VAL'S VEGAS VISIONS
1. Discrepancies and Disputes TOURNAMENT & CASH
Floor supervisors will make decisions based on the rules of the game. However, their top priority when making a decision will be to protect the integrity and fairness of the game. This may cause them to make a ruling which contradicts the technical interpretation of a rule.
By taking a seat you are agreeing to abide by the rules and to honor any rulings made by a floor supervisor.
2. Players Responsibilities
- Each player is obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times.
- Be polite to others.
- Know and abide by the rules.
- Protect your hand and your right to act.
- Ask for a ruling if you think a rule has been broken or if you think you or someone else is being treated unfairly.
- Keep your cards and chips in plain view at all times.
- Protect the integrity of the game.
3. TOURNAMENT CASH Seat Assignments
In tournaments seats will be randomly assigned by draw slips.
3a. in the CASH games;
First come first serve players will take a card # 1-10 when arriving. First arrival gets 1 etc. This determines who moves to the second cash table starting with card #10, 9 etc.
4. Penalty Policy TOURNAMENT
The following penalties will be utilized by a floor supervisor when necessary. –
- Verbal warning, time-out penalties and disqualification for the current competition.
- Players who are disqualified will not be entitled to a refund and their chips will be blinded down.
5. Penalty Clock Policy
The clock will be started at the beginning of the next hand. Players who receive a time-out penalty will be required to leave immediate area and they will not be allowed to return until the clock has expired.
The clock will be stopped during all scheduled breaks.
6. Disruptive/Abusive Behavior
- Disruptive and/or abusive behavior towards a guest or employee will not be tolerated.
- You may be asked to leave and suspended from the game for a determined period of time by the owner.
7. Soft Play
Players are expected to vigorously play their hands at all times. A player should never check in an effort to keep from eliminating or winning chips from another player, regardless of his/her relationship to that person. Failure to do so will result in a penalty being issued.
8. Deck Changes
Players may request a deck change or new set-up as long as it does not become excessive.
9. Cards off the Table TOURNAMENT & CASH
In cash a player who intentionally releases his/her cards in such a way as you cause them to go off the table. Will receive a warning the first time, a 10 Min. penalty the second time, the third time you cash out and you are done for the day.
9a In the tournament chips will be blinded down
10. Rabbit Hunting
Requests to view burn cards or cards form the deck will not be honored.
11. Exposing Cards TOURNAMENT & CASH
-In a TOURNAMENT if a Player exposes their down cards prior to the action being completed their hand is frozen. They should be warned not to do that. Their hand is frozen: They cannot bet or raise, they can only call or fold. If the same player continues to do this a second time a warning is issued. After the third time they will be asked to sit out for one button orbit.
- In a TOURNAMENT heads up & if all players in the hand are all in, players must show their hole cards in this show down.
11a. All-in Showdown TOURNAMENT
- All cards will be turned face-up once a player has gone all-in and all of the betting is completed.
Note: In multi-player pots the betting must be completed before anyone can expose their hand.
- A player should not expose his/her hand until directed to do so by the dealer.
11b. - In CASH all in, players do not have to show their hole cards except to win the hand, then they must show both cards to win the hand with the winning hand.
In the CASH game exposed cards stay exposed and the player can still act however they wish, they can call, wager, raise or fold
12. English Only Please
English is the only language permitted during the competition regardless of whether a player is in the hand or not. Each player will be given a verbal warning and the penalty will be progressively increased with each additional offense.
13. Slow Play Policy
Once a reasonable amount of time has passed any player may request that another player be placed on a clock. A player who has been placed on the clock will be given 60-seconds followed by a 10-second count down to make a decision. If the player fails to act on his/her hand, by the time the countdown is over, his/her hand will be declared dead and he/she will forfeit all rights to the pot.
14. Re-buys and Add-ons TOURNAMENT & CASH
- In a TOURNAMENT the rules governing the sales of re-buys and add-ons will be listed on the structure/rules sheet for each competition.
- In CASH players will not be permitted to purchase additional chips during a hand.
- In CASH or TOURNAMENT In order for newly purchased chips to play in a hand, players must announce their intention to purchase chips prior to the first card being dealt.
It is the sole responsibility of a player to make the dealer aware of his/her intention to purchase, re-buy and/or add-on.
14a. In the CASH games players can buy in from $20-$200.
If a player would like to add to their chip stack it is capped at $200.
eg. player has $50 in chips on the table they can add on up to, an additional $150 to equal $200
15. Hand for Hand Policy
Play will go hand for hand when there are multiple tables left in the competition and the cash value of the prize is about to increase. While playing hand for hand each of the remaining tables will be required to start each hand simultaneously. A new hand will not be dealt until each table has completed the current hand.
16. Ties During Regular Play Tournament
- Same Table If two or more players are eliminated at the same table the prizes will be awarded according to the value of the chips that each player started with at the beginning of the hand.
- Separate Tables If two are more players are eliminated at separate tables they will be assigned a finishing place based on the order in which they were eliminated.
In the event it is impossible to determine the order of elimination the player involved will split the prize money and or points equally.
17. Ties During Hand for Hand Play Tournament
- Same Table If two or more players are eliminated at the same table, provided that they are the only parties involved, the prizes will be awarded according to the value of chips that each player started with at the beginning of the hand.
- Separate Table If two or more players are eliminated form separate tables they will split the prize money and/or points equally.
- Please keep in mind that the intent of this policy is to prevent a player from influencing the action by revealing the content of his/her hand. A player will receive a penalty if it is determined that his/her actions influenced the outcome of the hand.
- A player is not permitted to make specific comments about the content of another player’s hand.
- Players are not permitted to make specific comments about the content of their hand.
- Player is not permitted to advise other players on how they should play their hand.
- A player is not permitted to either ask for and/or receive assistance on how to play his/her hand.
However, once the action is complete and a player has tabled his/her hand any player may assist in the reading of the hand. And can be discussed if you chose to do that
19. TOURNAMENT Chip Policies
- Tournaments are played using non cash-value chips, they are used solely to determine the outcome of a competition.
- Tournament chips cannot be cashed in.
- Tournament chips must be separated and they must be kept in plain view at all times.
- The largest denominations of chips must be kept in front of the player’s stack.
- Players may not play out of a chip rack.
- Players will be required to give an accurate count of their chips, when asked to do so by another player or the floor supervisor.
- When asked by a floor supervisor, player will be required to color-up chips.
- When asked by a floor supervisor, player will be required to transport their chips in a chip rack.
- At no time will a player be permitted to conceal tournament chips on his/her person or inside of an object. Any player doing so will forfeit all of the concealed chips and the chips removed from play.
- At no time will a player be permitted to conceal tournament chips out of the tournament area.
- Each player will be permitted to use a maximum of one foreign chip as a card protector.
- In the event a player is disqualified his/her chips will be blinded down.
20. Consolidating Tables
Whenever there are an adequate number of open seats a table will be broken. Each player at the table will be guided by the tournament director or the dealers to their next assigned seats, as fairly as possible
21. Moving to a New Table
- Tournament players are obligated to promptly move to their new table/seat. Failure to move without delay will result in a penalty
21a. Tournament / Cash MISSED BLINDS are posted by the dealer
21b. Cash missed blinds get a missed blind button covering the $3 with $2 post & $1 into the pot
If the player comes back into the big blind it is a natural and they only need to post the $2 big blind
They only pay the $3 missed blind once when they return no matter how many times they missed the blind.
If people are waiting for a seat, after 30 minutes a missing persons chips will come off the table and be held for that person
22. Misdeal Policies
- If a player discovers that he/she does not have the correct number of cards on the initial deal a misdeal will be declared, provided he/she has not acted on his/her hand.
- If an existing player in not dealt-in a misdeal will be declared, provided it is discovered prior to the action being completed on the first betting round.
- If the top card off the deck is exposed a misdeal will be declared.
-If a street card is exposed before all the players act, the burn card stays, the exposed card is shuffled back into the deck and top card is the next street when the action is complete.
23. Absent Players TOURNAMENT & CASH
T C - A player must be seated in order to be eligible to play.
T- If a player is absent for the table he/she will be dealt in and is/her antes, forced bets and blinds will be posted as required.
T - A player’s hand will be immediately declared dead if he/she is not in his/her seat once the initial dealing round is completed.
-In CASH if you are not in your seat you will not be dealt a card. If you miss the blinds you will be given missed blind buttons and settle up paying the big & small blind you missed when you return. (See 21b)
- If you come back in CASH on the big blind it is a natural big blind and you only pay the big blind.
23a. In CASH games calling in to reserve a seat or holding a seat for someone is not allowed. First come first sit.
24. HEADS UP Dealer Button Rule TOURNAMNET
- A player cannot be the big blind twice.
- There will be a random draw to determine which seat the dealer button will start, depending on where the button was when it became heads up.
- The small blind will then be posted on the dealer button.
- The big blind will be dealt to first.
- Pre flop the small blind acts first,
- Post flop the big blind acts first, button acts last as usual.
25. Bet and a Half Rule
Players who release multiple chips into the pot, which are equal to or greater than 50% of the amount required to call and raise, will be held to the raise regardless of their intentions. They will be required to either complete the bet or to fold and forfeit all of the chips that were placed into the pot.
Players who release multiple chips into the pot, which are less than 50% the amount required to call and raise, will be held to a call and they will be permitted to take back the excess chips.
Players are entitled to receive action on their entire stack, regardless of the amount of chips they may have. Therefore players cannot be forced out of contention based solely on their inability to either ante, post a blind or to make a full bet or raise.
A player who has put all of his/her chips into a pot is said to be “all-in.”
The excess amount of the current betting round, which was not covered by the all-in player and any monies form subsequent betting round, will be placed in the side pot.
27. Side Pots
Whenever there are three or more active players in a hand and one or more of them has gone all-in, a side pot(s) will be formed. The side pot(s) will contain the excess portion of the current betting round that was not covered by the all-in player and any additional monies for subsequent betting rounds.
All-in players will only be eligible to win the pot(s) that they have contributed monies to. All side pots will be awarded and/or split separately, starting with the players in for all the side pots
28. Verbal Declarations
- Verbal declarations as to the content of a player’s hand are not binding, however any player who deliberately miscalls his/her hand, will be subject to a warning then a penalty if it continues.
- Verbal declarations and hand gestures to either bet, check, fold, or raise in turn are binding.
- Any player who deliberately acts out of turn will receive a warning and he/she may be held to their declaration.
29. Unprotected Hands TOURNAMENT & CASH
PROTECT YOUR CARDS
- If a dealer mucks and unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and he/she will not be entitled to have any of his/her bet returned.
- However, if a player raises and no one has acted behind them, his/her raise will be returned.
- ALWAYS PROTECT YOUR HAND especially those next to the dealer
You are responsible to protect your own cards
30. Bets and Raises in No-Limit Games
- A player is permitted at any time to bet their entire stakes. Ie. ALL IN
- The minimum bet after the flop is the amount of the big blind.
- A raise must be equal to or greater than the preceding bet or raise.
- There are no restrictions on the number of raises.
- A play who says raise but does not indicate the amount will be permitted to put out the amount of the call and then he/she to restricted to putting out the raise in one motion unless he/she declares the amount of the raise.
- Once a player has stated the amount of his/her raise he/she may make more than one motion.
-If a player is facing a bet and he/she throws in an oversized chip it will be restricted to a call unless, he/she declares a raise.
- If a player is not facing a bet and he/she throws in an oversized chip the amount of the bet will be held to the size of the chip, unless he/she states otherwise.
- If a player announces raise and throws in a oversized chip and he/she does not indicate the amount of the raise it will be equal to the value of the chip.
- A short all-in bet or raise in considered as action only and it will not reopen the betting to any player who has already acted on his/her hand.
- When a player, who has multiple chips, pushes all of them into the pot they will be declared all-in, regardless of their intention.
- A player can go all in anytime CASH / TOURNAMENT
31. Color-up Policies TOURNAMENT
-Each denomination of chip will be removed from play (colored-up) when they are no longer required or as listed on the structure/rule sheet.
-The tournament director or dealers will color up the player chips
32. Winning Hands
A dealer cannot muck a winning hand that was turned face-up and was obviously the winning hand.
33. Expiration of a Betting Level TOURNAMENT
When the time has elapsed and a new level has been announced, the new limits will apply to the next hand. A hand has begun with the first rifle.
34. CASH Game Jackpot
QUALIFYING HANDS FOR THE CASH JACKPOT POOL
10-10-10-10-X or better
Both hole cards must play
Tie kicker goes to player
100% payout to players
20% held for reserve
80% cash payout
Capping at $1,000, then building the reserve
YOU MUST WIN THE HAND TO WIN THE JACKPOT
A qualifying winning hand is paid on the spot
38a. Four or more players must be playing at the table for the cash jackpot payout to be in effect
35. CASH Game Straddle
- $4 straddle or $5, Quechee Straddle option is on the first to act. straddle must be announced before the cards are dealt.
- A $5 button straddle would be allowed if all at the table agree to it.
- The button straddle supersedes a regular straddle.
- In the button straddle the small blind is first to act and the button has last option.
36. CASH Buying Chips & Cashing out
- Buying in amount is from $20-$200.
- When you cash out of the first 11:00am cash game before the tournament and then you buy into the second cash game in the afternoon you can buy in to that second cash game from $20 - $200.
- If you cash out, or move to a different table, during either cash game and reenter to buy back in anytime that same day you must buy in for the same amount of your cash out amount.
- If there is no tournament and you cash out you must buy back in for the amount of your cash out.
- If a player would like to add to their chip stack it is capped at $200.
eg. player has $50 in chips on the table they can add on an additional $150 to equal $200
37. TOURNAMENT High Hand
Qualifying hand A-A-A-10-10 or better.
- Both hole cards must play.
-Tie kicker goes to player
-100% payout to the qualifying winning hand at the end of the tournament.
In the case of a tie straight flush, the HH pool will be split regardless of the suit
You may buy into the high hand pool anytime before the first break
Rollovers will be added to the next tournament.
If you are not in your seat when the first card for that hand is dealt your hand will be mucked by the dealer.
38a EXTRA 1K TOURNAMENT CHIP
If your chips & seat card that you purchased are on the felt before the 1:50 timer quacks you will receive an extra 1K chip.
39. Regarding chopping pots
- The only time a pot can be chopped is in the cash game when it only involves the two players in the blinds who pull their blinds back to save time...
Or a natural same hand split pot
- Otherwise no chopping pots, the hand must be played out.