So. California Poker

Poker Rules Poker Rules


By participating in this poker league, you agree to abide by the rules and behave in a courteous manner. A violator may be verbally warned, suspended from play for a specified length of time, or suspended from the league. Chips from a suspended participant will be removed from play.

1. Whenever possible, all rules are the same as those that apply to live games.

2. Initial seating is determined by random draw.  Cards to determine seating may be left face up so the earlier entrants can pick their seat, since the button is assigned to seat number one.

3. A change of seat is not allowed after play starts.

4. The appropriate starting amount of chips will be placed on the table for each paid entrant at the beginning of the Play, whether the person is present or not. Absent players will be dealt in, except if they notified the president they would not attend and all chips necessary for antes and blinds will be put into the pot.

5. If a paid entrant is absent at the start of play, at some point an effort will be made to locate and contact the player. If the player requests the chips be left in place until arrival, the request will be honored until he is out of chips. If the player does not show up or shows up after his chips have blinded out there will be a $50 fine and will be given a zero for the month. If a player is unable to show up and contacts a group member to let them know prior to the tournament, the player will get a zero for the month and not be fined $50.

6. A starting stack of chips may be placed in a seat to accommodate late entrants (so all antes and blinds have been appropriately paid).

7. Limits and blinds are raised at regularly scheduled intervals.

8. If there is a signal designating the end of a betting level, the new limits apply on the next deal. (A deal begins with the first riffle of the shuffle.)

9. The tournament will start at 6:00 pm unless otherwise stated or agreed upon.

10. An absent player is always dealt a hand, and will be put up for blinds, antes, and the forced bet if low.

11. A player must be present at the table to stop the action by calling “time.” The player will receive an additional minute to make a decision. If no decision is made when time is called the players hand will be mucked.

12. If you are not present when it becomes your turn to act, your hand is dead. This includes situations in which a live blind is not present to act, since an absent player cannot exercise the option to raise. However, if the player is getting drinks for other players the table will wait  for him to return.

13. The dealer will not slow roll the cards during the flop, turn or river.

14. Every player starts with $4,500 in chips.

15. The blinds go up every 20 minutes. A blind schedule can be provided.

16. A player who declares all in and loses the pot, then discovers that one or more chips were hidden, is not entitled to benefit from this. That player is eliminated from the game.

17. If a player lacks sufficient chips for a blind or a forced bet, the player is entitled to get action on whatever amount of money remains. A player who posts a short blind and wins does not need to make up the blind.

18. A player not in a hand may not talk about the hand in play. A player discussing a hand he is not part of will be warn the first time. The next time the player discusses a hand he is not involved in will be penalized for 5 minutes.

19. Showing cards from a live hand during the action injures the rights of other players still competing in an event, who wish to see contestants eliminated. A player may not show any cards during a deal. If a player deliberately shows a card, that hand may be ruled dead and the player penalized.

20. 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 Game.

21. The deck is not changed on request. Decks change when the dealers change, unless there is a damaged card.

22. The dealer button remains in position until the appropriate blinds are taken. Players must post all blinds every round. Because of this, the button may stay in front of the same player for two consecutive hands.

23. In heads-up play with two blinds, the small blind is on the button.

24. All hands will be turned face up whenever a player is all-in and betting action is complete.

25. If two (or more) players go broke during the same hand, the player starting the hand with the larger amount of money finishes in the higher tournament place for point and cash awards.


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