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Play begins when all seats at the table are full. How to Play FAQ. The deck is not changed on request. Gambling may lead to addiction! According to this rule, no player ever receives the button twice in a row; at the completion of every hand, the button is moved clockwise.

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A new player must wait until the button passes. See Explanations, discussion 3, for more information on this rule. When a player posts the big blind, it serves as his opening bet. When it is his next turn to act, he has the option to raise. A player who misses any or all blinds can resume play by either posting all the blinds missed or waiting for the big blind. If a player chooses to post the total amount of the blinds, an amount up to the size of the minimum opening bet is live. The remainder is taken by the dealer to the center of the pot and is not part of the player's bet.

If a player who owes a blind as a result of a missed blind is dealt in without posting, the hand is dead if the player looks at it before putting up the required chips, and has not yet acted.

If the player acts on the hand and plays it, putting chips into the pot before the error is discovered, the hand is live, and the player is required to post on the next deal. A player who goes all in and loses is obligated to make up the blinds if they are missed before a rebuy is made.

The person is not treated as a new player when reentering. These rules about blinds apply to a newly started game: Any player who drew for the button is considered active in the game and is required to make up any missed blinds. A new player is not required to post a blind until the button has made one complete revolution around the table, provided a blind has not yet passed that seat.

A player can change seats without penalty, provided a blind has not yet passed the new seat. In all multiple-blind games, a player who changes seats will be dealt in on the first available hand in the same relative position.

If you move two active positions away from the big blind, you must wait two hands before being dealt in again. If you move closer to the big blind, you can be dealt in without any penalty.

If you do not wish to wait and have not yet missed a blind, then you can post an amount equal to the big blind and receive a hand. At lowball you must kill the pot, wait for the same relative position, or wait for the big blind See Lowball, discussion 7, for more information on this rule.

A player who "deals off" by playing the button and then immediately getting up to change seats can allow the blinds to pass the new seat one time and reenter the game behind the button without having to post a blind. A live "straddle bet" is not allowed at limit poker except in specified games. Since , CardPlayer has provided poker players with poker strategy , poker news , and poker results.

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Ever wonder who is the best poker player in the world? Check out our Poker Player of the Year race, as well as years of data of poker player results and casino poker tournament pay-outs. We offer two varieties of breaks:. In all cases, the tournament will wait for hands at all tables to complete before the break period begins.

This means that at some tables, the break will last slightly longer than at other tables. Note that not all tournaments offer breaks for example, Hyper-Turbo and some Heads-Up or Shootout-style events. By participating in a tournament, a player accepts the risk of Internet disconnection, due to problems with the connection between their computer and the servers, lag or freeze or some other problem in the player's computer or the Internet.

While each user is responsible for his or her own Internet connection, we make an effort to help a player if he is disconnected during the final stages of a tournament that has a buy-in. We give the player disconnect extra time DET to act before his hand is folded. For regular multi-table tournaments, the DET is available only at the final table.

The DET is as follows:. For sit and go tournaments with fewer than forty-five players, the DET is available when you are down to the number of players that will be paid plus one. For all actions above, the player will remain in "sitting-in" state after being folded, and will therefore be given the indicated amount of time when action returns to them. Note that for all tournaments, the DET is reset each time the user reconnects. So suppose a player is at the final table of a multi-table event, disconnects, and is down to 30 seconds per action, then reconnects.

If they disconnect again, they'll start with seconds for their next action. During any time that the system is waiting on a disconnected player, the tournament clock that raises blind levels is stopped.

The rules described above may vary between tournaments. DET may not be provided for each tournament; we reserve the right to change these rules without prior notification. Players, whether in the hand or not, may not discuss the hand or their cards until the action is complete. Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Discussing cards discarded or hand possibilities is not allowed. A penalty may be given for discussion of hands during play.

Poker is an individual not a team game. Any action or chat intended to help another player is unethical and is prohibited. We routinely review game play to look for violations of our rules and to ensure the integrity of our games. It may be necessary to withhold player winnings until the completion of game play reviews.

Violation of this rule may result in penalties including a warning, disqualification from the tournament with partial or full forfeiture of winnings , and barring from our platform. Examples of permissible exceptions that we give below are intended to describe examples of unplanned but serious events which are beyond your control. In the event of a server crash, the hands in progress at every table will be restored by rolling back those hands.

Each player's chip count will be reset to the amount at the beginning of the hand. In special circumstances, when a tournament needs to be cancelled because of a crash or some other reason, players will be compensated according to the tournament cancellation policy see below.

Doing so may result in the revocation of all awarded Leader Board points for the deal-making players in the tournament. A player who eliminates such an opponent wins the cash bounty. A bounty is placed on every entrant. You win a cash prize for each opponent you eliminate. There are also Progressive Knockouts, where your bonus increases as you eliminate players. A bounty is placed on every member of Team PokerStars Pro who enters the tournament.

This is because a player cannot be eliminated by a low hand only. Odd cents will be awarded in turn to the players in the earliest positions. If a tournament advertises a bounty on a particular player, but that player does not register for the tournament, no bounty will be paid for that player. Players may not make any agreement amongst themselves to eliminate a particular player in order to claim their bounty award.

Such agreements are considered collusion, and are grounds for disqualification from the tournament or other penalties. For more information, see rules 6. If we have to cancel a tournament for any reason, we make a concerted effort to compensate players in the fairest and most equitable way possible. There are three different possible compensation methods, depending on the exact circumstances and timing of the cancellation. Which method is applied is the sole discretion of the tournament Management.

In this case, we are "rolling back" the tournament as if it never happened - if you were registered for the tournament, you get your buy-in and fees including rebuys, add-ons, and knockout entry if any refunded. Also, the buy-in is refunded in exactly the same format with which you bought in. Roll Forward No Players in the Money: If a tournament is cancelled and we do a "roll forward" before the players are in the money, we refund each remaining player his tournament fee and knockout bounty if appropriate , and then divide up the prize pool based on the following formula: Roll Forward Players are in the Money: When a tournament is cancelled, and players have already reached the money, we refund each remaining player his tournament fee and knockout bounty if appropriate , and then divide up the prize pool based on the following formula: Particularly if one player stays connected while the other player does not, the first player can effectively win the tournament while the second player is disconnected.

If a tournament with a guaranteed prize pool is cancelled, we will refund only the total buy-ins, not the guaranteed amount. If a tournament with Fixed or Team Pro bounties is cancelled, we will refund only the regular prize pool and knockout pool if applicable , not the Fixed or Team Pro bounties. Tournaments which award tickets, satellite entries, or material prizes in addition to cash will only include the cash in the refund amount.

Non-cash prizes will not be included in the roll forward or rollback equation. In a Heads-Up tourney players compete in a multi-round event against a series of opponents until they are eliminated, or defeat the last player standing. Exact details of tournament structure and prize pool can be found in the tournament lobby.

Unless a tournament starts with exactly 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 or players, some players in the heads-up tournament will have byes past the first round. Other players will play an extra first-round match, and the tournament will play down to 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 players before progressing to the second round. No players will have byes past the first round, and all byes are randomly selected from the field of entrants. By making that initial tournament prize immediately available, players will have more options at their disposal to use their winnings.

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Help Responsible Gaming Languages. How to Play FAQ. End User License Agreement. Tournament Rules These rules apply to tournaments on our platform. General We will, at all times, consider the best interests of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process.

Seats are assigned at random. Seat changes are not permitted. The button will be positioned at Seat 1 to start play. Eliminations The tournament ends when one player accumulates all the chips in play, or when all remaining players will receive the same prize for example, if the tournament awards 5 identical prizes, the tournament may end when there are 5 players left.

We offer two varieties of breaks: Tournaments with synchronized breaks will go on break at 55 minutes past the hour. For example, a tournament which begins at There can also be tournaments where the synchronized break only takes place every two hours. For example, a tournament like this, starting at In rebuy tournaments of this type where add-ons are permitted, there will be an additional short break usually 3 minutes at the conclusion of the rebuy period, to allow for add-ons to be made.

Other tournaments will go on break at regular intervals throughout play. For example, a tournament beginning at Disconnects and Sitting Out By participating in a tournament, a player accepts the risk of Internet disconnection, due to problems with the connection between their computer and the servers, lag or freeze or some other problem in the player's computer or the Internet. We do not accept any responsibility for a player disconnect except in the case of a server crash.

While each user is responsible for their own Internet connection, we make an effort to protect players who are disconnected during the final stages of a real money tournament, by allowing extra time to reconnect. If a player times out during a hand, whether connected or disconnected, his or her hand will be folded if facing action, or may be checked if facing no action.

There is no rule against a single player choosing to sit out; the player doing so will continue to have blinds and antes posted and cards dealt. Two or more players may not make any agreement to sit out simultaneously, whether at the same table or different tables. The DET is as follows: For heads-up tournaments, the DET is available throughout the tournament. Unethical Play Poker is an individual not a team game.

Going to bed and letting someone else finish the tournament. Entering a tournament then getting on an airplane, or embarking on any other pre-planned trip, while asking a friend to play your account while you change location.

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