Brandeis Poker Club

No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament Info Page

President: Donnie Phillips

Vice President & Tournament Director: Ezra Stark

Publicity Directors: Chris Goldman & Andrew Zimmerman

Hand Rank

Explanation

 

Color

Value

Starting Chips

Royal Flush

Ten through Ace all of the same suit

Red

5

10

Straight Flush

Five cards in a row all of the same suit

Green

25

6

Four of a Kind

Four cards of the same rank

Black

100

3

Full House

A three of a kind and pair

Purple

500

 

Flush

Five cards of the same suit

Pink

1000

 

Straight

Five cards in a row

Blue

5000

 

Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same rank

Grey

Marks Dealer

 

Two Pair

Two pairs of cards of the same rank

Total Starting Value is

500

One Pair

Two cards of the same rank

High Card

Five random cards

 

 

Level

Minutes

Small Blind/Big Blind/Ante

1

15

5/10

2

15

10/20

3

15

15/30/5

4

15

25/50/10

Break

5

Race Off 5’s & Last Chance to Re-buy

5

15

50/100

6

15

75/150

7

15

100/200

8

15

150/300/25

Break

5

Race Off 25’s

9

15

200/400

10

15

300/600

11

15

400/800

12

15

500/1000/100

Break

5

Race Off 100’s

13

20

1000/2000

14

20

2000/4000

15

20

3000/6000

16

¥

4000/8000/500

PLEASE MAKE DECISIONS QUICKLY!

Since levels are timed at 15-20 minute intervals each, time is of the essence.  If you are stuck in a bind you may loudly declare “Time” to the table at which point you have 30 seconds to act.  If you fail to act after 30 seconds your hand will be automatically folded.  You should be able to make most decisions within 2-3 seconds.  Your opponent may also declare “Time” on you if you are taking too long to act.

Re-buys: If at any point during the first four rounds a player has less than or equal to 500 chips, that person may “re-buy” and receive 500 more chips.  This means that you may “re-buy” the moment the tournament starts.

Race off: As the blinds increase the need for smaller value chips is minimal.  After every four rounds, the small chips will be traded in for those of larger value. For example, the conversion of 5’s into 25’s will occur as follows: In exchange for every five 5’s, a player automatically receives a 25 chip.  If the remainder of chips in front of that player is less than half of the next denomination the person does not receive a chip.  If it is higher than half that player receives a chip – in this example a 25 chip.


Play: The dealer shuffles 2-3 times and hands the deck to the player on his/her right.  That player takes the top half of the deck and puts it on the black cut card followed by the bottom half.  The player to the dealer’s left posts the small blind amount and the player to the left of small blind post the big blind amount.  When there are two players left, the dealer is the small blind.  The dealer deals two cards to each player in a clockwise manner.  A round of betting occurs.  After the round of betting, the dealer places one card faced down (“burns a card”) followed by three cards face up, called the flop.  A second round of betting occurs.  After the second round, the dealer places one card down followed by one card face up, called the turn.  A third round of betting occurs, followed by a card face down, a card face up, called the river, and a final round of betting.  Any remaining players after the final round of betting show their cards and the best five card hand determines the winner.

 

Please know that the cards are random, that is why the backs are all the same.  Therefore, if cards are accidentally dealt counterclockwise, it does not matter that Player J got what would have been Player A’s cards.  Same applies if a dealer forgets to burn a card etc.  If possible, the hand should continue as normal.  If an error occurs that is easily fixable, fix it without re-dealing the hand.  If one card is revealed during the initial deal, show it to all players and make it the burn card for the flop.  If, however, more than one card is revealed in the original deal, the hand is re-dealt.  This sheet is by no means exhaustive - if a problem cannot be solved, yell “Floor!” and someone will assist as soon as possible.

All judgments made by the Tournament Director or his designee are final and binding.

A complete list of rules pertaining to the tournament is available upon request.

Betting: Betting always begins to the dealer’s left.  Player’s have the option of checking (passing), raising, calling or folding.  Each betting round ends when all players have either called the most recent raise or have folded.  The blinds are forced bets to ensure a pot in every hand.  It as if the small blind made an initial bet and the big blind raised that initial bet.  It is then up to all the remaining players to decide whether or not to call those bets.  The first betting round goes back to the blinds and they also have options of calling, raising, or folding.  Note that every raise must be at least equivalent to the previous bet.  For example, if a player is faced with a 500 bet, s/he may not raise it to a total of 550, the raise must make a total of at least 1000.  Please verbally declare which action you decide to take as verbal declarations are binding.  If you say “call” you must only call the bet and are not allowed to raise.  The only exception is that at the end of a hand cards speak for themselves.  So if a player declares a straight and shows a flush, the flush plays as his/her hand.

Determining a winner: Using any combination of a player’s two personal cards, called hole cards, and the five community cards face up on the table, the player determines his/her hand.  After all betting has occurred, according to the hand rankings on the other side, a winner is declared.  If two players have the same hand the highest differing card determines the winner.  For example, if both players have two pair Queens & Sixes but for their fifth card one player has an Ace while the other has a Jack, the Ace wins.  In the event of an exact tie the pot is split evenly with any extra chip going to the player closest to the dealer’s left.  All poker hands consist of five cards.  Consequently, hands such as three pair do not exist.  Additionally, suit never plays a role in determining a winner.  Hence, a spades flush is not higher than a hearts flush. 

All-ins: All-ins occur when a player or players cannot match the bet they are faced with due to a smaller stack size.  All players play for the main pot, while all bets above the all-in are placed in a side pot and can only be won by the remaining players.  For example, Player A bets 1000 into a 250 pot,  Player B calls All-In with 600 and Player C calls the 1000 bet as well.  The main pot, which will be won by the best hand of all players at the end, will have 2050 in it (250 + (600 x 3) = 2050).  The side pot, which will be won by the better hand between Players A & C, will have 800 in it (400 x 2).  Player B can no longer bet while further bets by Players A & C are put into the side pot. 

Breakdown of Tables: Throughout the tournament emptier tables will be broken down and players will be randomly reassigned to other tables.  Players reassigned do not need to post blinds.

Missing Hands: In a poker tournament, players must play every hand.  Therefore, if a player leaves for any reason, his/her blinds will be posted in turn and folded if s/he does not return before the betting comes to them.

GOOD LUCK!!!