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Texas Hold 'Em Tournament Rules

Basic Rules of Play

1.  The dealer of the first hand is chosen at random.  After the initial dealerpoker rules is chosen, the person to the immediate left of the previous dealer is the dealer for the next hand, and the dealer is rotated in this manner after each hand.  The "dealer" is indicated by a dealer button, but any person at the table may physically hand out the cards.  The Small Blind (player to the immediate left of the dealer) and the Big Blind (player to the immediate left of the Small Blind) post their blinds (i.e., place chips in the pot before they receive any cards).

2.  Two cards ("hole cards") are dealt to each player.  Betting begins with the player to the immediate left of the Big Blind and ends when all players have folded or have called the Big Blind or any raise.

3.  After the first round of betting, the dealer places one card face down on the table ("burn card"--not used in play) and places three community cards (the "flop") face up in the center of the table.  Betting begins with the first person to the left of the dealer who has not folded.  If no one has bet in the round, a player has the option to "check," meaning they are staying in the hand but not betting.  If a player is facing a bet, the player may fold, call (match the bet), or raise.

4.  After the second round of betting, the dealer burns another card and places one more community card (the "turn") face up in the center of the table.  Betting begins with the first person to the left of the dealer who has not folded.

5.  After the third round of betting, the dealer burns another card and places one more community card (the "river") face up in the center of the table.  Betting begins with the first person to the left of the dealer who has not folded.

6.  If betting has ended after the river card has been revealed and multiple players are still in the hand, players turn over their hands and the best five card hand (based on each player's two hole cards and the five community cards) wins.  The player who made the last bet or raise shows first and any others have the option to fold without revealing their hole cards.

Other Rules

1.  Each raise or reraise must be the larger of (1) the Big Blind or (2) the previous raise in that round of betting.

2.  Each player starts with 2000 in chips.  A player may rebuy or add-on for the full amount of chips for $100 an unlimited number of times until only four players remain.  There are no rebuys or add-ons once only four players remain.

3.  If a player shows one card, the other card must be shown as well.

4.  If there is a tie in a hand, the pot is divided ("chopped") between the best hands.  If there is not an even amount of money in the pot, the extra chip of lowest denomination will be awarded to the person closest to the left of the dealer.

5.  If a player show cards to any other player at the table, the cards must be shown to all players.

5.  All decisions made by the Tournament Rules Committee are final.

Poker Hands (highest to lowest)

1.    Straight flush         (5 cards in a row of the same suit)
2.    Four of a kind         (4 cards of the same value)
3.    Full house         (3 of a kind and a pair)
4.    Flush             (5 cards of the same suit)
5.    Straight         (5 cards in a row of any suit)
6.    Three of a kind     (3 cards of the same value)
7.    Two pair        (2 sets of 2 cards of the same value)
8.    Pair             (2 cards of the same value)
9.    High card        (Ace is high)

Suggested Blind Schedule (actual blind schedule will be posted during the tournament)

Time (min)        Small Blind/Big Blind
60              25/50
90              50/100
105            100/200
120            200/400
135            400/800
150            800/1600
165            1600/3200
180 to the end        Discretion of the Rules Committee based on time requirements

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