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  • Whenever possible, all rules are the equal as those who apply to live games.
  • Initial seating is determined by random draw or assignment. (For a one-table satellite event, cards to determine seating may be left faceup so the earlier entrants can pick their seat, after all the button is assigned randomly.)
  • A change of seat isn’t allowed after play starts, except as delegated by the manager.
  • The appropriate starting amount of chips will be set on the table for each paid entrant at the start of the event, if the man or woman is present or not. Absent players will be dealt in, and all chips necessary for antes and blinds will be put into the kettle.
  • If a paid entrant is absent at the onset of an event, at some point an attempt will be made to track down and contact the participant. If the player requests the chips be left in place until arrival, the request will be rewarded. If the participant is not able to be contacted, the chips can be removed from play at the discretion of the director anytime after a new betting level has started or a half hour has elapsed, whichever occurs before all else.
  • A starting stack of chips can be set in a seat to accommodate late entrants (so all antes and blinds have been appropriately paid). An unsold seat will have such a stack removed at a time left to the discretion of the manager.
  • Limits and blinds are raised at regularly scheduled intervals.
  • If there’s a signal designating the end of a betting level, the new limits apply on the next deal. (A deal begins with the before all else riffle of the shuffle)
  • The smallest denomination of chip in play is eliminated from the table if it’s no more needed in the blind or ante structure. All of lower-denomination chips that are of sufficient quantity for a new chip will be changed up directly. The process for removal of odd chips is to deal 1 card to a player for each odd chip possessed. Cards are dealt clockwise starting with the No. 1 seat, with each player receiving all cards before any cards have been dealt to another player. The participant with the maximum card by suit gets enough odd chips to exchange for one new chip, the second-highest card gets to exchange for the next chip, etc, until all of the lower-denomination chips are traded. If an odd number of lower-denomination chips are left following this procedure, the participant with the maximum card remaining receives a new chip if he has half or more of this amount of lower-denomination chips needed, otherwise nothing.
  • An absent player is always dealt a hand, and can be set up for blinds, antes, and the forced bet if low.
  • A participant must be present in the table to block the action by phoning “time. “
  • A participant has to be at his chair once the before all else card is dealt on the first deal or he’ll have a dead hands. “At your seat” means within reach of your seat. This decree isn’t meant to condone players out of the chairs while involved in a hand.
  • As players are eliminated, tables are broken into a pre-order sequence, together with players from the broken tables assigned to empty seats at other tables.
  • The amount of players at every table is kept reasonably balanced by the move of a participant as needed. With more than six tables, table size is kept within two players. With six fewer or tables, table dimensions is kept within one player.
  • In most events, there’s a redraw for seating when the field is reduced to three tables, two tables, and a single dining table. (Redrawing at three tables isn’t mandatory in tiny tournaments with only four or five starting tables.)
  • A player who declares all in and loses the pot, then discovers that one or more chips were hidden, isn’t entitled to profit from it. This player is eliminated from the tournament if the opponent had sufficient chips to cover the hidden ones (A rebuy is allowed if allowable by the rules of the event). If another deal hasn’t yet begun, the director may decree the chips belong to the opponent who won that pot, if that would have happened with the chips out in plain view. If the next deal has started, the discovered chips are removed from the tournament.
  • If a player lacks sufficient chips for a blind or a forced bet, the player is entitled to obtain action on whatever amount of money stays. A player who posts a short blind and wins does not have to constitute the blind.
  • All players must leave their seats immediately after being eliminated from an event.
  • Showing cards from a live hand during the action injures the rights of other players still competing in an event, who want to see contestants eliminated. A participant may not show any cards during a deal (unless the event has only two remaining players). When a player deliberately shows a card, that hand could be ruled dead and the player penalized.
  • Inappropriate behavior like throwing cards that go off the table may be punished with a penalty such as being dealt out for a length of time. A severe infraction such as abusive or disruptive behavior may be punished by eviction from the tournament.
  • The deck isn’t changed on request. Decks change when the dealers change, unless there’s a broken card.
  • In all tournament games using a dealer button, the starting position of this button is decided by coping for the large card.
  • The dealer button remains in position until the appropriate blinds are taken. Players must post all blinds every round. As a result of this, the button will remain in the front of the equal player for two consecutive hands.
  • New players are dealt in immediately unless they sit down at the tiny blind or button position. In both of these instances, they need to wait until the button passes.
  • In heads-up play with two blinds, the tiny blind is on the button.
  • At stud, if a downcard on the initial hand is dealt face up, a misdeal is called.
  • If a player announces the intent to rebuy before cards are dealt, that player is playing behind and is bound to make the rebuy.
  • All hands are flipped face up if a player is in and betting action is complete.
  • If 2 (or more) players go broke during precisely the equal hand, the player starting the hand with the larger quantity of money finishes in the higher tournament place for cash and point awards.
  • Management isn’t necessary to decree on any private deals, side bets, or redistribution of the prize pool among finalists.
  • Private agreements by remaining players in an event regarding distribution of the prize pool aren’t condoned. (However, if this concession is made, the manager has the option of making sure it is carried out by paying those amounts) Any private concession that excludes one or more active competitors is improper by definition.
  • A tournament event is expected to be played until completion. A private concession that removes all prize money from being at stake in the competition is unethical.
  • Management retains the right to cancel any event, or alter it in a way fair to the players.

The principles above are out of “Robert Rules of Poker” that is authored by Robert Ciaffone, better known in the poker world as Bob Ciaffone, a leading authority on cardroom rules.