Tournament Management. Both the Manager of the tournament and his collaborators are responsible for ensuring the game is impartial, which is the main priority when faced with making any decision. Unusual circumstances may, occasionally, lead the Manager to ignore or reinterpret the meaning of some technical rule in favour of impartiality. The Tournament Manager’s decisions are final and, therefore, he has the power to revoke any decision made by his assistants.
Management reserves the right to cancel or change any event at their own discretion, in the best interests of the Casino and its clients.
At the start of the Tournament, there will be a draw to determine the start position of the Button – this draw will affect the remainder of the tables. This procedure will be repeated at the start of the final table.
“Chip-Race” Rule. Chips of a lesser value must be withdrawn from the table when they are not necessary in an ante or blind structure. All the lower value chips that have enough value to be exchanged for a new higher value chip will be changed automatically. The method for renewing extra chips is to deal a card to each player for each extra chip he has; the cards are dealt out in clockwise rotation beginning at the 1st place. The player with the highest suit card (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs) gets the first extra chips to change them for a higher-value chip and so on. If a player ends up with no chips in this process, he cannot be eliminated; he will be given a lesser-value chip after the process; the player with the highest card will get another new chip if these are half or more the sum of necessary chips – if not, they will be withdrawn.
If once this process is finished and the tournament restarted, chips with withdrawn values reappear, they will be changed if the amount is enough to get a high-value chip – if not, they will be withdrawn.
Odd Chips. Any leftover chips will go to the highest hand. If there are two equal hands, the odd chip will go to the player on the Button’s left.
Decision time. After a reasonable period of time that is never less than two minutes, if any player asks for “time”, the player will have a maximum of one minute to make a decision; if he does not act within this time, there will be a countdown of 10 seconds, if the player does not make a decision before the countdown finishes, his hand will be annulled.
In any case, the croupier must warn the Tournament Manager or an assistant, who will be responsible for applying this rule. In “Turbo tournaments” (under 20 minutes), decision time will be decreased to one minute; if a player asks for “time” after that, the player will have a maximum of 30 seconds to make up his mind; if he does not act within those 30 seconds, there will be a 5-second countdown and, if he does not make a decision before the countdown finishes, his hand will be annulled.
Tournament Management reserves the right to speed up the amount of time allowed on the clock if it turns out that a player is deliberately wasting time. Any player who deliberately hampers the progress of the game will be penalised.
Places. The player must be in his place when dealing finishes for his hand to be considered active. Players must be in their places to act. “Being in their place” is defined as being seated in their chair when dealing finishes.
Uncovering cards. All the cards must be uncovered when a player is “all-in” and there is no possibility of making any more bets. If there is an “all-in” player in the hand, all the active players must show their cards in theshowdown.
If a player accidently mixes his cards with the discarded ones before the cards have been uncovered, the Manager and his team reserve the right to recover the cards if they are clearly identifiable.
Players have the same right to informationon the content of another player’s hand. After one hand, if any player shows his cards to another, all the players at the table are entitled to see them too. During a hand, the cards that are shown to an active player that may have a subsequent opportunity to bet, will be shown immediately to the other players. If the player that saw the cards is not involved in the hand, the information must be reserved until the play is over, as it doesn’t affect what happens during the hand.
Cards shown to a player who is not going to bet in that round but who could use the information to do so in the following round/s, must be shown to all the players at the end of that round. If only one card has been seen, the other does not need to be shown.
Requirements for raises.The big blind sets the minimum bet in all rounds. In order to make a raise, depending on the situation, the player will have to:
At least double the big blind’s amount or the start bet made in each round.
At least make a bet to an equal or higher value than the sum of the highest bet plus the difference between that bet and the previous one.
If a player makes a raise that is equal to 50% of the minimum raise, he will have to make a full raise – the raise must be exactly the minimum allowed.
There is no limit to the number of raises in games with no limits.
How to bet or raise. For No Limits and Pot Limit, a raise may be made in the following ways:
a.Putting the full amount in the pot in one continuous movement, without getting more chips from his stack.
b.Stating verbally and in advance the amount that he wants to bet before moving the chips to the pot.
c.Using the expression “raise” before placing the amount required to equal the previous bet and completing the action with an additional movement, getting more chips from his stack.
New raises can only be generated when the previous raise covers the compulsory minimum - even in the case of all-in players.
The croupiers are responsible for the players betting correctly; players can direct his attention to an incorrectly placed bet if the croupier does not realise and the Tournament Manager will be responsible for checking the action.
Terminology for poker tournaments and unusual or confused bets.The terms used in poker tournaments are simple, unmistakeable, traditional statements, such as: bet, raise, call, fold check, all-in, pot and complete. Regional terms may also be valid. Players that use unofficial betting terms or gestures do so at their own risk. They may be interpreted differently to the player’s intentions. Whenever the announcement of the sum of a bet could have several meanings, the lower sum will be taken to be the valid one.
Bets. If a player makes a bet using a chip with a higher value than the previous bet, he will be understood to only be matching the bet if he does not announce that he wants to make a raise.
If the player puts this chip into the pot and announces his intention to raise but does not say by how much, the raise will be to the total value of the chip.
After the Flop, a start bet with a chip above the value of the minimum bet will be to the value of the chip if nothing is announced. To make a raise of a lower amount than the value of the chip, it must be announced before the chip is placed in the pot.
Bets with multiple chips. When facing a bet or blind except when a raise has been announced. Placing several chips to the same value is matching if, by taking one chip away, there would be a lower sum left than that needed to match the bet. Example of matching: blinds 200 – 400: A raises to 1,200; B places two 1,000 chips without announcing a raise; he is considered to be matching the 1,200 as, if he took away one of the two 1,000 chips, the sum that would be left would be under that required to match A’s 1,200. Where the chips have different values, the 50% rule will be applied.
Accepted action. Players must accept the action at all times during the game. If a player is not aware that the pot has been changed and says or places an amount in the pot, he must maintain it. Except for an error caused by the croupier or another player. In this situation, the Tournament Manager will decide on the action.
Non-Standard Folds. Any player who abandons the hand out of turn will be penalised. Folds will not be accepted by the following players if there is a pending raise amount.
Places. Seats will be assigned by draw for tournaments and their satellites. Tournament Management reserves the right to relocate players under special circumstances, and to level the tables at the start of the tournament.
Language. English will be allowed during the tournaments along with Spanish and Valencian; for international tournaments, it will only be English and Spanish.
Email, chat and text message devices.Players may not send text messages, emails or take part in chats while they are playing a hand; otherwise, the hand may be annulled. Players who are no longer taking part in a hand may use electronic and messaging devices. Tournament Management reserves the right to ask players to stop using any electronic device or any other item if they determine that it is slowing down the pace of the game.
Mobile telephone. Any player wanting to use the phone must move away from the table or may be penalised. In this situation, the croupier must inform the Tournament Manager or assistant.
When the players are at the prizes, all electronic devices must be removed. Not doing so may cause a penalty that could even be disqualification.
Cards. The pack may be changed when the croupier is relieved or when the level is changed or whenever the Tournament Manager feels it is opportune. Players may not ask for cards to be changed.
New limits. When the time for one level ends, the Tournament Manager announces the new level and this will be applied in the following hand. A hand begins with the first shuffle. Where an automatic shoe is used, the hand will be considered started when the green button is pressed.
Announcing the game. The croupier will always announce the range of common cards and the number of players that are active for each round of bets.
Shuffling. After checking that all the cards are there, they will be shuffled as per procedure for each hand:
Shuffle – Shuffle – Shuffle
Cut – Cut - Cut
Finally, they will be cut with just one hand, placing the cards over the cut card, leaving the cards ready for dealing.
If any card is uncovered when the pack is cut, it must be shuffled again.
If the croupier has started shuffling, he may not be substituted until the hand is finished.
Replacements. A player does not lose his hand if the player announces his intention to make a replacement before a new hand starts, the chips are at stake and he is bound to make the repurchase.
In tournaments with add-ons, these may be obtained after the last hand in the replacement period. In order to obtain an add-on, you must have at least one chip. The add-on may be obtained before the first hand of the following level begins to be dealt.
Statements. Comments on the content of a player’s hand are not binding and do not bind or compromise him, however, any player who deliberately reads his hand incorrectly may be penalised.
If a hand finishes before the common cards are shown, the cards that are left in the pack will not be shown under any circumstance.
Avoiding blinds. Any player that intentionally avoids blinds when he is moved from a broken table will be penalised.
Chips.Players must place higher-value chips in a visible place.
Players may not pick up or move tournament chips in any way that puts them out of sight. Any player who does this may be sanctioned or even disqualified and the chips will be withdrawn from the game.
Breaking tables. Players from a broken table assume the rights and responsibilities of the position when they take up a new seat. They may enter as the big blind, the small blind or the Button. The only place that they may not take to play is between the small blind and the Button.
Compensating tables. Management reserves the right to change the order in which the tables are broken.
They will try to ensure that tables have the same number of players at all times and are, therefore, compensated.
Players are moved from the big blind to the worst place (which will never be the small blind) at the new table.
Errors in dealing. If the croupier uncovers the first or second card when he is dealing, the hand will be annulled. Players may get two consecutive cards at the button. The following circumstances are also considered errors in dealing:
a.If two or more cards have been seen due to a mistake by the croupier.
b.If two or more cards from the deck are face up.
c.If two or more extra cards have been dealt. (The croupier has already dealt the correct number of cards but is confused and keeps dealing).
d.If an incorrect number of cards has been dealt to a player, unless the last player is missing a card and, following the correct sequence, it is the top card in the pack.
e.If any card has not been dealt following the correct sequence (except when a card has been seen, when it will be replaced by the first card to be burned).
f.If the button was not in the right place.
g.If the first card was dealt to the wrong place.
h.If cards have been dealt to an empty place or to a player who is not entitled to play that hand.
i.If cards have been taken froma player who is entitled to play; this player must be at the table or have bet blinds or ante.
If we realise that any of the above have occurred after two or more actions, the hand will be taken as a good hand.
If there is any card in the pack of cards with a different-coloured back to the rest of the cards, or if there are two cards with the same value and suit, the hand will be annulled regardless of the actions that have taken place.
Uncovering cards early. If the croupier uncovers a flop card before the bets have finished, the burnt card will be kept and the others put back into the pack, which will be shuffled and a new flop will be dealt without first burning any card.
If the croupier burns a card and deals the turn, he will burn and deal the card corresponding to the river and, after the round of betting has finished, he will put the card shown back into the pack and will take the river out again without burning any card.
If the croupier burns a card and deals the river before the action is finished, he will put the card shown back into the pack, shuffle and deal a new river without burning any card.
Error in reading. The croupier may not kill a winning hand that has been uncovered on the table if it is clearly such. The players are responsible for helping in the reading of hands; the time to warn of an error is when it happens. Once the following hand has started, you are not entitled to make a complaint.
Unprotected hand. If the croupier withdraws an unprotected hand, the player will not be entitled to recover his cards or his bets. Nonetheless, if a player makes a raise and no player has called that bet, the raise will be returned.
4-Card Flop. If the situation arose and the croupier uncovered a 4-card flop, with or without a burnt card, the tournament manager will be called for, who will pick a random card and this will be the 1st card to be burnt, or will be the following card to be burnt, if the 1st card was already correctly burnt.
Verbal statements. Verbal statements during your turn to act are binding. An out-of-turn action will be maintained and may only be changed if the player that should have acted makes a change to the bets. Checking, matching or folding is not considered a change of action.
Showing cards. A player who shows his cards when an action is pending incurs a penalty, but his hand will not be dead. The penalty will be made when the hand finishes except in the Head’s Up final or situations where the whole prize is for one sole player.
Game ethics. Poker is an individual game. A soft game will result in penalty which may be the loss of chips or disqualification; a soft game is understood to be a player who has the winning hand not making an increase on his last turn to bet.
Size of pot. Players will be entitled to know the amount of the pot in pot limit games. Croupiers will not count the pot in games with or without limit.
A player involved in a hand may ask how many chips his opponent has. If a player refuses to respond to this question, the croupier may count the player’s chips and answer the question.
“Showdown”. At the end of the hand, players will uncover their cards one by one, in clockwise rotation, beginning with the person who made the last bet.
In the last round of bets, if the players who remain active forsake the pot by throwing in their cards, the player who remains will win the pot without having to show his cards.
Hand-for-hand. Whenever there is an All-In in a hand in a Hand-for-Hand situation, the hand will be stopped, and the cards belonging to the players involved will be kept covered until the action is finished on the other tables.
Common cards. A player must show both cards to win the pot or part of it even when the highest combination possible is the one on the table.
Players eliminated at the same time.If two or more players are eliminated from the same hand, whether at the same table or on different ones, in a Hand-for-Hand situation, the player who has more chips at the beginning of the hand will be above the other; nonetheless, if the players are eliminated in prizes at the same time on different tables without it being a Hand-for-Hand situation, the prizes will be added and divided equally between the eliminated players.
Tournaments lasting several days. In a tournament lasting several days, the clock will be stopped 15 minutes before the end of the last level of the day and the last hands will be announced. There will be between three and seven. The number of hands will come from a draw performed by an active player.
Objects. No foreign objects will be allowed on the tables with the exception of a card protector. Players may not have food or drink at the tables.
The players are responsible for their cards. A hand is considered dead if the cards touch the discarded cards. Nonetheless, a hand that is clearly identifiable may be recovered by the Manager. He will make an extra effort to rectify the hand if the player has thrown down his cards due to false information given by the croupier or another player.
“Button” in the “Heads-Up”. In the Heads-Up, the small blind is the button and the first to speak. When the “heads-up” begins, the “button” may need to change to make sure that no player places the big blind twice in the same round.
One player to a hand. The players are responsible for protecting each other at all times. Therefore, whether players are in on the hand or not, they cannot:
a. Disclose the content of active or discarded hands.
b. Advise on or criticise the game before the hand finishes.
Reed a hand that is not uncovered on the table.
Players who are not in on a hand cannot give advice or allude in any way to the hand that is being played.
The one player to a hand rule must be respected at all times.
Penalties. Penalties may be in order if a player:
Shows one of his cards when an action is pending.
Throws his cards off the table.
Violates the one player to a hand rule.
Plays a soft game.
Touches other player’s cards or chips unnecessarily.
Deliberately reads his hand incorrectly.
Delays the game, speaks excessively or acts out of turn.
Uses vulgar language or behaves disrespectfully to another player, to the table or to the croupier.
Leaves the table before acting when an action is pending.
Does not keep his chips in order and visible.
Does not observe decisions made by the tournament manager.
Continuously and effusively celebrates a hand.
Makes inappropriate gestures.
The Tournament Manager and his team may penalise players with a verbal warning or with losses of hands, which can go from one hand to four rounds or even disqualification.
A player who is penalised must abandon the tournament area. In order to take part in the game again, he will need to have the Manager’s authorisation.
A disqualified player must hand in all his chips which will be taken out of play. Chips belonging to a player who abandons the tournament after it has begun, due to health or other personal reasons, will remain in play while the compulsory bets can be paid.
Repeated offences will mean an increase in penalty up to disqualification.
In the “Casino Mediterráneo Poker League”, players may only make financial agreements to change the established distribution of prizes when there are at least three remaining active players and only in relation to the first three prizes.
In the “Alicante Efortuny Poker Series Monthly Poker League”, players may only make financial agreements to change the established distribution of prizes when there are at least three remaining active players and only in relation to the first three prizes, being up to 90% of the total to be shared out, leaving a minimum of 10% for the winner of the tournament. Agreements made that infringe on this rule will be void and may mean expulsion from the tournament for the players involved.
If there is any dispute regarding any play, or any disagreement during the Tournament, the decision of the person in charge of it will be final. Registration in the tournament implies acceptance of these rules.
In compliance with Organic Law 15/1999, of 13 December, we inform you that personal data provided on registration for the Tournament will form part of an automated database, and that registration implies authorisation for treatment and organisation of the same except in the case of access, rectification, cancellation and/or opposition which may be exercised before the owner, the company: CASINOS DEL MEDITERRÁNEO S.A.