a button placed where an eliminated player was seated.
Penalties and Disqualification
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 take place. Abusive or disruptive behaviour will result in penalties. Penalties available to the tournament directors include verbal warnings and lap penalties. A lap penalty will be assessed as follows: The offender will miss one lap of the table action if an offence is repeated once previously warned. A third violation may result in disqualification from the tournament. The offending player is not disqualified from subsequent legs.
At Your Seat
A player must be at his or her seat by the time all players have been dealt complete initial hands in order to have a live hand. Players must be at their seat to call time.
All cards will be turned face up once a player is all-in and all betting action is complete.
If a player puts in a raise of 50% or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, he or she will be required to make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed. Conversely a raise of less than 50% will be rounded down to a call only. An all-in bet of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted.
A single oversized chip will be considered a call if the player does not announce a raise. If a player puts an oversized chip into the pot and states raise but does not state the amount, the raise will be the maximum allowable up to the size of that chip. After the flop, an initial bet of a single oversized chip without comment will constitute the size of the bet. To make a raise with a single oversized chip a verbal declaration must be made before the chip hits the table surface.
No Disclosure / No Advice / One Player to a Hand
Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Therefore, players, whether in the hand or not, may not:
Disclose contents of live or folded hands
Advise or criticize play before the action is complete
Read a hand that hasn’t been tabled
The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced by tournament directors i.e. a live player cannot show table or spectators their hand while decisions are pending.
Random table seating will be allocated by the tournament director.
The English-only rule will be enforced in all Frothy’s events.
A player may not use a cellular phone, text-messaging device, or other communication device at the table. Ipods and other music devices are permitted provided the user does not hold up the game.
Deck changes may be made at the discretion of the tournament director.
New Blind Levels
When time has elapsed in a round and a new level is announced by the nominated time keeper. If the deck has not been yet been cut, then the blind levels will increase immediately.
Higher Denomination Chips & Stacking
Players must keep their higher denomination chips visible at all times and towards the front of a chip stack. Chip stacks must also be kept reasonably tidy.
Verbal declarations as to the content of a player’s hand are not binding; however, any player deliberately miscalling his or her hand at showdown may be penalized.
Muck & Rabbit Hunting
No rabbit hunting is allowed i.e. viewing the ‘to be dealt’ cards after a hands completion. No muck raking is allowed i.e. players reaching into the fold/muck cards to view either their own or other players cards.
All chips must be visible at all times. Players may not hold or transport tournament chips in any manner that takes them out of view. A player who does so will forfeit the chips and will face disqualification. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play.
There is no cap on the number of raises in no-limit games. A raise must be at least the size of the previous raise.
Exposure of one of the first two cards dealt is a misdeal. If 2 cards are exposed during the deal, a misdeal is declared. In the instance of 1 card being exposed, the exposed card will become the 1st burn card, and the card that is meant to be the first burn card will replace the exposed card. Players may be dealt two consecutive cards on the button. If a card is found to be upside down whilst dealing (a boxed card) it is treated as a piece of paper and is simply mucked.
Exposing Flop, Turn & River Early
If the flop is exposed prior to the completion of betting, then all efforts will be made to preserve the turn and river cards. All exposed cards will be reshuffled in to the deck. Once betting is complete, the flop will be dealt as normal with the burn cards, turn, river and any unexposed flop cards are already preserved.
If the turn is exposed early, once the betting is complete, the exposed card is moved to the side. The river card and its burn card will be preserved face down. Once the turn betting is complete, the previously exposed card is then reshuffled back in to the deck. The deck must be cut and then the new turn card is exposed. Use the existing burn card.
If the river card is exposed early, once the betting is complete, the exposed card only is reshuffled back in to the deck. The deck is cut and the new river card is revealed.
Unprotected Hands And Folding
If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to a refund of bets. However, if a player had raised/bet and the raise/bet had not yet been called, that amount will be returned to the player.
A hand is considered folded or mucked only when the hole cards are thrown forward to touch other mucked cards. Forward motion alone is not a muck.
If a player mucks an all-in hand and this players tournament life is at risk the Tournament Director only may enforce a common sense approach and retrieve the mucked cards only if clearly identifiable.
Killing Winning Hand
Dealers cannot kill a winning hand that was tabled and was obviously the winning hand. Players are encouraged to assist in reading tabled hands if it appears that an error is about to be made.
Betting Out Of Turn
A bet out of turn stands. Action out of turn may be binding and will be binding if the action to that player has not changed. A check, call, or fold is not considered action changing. A raise is considered action changing and therefore the out of turn bettor has the option to withdraw their bet. Players acting out of turn may be warned and/or penalised as per the tournament directors discretion.
A player who exposes his cards with action pending may incur a warning and/or penalty, but will not have a dead hand. The penalty will begin at the end of the hand.
Methods of Raising
A raise must be made by (1) placing the full amount in the pot in one motion; or (2) verbally declaring the full amount prior to the initial placement of chips into the pot; or (3) verbally declaring raise prior to the placement of the amount to call into the pot and then completing the action with one additional motion.
Poker is an individual game and “soft play” amongst friends is not permitted.
Players may not count the pot at anytime during no-limit play. A player may request that the dealer spreads the pot and clears any mucked cards only.
Button in Heads-up
When heads-up the small blind is on the button and acts first. When beginning heads-up play the button may need to be adjusted to ensure that, no player takes the big blind twice in a row.
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.
At the end of last round of betting, the player who made the last aggressive action in that betting round must show first. If there was no bet the player to the left of the button shows first and so on clockwise.
Players must remain at the table if they still have action pending on a hand.
Dealers will be responsible for calling string raises.
Playing the Board
A player must show both cards when playing the board in order to get part of the pot.
Late entry is available at all Frothy’s events until the end of the first break ONLY. Players entering a tournament after start time WILL be subject to the following.
-A chip blinding penalty of 250 chips per completed blind level missed (in a 5 level game, the final level to be worth 500 chips).
-Additionally the player will NOT be eligible for a ‘spend card’ if entry is made once the break has commenced.
-The TD reserves the right to seat players when the nearest opportunity arrives after commencement of play has occurred. The late arriving player will be subject to the above conditions at the time they are seated.
A player has to re-buy immediately. Failure to do so will result in elimination from this tournament.
The tournament director is under no obligation to re-seat a player in the same position when breaking a table. Although industry standard is to conduct random seating, SCP tournament directors will attempt to seat all players in a similar position where possible.
ECPC Seat Transfers
All transfers must be complete by midnight the day before each ECPC event. NO TRANSFERS CAN BE MADE ON THE DAY – NO EXCEPTIONS.
Roll downs will occur for multi leader board winners. No player will win more than 1x ECPC seat via the leader board system. Roll downs will occur starting from regional leader boards to Monday venues through to Sunday venues. Venue winners will be eligable to compete in the Southern Cross semi final series and win an additional transferrable seat.
Only additional satellite seats won by any individual may be transferred.
All transfers are final and may only be transferred once. NO EXCEPTIONS.