Tournament Rules

  1. Payout    The prize structure shall be posted in plain view of the playing table(s). The prize structure will be similar to the following: first prize will be 40% of the purse, second prize will be 25%, third prize will be 20%, fourth prize will be 10% and fifth prize will be 5%.
  2. Winning the Tourney    The final player remaining with all the chips will be the first prize winner. The last player eliminated will be the second prize winner; the second last player eliminated will be the third prize winner, etc.. If more than one player is eliminated on the same hand, they shall split the combined prize money for the appropriate places. Players may 'cut side deals' to split prizes but the Tournament Director is never responsible for the execution of these deals.
  3. Late Players    Players are allowed to buy in to the tournament until the end of the 2nd blind level. They will be issued a full chip stack at the time of the buy in.
  4. Timer Use and Breaks   When the blinds timer expires, it shall be immediately restarted. The next hand will be dealt at the new blind level. For the purpose of this rule, a hand is considered currently in play once the all blinds/antes are posted AND the dealer has begun shuffling (riffles the deck). Breaks will be at the discretion of the Tournament Director. The timer is stopped during breaks and during any disputes that occur which require attention from the tournament director to resolve. No additional hands at any table should be started during such a break although hands already in progress should be completed.
  5. Blinds Schedule    The blinds schedule shall be posted in plain view of the playing table(s)
  6. Seating Each table will seat a maximum of 10 players. Players will be distributed as evenly as possible between all tables.
  7. Season 1 League ChampionsMoving Players    If the number of players differs by two or more between any two tables, one player must move from the highest populated table to the lowest populated table. When forced to choose between removing a player from more than one equally populated table, one card will be dealt (by the lower populated table’s dealer) to each of the tables in question. The low card table (ace of spades is high) will move a player.
  8. 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. For the purposes of this rule, a player is ‘playing a hand’ once all the blinds/antes have been posted and the dealer has begun shuffling (riffles the deck).
  9. 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 a blind or dealing.
  10. Moving occurs after the conclusion of all hands being played at all tables. If several players must be moved at the same time, begin with the eliminated player, at the lowest populated table, closest to the left of the button.
  11. Example: There are 8 players at TableA, 8 players at TableB and 7 players at TableC. A player three seats to the left of the button is eliminated from TableC. The TableC dealer deals one card to TableA and one card to TableB. The player presently playing a hand three seats to the left of the button, at the low card table, must move to the eliminated player’s seat at TableC. That player will post the big blind at the new table, just as he would have had to do if he had stayed at his original table.
  12. Dead Button Rule    If the big blind busts out and is not replaced by a player from another table, the button moves to the player who posted the small blind and the player to the left of the former big blind assumes the big blind. There is no small blind for that hand. On the following deal, the button moves to the now empty seat (the seat vacated by the eliminated big blind player) and the two players to the left post the normal blinds. This will result in the same player being the dealer two hands in a row.
  13. When the small blind busts out and is not replaced by a player from another table, the button does not move. The player who was the big blind will now post the small blind and the player to his left will post the big blind. This will result in the same player being the dealer two hands in a row.
  14. Players Leaving    If a player leaves the table for any reason and will return before 20 minutes are up, he can opt to drop every hand that occurs during his absence. He will be responsible for all antes and blinds but will not be dealt cards and cannot win any hands. Players remaining at the table, or another person designated by the absentee, will post all antes and blinds for the absent player. If the missing player is moved to another table, his chips will move and he will continue to blind appropriately at the new table. Any player who does not return within 20 minutes forfeits all his remaining chips, to be split evenly among the remaining players at that table. Odd chips are returned to the bank. There will be no refunds or cash-outs given to players who leave after the first hand of the tourney is dealt.
  15. If a player leaves the table for any reason and will be away for longer than 20 minutes, he forfeits all his remaining chips, to be split evenly among the remaining players at thattable. Odd chips are returned to the bank. There will be no refunds or cash-outs given to players who leave after the first hand of the tourney is dealt.
  16. The Tournament Director    The Tournament Director is responsible for all table, seating and dealer decisions. The Tournament Director is responsible for the handling of the timer although may delegate this task to any dealer/player at his discretion. In the case of disputes and rules interpretations, the Tournament Director will have final authority. If the dispute directly involves the Tournament Director, a third-party will be appointed to resolve the dispute.          Version 2.0 Copyright © 2004 by HomePokerTourney.com
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