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.

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Date:   Friday, Nov 9, 2012

Time:   Registration 6pm
           Late Reg until 8pm
           Tournament 7p - 12a

Where: Chicago Cultural Center
           78 E Washington St.
           Chicago, IL 60602

Cost:    $125 Early Poker Reg.
           (Discounted from $150)
           $100 Gambler's Package
           $35 Spectator Only Entry

All packages include food and drink vouchers.

Chicago Cultural Center Map