Basic Rules For No-Limit Texas Hold'em

1. Prior to dealing the cards, two blinds (the Small Blind and the Big Blind) are placed in the 'pot' by the two players to the immediate left of the dealer. The 'blinds' are put in to start the action.

2. Everyone is dealt two down cards ('hole cards'). The action begins with the player to the left of the Big Blind folding, calling, or raising. Action continues with all players making one of these decisions. This is the first betting round.

3. Upon completion of the first round of betting, the dealer turns over three cards (community cards known as 'The Flop'). This is the second betting round. Beginning with this round of betting (and throughout the remainder of the hand), the player to the left of the button acts first. A player may now check (not bet or fold) or bet if there is no betting in front of them. If there is betting and/or raising in front of them, they may call, raise, or fold.

4. Following the completion of action on The Flop, the dealer turns over another card (known as 'The Turn' or 'Fourth Street'). This is the third round of betting. Once again, the betting starts with the player closest to the left of the button.

5. Following the completion of action on The Turn, the dealer turns over the last card (known as 'The River' or 'Fifth Street'). This is the final round of betting.

6. Upon completion of the final betting round, the best hand wins the pot.


* No cost or fee is necessary to play in our tournaments *

1. Players must arrive thirty (30) minutes prior to the tournament start to register and sign-up on the players list. Early sign-ups or call-ins will NOT be accepted, NO EXCEPTIONS.

2. Normal rules of No-Limit Texas Hold'em apply.

3. Each player will receive $4,000 in chip points (20 total chips).

4. When all tables are full and players are seated, each person draws a card. The person with the highest card takes first deal. If two players have the same card, they draw again. The deal then passes in a clockwise manner.

5. Those persons on the waiting list will fill empty seats in the order in which they are vacated. After thirty (30) minutes of the tournament have passed, the waiting list will close and NO waiting players will be allowed to join. Floormen reserve the right to extend the time players may join if approved by management or requested by the venue owner.

6. Blinds will be raised every fifteen to twenty (15-20) minutes (25-50 ---> 50-100); this will be announced by the floor men. If a hand is still being dealt during the blind raise, the next round of play will be with the raised blinds.

7. In the event that the first session runs long, the second session blinds MAY start at 50-100. This is at the floor mens' discretion.

8. Players not at their table when they are to post a blind will have that blind posted for them (out of their chips) by the dealer. If said player is STILL not at their table when their turn comes in the first round of betting, their blind will be automatically added to the pot and their cards will be mucked (i.e. thrown into the fold pile).

9. If a player leaves the tournament early for any reason, ALL of his/her chips will be evenly distributed between the remaining players at his/her table. Any remaining chips that cannot be evenly distributed will be added to the pot for the next hand.

10. Once a player is eliminated (out of chip points), they are not allowed to re-buy or borrow chips. If they want to play again, they must sign-up for the next round.

11. Pre-flop, the minimum bet is up to the Big Blind (i.e. calling the Big Blind). If any additional betting takes place either pre-flop or post-flop, the minimum bet is the Big Blind. On Fourth Street and Fifth Street (the final two cards), however, the minimum bet is double the Big Blind.

12. If hands are accidentally turned over early, betting is frozen and the hand is played out—highest hand wins. If there are more than 2 players in a hand,.the remaining players may continue to bet for a side pot. If the same player prematurely exposes their hand again, their cards will be considered dead and mucked. If this rule is abused the player may be disqualified from the tournament and/or have their membership revoked.

13. Moving players to new tables will happen as follows: if each table has four persons each, the tables will be combined and all eight players will draw (high) cards to determine where the dealer button will start. In any other case (i.e. with any other number of players being moved), the players being moved will draw cards at their initial table. The person(s) with the highest card(s) will select which open seat to fill at the new table.

14. THE IDEAL POSITION FOR A NEW PLAYER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY BEHIND THE BUTTON (TO THE IMMEDIATE RIGHT OF THE DEALER). If a player finds him or herself in the Big Blind, he/she may wait for the deal to pass. If a player finds him or herself in the Small Blind, he/she must wait for the deal to pass.

15. Remember—it's JUST A GAME and best of all, it's FREE!!!


* All players MUST forfeit their smaller chips when the floor men come around to change out the chips, NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

* If a table winds down to four (4) players, notify one of the floor men and they will add more players or reassign the table. A table can NOT play with less than 5 players, unless it's the Final table!

* Please use poker ettiquite and refrain from the following: No string betting, pot splashing (keep bets in front of you till round of betting is complete), strattle betting or chip-dumping.

* Please keep mucked cards seperate from burned cards.

* A Poker Pub Employee will Deal when the tournament winds down to 7-8 players and a final table is reached. This will prevent confusing situations that might not be resolved correctly during play.

*If a card is accidentally flipped up (exposed) while dealing, there is NEVER an option to keep the card. Continue dealing as usual and the exposed card will be replaced with what would have been the first burn card (the exposed card then becomes the burn card). If a card is exposed on one of the blinds it is an automatic misdeal.

*Once cards are mucked (either intentionally or accidentally) they are "dead". Please use a card protector to prevent any other cards from touching yours, thus preventing accidental mucks!

*Once a player verbalizes that they need to leave the tournament and goes "all in"; after the third (3rd) time they go all in, their chips will be divided up for them, and they will no longer be allowed to play in that session.

*Players that arrive late to the tournament will have chips deducted based on the time they sign-up. 100 chips will be deducted for every 5 minutes they are late. (i.e.- tournament starts at 7pm: 7:01-7:05 = 100 chip deduction; 7:06-7:10 = 200 chip deduction...etc)

*Cards and chips must remain on the table at all times and in full view of everyone.

*The person to the right of the dealer may choose not to cut the cards, or may pass the deck to the person to his right to cut. Only one player will be allowed to cut, and the dealer cannot cut their own cards. A legal cut must be at least seven (7) cards; and the cards may only be cut ONCE (no double/tri-cuts)!

*Players must be AT LEAST 21 YEARS OLD, and be able to show valid proof of I.D. if asked.

*A player can not show another player one of their cards to try to get a read on them. This is bad etiquette and will not be tolerated!

*A player away from their seat for 15 minutes or longer, will have their chips divided evenly among the remaining players at their table.

* No priority will be given to the suit of the cards.

* Both cards must be shown to win a hand.


Game Etiquette

* Poker Pub Floormen have finally ruling on any dispute. Players that challenge a ruling made by a Floorman will be asked to leave the game.

* If there are any disputes or questions, they will be handled by the floor men.

*The Poker Pub management/owners reserve the right to amend rulings, tournament schedules, and qualifications.

* The Poker Pub and the participating establishment are private entity companies and reserve the right to disqualify or refuse service to any player at their own discretion.

* Acts of verbal or physical aggression towards Poker Pub, Venue staff or other players will result in immediate banning from the league.

* Any players who have been ejected from 2 venues will receive an immediate ban from the league.

* Any acts of confirmed cheating will result in immediate and permanent banning from the league.

* Poker Pub games are always FREE to play in.  No money is allowed on tables, even if it is for food, drink or tips.  This is to avoid any question of improper behavior.

* No side bets or side games of any kind involving money are allowed at Poker Pub tournaments. 

*Players that have been banned from The Poker Pub forfeit all rights to tournament qualifications and/or prizes (including previously won trips or National Tournament Seats).



Card Rankings (What Beats What)

High Card (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2)

Pair (A,A, etc.)

Two Pair (A,A,K,K, etc.)

Three-of-a-Kind (7,7,7, etc.)

Straight (Six, Five, Four, Three, Two, etc.)

Flush (five cards of the same suit: Spades, Hearts, Clubs, or Diamonds)

Full House (K,K,K,8,8, three cards of same denomination plus another pair)

Four-of-a-Kind (K,K,K,K, etc.)

Straight Flush (sequential five cards of the same suit)

Royal Flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten of the same suit)

Points Awarding

Starting January 1, 2008, you will receive points in the following manner:
1-2 Tables – 1x current point structure
3-4 Tables – 2x current point structure
5-6 Tables – 3x current point structure
7 Tables and up 4x current point structure
The current point structure is as follows:
1st place – 100 points
2nd place – 80 points
3rd place – 60 points
4th place – 55 points
5th place – 50 points
6th place – 45 points
7th place – 40 points
8th place – 35 points
Mini wins and Bounties will still be worth 15 points
TOC points will now always be awarded at 4x! Only the final table at a TOC will be awarded points.
We will still use half-years as the cut-off for prizes. For each half of 2008, we will be giving away a seat to the 2009 National Championship! The full-year points winner will win a seat tothe 2009 National Championships + Hotel!
Starting with the February, 2008 regionals, we will be awarding points for regionals on the same scale as regular games. Points will be awarded to the final eight at each round and table numbers will be based on the number of tables in that round.