Rules and Regulatons

Rules and Regulations

The All In Poker League Rules and Regulations The All In Poker League is a free Entertainment League that helps the poker community, educating new players. The All In Poker League is a fun and free way to learn how to play poker, improve you skill level, and just have a great time meeting new people. There's no cost to playing in this poker league. The basic layout of a Bar Poker League is each registered player plays for points that accumulate each tournament. To play for achievements. The first level is a Diamond Member, then Club, Heart, and our main achievement is the Spades Medallion. The Bounty Hunter Medallion is the top in average, and most bounties in a regional area.


All Player card bonus chips must be redeemed at the beginning of the tournament.


ABSOLUTELY NO Outside Food or Drink! 


Under no circumstances are players allowed to bring outside alcohol, food, or drinks into a venue. This Is for the venues protection. This action may violate local, state, or federal codes and laws.  RARE EXCEPTION: There are a small handful of locations that don't serve food. Please verify with venue first before assuming you can break this guideline! Anyone who is verified to have brought outside alcohol into a host venue will face a minimum league suspension of 3 months (A Season). 


 RULE NUMBER ONE!
There is absolutely NO WAGERING, or GAMBLING of any kind allowed during our public events. Please keep all money off the table at all times. Canadian laws strictly prohibit playing for value (money). Any player caught wagering for money, chips or anything of value during play (discussing money games also applies here) will be terminated from the league. There are no exceptions! Players may NOT appeal this decision.


ETIQUETTE
Our poker games are always FREE to play, for CUSTOMERS of our Host Venues. All players are encouraged to patronize the places where they play. They are the reason you have free poker game. Please support them.

Your tournament directors do their best to maintain the quality and integrity of the game at all times. However, they are people first. They can, and do, make mistakes. Please show respect for their decision. This is a fun league and we want to keep it that way.

All players should demonstrate basic respect for each other, the tournament directors, venue staff and the game. Disruptive or abusive behavior will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior like throwing cards/chips, arguing, excessive cursing, cheating etc., may result in the player being removed from the tournament and/or from the league.

Profanity is actively discouraged during our public events. We want our venues to ENJOY the "poker element," not regret it. Remember, some of our venues do NOT permit this kind of language as a rule.

Please do not coach a player who is in a hand. One player per hand ONLY. PLease refrain from being critical of another player's style of play. We're all here to have fun. If and WHEN you get beat on the river, remember that it is part of poker and not an excuse for poor sportsmanship.
 

1. Eligibility:
21 years or older. Some locations can be 18+ determined by the sponsored location. The age requirement will be posted on the daily check in on Facebook, or on meetup.
2. Tournament Dates:
Each Season is three months long. Jan-Mar, Apr-June, July-Sep, and Oct-Dec. Each season will end with a Main Event Championship.
3.  Scoring System: Point Based:
Each Tournament is based on point system. The tournament director will inform the final table of that tournaments points by position.    Player achieves 3 wins in a season = Diamond Medallion     Diamond Medallion + 3 wins in a season  = Club Medallion.   Diamond+Club Medallion+ 4 wins in a season = Heart Medallion.     Diamond, Club, Heart Medallion + 5 wins in a  season = Spade Medallion     Bounty Hunter medallion goes to the most bounties,   and highest average per region with a minimum of 25 tournaments. Players that accumulate 10,000 points in one   season can compete in the Shark Championship in the following season.  Players that accumulate 20,000 points in one   season can compete in the Shark Championship in the following season. Poker Ace Tournament Championships will be   once a year, with all players earning 20,000 in the past year.      

4. Shark Championship
All Members who have 10,000 points or more qualify for The All In Poker League Shark Championship. That Tournament would be hosted at a sponsored event and will be posted on the leaderboard. 

5. Tournament Directors
The tournament director oversees the setup of the tables/chairs, starting chip stacks, player registrations, chip management, moving players & breaking down tables, and reporting the results on the leaderboard, and posting the winners post on The All In Poker Facebook Group Page.  The tournament director will settle any disputes that arise during tournament play per tournament rules.
6. Player Registration
Players must sign-in for each event with the tournament director, and must draw for a random seat assignment.  New players will submit a new player registration form agreeing to no gambling, and agree to that pictures, or video might be used for The All In Poker League promotion.  Substitutes are not allowed; each person can only play for themselves.   
7. Late Players:
Players have until the end of the first break (Chip Up), which is 1:30 minutes into the tournament.  Late players will be provided a dead stack that has been blinded off. If there are no dead stacks available, the player will be given a stack of 8,500 from the original 10,000 started stack

           Tournament Rules:
1. No Side Bets:
All players are prohibited from placing any form of currency on the table.  There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule and violators will be asked to leave immediately.  Anyone found to be placing side bets will be banned from the league indefinitely.  
2. Directors Rulings:
The tournament director’s decision is final on all disputes during tournament play.  Tournament directors are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process.  Unusual circumstances can on occasion dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules.  Please email or call The All In Poker management to report any league problems.   The Directors Decision is final, no hand can be disputed once the pot is collected and the next hand is dealt. 

3. Tournament Structure:
Regular season tournaments:
Starting stack is 10,000 chips with 15-minute blind levels. Starting at 2000/4000 blind levels are adjusted to 12 mins. Chip values are as follows:
(2) 50 chips, (4) 100 chips, (3) 500 chips (3) 1000 chips, (1) 5000 chip. On deep stack events there will be an extra 5,000 given to each player. Special Tournaments can have a higher starting chip stack, with altered blind levels. All Special Tournaments information will be provided by the Tournament director, and on the Facebook Group page.
 

Blind schedule – see website or host binder for complete table.
50/100, 100/200, 200/400, 300/600. 400.800, Break (chip-up 50, and 100’s), 500/1000, 1000/2000, 2000/4000, 3000/6000, 4000/8000 Break (chip-up 500, and 1000’s), 5000/10000, 10000/20000, 15000/30000, 20000/40000, 30000/60000 ....

4. Dealing  
A. DEALER BUTTON. To begin play at the start of the tournament, the dealer will be the button.(The button determines who gets the first card, etc., and also determines the position of the “blinds”.) Any player can call time after 2 mins of time has elapsed. That player now had 50 seconds with a 10 second count down.

B. BLINDS. The person immediately to the left of the button will post the SMALL BLIND. The person immediately left of the small blind will post the BIG BLIND. See blind schedule.   League will use the “Dead Button” rule if a player is knocked out in the blinds (see dead button rule diagram on website or host binder). “Straddles” are not allowed. C. A Player will volunteer to deal, and each tournament director will make sure that every player gets an equal share of dealing  
D. THE DEAL. Starting with the small blind position, each player is dealt two cards, one at a time. Once betting action (see BETTING PROCEDURE) is over (pot is “right”), the dealer will then “burn” the top card on the deck, and turn up three consecutive cards (“Flop”). 2nd Betting Round. The dealer burns the next card before placing the 4th card (“Turn” or “ 4th Street”). 3rd Betting Round.  The dealer burns the next card before placing the 5th card (“River” or “ 5th Street”). 4th & Final Betting Round.  
 

E. HEADS UP. When only two players remain in the tournament, the player due to assume the Big Blind will do so, and the Small Blind will get the button. The Small Blind/Button will act first prior to the flop and last after the flop.

 *All In hands must be tabled.
                  
 F. Common Errors        Problem   Solution     1   Dealer reveals burn card.   Revealed card is shown to all players.    Dealer then reveals the appropriate card.     2   Player (A) shows hand before player/s (B   and/or C) has opportunity to act.   Player (A) must play the rest of the hand   with his/her cards exposed but can still win the pot and place bets.     3   Player acts (bets, calls, raises, re-raises,   folds) out of turn.   Player must wait until his/her turn.    Action out of turn will be binding if action to that player has not   changed.  Checking, calling, and folding is not considered action   changing.     4   Player shows hand, but fails to state   his/her intention (call, fold) when it is his action at showdown.    Player’s hand must state Call, Raise, or Fold imiediatly.  Example: player A bets, player B  shows hand must immediately state their intention, if they do not immediately state their action there will be a warning.     5   Dealer reveals “turn” or “river” card before   action is complete.   Exposed card is put back in deck (burn card   would remain on table), action is completed, deck is reshuffled, cut and   appropriate card is shown (no burn).     6   Card is dealt face-up or exposed.   If exposed/face-up card is one of first 2   cards out of the deck, then it is a misdeal.  Otherwise, continue   dealing and give player with exposed card the burn card.  Two exposed   cards is a misdeal.     7   Player is dealt 3 or more cards   If player has yet to act in the hand, then   it is a misdeal.  If player has already acted, then discover the error,   their hand is dead.      

5. Betting Procedure:
In No-Limit Texas Holden a player may bet any amount of his chip stack during the course of play.  
 

Before the flop: The player to the immediate left of the Big Blind is first to act (call, raise, or fold).  The minimum raise would be the amount of the big blind. However, a re-raise must be at least equal to the previous raise. Example – Blinds are 50/100, raise to 200, re-raise to 300 is OK.
 

After the flop:  The player to the left of the dealer button is first to act for remaining betting rounds.  The minimum bet is the amount of the big blind.  Any raise or re-raise must be at least equal to the previous action (bet or raise).  
 

At the end of last round of betting, the player who made the last aggressive action in that betting round must show first.  If there was no bet, the player to the left of the button shows first and so on clockwise.  Remaining players form the best 5-card poker hand with the best hand winning the pot. Players must show both cards in order to have a valid hand and win the pot (unless there were no callers). CARDS READ THEMSELVES.  If there is a “split pot” with 1 extra chip remaining, that chip is awarded to the remaining player closest to the left of the dealer button.  Verbal declarations as to the content of a player’s hand are not binding; however, any player deliberately miscalling his or her hand may be penalized. A single oversized chip will be considered a call if the player does not announce a raise.  If a player puts an oversized chip into the pot and states raise but does not state the amount, the raise will be the maximum allowable up to the size of that chip.  After the flop, an initial bet of a single oversized chip without comment will constitute the size of the bet.  To make a raise with a single oversized chip a verbal declaration must be made before the chip hits the table surface. If a player puts in a raise of 50% or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, he or she will be required to make a full raise.  The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed.  An all-in bet of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted.
 

If a player folds their hand, the cards must be placed in the muck pile and remain there.  Players are not allowed to fish through the mucked cards.  Cards thrown into the muck may be ruled dead. However, a hand that is clearly identifiable may be retrieved at the tournament host’s discretion is doing so is in the best interest of the game.

6. All In/Side Pots
If a player lacks sufficient chips for a blind or a forced bet, the player is entitled to get action on whatever amount of chips he has remaining. In this situation, a “side pot” could occur for players with remaining chips. The “All-in” player is only entitled to win the amount he has remaining from each player (even if one/both blinds are more than his all-in, the extra would be put in the “side pot”).
 

Whenever a player is ALL-IN and all betting action is complete, all hands in play will be turned face up. When a player loses all his/her chips, they are eliminated from play and must LEAVE the table. IN CASE OF A TIE: In the case where multiple players bust out on the same hand, the player with the most chips going into the hand will finish higher.  In the RARE case that both players had the same amount of chips going into the hand, then the best poker hand will be the tiebreaker.  In the EXTREMELY RARE case that both players had the same hand, the highest card in each player’s hand would be used, if a tie, it goes by position.

7.Combining Tables
As the tournament progresses, players will be eliminated. To keep tables balanced with the same number of players, the tournament host will be required to reseat players. For example, you have 3 full tables (10 people), but one table has only 6 players. You should move 1 person from each of the full tables to balance each table with 9 players. Continue to move players as needed while players are eliminated.  Players should be moved to the “short table” according to position from the dealer button.
 

New players (reseated/broken table) 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. If a new player is seated in the Big Blind position, the player must post the Big Blind and will be dealt in the hand, regardless of their previous position on their former table.
 

If a table is reseated and 50% or more of the players are new to the table, then seats should re-drawn and a "high card" for the button immediately prior to resuming the session.  The official time for the blind level should be paused during down time.
8. Misc Rules, and Poker etiquette:   
Player’s cards & chips must remain on/above the table at all times, unless you are reassigned to another table. When moving to a new table, keep chips in plain view (not in pockets, etc.)  Players must keep their higher denomination chips visible at all times.

One player per hand. You may NOT ask advice as to how to act during the action period. If you SHOW your cards to an ACTIVE player at the table, you must show all players immediately (Show one-show all). If you show your cards to a player that has already folded, you will be required to show your cards once the hand is completed.  Any player at the table may request to see a hand that has been called (even if checked on river), even if the hand has been mucked.  However, this is a privilege that may be revoked if abused.  If the winning player asks to see a losing player’s hand, both hands are live, and the best hand wins.
 

No "splashing" the pot. Players are to place their chips in front of themselves so everyone knows exactly how much they are betting.
 

No "string bets". A player must state their intentions (call, check or raise) before placing chips in front of them.  Stating “Call and Raise” is considered a string bet.  Remember, verbal action is always binding! Please act in a timely fashion as the blind levels are only 15 minutes.  Any player at the table can call for “time” on a player once a reasonable amount of time has passed.  The tournament host would then give 50 seconds to act.  If action has not been taken before time expires, there will be a 10-second countdown.  If a player has not acted by the time the countdown is over, the player’s hand will be dead.
 

No “Table Talk” about a hand still in play. Players/dealers should NOT talk about their hand (even if folded) if others are still playing.  AFTER the hand is played out, let the moaning & groaning begin. J
9. Conduct/Warnings/Penalties:  

Players are expected to conduct themselves with Poker Etiquette.  Inappropriate behavior like throwing cards that go off the table or violating any league rule repeatedly may be penalized by the tournament host.  Penalties will range from verbal warnings to “missed time” penalties.  A severe infraction such as abusive or disruptive behavior or “chip dumping” may be punished by eviction from the tournament and possibly the league.
10. Leaving early/Absent Player 

Absent players are always dealt in, if a player is not present for the hand when it is their turn to act, their hand is folded, even if they are in the big blind and there is not a raise.  #1) Players must be physically present to take their seat and play at least one hand to be eligible for participation points.  The league may disqualify players for participation points if it is clear they have no intention of playing #2) Players may NOT post & fold for a period of MORE than (2) full blind levels (in addition to the current level).  If a player leaves the tournament and does not return within this time frame, their chips shall be removed and their position in the tournament forfeited.  See #3 & #4
 

  • #3) Any player who must withdraw from the tournament early should DECLARE they are leaving (alert the host to withdraw his/her chips).  Participation points are still awarded. #4) If there is more than one table left, and a player has to leave, the player will be signed out at the next position, and then their bounty will be put into the next pot. Their chips will be divided with their table. There is no dividing chips a the final table.
    #5 If any player who had to leave and the tournament is down to a final table, that player will be registered out as the next out with position with their bounty being thrown in to the pot of the next hand.  If a player needs to leave and pushes all in excessively with no intention of playing to the end, chip dumping to another player will not be allowed.  If the Tournament director feels a player is doing this, their chips will be removed with their bounty put in the middle for the next hand, and signed out at the next position.