Standard tournament rules
The following rules apply to all tournaments at PartyPoker.net unless otherwise stated.
1. A ‘tournament’ is a contest in which all players start with an equal amount of chips and continue to play until one player remains and has accumulated all the chips. (Blinds/antes are raised consistently throughout the tournament.)
2. All tournaments are freeze-outs, with no re-buys allowed.
3.Single-table tournaments will begin seconds after all the players are seated. Players choose their seats on a first-come-first-served basis.
4. Multi-table tournaments have set starting times and players must register in advance to play - they may do so up to 15 minutes prior to the start of play. Some tournaments may require more lead-time for registration, check the tournament Lobby for details. All seat assignments are randomly drawn prior to the start of the tournament. Tables will break down from the highest numbered table to the lowest numbered tables. When transferring players from one table to another, as a result of tables breaking up, the player’s position with regard to the blinds is taken into consideration when assigning a new seat. The system will be as fair as possible to players, to maintain the same distance from the blinds after the transfer.
5. Password restricted tournaments: You must use the password we sent to you by email to register for these tournaments. We’ll only send passwords to eligible players.
6. In Hold’em and Omaha games, the players ‘high-card’ for the button immediately prior to the start of play. This means the player who draws the highest card will start with the button. If two players get the same high card, the suit preference of spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs will determine who starts with the button.
7. Tournaments will continue until one player wins all the chips.
8. When a player loses all his/her chips, they are eliminated from play.
9. In ‘limit tournaments’, those which have a prescribed amount of betting at each level, one bet and three raises are permitted for each betting round. When only two players remain, there is no limit on the number of raises. In pot limit and/or no-limit tournaments, there are no limits on the number of raises.
10. Players are obligated to post their ‘blinds’. A blind is a fixed amount, determined by the size of the game that is automatically put into the pot in Hold'em and Omaha tournaments prior to the hand being dealt.
11. The ‘small blind’ is posted by the player immediately to the left of the dealer button and the ‘big blind’ is posted by the player immediately to the left of the small blind. (It is possible for a player to take two big blinds in a row. For example, if the player posted the big blind at one table, which then breaks up and is then seated in the big blind position at his new table.)
12. When two players remain, the player who is due to assume the big blind will do so, and the player in line for the small blind will inherit the button. The player on the small blind or button will act first prior to the flop and second after the flop.
13. There are no breaks during single-table tournaments. In multi-table tournaments, a 5-minute break is taken every hour.
14. In single-table tournaments, players either start with 800 chips, for tournaments with buy-ins of less than 50 chips, or they start with 1000 chips for tournaments with higher buy-ins. The amount of chips required for these tournaments goes up after every ten hands. In multi-table tournaments, the chip amounts are calculated on a ‘time’ basis and the time may vary depending on the tournament. Play continues until there is a winner.
15. The prize payoffs will be exactly according to the ‘payout schedule’ (the number of chips you win) and deals are not available.
16. If two (or more) players are eliminated on the same hand, the player who started the hand with the most chips will be awarded the higher finishing position.
17. All players are expected to follow the rules of poker etiquette. Those abusing correct etiquette may be asked to leave the tournament and/or to stop playing at PartyPoker.net, by PartyPoker.net personnel.
18. There should be no soft playing during tournaments. Soft playing means to not bet your hand to the fullest extent when playing against someone (usually friends and/or family), it goes against the spirit of the game, and in some instances is considered cheating.
19. Players who do not act on their hand in time, who are ‘timed out’, will have it folded.
20. PartyPoker.net reserves the right to alter the rules and render final decisions on all matters herein at its sole discretion. Rule changes and relevant decisions will be communicated accordingly via PartyPoker.net via electronic and/or written means.
21. PartyPoker.net reserves the right to cancel or reschedule tournaments at any time, for any reason, with or without notice.
22. PartyPoker.net reserves the right to amend the Tournament Rules and Policies at any time without notice to players. Such amendments will become effective immediately upon being listed under the ‘Tournament Rules’ section of the PartyPoker.net website. It is the players’ sole responsibility to review the Tournament Rules and Policies.
23. The rules and policies contained herein represent the complete understanding between each player and PartyPoker.net with respect to the player’s activities at any PartyPoker.net tournament, except as otherwise specified in the any rules pertaining to a particular tournament, as posted at the PartyPoker.net website.