Initial seating is determined by random draw or assignment
All players will start with $3,000 in chips
Buy-ins will be $100 per person. Buy-ins will close after the first hour of tournament play
Rebuys are unlimited for the first hour of tournament play. $100 Rebuy gets you $3,000 in chips and $50 Re-buy will get you $1,500 in chips. 50% of all rebuys will go into tournament pot and Empowerment Through Training and Education will keep the other 50%
At the end of the first hour, there will be a 15min break
Players will be given an option to purchase an Add-on at the beginning of the second hour of play. $100 Add-on will get you $3,000 additional chips and $50 Add-on will get you $1,500 in chips. 50% of all Add-ons will go into tournament pot and Empowerment Through Training and Education will keep the other 50%
1st Place will get 40% of the pot, 2nd Place will get 30% of the pot, 3rd Place will get 20% of the pot, and Empowerment Through Training and Education will take 10% of the pot
A change of seat is not allowed after play starts, except as assigned by the director
The appropriate starting amount of chips will be placed on the table for each paid entrant at the beginning of the event, whether the person is present or not. Absent players will be dealt in, and all chips necessary for antes and blinds will be put into the pot.
If a paid entrant is absent at the start of an event, 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. If the player is unable to be contacted, the chips may be removed from play at the discretion of the director any time after a new betting level has begun or a half-hour has elapsed, whichever occurs first.
Blinds start at $1/$2 and are increased by $1 every 30mins. After 1hr and a half, the Director can increase the blind by $2 instead of $1 or decrease the blind to $.50 instead of $1 and change the time to every 15min, 45min or 1hr to speed up or slow down the tournament. Director will monitor the speed of the tournament after every blind increase following the 1.5hr mark
If there is a signal designating the end of a betting level, the new limits apply to the next deal. (A deal begins with the first riffle of the shuffle.)
An absent player is always dealt a hand and is put up for blinds, antes, and the forced bet if low.
A player must be present at the table to stop the action by calling "time."
A player must be at his seat when the first card is dealt on the initial deal, or he will have a dead hand. “At your seat” means within reach of your chair. This rule is not intended to condone players being out of their seats while involved in a hand.
The number of players at each table is kept reasonably balanced by the transfer of a player as need.
As players are eliminated, tables will be broken, with players from the broken tables assigned to empty seats at other tables.
In all events, there is a redraw for seating when the field is reduced to three tables, two tables, and one table. (Redrawing at three tables is not mandatory in small tournaments with only four or five starting tables.)
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 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.
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.
All players must leave their seats immediately after being eliminated from the tournament
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 (unless the event has only two remaining players). If a player deliberately shows a card, that hand may be ruled dead, and the player penalized.
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 with no refund of any buy-ins, re-buys, or add-ons
The deck is not changed on request. Decks change when the dealers change unless there is a damaged card.
All games will use a dealer button and the starting position of the button is determined by dealing for the high card.
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.
New players are dealt in immediately unless they sit down in the small blind or button position. In these two cases, they must wait until the button passes.
In heads-up play with two blinds, the small blind is on the button.
If a player announces the intent to rebuy before cards are dealt, that player is playing behind and is obligated to make the rebuy.
All hands are turned face up whenever a player is all in and betting action is complete.
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 cash awards.
Management is not required to rule on any private deals, side bets, or redistribution of the prize pool among finalists.
Private agreements by remaining players in an event regarding the distribution of the prize pool are not condoned. (However, if such an agreement is made, the director has the option of ensuring that it is carried out by paying those amounts.) Any private agreement that excludes one or more active competitors is improper by definition.
A tournament event is expected to be played until completion. A private agreement that removes all prize money from being at stake in the competition is unethical.
Management retains the right to cancel any event or alter it in a manner fair to the players.