Joslyn Center Poker Club Rules

Revised: April 2011

 

The Poker Club is group of people who get together regularly in order to socialize and enjoy the challenge of the game of poker in a live format.  The rules and guidelines have been established to promote fair play in a friendly environment.

 

Table of Contents:

 

Who may play?

Weekly Games

Game time

Late arrival

Chip stacks

First deal

Dealer duties / Game selection

Antes

Betting

Declaring

Misdeals

Etiquette

Additional "High Roller" Monthly Game

Tournaments

 

Who may play?

 

Poker Club members are invited to play all tournaments and weekly games at the Joslyn Center.  JRC bylaws encourage new memberships by having interested people participate up to two times before they must join the Center and the Club.  The Poker Club invites prospective members to join us at our weekly games and scheduled tournaments to determine if they wish to join.

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Weekly Games

 

Game time

The club meets each week on Thursdays at 6:15pm in the JARC.  Members are expected to arrive at that time to conduct any business required (Joslyn announcements, providing input into future events, etc.), assist with setting up the game for the night, and drawing for random table assignments.  Play begins at 6:30pm sharp and goes continuously until 9pm when the last regular game is dealt and followed up with a showdown hand to end the competition.  All players are then expected to assist in breaking down tables, storing equipment and cleaning the facility to the extent that they are physically able to do so. 

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Late arrival

Anyone arriving after the table draw time (6:15) but before the first half hour of play is completed (7:00pm), will be seated at tables if any of them are “light” (have less than 7 players) via random draw if there is more than one choice.  No players will be added to tables after 7pm.

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Chip stacks

Each player will start with a stack of chips representing 500 units in the form of 10 white/5-units, 5 red/10-units, 8 blue/25-units and 4 black/50-units; other denominations can be used if needed as long as the total is 500 per person.

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First deal

The first dealer will be decided by random draw at each table (customarily cards are dealt with the first Jack determining the dealer). 

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Dealer duties / Game selection

Each dealer will shuffle the deck (or have someone else at the table do so) and allow the player to the right to cut the cards.  The dealer will announce the game that they choose to play before starting to distribute cards and help with explanations of the game format to those who need it.  Additionally, the dealer is responsible for driving timely betting and other player actions (e.g. revealing, passing or disposing of cards from the hand) and continuing the dealer actions (e.g. presenting flop, turn, river or other community cards).  While the dealer can seek assistance with getting the pot to the appropriate player at the end of each hand (including splitting pots as necessary), they are responsible for completing the game that they have chosen.

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Antes

The dealer of each game is required to provide an ante of 25 units.  For games that have 3 or less betting rounds (for example 5-card-draw which has one bet after the cards are dealt and a second bet after the draw), the dealer can request each player to contribute a 25 unit ante (including the dealer putting in a second ante).  Players have the option of sitting out the hand if they choose not to participate in any all-player ante game.

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Betting

All bets are made with a verbal announcement of the intention followed by placing chips in front of you (but not in the pot).  Bets are always from 5 to 25 units and can be raised from 5 to 25 units up to 3 raises maximum for any single betting round of a game.  We do not allow “check/raising” in our weekly games.  Betting (or checking) and folding should be done in order so that every player has the same information when it is their turn to decide their action (folding out of turn gives some players an advantage of knowing the number of opponents they will face if they call a bet).

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Declaring

In games where “cards speak,” no declarations are required and hands should be turned up (if you are reluctant to show, the order to do so is based on the person who made the highest bet first - e.g. the first bettor with no raises or the last raiser if there were raises involved - then around to the left).  When the game calls for declaring (e.g. high/low or multiple boards), a zero-, one- or two-chip method is used.  In high/low games, no chips means you are betting on the low hand, one chip is for seeking the high hand, and two chips means you are “pigging” and trying to win both high and low.  In any declaration game, a player must win both outright if they try to “pig”; a tie on either side causes players seeking both ways to lose both.  Chip declarations are binding.  While it is regrettable that occasionally mistakes are made in choosing the correct number of chips to match ones intentions, it is no different then folding accidentally (cards mucked when there is no bet still constitute a dead hand) and players must rely on the physical selection made.

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Misdeals

Misdeals are discouraged because of the friendly nature of our game, but there are times when it will happen just as it does in professional games.  The following cover the bulk of the likely misdeal situations that are encountered:

¨       It is never a misdeal if a single card is exposed in games with burn cards or where there are “up” cards to be dealt to an individual player.  For “hold ‘em” type games, leave the exposed card in place and continue dealing as if nothing had been shown out of turn.  When the last card is dealt to players, give the top card on the deck (what would be the first “burn” card) face down to the player with the exposed card and put that onto the top of the deck to serve as the burn.  For “stud” type games, the player simply keeps the cards as dealt and the first time the player would next receive an up card, give it to them down instead.

¨       Cards dealt to too many or too few player positions before any betting has taken place is always a misdeal if there is more than one card dealt to any position and it is not possible to discern how the cards should be placed in the order they came off the deck or if any player has viewed cards which should belong to another player.

¨       It is never a player’s option to take or reject a card that has been exposed (unless that’s part of the game being played such as “Kings”).  They can determine that they want to fold after receiving such a card if they feel the value of their hand has been greatly diminished.

¨       If a player accidentally exposes a card from their hand, they may simply turn it back over but it does not alter the play of the hand.

When a misdeal occurs, the dealer will collect the cards, shuffle them, ask for a “cut” and begin dealing again.

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Etiquette

Other points of poker etiquette that should be followed are as follows:

¨       Folded cards should be placed in the pot and not shared with other players whether they are in the hand or not (talk about the cards all you want after the hand is over)

¨       Play only your own hand; if folks don’t see something you think is obvious and you want to point it out, wait until the hand is over (so let others fold winners or bet when they can’t possibly take any part of the pot)

¨       Cards must remain on/over the table in plain site at all times (avoid covering them with your hand for example)

¨       Because we play continuously during the weekly games, breaks will be taken by individuals as desired.  If a player specifies that they do not wish to be “dealt in” until they return, simply skip dealing to them.  If someone does not specify whether to be included or have specifically asked to be “dealt in”, they may have cards dealt to their position while away.  However, if there is any action on a player who is out of the room, their hand will be folded at that time by the dealer and play continues.  If a player misses a single deal while away, dealing may jump out of order temporarily to catch up and allow the participant who missed their deal the chance to call the game and provide the ante the same number of times as other players at the table have.

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Third Thursday Additional (“High Roller”) Game

On the third Thursday of each month, a second game will be played along with the standard weekly game.  It will start at 7pm and go until it breaks or a final round of play begins at 10pm.  Each game will be dealer’s choice of a game that has pre-flop cards, a flop, turn and river.  Stakes will include: 50 and 100 unit small/big blinds to the left of the dealer before any cards are dealt; 100 unit bets before and after the flop; 200 unit bets on the turn and river.  Checking and raising is permitted with a maximum of 3 raises on any “street.”  No wild card games will be played.  Joslyn Poker Club members will be allowed to join the game as often as they like – there is no requirement to ever play in this alternative game or to commit to any minimum number of times to play. Cash-outs will be permitted at any time during the game and will be rounded to the nearest 100 unit increment.  If there is more interest than room at the table (9 maximum), a first-come-first-served waiting list will be used to determine entry into the game.

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Tournaments

 

The Poker Club regularly schedules a Texas Hold ‘Em or Omaha style tournament on a weekend every other month.  Other events may also be scheduled depending on opportunity and interest.  Club members will be notified of the time, format and any logistics for the event (e.g. pot-luck type gathering ahead of a game).  Tournament rules will be available at each event as they can vary from tourney to tourney.  If a rule does not cover a situation that arises, the rules for the weekly games will be used and if that is not specified, generally accepted poker tournament rules will be used.

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