Texas Holdem Tournament Rules Part 2

Blinds and Antes

18. Players must post blinds and antes before cards are dealt.

19. If a player does not have enough to cover his blind/ante, a side pot is created before cards are dealt and…

19a. In an ante only game, the side pot will equal the amount of the all-in times the number of players.

19b. In a blind only game, the side pot will equal the amount of the all-in times the number of callers.

19c. In a game with blinds AND antes, if the player can call the ante and part of the blind, the side pot will equal the amount
of the ante times the number of player PLUS the amount of the remainin g all-in blind times the number of callers.

19d. In a game with blinds AND antes, if the player can call all or part of the ante but no part of the blind, the side pot will equal the amount of the all-in times the number of players and the blind will be absent.

20. When heads up, the blinds are reversed. The player on the button has the small blind.

21. In the hand after a big blind is eliminated, the button will move normally and there will be no small blind. The following hand, the button will move into the position where the eliminated player was, creating a dead button situation.

22. In the hand after a small blind is eliminated, the button will move into the position where the eliminated player was, creating a dead button situation.

23. In the hand after both blinds are eliminated, the button will move into the position where the former small blind was and there will be no small blind. The following hand, the button will move into the position where the former big blind was.

24. Through players being eliminated, no player should miss a big or small blind.

Chips

25. All chips must be visibly displayed at all times. Players may not have tournament chips in their pockets at any time. A player who has chips in his pocket will forfeit the chips. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play from the tournament. Any other form of “ratholing” will be dealt with similarly.

26. Players must keep their highest denomination chips visible at all times.

27. There will be no foreign chips allowed on the table.

28. At the request of the dealer, a player must exchange his or her chips for chips of a different denomination.
Killing a Hand / Dead Hands

29. Another player may call for a clock against a player who is taking an unreasonable amount of time to make a decision.

29a. Once a clock is called for, the player with action will be given one minute to make a decision. If a decision has not been made by the time the minute is over, there will be a 10-second countdown. If a player has not acted on his hand by the time the countdown is over, the hand will be dead.

29b. A player who calls “time” will act on the same rules as above.

30. If a live player leaves during a hand, there will be no minute countdown and the hand will be declared dead.

31. A player must be in their seat by the time all players have complete hands in order to have a live hand. Otherwise the blinds/antes will be forfeited and the hand will be killed.

32. If a live hand touches the muck, it will immediately be ruled dead.

33. If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to his money back. An exception would be if a player raised and his raise had not been called yet, he would be entitled to receive his raise back.

34. Dealers cannot kill a winning hand that was turned face up and was obviously the winning hand.

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