Winter Poker League 2012
RULES

First off, welcome Sharks and Donkeys!


This league has been organzied and ran (poorly) by Tim B.
As such, league rules are subject to change based on Tim's frame of mind and exceedingly poor play.

  1) Hold em Rules
  2) Software
  3) Costs
  4) Dates
  5) Attendance
  6) Subs
  7) Chips
  8) Blinds
  9) Prizes
10) High Hand & Bounties
11) League Website & Email
12) Dealer Button
13) Bystanders
14) Raises
15) Winning a Hand
16) Show and Tell
17) Checking It Down
18) Cell Phones
19) Disputes

1) Hold em Rules
This year we'll be using Robertsís Rules of Poker for all tournament rules.
As it is not practical (nor should it be necessary) to list all of the rules for Texas Hold Em, any rules not specifically spelled out are implied.
Email the group with additions, questions or challenges to these rules.

2) Software
The Tournament Director 2 software is being used to administer and track our league play.

3) Cost
Initial league cost is $60.00 to be paid on or before February 11th.
$50 will be applied to the league prize pool.
The remaining $10 will be spent towards supplies (plates, cups, napkins, etc.)
Any unspent amount from the supplies fund will be split between Paul for the use of his home, and Jack for administering the web site.

Game night cost is $40.00 each league night.
$15 will be applied to each game, all of which will be paid out at the end of that game.
$5 will be applied to the High Hand pot.
$2.50 per game will be applied to the Bounty pot.

Players must be "current" with their fees to play.

4) Dates
Game dates are: Feb 11, Feb 25, March 10, March 24, and April 7.
Two tournament games will be played on each of these dates.

5) Attendance
Please try to make it here on time. We will make every attempt to start as close to 5pm as possible.
If you are going to be late please call so we know you are coming, you will be blinded in.
Games are structured for 3 hours of gameplay.

6) Substitutes
If you canít make it a sub can play in your spot.
Your sub will be responsible for that nightís tournament money, and the points they earn will go towards your total.
It is up to you to get a sub to play for you.
If you need help finding a sub, donít wait to the last minute to let the league know. No sub, no points for the night.

7) Chips
We are starting each game with 5000 in chips.

Denominations are:

Higher-denomination chips must be placed where they are easily visible to all other players at the table.

8) Blinds

Round Time Small Blind Big Blind Ante
1 20 minutes 25 50
2 20 minutes 50 100
3 20 minutes 100 200
BREAK 10 minutes
4 15 minutes 200 400
5 15 minutes 300 600 25
6 15 minutes 400 800 50
7 15 minutes 500 1,000 100
BREAK 10 minutes *CHIP UP
8 12 minutes 1,000 2,000 200
9 12 minutes 2,000 4,000 400
10 12 minutes 3,000 6,000 600
11 12 minutes 5,000 10,000 1,000

*At the second break, white chips will be exchanged for reds.
Odd amounts of whites (1-3) will be chipped up to a red.

9) Prizes (*subject to change based on participation and decisions made on Feb 11)
Games and tournament both pay out the first four positions.
Tournament position will be determined by the total points awarded from each game.

Postion Game Tournament
First $130 $500
Second $80 $200
Third $40 $125
Fourth $20 $75

In the event of a tie in points, the tournament tie-breaker will be number of hits.
Hits have been increased from last year to 1/100 of a point.
Payouts are based on 18 players.
Shortages that occur due to absent players will be deducted from lowest payouts.
 i.e. 4th place payouts would be affected first until depleted, then 3rd place, etc...

Points are awarded based on placement in each game.
First place awards 25 points, and decreases by 1 point per position away from first place.

To calculate your points use the formula: POINTS = 26 - Game Position
      e.g. 8th place receives 18 points (26-8 = 18)
Absent players without substitutes are not awarded any points.
Substitutes are allowed.
Players receive full points scored by their substitutes.

10) High Hand and Bounties
High Hand is for the night.
You must have 4 of a kind or better and the hand must be called down to the river to qualify.
The highest hand between both games will win the prize money.
Keep track of your kicker for high hands!
If no one qualifies for the night, the money will carry over to the next night's play.
In the case that the final night doesn't meet the minimum requirement, highest hand wins the prize money.
We'll start tracking lesser high hands in Week 4.

Bounty money will be paid out nightly to whoever takes out the previous games winner.
If the bounty is on your head, you may collect the bounty by winning that game.
Week 1 the bounty will be on last year's tournament winner, Nick.

11) League Website & Email
League emails can be sent to Poker1@Gershon.cc
Any emails sent to this address will be sent to all members of the group if they have provided their email address to the league. Feel free to email any comments, suggestions, or trash talking.
If you know you will need a sub, this is a great way to get the word out.

You can check your stats for the league at Winter Poker League 2012
The site will be updated after each game, or on Sunday morning after league play.

12) Dealer Button
The dealer button remains in position until the appropriate blinds are taken.
Players must post all blinds every round.
Because of this, last action may be given to the same player for two consecutive hands by the use of a "dead button."

13) Bystanders
The dictionary definintion of "bystander" is as follows:
 A person who is present at an event or incident but does not take part

The league defintion is:
 A person who, already being out of the hand, needs to keep the hell out of the hand.

As a bystander, your input in not required or appreciated.
It is not fair to the players who are still in the game, even if you are just fooling around.

14) Raises
String bets are not allowed.
Speak the fact that you wish to raise or take enough chips out past your cards in one motion to call the bet and make the raise in one movement.

The 1 chip rule: 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.

15) Winning a Hand
To win any part of a pot that is called, a player must show all of his cards face up on the table.
Both cards must be showed whether or not they were used to make the final hand played.

Cards speak for themselves.
The dealer assists in reading hands, but players are responsible for holding onto their cards until the winner is declared.
Verbal declarations as to the contents of a hand are not binding.
Deliberately miscalling a hand with the intent of causing another player to discard a winning hand is unethical and may result in forfeiture of the pot.

Show one, show all.
Players are entitled to receive equal access to information about the contents of another player's hand.
After a deal, if cards are shown to another player, every player at the table has a right to see those cards.
During a deal, cards that were shown to an active player who might have a further wagering decision on that betting round must immediately be shown to all the other players.

16) Show and Tell
Do not divulge the contents of a hand during a deal even to someone not in the pot!
This elimnates any possibility of the information being transmitted to an active player.
Making statements or taking action could unfairly influence the course of play, whether or not the offender is involved in the pot.
Do NOT reveal the contents of a folded hand before the hand is complete.

17) Checking It Down
Agreeing to check a hand down when a third player is all-in is unfair to the player whoís all in.
Please donít do it.

18) Cell Phones
Cell phone use is not permitted at the table.
Please leave the table if you feel the need to text or make calls.

19) Disputes
Any disputes will be referred to Tim B. or Jack G. for interpretation.

To contact the group, email Poker1@Gershon.cc

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