1. Seats and tables will be drawn at random.
  1. You may rebuy an unlimited number of times during the first period of blinds, but only for the amount of the original buy-in.  At the end of the first period of blinds, every person will have the option to buy-in back up to the original buy-in amount, but if a person chooses to buy-in up to the original buy-in amount, their chip count may not exceed that of the original buy-in.  Before the end of the first period of blinds, rebuys can only occur if the player has lost all of their chips.
  1. Players can enter the tournament at any time during the first period of blinds.  They will be randomly seated at an open table.  If all tables are full, the player may wait until a seat is vacated to sit down.  A seat is not vacated until a player loses all of their chips and chooses not to rebuy.  If this does not occur during the first period of blinds, the player will be refunded his buy-in and not be allowed to participate in the remainder of the tournament.  If it is deemed necessary by the tournament director, a new table will be formed.  Players entering a tournament that has already begun are required to pay a big blind or wait until they are in the big blind to be dealt in.
  1. Refer to payout structure and blind structure for more information.
  1. Designated dealers will be allowed only if they are available for every table in play.
  1. No player shall pay the big or small blind in two consecutive hands.  If a player goes out of the tournament while in the big blind, the player to his left will still pay the big blind on the next hand and no one is required to post the small blind.  The dealer button will remain with the same player as the previous hand.
  1. If two or more people lose all of their chips in the same hand, then the person with the highest number of chips at the beginning of the hand will take the highest place.  If two or more people have exactly the same number of chips, the players will tie for the highest place.  If the positions are in the money, the total prize money paid to the tied position and the next position(s) lower will be split evenly between all the players that tied.  (i.e. There are 5 players left.  John and Bob are both short stacks with EXACTLY the same amount of money.  In the same hand they both go all-in and lose to a high stack.  Assuming 5th place is paid $10 and 4th place is paid $20, John and Bob would get $15 a piece.)  In accordance with this rule, in an all-in situation with multiple players, accurate chip counts and side pots must be formed before players throw their chips in the pot.
  1. Any contention with hands or the interpretation of these rules will be settled by the tournament director.
  1. Refer to the House Rules posted on http://poker.fikeworks.com for more applicable rules.


Table Moves

  1. If the number of players is 10 or less, they will all be seated at one table and table moves will not be necessary.  If the number of players is more than 10, additional tables will be necessary.  No more than 10 people will be seated at 1 table.  The exception to this rule is when the tournament location does not have a table big enough to seat 10.  At that point, replace “10” with the maximum number of players able to sit at one table in this and all following rules.
  1. When the tournament starts, the same number of people will be seated at each table, if possible.  If not, an effort will be made to seat the tables as evenly as possible.
  1. If a table drops below 5 people, but the total number of people is more than 10, the player in the highest number seat at the table with the most people will be moved to the table that dropped below 5 people and he will sit at the lowest numbered open seat at that table.
  1. You may not change tables or seats at will.
  1. When changing tables during a tournament, you are NOT required to post the big blind at the new table or wait until you are in the big blind to be dealt in.  If you come to the new table in position for the small blind, you must sit out that hand and the blinds would be paid as if you weren’t occupying that seat.  On the next hand the dealer button would then skip you and be passed to the person to your left, who paid the small blind in the previous hand.  You would then be dealt in on that hand.


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