Smoken A's Poker Tour Rules of Play
Smoken A’s Poker Company provides nightly free Texas Hold’em tournaments that are a non-gambling form of entertainment. Any individual suspected of the act of gambling at the table will be asked to leave the table immediately. There will absolutely be no discussion or acts of playing for cash/cash value or any side betting allowed during the nightly tournaments.
Each venue that hosts a Smoken A’s free nightly Texas Hold’em tournament with have multiple free playing tournaments following the World Poker Tour(WPT) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) rules and regulation.
Smoken A’s Poker Company dealers are volunteers and work on tips and tips alone. Smoken A’s Poker Company’s nightly tournaments are free to play so it is not required to tip their dealer each tournament but, is encouraged and highly appreciated.
Players must be at least 18 years old to occupy a seat/play in a Smoken A’s Poker Company nightly tournaments as well as any event hosted by Smoken A’s Poker Company. Each venue has their own individual policies that override those of Smoken A’s Poker Company which entails that minimum age of the players may be 21 years or older.
- Players will be placed on a player list when they arrive at the venue. Players will have a choice of seats as a first come first serve basis when the tournament starts. Players who arrive after the start of the tournament will be placed on the player list and be allowed to occupy any open seats or, must wait for the next available seat.
- Once the players are seated in the seat of their choice, The dealer will deal for the button. The dealer will deal out one card face up for each player at the table. The button will be placed where the highest card was dealt. (Suit ranking: Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs).
- Tournaments that follow the initial tournament with be seated according to the order of elimination in the preceding tournament. If the tournament table is full the winners of the preceding tournament must sit out to make room from new and eliminated players from the preceding tournament. Any newly arrived players will be put onto a players list and put into the game as soon as a seat opens up in the order of their arrival.
Players will begin each tournament with 4,000 in chips and will be awarded addition chips as follows:
- Early Chip ( Arriving at least 30 minutes before the start of a venue )= 500 chip
- Travel Chip ( If a player travels from an afternoon venue to a night venue on the same day) =1000 chip
- Purchase of initial food from the venue (Does not include any food that is brought into a venue that does not offer food) =500 chip
- Purchase of initial drink at a venue =500 chip
- Additional drink purchases throughout said tournament game = 1 chip card per drink ( Until 500 are off the table)
- Wearing gear portraying the Smoken A’s logo or gear from the venue = 500 chip ( The piece of gear must be worn by the person receiving the chip and continuously through the tournament game)
- A Smoken A’s dealer that goes to support a venue=500 chip
- A Smoken A’s owner that goes to support a venue= 1000 chip
- A Smoken A’s venue owner that sits and plays= 1000 chip
- New player= 1000 chip
- Bring a new player= 500 chip
- Smoken A’s chip card= 500 chip
Tournaments will begin promptly on the time that is stated for that venue. Tournaments will not be run with less than 5 players. The dealer is not allowed to deal and play at the same time to make the minimum player amount.
The position of the DEALER BUTTON will be determined by the dealer dealing out one card to each seat occupied. The highest card in number and suit order (Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs) will be award the position of the DEALER BUTTON.
Blinds will be increased every 8 minutes as follows:
Blinds will increase every 5 minutes as follows:
If there is a list at a venue where there are more players then allowed seats, the timer will stop when the blinds reach 400/800 to allow the remaining players the opportunity to sit in the tournament.
- The seat immediately to the left of the Dealer Button will hold the position of small blind and will post accordingly. The seat immediately the the left of the small blind will host the position of big blind and will post accordingly.
- A PERSON CAN NEVER BE BIG BLIND TWICE IN A ROW
- The button and small blind can be a dead position.
- The big blind can NEVER be a dead position. If the next big blind is eliminated, the position of big blind will be moved to the next seat occupied.
- A Player may not enter the tournament on the position of small blind or button.
Entering a Tournament
- In the event that a venue has more than one table running, players may not enter the tournament if the tables have been condensed down to a single table or the blinds have reached 500/1,000.
- In the event a venue has a single table, a player may not enter if there are only 4 players or less still in the tournament or blinds have reached 500/1,000.
- If a player leaves the table during a tournament and their position is a blind, their blind will be posted by the dealer.
- In the instance that a player who steps away is in the position of the big blind, their cards will stay live until another player bets them out.
A misdeal will be deemed if any of the first two cards of the deck or the dealer button are dealt a card face up.
- If a card is pitched/dealt off the table to cards will be deemed a misdeal.
- If two cards are dealt face up in a single hand, it is deemed a misdeal.
- In the event of a misdeal occurring, the dealer will reshuffle and re-deal the hand.
It is NOT considered a misdeal if another card besides the first two cards off the deck or the dealer button is dealt face up. The dealer will continue dealing around the table and complete the deal and then deal that person another card after the deal has been completed. The card that was exposed will be shown to everyone at the table and will now take the position of the first burn card.
- The minimum amount a player can bet must be equal or greater than the big blind.
- The minimum amount a player can raise must be equal to or greater than the previous bet.
- STRING BETTING IS NOT ALLOWED. String betting is the action of moving chips into play with more than one motion without a verbalization of the players intent.
- VERBALIZATIONS ARE BINDING. It is encouraged that the players verbalize their actions. Any forward motion into the field of play without verbalization before had will constitute all chips in hand as a bet.
- The bet of a player betting out of turn will stand on the table. If a player continuously bets out of turn after being warned by the dealer, the player will be asked to muck their chips and to leave the table.
All In/Side Pots
- In the event that a player does not have enough chips to cover the blind position or does not have enough chips to cover a bet, the player must put their remaining chips in the pot and will be considered all in.
- A player who is all in, cannot win more chips than what they contributed to the pot.
- A side pot will be built if there are more chips in play then what the all in player contributed.
AN ALL IN PLAYER’S HAND CANNOT BE MUCKED, IT IS LIVE UNTIL THE END OF THE HAND
- Once all players have stopped betting and there is an all in/s, all hands must be revealed.
- A player is eliminated from the tournament and must give up their seat when they have lost all their chips.
- If more than one player is eliminated from the tournament and they were battling for a position, the player who started the hand with a greater number of chips will receive the higher position.
- In the case that a venue has more than one table, the tables must be balanced and players may be re-seated when necessary in similar positions that they were in.
- When a tournament is condensed down to a single table, the dealer will re-deal for the button position.
- The clock will be paused during re-seating.
Rules of Play
- Chips and cards must remain on the table at all times and be visibly to the dealer and other players.
- One player per hand dealt. A player may not ask for advice from the dealer, another player or a spectator.
- If a player's hand is exposed to another player actively in the hand, their cards must be shown to the entire table.
- If a player's hand is exposed to another player not actively in the hand, their cards must be shown at the end of the hand to the entire table.
- A player's hand is considered mucked when the player's cards are released from their hand towards the muck pile. Once cards are mucked they are considered a dead hand and cannot be put back into play.
- A player live in a hand is allowed to call clock on another live player during a tournament who is taking an excessive amount of time to make a decision.
- A player that has had clock called on them has 30 seconds to act. If a decision is not made within those 30 seconds, the player's hand is considered dead and are mucked.
- NO SPLASHING THE POT. A player's bet must remained in from of them.
- NO TABLE TALK about a hand when it is still in play with more then heads up action.
- If players are heads up they have the opportunity to talk about their hand with the other player.
- NO INFLUENCE OF PLAY. A dealer or player is not allowed to influence another player's decision about their hand.
- When a player leaves the table at a venue, that player will have their blinds posted as well as their hands folded until they return to their seat.
- A player will maintain their seat until the blinds have passed their position twice or they have blinded out.
- A player who announces they wish to leave has the ability to muck their chips and leave the table.
- Player must be courteous of their fellow players and the game when it comes to the usage of their cell phone and smoking.
- All drinks must be placed in the cup holders.
- Smokers must use ashtrays at the tables.
- ONLY ENGLISH TO BE SPOKEN AT THE TABLES.
It is expected of the players and dealers to maintain the elegance and etiquette of the game. Behavior deemed as inappropriate will not be tolerated and those responsible for such behavior may be asked to leave the table/venue. This conduct is expected at the venue level, tournament level and semi-annual level. Decisions pertaining to a player's/dealer’s behavior will be made by management of Smoken A’s as well as the venue management.
Wins/Points/Tournament and Semi Annual Prizes
- An individual who wins at a Smoken A’s nightly venue will receive wins and points that will be recorded on a player's win card and the company's website.
- One win at a local venue automatically gives a player an entrance into Smoken A’s semi-annual tournament which is held once every 6 months.
- A first win at a local venue is worth 10,000 in chips at the Smoken A’s semi-annual tournament.
- Each additional win at a local venue will give the player an additional 1,000 chips at the Smoken A’s semi-annual tournament.
- The Smoken A’s semi-annual tournament will provide prizes for the top ten spots.
- Wins will be erased and players will start over with a blank slate after every semi-annual.
- Players who place in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places will receive points accordingly:
- 1st = 200 points
- 2nd = 100 points
- 3rd = 50 points
- Points that players accumulate will be used towards tournaments that will be player every 6 months opposite the semi-annual.
- Points will be erased and players will start over with a blank slate after each tournament.
- Chip cards will be given out to the top 3 places in the Smoken A’s nightly tournaments.
- 1st = 1 chip card
- 2nd = 2 chip cards
- 3rd = 3 chip cards
Players wins/points will be verified through the players win card, website and dealers win sheet. Any disagreement of wins/points will be handled between that of the player and management. Any suspecting action of falsifying wins/points or bring chips to the table by a player will result in elimination from the tournament.The rules set forth by that of Smoken A’s Poker Company should be followed by all those involved and are binding.
Any player that is not following the rules set forth by Smoken A’s gives the company, personnel,dealers and venues holding the nightly tournaments the right to ask the player to leave at any point.