Poker Tournament Rules and Regulations

By participating in this tournament, 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 disqualified from the tournament. Chips from a disqualified participant will be removed from play.

  1. All participants must check-in upon arrival. All players and spectators must agree to the terms of this waiver by acknowledging their acceptance during on-line registration. This waiver binds each participant to the rules set forth in this document. No participant shall be eligible to participate unless they have agreed to this waiver.
  2. Seating will be random. You will be provided with a table number upon arrival at the tournament floor.
  3. A change of seat is not allowed after play starts, except as assigned by the floor director.
  4. The appropriate starting amount of chips will be placed on the table for each paid entrant at the beginning of the event. Count your chips prior to the start of play. Once play begins, the number of chips will not be changed.
  5. Since multiple rebuys are allowed, a late arrival will not be penalized for the amount of any missed blinds.
  6. This is a no-limit, single elimination, Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament with multiple re-buys. There will no-limit on the size or number of bets per hand.
  7. Blind levels will be continuously raised at timely intervals by the floor director.
  8. If there is a signal designating the end of a blind level, the new limits apply on the next deal.
  9. The lowest denomination of chip in play may be removed from the table when it is no longer needed in the blind or ante structure. All lowerdenomination chips that are of sufficient quantity for a new chip may be changed up directly by the dealer or table monitors.
  10. 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. Absent registered players will be dealt in, and all chips necessary for antes and blinds will be put into the pot.
  11. As players are eliminated, the floor director may break down tables and assign the remaining players at such tables to empty seats at other tables to maintain a balanced number of players at each table and ensure fair and even play.
  12. Seat one is classified as the seat immediately to the dealers left. Seat ten is immediately to the dealer’s right. When the number of players gets down to 12 to 14 players the remaining tables will play hand for hand.
  13. 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 tournament if the opponent had sufficient chips to cover the hidden ones. If another deal has not yet started, the floor director may rule the chips belong to the opponent who won that pot if that obviously would have happened with the chips out in plain view. If the next deal has started, the discovered chips are removed from the tournament.
  14. 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.
  15. All players must leave their seat immediately after being eliminated from the tournament.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. The deck is not changed on request. Decks change only when there is a damaged card.
  19. This tournament will use a dealer button.
  20. The button moves one seat left after each round and signifies the individual that starts each betting round.
  21. The small blind is paid by the person immediately to the left of the button, and the person immediately to left of the small blind pays the big blind. Betting begins with the person immediately to the left of the big blind.
  22. If a down card on the initial hand is dealt face-up, a misdeal is called.
  23. The cards speak for themselves. Any player may point out a hand or fact missed by the dealer.
  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 prizes.
  26. Be the Change Today Foundation, Inc. (“BTCT”) and the State of Florida strictly prohibit any private deals, side bets, or redistribution of the prize pool among finalists.
  27. Private agreements by remaining players in an event regarding distribution of the prize pool are not condoned.
  28. The tournament event is expected to be played until completion. A private agreement that removes all prizes from being at stake in the competition is unethical.
  29. BTCT retains the right to cancel any event or alter it in a manner fair to the players.
  30. All floor director decisions are final. Poker Tournament Directors Association rules shall apply if there are any questions.
  31. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER.


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