K-TOWN POKER LEAGUE RULES
Adapted from TDA Rules: http://www.pokertda.com/view-poker-tda-rules/
FLOOR DECISIONS - The best interest of the free roll game and fairness to all parties involved are top priorities in decision-making. Unusual circumstances occasionally dictate our decisions in the interest of fairness and may take priority over technical rules. If an error occurs the Tournament Director should be called over to the table immediately. All floor decisions are final. If you do not accept the Tournament Directors decision and cause a scene in the venue, you may be disqualified from the current tournament. Depending on the severity of the situation, you may also be banned from the poker league.
PLAYERS RESPONSIBILITY – players are expected to protect their hands, make their intentions clear, follow the action, act in turn with proper terminology and gestures, defend their right to act, keep cards visible and chips correctly stacked, remain at the table with a live hand, table all cards properly when competing at showdown, speak up if they see a mistake, call for a clock when warranted, transfer tables promptly, follow one player to a hand, know and comply with the rules, practice proper etiquette, and generally contribute to an orderly event.
CONDUCT CODE - The following is not permitted: Collusion with another player or any other form of cheating. Verbally or physically threatening any patron or employee. Creating a disturbance by arguing, shouting, or making excessive noise. Throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards. Destroying or defacing property. Using an illegal substance on the venue’s property. Carrying a weapon. The house reserves the right to require that any two players not play at the same table. The house will make decisions based on the best interest of all parties involved in a situation. Your feedback is always welcome, but we ask that you respect our final decisions and do not cause disruption to the game or the competitive and fun atmosphere that we try to maintain at our venues.
POKER ETIQUETTE - The following actions are improper, and grounds for warning, suspending, or barring a violator: Deliberately acting out of turn. Deliberately splashing chips into the pot. Agreeing to check a hand out when a third player is all-in. Reading a hand for another player at the showdown before it has been placed face up on the table. Revealing the contents of a live hand in a multi handed pot before the betting is complete. Needlessly stalling the action of a game. Stacking chips in a manner that interferes with dealing or viewing cards. Making statements or taking action that could unfairly influence the course of play, whether or not the offender is involved in the pot. Asking to see a player’s hand to obtain information instead to rule out collusion.
If you show cards to an active player during a deal, any player at the table has the right to see those exposed cards. Cards shown during or after a deal to a player not in the pot should be shown to all players when the deal is finished.
BREAKING TABLES/MOVING PLAYERS - If the hand is in process, a volunteer or the next big blind will be moved to the table needing player(s). If the dealer has shuffled but not dealt yet, a volunteer or the player that is the current big blind will be moved to the table needing player(s).
Cash is never permitted on the table.
The establishment is not responsible for any shortage or removal of chips left on the table during a player’s absence, we will try to protect everyone as best we can. All chips must be kept in plain view.
Only one person may play a hand. No one is allowed to play another player’s chips. Players must keep their cards in full view. This means above table-level and not past the edge of the table. The cards should not be covered by the hands in a manner to completely conceal them. Any player is entitled to a clear view of an opponent’s chips. Higher denomination chips should be easily visible.
Looking through the discards or deck stub is not allowed. After a deal ends, dealers are asked to not show what card would have been dealt.
MISDEALS - The following circumstances cause a misdeal, provided attention is called to the error before two players have acted on their hands: The first or second card of the hand has been dealt face up or exposed through dealer error. Two or more cards have been exposed by the dealer. Any card has been dealt out of the proper sequence (except an exposed card will be replaced by the burn card). If 2 boxed cards (face up in the deck) are exposed during the deal.
DEAD HANDS - Your hand is declared dead if: You fold or announce that you are folding when facing a bet or a raise. You throw your hand away in a forward motion causing another player to act behind you (even if not facing a bet). Cards thrown into the muck may be ruled dead. However, a hand that is clearly identifiable may be retrieved at management’s discretion if doing so is in the best interest of the game. We will make an extra effort to rule a hand retrievable if it was folded as a result of false information given to the player. Cards thrown into another player’s hand are dead, whether they are face up or facedown.
BETTING AND RAISING - A verbal statement denotes your action and is binding. If in turn you verbally declare a fold, check, bet, call, or raise, you are forced to take that action. Rapping the table with your hand is a pass. Deliberately acting out of turn will not be tolerated. A player who checks out of turn may not bet or raise on the next turn to act. An action or verbal declaration out of turn may be ruled binding if there is no bet, call, or raise by an intervening player acting after the infraction has been committed. If you put a single chip in the pot that is larger than the bet, but do not announce a raise, you are assumed to have only called.
THE SHOWDOWN - A player must show all cards in the hand face-up on the table to win any contested pot. All losing hands will be killed by the dealer before a pot is awarded. If a player other than those in the hand asks to see a hand that has been folded the dealer will call over the Tournament Director. If the winning player asks to see a losing player’s hand, both hands are live, and the best hand wins. Only a Tournament Director is allowed to look at a mucked hand. If the hand is not a winning hand, the hand is mucked and the rest of the hand is played out as normal. If the hand is a winning hand, the cards will be tabled and live. The player who folded the winning hand will then receive a one round penalty.
Our rules and the interpretation of them are subject to change based on the best business decision that we can make in the moment. We ask that you please respect our Tournament Directors, our Venues, our volunteer dealers, all of our players!!