Chicago Poker Open

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The Game of Texas Hold 'Em

We will be playing No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em at the Chicago Poker Open. For some basic information on the history of the game and how to play it, you can visit Wikipedia (link).

Tournament Structure

The Chicago Poker Open will have the following structure:

•Players in the Undercard Event will begin with T$1,500 in chips.

•Players in the Main Event will begin with T$2,000 in chips

•Blinds will begin at T$25/T$50 and increase every 20 minutes, based on the provided structure.

•A full blind structure is included below. HOWEVER, since we are required by state law to end the tournament within a certain period of time, we reserve the right to change or alter the blinds at any point in the tournament.

•Our goal is to end the Tournament by Midnight.

•Registration and the cocktail reception will begin at 6 p.m. Players will be able to go to their tables starting at 6:30 p.m. and the tournament will begin at 7:00 p.m.

•At the end of the 3rd round, there will be a break. During this break, players may add-on regardless of their chip stack size at the time. Subsequent breaks will take place at the end of every 3-4 rounds, and chips will be colored up during those breaks. The last break will occur when there are only ten players left. This break schedule may be modified in order to accommodate the scheduled end-time of the tournament.

•Tables will be balanced and condensed as needed throughout the course of the tournament at the sole discretion of the organizers of the Chicago Poker Open. We will make every available attempt to keep tables at equal ratios throughout the course of the night. When condensing tables, players may be moved to a different position at a new table. For example, a player being moved from a table where s/he was the button, may be moved into a position other than the button at the new table.

•When only 10 players remain, play will stop and players will draw for seats at the final table.

•All tournament participants and spectators must be 21 years of age or older.


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Blind Schedule

Please remember, we reserve the right to change or alter the blinds or length of the levels at any point in the tournament.

Each level will last 20 minutes.

Level 1 

25 - 50

Level 2

50 - 100

Level 3

75 - 150

First Break (Add On Period)

Level 4

100 - 200

Level 5

150 - 300

Level 6

200 - 400

Second Break (Color Up)

Level 7

300 - 600

Level 8

400 - 800

Level 9

500 - 1000

Level 10

1000 - 2000

Third Break (Color Up)

Level 11

1500 - 3000

Level 12

2500 - 5000

Level 13

5000 - 10000

Level 14

10000 - 20000


After Level 14, blinds will double at this point at the sole discretion of the tournament director to ensure an ending prior to cut-off.

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Re-Buys and Add-ons

•During the first hour of play any player with less than T$1,000 in chips may re-buy for half the cost of their tournament buy-in, and receive an amount of chips equal to the tournament starting chips (Undercard - T$1500 chips, Main Event – T$2000 chips).

•There are no limits as to how many re-buys a player may make within the first hour.

•A player who loses all of his or her chips may re-buy back into the tournament on the next hand.

•During the first hour break all players, regardless of chip count, will be allowed to purchase one add-on for half the initial tournament cost and receive an amount of chips equal to the tournament starting chips. Players who have below T$1,000 in chips at the break may re-buy AND add-on.

•After the first hour break ends, no more re-buys or add-ons will be allowed. Players who lose all of their chips after this point will be knocked out of the tournament.


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We highly encourage people who are not playing in the tournament come and partake in the festivities. A crowded house makes it more fun and exciting for everyone. In addition to watching you and the other guests play, spectators can enjoy the wide array of food and beverages available. Spectator tickets are XXX each.



After the conclusion of the re-buy/add-on period any celebrities who are left in the tournament will have a “bounty” put on them. Every time a tournament player knocks-out a celebrity, the player who knocked out the celebrity will win a prize.


Rules & Etiquette

We ask that all guests remember that this is a poker event for charity, so have fun and remember you're playing for a good cause. Since the dealers are volunteers and all players may not have the same skill level, some mistakes may be made, so players should be patient and cordial at all times. Here are some additional rules that will be in effect:


•Cursing, swearing, verbal abuse will not be tolerated. Players engaging in such behavior will be removed from the tournament.

•Refrain from criticizing another player's play. 

•Be nice to the dealers. Remember they are volunteers.

•Keep your chips on the table and visible at all times—with larger denominations on top and/or in front of your chip stack. When moving tables, chips must be visible at all times, they may not go in your pockets or bags.

•Do not handle another player's chips. While you may give another player change for chips, you may not give chips to another player.

•Protect your cards so that no one else can see them. Keep your cards on the table at all times (holding cards against your shirt or putting them in your pocket or lap is not allowed).

•You may leave the table at any time (e.g., top get a drink, go to the restroom, etc.). During your absence, cards will be dealt to your seat and folded. Your blinds will be put into the pot during your absence.

•Speaking on mobile phones is not allowed while sitting at the table. If you need to use the phone, you must get up from the table.

•It is each player's responsibility to follow the flow of the game. Play in turn. Do not act out of turn.

•At no time should any player or spectator make statements that could unfairly influence the play of a hand. This includes commenting on mucked cards and discussing possible hands.

•Do not splash the pot. When making a bet, announce your bet and place the chips in front of your cards towards the center of the table. Do NOT throw the chips into the pot.

•String bets are not allowed:

•If your intention is to bet $100, then you must either announce your bet OR move enough chips to cover the bet into the pot in one motion. You may NOT take $50 and put it in the pot and then go back into your chip stack for another $50 to complete your bet.

•You may not say "I call your bet and raise you..." You must announce your raise or intention to raise.

•It is recommended that you verbally announce your action—call, raise, fold, check, bet.

•Do not expose any cards until the showdown.

•In a showdown situation when there are no more opportunities for betting (this happens most often when it's heads-up play and one of the players is all-in), the players in the hand must turn their cards over immediately.

•Rabbit hunting (asking to see what cards would have appeared, had you bet) is not allowed.

•Agreeing to "check-down" a hand after a player has gone all-in is not allowed.

•If a player decides to muck (discard) his/her cards, that player is allowed to do so without his/her opponent seeing the cards. Once the cards hit the muck, that player is no longer in the hand and cannot win the pot. The remaining player does not have to show his/her hand in order to win the pot.

•If the dealer exposes a card while dealing, dealing continues in order with the last card being dealt going to the person whose card was exposed. The exposed card becomes the burn card. In instances where two cards are exposed by the dealer while the cards are being dealt, a misdeal is declared and the cards are reshuffled and re-dealt without moving the button or blinds. If a card intended for a player in the blinds is exposed, misdeal is also declared. If a player accidentally exposes his/her cards during a hand, the entire table must be shown the cards and play continues.

•If multiple players are in a hand, players in or out of the hand may not verbally speculate about the players’ cards (e.g. “I’ll be she has a flush.”, “that card may have given him a straight”). If a player is out of the hand, he/she may not verbally speculate about the players’ cards. Only when two players are remaining in the hand (head’s up), may one of the players with cards verbally speculate about what his/her opponent holds.