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Rules

 

 

Tournament Conditions

General

1.         The conduct of the Tournament will be governed by these Tournament Conditions (as amended), the current edition of the Rules and, where applicable, the laws of the relevant state in which the tournament is being held. In the event of an irreconcilable inconsistency between these Tournament Conditions and the Rules, the Rules will prevail to the extent of the inconsistency.

2.         The Tournament Supervisor can amend/change the Tournament conditions at their own discretion and at anytime. This includes winding back the clock and blinds The Promoter must take reasonable steps to notify applicants/players of material amendments.

3.         Except insofar as these Tournament Conditions expressly provide otherwise, any decision that the Promoter/Tournament Supervisor may or must make in relation to the tournament, including pursuant to any provision of these Tournament Conditions, will be made by the Promoter/Tournament Supervisor at its sole and absolute discretion in every respect (including timing) and without imposing any obligation on the Promoter/Tournament Supervisor to have or provide reasons for the Promoter's/Tournament Supervisor's conduct in this regard.

4.         To the extent that circumstances arise for which these Tournament Conditions or the Rules make no provision or in relation to which the relevant provisions of the Tournament Conditions or Rules are unclear, the Promoter/Tournament Supervisor may make a decision regarding those circumstances based on fairness and best intentions whilst in keeping with the traditions and best interests of the game and players.

5          All decisions made by the Promoter/Tournament Supervisor are final and binding.  No correspondence will be entered into.

6.         To the maximum extent permitted by law, and without affecting any rights that cannot be excluded by law, the Promoter or representatives are not liable for any loss, damage or injury suffered or sustained (including direct or consequential loss or loss arising from negligence) arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with the conduct of the tournaments, including the making, substance and merits of any decision of the Promoter/Tournament Supervisor.

7.         Subject to the Deed, by entering a tournament, each player authorises the Promoter, subsidiary companies or a third party to unconditionally use of the player's name, address, image and likeness (including as embodied or communicated in any photograph, cinematograph film, broadcast or any other medium) for the purpose of promoting and advertising the Promoter, the Promoter's subsidiaries, the Promoter's venues or any third party, without further consideration, notice, review or consent.

8.         In these Tournament Conditions:

(a)       all monetary values expressed in this document are expressed in Australian currency;

(b)       words used in the singular do not exclude the plural, and vice versa; and

(c)       "The Promoter" of the Tournament is TEXAS HOLDEM POKER AUSTRALIA CAN 124 406 657 (ABN 43124406659) a company incorporated in NSW having its Registered Office at 3A Werrina Parade Blue bay 2261 on the Central Coast of NSW ("THPA")

9.         The THPA Promoter is to publish and have available on request where tournament Poker is played, a copy of the tournament conditions.

10.       The tournament conditions must include, but is not limited to, the following:

(a)       the amount of the buy-in for the tournament or each session of the tournament;

(b)       the amount of tournament chips to be allocated to the tournament player at the commencement of a session;

(c)       the maximum number of re-buys or add-ons permitted, the time period during which re-buys or add-ons may be conducted, the cost of such re-buys or add-ons and the amount of tournament chips to be received for each re-buy or add-on;

(d)       any conditions of play generally that may not be described in, but are consistent with, these rules such as method for balancing and/or breaking of tables, the method for imposing any time restrictions for wagering, the timing and method of play for any bonus or elimination rounds if applicable etc.;

(e)       the conditions of play applicable to the allocation of tables and wagering areas, and the order of wagering;

(f)        whether there is one or more opportunities for an eliminated tournament player to buy back into the tournament, whether there is one or more opportunities for a player to buy into the final sessions of the tournament and the method and timing of those opportunities;

(g)       whether entries may be transferred to other nominated sessions and/or whether a player may nominate in person, subject to Tournament Supervisor approval, a substitute player to take that person's allotted seat during a session;

(h)       in respect of eligibility for entry:

(i)             a statement that only persons entitled to enter the venue and gamble are eligible to enter the tournament; and

(ii)            if the THPA Promoter is reserving the right generally to deny entry to the tournament, a statement that the THPA Promoter may refuse any application; and

(iii)       if the THPA Promoter is applying general selection criteria to determine eligibility to enter the tournament, those criteria.

(i)         the terms of entry (including the period within which a tournament player may withdraw without financial penalty), the application form and the minimum and maximum numbers of tournament players permitted (if any);

(j)         the prizes and the method of payment and any undertaking, reservation or guarantee given by the THPA Promoter, if applicable;

(k)        a statement that the tournament is conducted by the Tournament Supervisor in accordance with the tournament conditions and the applicable rules of the game and that, in the event of any inconsistency, the rules prevail.

11.       The Tournament Supervisor may require each tournament player to agree in writing with the approved Rules and Conditions of the tournament prior to accepting entry into the tournament.

12.       The Tournament Supervisor may alter the starting time of any session, if reasonable notice has been given to the tournament players.

13.       The THPA Promoter may determine whether to allow a tournament player to transfer their entry to another nominated session and/or whether to allow a player to nominate a substitute player to take their allotted seat during any session and may impose conditions as considered necessary to those allowances.

14.       The THPA Promoter may determine to conduct a bonus round(s) at any time providing players are advised prior to the bonus round commencing and no cards have been dealt and no blinds or antes have been placed prior to the announcement of the bonus round.

15.       The THPA Promoter may determine to conduct an elimination round(s) at any time providing players are advised prior to the elimination round commencing and no cards have been dealt and no blinds and/or antes have been placed prior to the announcement of the elimination round.

16.       If the tournament player(s) to progress to the following session from that gaming table or round have been determined, the Tournament Supervisor may conclude the play of a session prior to the completion of the scheduled number of hands or the scheduled completion time.

17.       Where a tournament player does not take an allotted seat at the specified time or is absent during a session the Tournament Supervisor:

17.1     shall direct the dealer to deduct, where applicable, an amount equal to all compulsory antes, blinds and/or minimum wagers from the player's tournament chips for each round of play for which the tournament player is absent and place them in the pot; and

17.2     shall direct the dealer to deal the cards to the absent player's position as though he/she were present.  Subject to rule 8.9, should the player still not be present at the table at the completion of dealing the cards their cards will be folded; and/or

17.3     may declare the tournament player's position cancelled and the tournament player disqualified.  Once disqualified a tournament player will not be entitled to a refund of any buy-in, except on the approval of the Tournament Supervisor and will not be entitled to retain the value of any tournament chips in their possession at the time of disqualification.

18.       The Tournament Supervisor shall disqualify any tournament player found to be deliberately concealing, pocketing or otherwise hiding chips during tournament play.  No such tournament player shall be entitled to a refund of any buy-in, re-buy or add-on and will not be entitled to retain the value of any tournament chips in their possession at the time of disqualification.

(a)  Tournament Structure

The tournament supervisor will move players to facilitate the balancing and/or breaking of tables to ensure the efficient running of the tournament.

Tables will be balanced in order to maximize the number of players and to regulate approximate even numbers of players on each table as player and table numbers reduce.

The method of balancing tables will be by moving a player who is closest to the left of the big blind on a table with more players to fill the seat closest to the left of the big blind on a table with fewer players in order to even out player numbers.

As players are eliminated (lose all their chips) from the tournament, the Tournament Supervisor will break tables from play in order to maximize the number of players at each table.  Tables will be broken in a pre-set order, with those players being assigned to empty seats at other tables as needed to ensure reasonable balancing.

Players seated on the new table assume all responsibilities of that position and shall be dealt in immediately.  The only variation to this shall be if a new player to a table takes up a position between the small blind and the button, in this case they must wait until the button has passed. 

The final table shall consist of up to 10 players and will be played until there is only one player remaining.  That player shall be declared the overall tournament winner.

(b)  Tournament Chips

Each player shall be issued with a predetermined number of chips prior to the start of the tournament.  The order of wagering will be in accordance with the THPA Poker Rules.

Any player removing tournament chips from the table will be disqualified from the tournament and excluded from any further tournaments at THPA.

The Tournament Promoter may choose to make bonus chips available for players in addition to the normal allocation of chips, ie. 'early birds', food and/or drinks purchase, previous tournament patronage, etc or based on previous points scored over a determined period.

(c)   Allocation of Wagering/Seating Position Areas

Allocation of wagering/seat positions will be done by a manual or electronic system prior to the commencement of each tournament.  

Where wagering and seating positions are determined by a randomly generated computer program the designated player(dealer) will be the number 1 position.

In the case of a draw card method being used to determine seating and wagering positions a draw will be conducted at the table prior to the commencement of play.

A corresponding number of cards to players will be placed faced down on the table by a THPA representative with players selecting a card. The number of that card represents the players seating position.  The player who has selected and is seated in the number 1 position will be the designated player(dealer).

A player who has not taken their seat by the conclusion of the first break or after the fourth set of blinds, subject to the Tournament Directors descretion, will be disqualified and their remaining chips will be removed from play in most tournaments. However in major events or our bigger games, players who have prepaid and not be present, at the start of play, will have their stacks on the table until the 6th level of blinds are completed. If they do not take their position at that time they will be disqualified and their remaining chips will be removed from play. At these tournaments, if a player has not prepaid, they can still enter into the event until the completion of the 4th level of blinds. The Tournament Director, at their discretion, will decided, according to the time limits of the event, which of these three entry timelines will apply. 

(d)  Wagers

There is no maximum limit to the size or number of raises permitted in each round of play.  The minimum raise must not be lower than the table minimum(big blind) and must not be less than any previous bet or raise in the betting round, except where a player goes all-in.

The Tournament Supervisor shall increase the blinds at his/her discretion, providing all players are advised prior to the round of play in which the blinds are to be increased and no wagers have been placed or cards dealt prior to the announcement. 

Note:  The increased blinds announcement will take effect once the cards have been     cut, not when the blinds have been posted.

(e)  Time Restriction

The Tournament Supervisor may impose a time restriction on any player deemed to be taking too long to make a decision.  On being advised by the Tournament Supervisor that the time limit is being imposed the player shall then be given 40 seconds to make and act on their decision.  At the completion of 30 seconds the Tournament Supervisor will inform the player that he/she has 10 seconds to make a decision.  A player who fails to make a decision within the 40-second time limit will be required to fold their hand.

(f)    Buy-in

The cost of participating in the tournament will be by way of a buy-in which may vary.

The Free to Play has no cost of entry but you can do a Re-buy prior to the first break or a Add-on at the Break, if you have not already had a Re-buy.

Reserves may be entered into the tournament up to the end of the first break.

Eligibility for Entry

Only persons entitled to enter the licensed Venues, Clubs and Pubs, where we hold our events, are eligible to enter the tournament.  Players are therefore subject to the rules and conditions of the respective venues.  Players that are asked to leave the venue premises by the venue staff during a tournament will not be entitled to a refund of their Buy-in.

Entry into the tournament is by registration only and at the discretion of the Tournament Supervisor.  Players must be 18 years or over to register to play.

A refund of a player's Buy-in will be given prior to the commencement of the tournament upon request.  Refunds requested after commencement of the tournament will be at the discretion of the Tournament Supervisor and only in extenuating circumstances.

The tournament is conducted by the Tournament Supervisor, in accordance with the Rules of Poker endorsed by the THPA and these Tournament Conditions.  In the event of any inconsistency with these Tournament Conditions, the Rules of Poker will prevail.

Terms and conditions may be altered or amended including prize pool without notice at the discretion of the Tournament Supervisor/Promoter.

A disqualified player will not be entitled to any refund of any buy-in paid and will not be eligible for any part of the prize pool.

The THPA Tournament Supervisor/Promoter may refuse any application.

Player conduct - during a round of play

1               During a round of play, players must ensure that at all times their chips are arranged so that each chip is clearly visible and its denomination clearly discernible to all players and THPA staff.  Chips carrying the highest denomination of a player's chip stack must sit in the position relative to the player's other chips that is most prominent from the point of view of other players and THPA staff.

2          Players seated at a table at which a round of play has not concluded must not:

(a)       use or refer to any tool, instrument or artificial aid, including electronic devices, except their own wristwatch, and only insofar as the watch is used only for displaying the time;

(b)       obtain or seek the advice or assistance of other players, bystanders or the THPA staff when making decisions about their play (i.e. "one player to a hand");

(c)       place foreign chips on the table, other than a maximum of one foreign chip that is being used as a card protector;

(d)       alter, supplement or tamper with the whole or part of any chips on any table, except pursuant to an authorised bonus, re-buy or add-on;

(e)       disclose or reveal a live or folded hand, or a hand that has not yet been tabled;

(f)        miscall a hand;

(g)       weaken or forfeit their own prospects in a round of play in order to benefit themselves or any other player (i.e. "chip dumping");

(h)       refrain from competing against any other player for the purpose of benefiting any player (ie "soft play");

(i)         advise, criticise or otherwise comment on play;

(j)         leave their seat while their action is pending;

(k)        fail to perform a compulsory ante, blind or minimum bet;

(l)         attempt to increase table stakes other than as expressly permitted in these Tournament Conditions and the Rules; or

(m)       deliberately hide or conceal chips.

Player conduct - all times during a Tournament

3          At all times during a Tournament, players must not carry or otherwise remove any chips from a table unless:

(a)       the player is following the THPA's express instructions to take a seating position at a different table; or

(b)       the Tournament Supervisor (i.e. not merely any representative of the Promoter) expressly authorises the player to do so.

Under these circumstances a chip tray (rack) may be used if available, to transfer the chips

Note:  All chips used for play during the Tournament are the property of the Promoter.

4          At all times during a Tournament, players must not:

(a)       offer unsolicited advice to players participating in a round;

(b)       ask the dealer to reveal the cards that would have come if a player had decided to play their hand (i.e. "rabbit hunt");

(c)       behave unlawfully;

(d)       abuse other players or the THPA staff or otherwise behave disruptively, anti-socially or in such a manner as to bring any player, the Promoter or the Tournament into disrepute;

(e)       engage in collusive activity relating to the Tournament;

(f)        speak any language other than English during a round of play;

(g)       display anything, including advertising material or a thing forming part of their apparel, that the Promoter regards as inappropriate;

(h)       without limiting paragraph (g) or the Deed, display any logo pursuant to a sponsorship arrangement that has not been notified to the Promoter; or

(i)         avoid paying a blind when moving from a broken table.

Investigations and penalties

5          The Promoter may undertake to investigate any lawful act where these Tournament Conditions, the Rules or any law has been contravened by any player or bystander in relation to any Tournament.  For the avoidance of doubt, the Tournament Supervisor may count a player's chips or read any unexposed cards.

6          It is a condition of a player's ongoing entitlement (if any) to participate in a tournament that the player performs all their obligations contained in these Tournament Conditions.

Subject to the express provisions of these Tournament Conditions and the Rules, the Promoter may impose a penalty or warning which may include a player's ongoing entitlement to participate in a tournament.  There are a range of penalties available on a player, including penalties that have effect retrospectively.

7          The penalties that the Promoter may impose may include immediate disqualification from the tournament, which includes the forfeiture of all chips, buy-ins and prizes (or entitlements to them).

8          The Promoter may impose penalties from the following range of penalties.  The penalised player's blinds, antes and / or forced bets will be forfeited for:

(a)       one round;

(b)       2 rounds;

(c)       3 rounds; or

(d)       4 rounds.

(e)       10 minutes

In each case, the forfeiture remains in effect until the button returns to the same position it was in when the penalty was imposed after the applicable number of rounds has passed.

Tournament Rules

1.  Definitions

1.1            "active player"  for a round of play means a player who is all-in or has not folded;

 "add on"  means a once-only purchase of an additional bank of tournament chips at a specified time, purchased by the tournament player(s) during the play of the tournament;

"all-in"  means a player who has invested all of their remaining chips in the outcome of a hand.  An all-in player can only win that portion of the pot or pots to which they have contributed;

"ante"  means a predetermined contribution to the pot placed by all players prior to the first card being dealt in a round of play;

"balancing"  means the method by which players may be moved between tournament tables in order to maintain an even number of players across the tournament tables in use;

"bet"  means placing the required wager, and includes a call and/or raise if permitted, to remain in the round of play or going all-in if remaining chips are less than the size of the required wager;

"betting round"  means a period of play during which each active player, in order, has the option to check, bet or fold until all wagers have been matched or reached the maximum number of raises;

"blind"  means a predetermined contribution to the pot placed by a selected player or players before the first card is dealt.  The blind is a live wager, which can win the pot if no further contributions to the pot are made;

"bonus round"  means a round of play in which there is an additional amount of tournament chips contributed to the pot by the THPA Promoter and/or an additional prize is awarded to the winner;

"breaking"  means the method by which the number of tournament tables may be reduced as players are eliminated from the tournament;

"burn"  means a card which is removed from the top of the deck by the dealer without exposing its value and placed face down, separate from the discards;

"buy-in"  means the amount paid by the tournament player(s) to comprise a prize pool or prize pools;

"call"  means a wager made in an amount equal to the immediately preceding wager or going all-in for their remaining chips;

"card shoe"  means a device from which cards are dealt;

"check"  means to abstain from wagering but continue to stay in contention for the pot by retaining the right to re-enter the betting after all other players have either bet or folded. A check shall only be an option if no blind is placed or bet made;

"community card(s)"  means a card or cards dealt to the centre of the table, which may be used by all players to complete their best possible hand;

"dead hand"  means a hand that is ineligible to win the pot;

"dealer"  means a person responsible for the immediate operation of the hand;

"designated player"  is the last player to receive cards in the initial deal and is indicated by the use of the dealer button;

"flop"  means three community cards dealt face downward and turned face up simultaneously;

"fold"  means a decision by a player to no longer continue with their hand for that particular round of play;

"tournamet supervisor"  means a person responsible for the immediate supervision of the operation of the game;

"hand"  means the cards dealt to each player in a round of play;

"hole cards"  means a player's concealed cards;

"indicate"  means a verbal announcement or motion by a player to check, call, bet, raise or fold, all of which are binding.

"muck"  means the pile of discards;

"play-off"  means any session of play the purpose of which is to determine a winner and/or placegetter(s) of a session where two or more tournament players have finished that session with an equal value of chips;

"pot"  means the sum of the antes, blinds and bets wagered;

"raise"  means to make a bet greater than the amount of a previous wager made during a betting round;

"re-buy"  means the purchase of an additional bank of tournament chips that may be purchased by the tournament player during a pre-determined time period of the tournament whenever the tournament player has less than the starting bank of chips;

"round"  means a period of play where the dealer button moves around the table and it has reached a particular player a second time;

"round of play"  means the period of play at a table commencing with the dealing of the first card by the dealer and concluding when the dealer announces a result and passes the pot to the winning player;

"session"  means a period of play until a designated number of players remain in the tournament or a set time period or the play of a designated number of rounds of play, at the completion of which:

(i)             the winner and/or placegetter(s) advance to a further or final session; or

(ii)            the winner and/or placegetter(s) are determined;

"side pot(s)"  means a separate pot or pots created in a game of poker due to one or more players being all-in;

"string raise"  means a bet made in more than one motion without the declaration of a raise and the amount of that raise.

"substantial action"  where two or more players have acted on their hands;

"table stake"  means the amount of chips a player has on the table and in plain view before the start of any round of play.  An active player may only wager up to the amount of chips on the table and may not augment their table stake whilst a round of play is in progress;

"tie" means that two (2) or more tournament players have equal value amounts of tournament chips at the conclusion of a heat or final;

"tournament" means a competition for the playing of Poker, which is restricted to persons who have completed an entry form and have paid the prescribed buy-in;

"tournament chips"  means non-value chips issued to tournament players for the purposes of wagering and scoring in tournament play.

"Tournament Supervisor"  means a licensed person(s), designated by the THPA Promoter, who shall be present while the tournament is in progress and be responsible for the overall conduct of the tournament.

"void"  means invalid with no result.

2.  Table Layout and Equipment

2.1       The game of Poker shall be played at a table having up to a maximum of 11 seated players or 10 players and a place for the dealer.

2.2       The following equipment shall also be used:

2.2.1       a card shoe, where available, capable of holding a single deck of cards;

2.2.2       a dealer button which is used to denote the designated player.  The button is moved one position in a clockwise rotation at the conclusion of each round of play and held by the last person to receive cards in the initial deal;

2.2.3       a cut card, which is placed on the bottom of the deck after the cards are cut.

3.  The Cards

3.1       The game of Poker shall be played with a deck having 52 cards without jokers, with backs of the same colour and design.

3.2       Cards shall be checked by a dealer or a supervisor or by use of a deck-checking device prior to use on a gaming table.

3.3       Cards may be checked and secured until such time as they may be required.

3.4       Cards may, at the discretion of a Tournament Supervisor, be changed after any round of play if, for any reason, a card or cards become unfit for further use.  If all the cards are replaced, the new cards shall be checked, shuffled and cut in accordance with these rules.

3.5       When handling the cards, players shall at all times ensure that the cards remain on and/or above the playing area of the table. The cards shall not be removed from the perimeter of the table.

3.6       The Tournament Supervisor may inspect a player's hand at the completion of the hand.

3.7       The Tournament Supervisor may, at any time, instruct the dealer to check and verify the number of cards.

4.  The Shuffle and Cut

4.1       The cards shall be shuffled so that they are randomly intermixed within the deck:

4.1.1    immediately prior to the recommencement of play following any period that the table has been vacant.

4.1.2    immediately prior to the commencement of each round of play.

4.2       After the cards have been shuffled, the player to the immediate left of the dealer shall cut the cards and place them on a cutting card for the commencement of play.

4.3       Where a THPA dealer is supplied, no person other than the dealer shall cut the cards.

5.  Wagers

5.1       After each card has been dealt, players may look at their cards and at the completion of dealing indicate their intention to bet or fold in order.

5.2       A player who elects to bet shall place a wager directly in front of them and/or indicate to the dealer their intention to check, bet or fold. Subject to rule 14.4 once a player has made a wager it may not be withdrawn or altered.

5.3       Except as provided in these rules or until a decision has been made in respect of any wager, no wager may be handled, placed, increased or withdrawn after the first card of the round of play has been dealt.

5.4       If a player makes a raise of 50% or more of the previous wager without indicating their intent, they will be required to make the raise up to the minimum raise permitted. If a player makes a raise of less than 50% of the previous wager or raise without indicating their intent, it shall be considered a call.

5.5       A player who bets unannounced with two chips of the same denomination totalling more than the amount to call and less than the minimum amount to raise (and one chip value is less than the previous bet), shall be considered a call. 

5.6       A single (oversize) chip of greater value than the bet that is not indicated as a raise shall be considered a call pre-flop. After the flop, if the first person to act, without indicating their intention, the oversize chip bet will be the value of the chip. Any player following this can put in a single oversize chip, which will be considered a call unless otherwise indicated.

5.7       String raises are not permitted. Players shall either declare their intention verbally, inclusive of amount or wager the proper amount of chips in one motion.

5.8       A player shall not wager on more than one hand in any round of play.

6.  Minimum, Maximum Wagers and Betting Structures

6.1       The rules for minimum and maximum wagers are as follows:

6.2       Where a blind bet is required, the first compulsory blind bet shall be half the table minimum.  The second compulsory blind bet shall be equal to the table minimum for the first betting round;

6.3           A raise shall not be less than any previous bet or raise in that round, except in the event of a player going all-in;

6.4       A blind raise can be put in by the 'under the gun' player with the amount being double the big blind amount up to all-in.  Once this bet is placed the next person to act can also do so, and so on within standard raising guidelines.  A blind raise is just that.....a raise put in without looking at your cards which is considered your betting option as you were next to act.

6.5       Each player shall buy in for an identical amount; excluding any 'bonus' chips

6.6       A player shall not add or remove any chips from their table stake after the game has commenced, unless instructed by the Tournament Supervisor for the purpose of balancing and breaking of tournament tables.;

6.7       A player shall be able to join the game up until commencement of play after the first break with the appropriate blinds being deducted;

6.8       A player shall not permanently leave the game unless his/her table stake is exhausted or there are reasonable grounds in the opinion of the THPA Tournament Supervisor for that player being unable to continue.

6.9       Subject to rule 10 or unless these rules state otherwise, a tournament player must participate in each round of play, and where applicable, contribute all compulsory antes, blinds and/or minimum wagers to the pot.  A player who fails to contribute such compulsory antes, blinds and/or minimum wagers shall be disqualified.

7.  Order of Play/Deal

7.1       The dealer button shall be passed in a clockwise direction around the table at the conclusion of each round of play.

7.2       The person holding the dealer button becomes known as the designated player and shall receive the last card in the initial deal.

7.3       The player to the immediate left of the designated player will be the first to place an ante/blind and receive the cards with the next person to place the second ante/blind.

7.4       In the event that what was to be either the designated player(dealer) and/or the first blind(small blind) player(s) being eliminated on the previous round the dealer button shall still move one place in a clockwise motion.  This may render the designated player and/or the small blind position(s) 'Dead'.  Where the first or small blind position has been declared 'Dead' only a second or big blind will be posted for that round of play.  In the event that the first two blinds are eliminated in the same round then the next player to the left of the designated player(dealer) becomes the first or small blind and the player to the left of him/her assumes and posts the second or big blind.

7.5       A player may not decline to place any compulsory blinds.

7.6       Cards shall be dealt to each player face down, in a clockwise direction, commencing with the player on the immediate left of the designated player.

7.7       Where only two players remain in the game, all rules pertaining to the order of wagering, and order of play shall be amended to the extent that the first person to be dealt a card will be the Big Blind.  The first person to act preflop will be the Small Blind(designated player).  The first person to act on and after the flop will be the Big Blind.

8.  Betting Round

8.1       At the start of the first betting round, the player immediately to the left of the Big Blind shall indicate and/or declare their intention to call, raise or fold.

8.2       At the start of each subsequent betting round, the active players in order starting with the player closest to the left of the designated player(dealer) shall indicate and/or declare their intention to check, bet or fold.

8.3       A player who elects to bet shall place a wager in accordance with rule 5.

8.4       A player who elects to fold shall indicate or pass their cards facedown where the dealer shall collect them. Cards will be live until mucked.

8.5       The dealer shall collect any monies due to the pot, placing it in the centre of the table.  Upon request from an active player the dealer may spread the chips in the pot for the purpose of ease of counting by the active player(s).  This does not include the stacking or verbal counting of the pot by the dealer or any other player, active or not.

8.6       The cards from each player who elects to fold shall be individually spread out face downwards by the dealer, counted and then placed in the discard pile.

8.7       Once a player has folded and their hand has been mucked the hand cannot be returned to play.  During play and up until play has completed the dealer is the only one permitted to touch any cards that have been mucked.

Note: A player is deemed to of mucked his/her cards when it hits the muck however if a player has indicted verbally that he is folding then they are folded regardless if the hit muck or not.

 8.8       At the completion of all betting rounds if two or more players remain in the hand, subject to rule 10.7:

8.8.1    the player being called shall expose his/her cards; or

8.8.2    if all players have checked the first active player on the left of the designated player(dealer) may then expose their hole cards; and

8.8.3    any remaining players wishing to claim the pot shall then expose their cards.  The winning hand shall be the highest-ranking five-card hand consisting of any combination from the five community cards and the player's two hole cards.

8.9       Players not at the table on the completion of all players cards being dealt will have their hand folded, except for the big blind. The big blind will be folded when it's their turn to act.

9.  Checking

9.1       Checking is not permitted in the first betting round, except for the Big Blind if there has not been a raise.

9.2       The first player who may check in subsequent betting rounds is the first active player to the left of the designated player.

9.3       If a player checks, the next active player may also check.

9.4       No player may check once a bet has been made in a betting round.

10.  All-in

10.1     A player who does not have a table stake of sufficient value to meet a wager and who wishes to stay in the hand must wager the remaining amount of their table stake. They remain in the hand as an active player, taking no further part in any subsequent betting round(s).

10.2     When a player goes all-in for less than the amount required to constitute a bet, all subsequent players must call to any previous amount wagered in the betting round, or call and raise and if necessary start a separate (side) pot.

10.3     If an all-in player is opening the betting and the amount wagered is less than the amount required to constitute a bet, all subsequent players shall be permitted to call for the amount wagered, or raise  and if necessary start a separate (side) pot.

10.4     When an all-in player's wager is in excess of the amount required to call but is less than the amount required to constitute a raise, this excess amount shall not be considered a raise. All subsequent players shall call to the all-in amount or call and raise.

10.5     Amounts bet by players that are more than the player who has gone all-in are then combined in a separate (side) pot.

10.6     An all-in player is only eligible to win the pot or pots they have contributed to.

10.7     An all-in player who has been called shall be required to expose their cards after the final betting round is completed.

11.  Order of Poker Hands

52 Card Deck

11.1     The value of each card in descending order for a 52 card deck is ace, king, queen, jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 (ace, when used in a small straight). The order of hands is as follows:

(a)     Royal Flush                    ace, king, queen, jack, 10 of the same suit.  No suit is deemed higher than any other suit;

(b)     Straight Flush                five cards of the same suit in numerical sequence.  The highest card in the hand designates the relative value of the straight flush.  An ace may count low in a straight e.g. 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace.  No suit is deemed higher than any other suit;

(c)     Four of a Kind                four cards of the same rank; plus one other highest card;

(d)     Full House                      three cards of the same rank combined with a pair of another rank.  The value of the three cards has priority over the pair in comparing hands;

(e)     Flush                              five cards of the same suit.  The highest card in the suit designates the relative value of the flush, followed by the next highest, and so on in descending order of rank.  No suit is deemed higher than any other suit;

(f)      Straight                          five cards in numerical sequence not all of the same suit.  The highest card in the sequence designates the relative value of the straight.  An ace may count high or low in a straight e.g. Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 or 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace;

(g)     Three of a Kind              three cards of the same rank, with the highest rank of any two unmatched cards;

(h)     Two Pair                        two cards of the same rank combined with two cards of another rank, plus one other card.  The highest pair has priority when comparing hands.  If the high pairs are the same, then the low pairs are compared, and then the remaining card;

(i)      One Pair                         two cards of the same rank, combined with three unmatched cards.  A higher pair beats a lower pair.  If the pairs are the same, the remaining three cards are compared, beginning with the highest, then in descending order of rank;

(j)      No Pair                           five unmatched cards.  The highest card in the hand designates the relative value of the hand, followed by the next highest, and so on in descending order of rank.

12.  Final Settlement

12.1     Each hand shall be played to a conclusion and the pot or pots shall not be divided by agreement of two or more players.

12.2     A player must show both cards in the hand face up on the table to win the pot.

12.3     After the dealer announces the winning hand or hands the dealer shall

pass the pot or pots to the winning player or players and collect and count the cards and place them in the discard pile.

12.4     When two or more players hold winning hands of equal value, the pot or pots shall be divided equally to the lowest chip denomination at the table.  If in the event that after the pot or pots have been divided there is an amount that cannot be equally divided, then the remaining chip(s) will be awarded to the first active player(s) remaining in the hand to the left of the designated player(dealer)

13.  Misdeals

13.1     There is a misdeal if:

13.1.1  one or more cards are exposed in cutting;

13.1.2  before substantial action has occurred, it is noticed that the cards were not shuffled or cut prior to the deal;

13.1.3  before substantial action has occurred, the dealer has dealt the cards out of order and the error cannot be reconstructed;

13.1.4  before substantial action has occurred, the dealer during the initial deal, deals a player out or deals an extra hand in and the hand(s) cannot be reconstructed;

13.1.5  before substantial action has occurred, an eligible player has received an incorrect number of cards and the error cannot be corrected.  If substantial action has occurred the player's hand shall be declared void and all wagers shall be returned to the player(s);

13.1.6  if only one player remains in the game at the completion of the final betting round and that player has the incorrect number of cards, the round of play shall be declared void and all wagers shall be returned to players.

13.2     There is a misdeal if during the initial dealing round the dealer exposes two or more cards.

13.3     In the event of a misdeal all bets shall be void, all antes/blinds and all wagers shall be returned to players.

13.4     Whenever a misdeal occurs there shall be a new shuffle and cut in accordance with rule 4.  The same player(s) shall be required to place their compulsory blinds and the first to receive cards in the new deal.

13.5     Where there is doubt over the determination of a misdeal only a THPA dealer or Tournament Supervisor shall make a determination.

14.  Irregularities

14.1     A card found face up in the deck shall be immediately placed in the discards and shall not be used in the round.  Play will continue with the remaining cards in the deck.

14.2     If a card(s) is dropped and/or exposed by a player this card or these cards shall still be played.  A count will then be performed at the end of the round of play.

14.3     If a player shows another player his/her card(s), upon request by the dealer or another player, he/she shall be required to show the entire table the same card(s) at the completion of the round of play.

14.4     Where a player is directed in error by a dealer to act out of turn that player or any following players who act in those circumstances shall retract their action and shall then act in the correct sequence.

14.5     Subject to rule 14.4 where a player attempts to wager out of turn and:

14.5.1  if the player(s) who should have wagered, before the out of turn player, checks then the out of turn player shall check;

14.5.2  if any player(s) who should have wagered before the out of turn player, makes a wager smaller than or equal to the wager indicated by the player attempting to wager out of turn, then the player who attempted to wager out of turn may call or fold but is not permitted to raise;

14.5.3  if any player(s) who should have wagered, before the out of turn player, makes a wager in excess of the wager indicated by the player attempting to wager out of turn, then the player who attempted to wager out of turn may call, call and raise or fold. If the player who wagered out of turn elects to fold then the out of turn wager will stand and remain in the pot;

14.5.4  if any player(s) who should have wagered decides to fold, before the out of turn player, then the out of turn wager shall stand.

14.6     In the event that a card(s) is found to be missing; or a card(s) is found that does not form part of the cards that make up a deck in accordance with rule 3.1, the following shall apply:

14.6.1  the result of any rounds of play previously completed shall stand; and

14.6.2  the round of play where the missing card(s) is discovered or the foreign card(s) is found shall be declared a misdeal and all monies returned to players for that round of play; and

14.6.3  the deck shall be checked for any further missing or foreign cards.

14.7     It is the player's responsibility to protect their hand at all times.  Failure to do so will mean the player will have no redress if the dealer accidentally mucks their cards.

14.8     Except as expressly permitted by these rules, players may not exchange cards, nor exchange, communicate, nor cause to be exchanged or communicated any information regarding their respective hands.

14.9     A player, including an inactive player, shall not look at the discards either before or after the winning hand(s) has been determined.

14.10   A player shall not look at the undealt cards at any time.

14.11   At any time while a game is in progress a The Tournament Supervisor may direct that:

14.11.1            only English be spoken by the players at the table;

14.11.2            there be silence, except for a player declaring their intention, while a hand is in progress;

14.11.3            players suspected of collusion not play at the same table;

14.11.4            any spectators to leave the area.

14.12   If the winning player requests to see a losing player's hand, both hands will become live and the highest ranking hand will win.

14.13   If one of the face down cards is exposed by the dealer while dealing, the dealer shall complete the deal and then replace the exposed card with the card that was to be the first burn card and the exposed card becomes the first burn card.

14.14   If the dealer neglects to burn a card prior to dealing the flop, and it is unable to be reconstructed and there has been no substantial action it shall be taken back by the dealer and shuffled with the remainder of the deck.  The dealer shall cut, and continue dealing.  If substantial action has occurred the flop stands.

14.15   If the dealer neglects to burn a card after the flop has been dealt but prior to dealing further community cards, and the dealer is unable to reconstruct the cards or substantial action has occurred, the community cards as dealt will stand.

14.16   If the flop has too many cards dealt, and it is unable to be reconstructed, it shall be taken back by the dealer, together with the burn card and shuffled with the remainder of the deck, excluding any mucked cards.  The dealer shall cut, and continue dealing.

14.17   If the flop is dealt and turned face up prior to the completion of the betting round, it shall be taken back by the dealer, together with the burn card and shuffled with the remainder of the deck, excluding any mucked cards.  The betting round shall be completed and the dealer shall cut, and continue dealing.

14.18   If the fourth community card is exposed by the dealer prior to the completion of the second betting round;

i.     That card will be taken back and set aside, the burn card shall remain and the second betting round completed.

ii.    The dealer will burn a card, turn over a new fourth community card and complete the betting round.

iii.    The card that was set aside will then be reshuffled with the remainder of the deck, excluding any mucked cards and first burn card(pre-flop) and a fifth community card turned without burning a card.

14.19      If the fifth communit