Aces Cracked Procedures and Rules
“Whenever possible, and feasible, we are trying to follow the recommended “Tournament Director Association (TDA)” guidelines for poker tournaments so that players in one of our tournaments are following the same guidelines they may run into if they play at a casino, and additionally so that we are standardized/consistent between venues. However, there may be modifications followed at the Tournament Director’s discretion at each venue to simplify the management of the tournament (for example, we will simply “chip up” smaller chips instead of “racing them off” in order to expedite the chip up process). Additionally, our dealers are “volunteers”, be kind to them.
Rules (Exceptions or additions to TDA rules)
Rule #1: Aces Cracked Poker League is an entertainment business and not a gaming establishment. Therefore, there is absolutely 0 tolerance for any side betting or under the table gambling. Anyone breaking this rule will be ban from the league, no exceptions.
Rule #2: Show respect to every player, be kind, no vulgar language, no being a distraction due to over intoxication, over intoxicated players will be removed from the game. Any act of violence or disrespect (whether actively participating in a game or not at the time) will result in first a warning and then a 1 week suspension from the league. 2nd offense will result in a 1 month suspension from the league and a 3rd offense will result in permanent suspension. (Examples, Throwing in a aggressive manner any object such as cards, chips, drinks etc. at or toward another person.) Depending on the severity of the act, a player could be suspended for any period of time as determined by the league owner(s) regardless of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd offense.
Rule #3: No loitering around the tables. If you are not in the game you must keep a distance of at least 10′ from the tables. There may be exceptions by decision of the Tournament Director but spectators must remain silent while hands are in play.
Rule #4: No splashing the pot – Keep your bets in front of you, do not toss your chips into the pile of chips that are considered the pot.
Rule #5: No string betting – Place all the chips you wish to bet out toward the center of the table but in front of you in one motion. You may not put out a few chips and then put out more. The only exception is that if you verbalize the amount that you are betting or raising and then you can put them out however you wish. It is always best to verbalize your intentions.
Rule #6: Do not show your cards to other players as doing so risk other players that are in the hand seeing them also. Not showing your hand also helps prevent others from encouraging action. If you show your cards and the opposing player feels that the player or person encouraged action through even the smallest gesture then your cards are mucked.
Rule #7: No talking about a hand or the board cards while play is in action if you are not in the hand, and no stating the truth about your hand.
Rule #8: No going into the muck pile – Once your cards are folded and placed in the muck pile you may not look thru those cards to see what you had or to show them to others.
Rule #9: Protecting your cards: It is the players responsibility to protect their cards from being raked in by the dealer while also keeping their cards visible so as to reduce mistakes by the dealer and other players not realizing that you are still in the hand. If your cards are raked in by the dealer because they are not protected or they are to far out into the playing area or another player mucks his/her cards because your cards are not clearly visible, then your cards are no longer in play.
Rule #10: No rabbit hunting – Once a hand is finished, by all players folding to the winner, the remaining board cards may not be played out to see if others may or may not have won the hand.
Rule #11: Only the dealer handles the chips and cards – Players are not to reach into the pot to get their change or change for others. When the dealer is having to chop a pot or divide a multiple pot situation, players are not to disrupt the dealer while figuring the division of unequal bets.
Rule #12: No cash on the table at any time – We do not want to ever give the impression that cash is in play in any hand.
Rule # 13: Players must be at the table and within arm reach of their seat (preferably seated so as to reduce the chance of seeing other players cards) before their cards are dealt to be eligible to play the hand. The only exception to this rule is for a TD or TD helper who is having to take care of running the tournament, however, the TD should not be a big distraction to the game and the dealer should let the TD know that their action is coming at least three actions in advance.
Rule #14: HAVE FUN
1st Place pays $50 cash
Starting chip stack is 14,000
Players receive 10 points for attending
Players who have a food tab receive additional 250 points
Players who are wearing their Aces Cracked T-shirt, Hoodie, Cap etc. receive an additional 150 points
Players who bring a new player receive an additional 50 points
Dealers may play and receive an additional 100 points. Dealers are on a first come first serve basis and must have demonstrated competency as a dealer.
If no one agrees to be a dealer for the table then the table is self deal
Games start promptly at their scheduled time
Late arrivals may enter the tournament with a full set of chips until after the 500 – 1000 blind level. (about 1 hr 35 minutes)
Blind Levels start at 100/200 and may vary in duration according to number of participants but are typically 20 minutes
10 minute break after 3rd level for chip up.
5 minute break after 3000/6000 level)
See blind structure here – Evening Game Blinds
Top 20% in each event earn Bar Poker Open account/points and top 3 earn a Bar Poker Open token good for one Sunday online play. Players with Bar Poker Open accounts may play online every Saturday to earn tokens for Sunday online play. Players who have had a BPO account for some time but have not activated that account may be at risk of forfeiting their BPO points and tokens to the next player in line. Players winning BPO tokens may assign their token to another player of their choice provided they instruct the tournament director to do so at that event.
Top 5 places in both 1st and 2nd games earn Aces Cracked League points to qualify for the quarterly championship event.
There is very little waiting for the 2nd game after getting knocked out of the first.
2nd game starts when 4 – 6 players have been eliminated from the first depending on the number of players in attendance. Usually shortly after 1st break.
Prize pool for 2nd game is usually $20 – $50 for 1st place.
Starting stack is 12,000 chips for everyone.
Players off the street may come into the second game with a full set of chips until after the 500/1000 blind level.
Players who are coming out of the first game may enter the 2nd game until the number of players is down to 5 and blind level is after 500/1000.
Top 5 places earn Aces Cracked League points to qualify for the championship.
$5,000.00 + Quarterly Championship
The $5,000 guaranteed quarterly championship event is a $50 buy-in event.
Players earn up to 6,000 add-on chips depending on their ranking in the league.
All players may purchase add-on chips for $5 per 1,000 chips up to $6k.
All players may re-buy as often as they like in a any day 1 event up thru the 500/1000 blind level and may play as many Day1 events as they wish.
There are no add-on or re-buy chips in Day 2.
Each venue will be set up to host 100 players for their Day 1 event. If there are more than 100 players in attendance then there will be a waiting list and players that are eliminated from the tournament will keep their seat if they re-buy immediately, otherwise they will take their place at the end of the waiting list to buy back in.
Players buying in that have add-on chips due to their ranking will receive those same add-on chips each time they re-buy.
Players who do not make it into Day 2 or wish to improve their chip stack may buy-in to other Day 1 events at other venues. Players that make it to Day 2 with multiple chip stacks will take only their largest chip stack to Day 2.
Day 1 events will end at the end of a blind level that is not yet determined and may not be determined until during the 1st Day 1 event. All players remaining at that point will proceed to Day 2 with their then current chip stack.
Quarterly Championship prize pool is divided according to the following chart:
Places paid will be equal to 10% of the total buy-ins and re-buys.
All players winning over $599 will be required to complete an IRS W-9 form before receiving their winnings.
Players may qualify either by venue ranking or by league wide ranking. This is so that players who may only be able to play at one or a limited number of venues can still qualify.
To qualify by venue:
Players who rank in the top 50% will qualify
Top 15% of players will qualify and have $1k add on
Top 10% of players will qualify and have $3k add on
Top 5% of players will qualify and have $6k add on
To qualify by League:
Players who rank in the top 75% will qualify
Top 20% of players will qualify and have $1k add on
Top 15% of players will qualify and have $3k add on
Top 10% of players will qualify and have $6k add on
Championship Tournament Play
The tournament will be a regular play down to final players event, not a shootout event.
The tournament is a 2 day event. Seating is 1st come 1st serve in the Day 1 events and excess players will be put on awaiting list. 1st 100 players take precedents over waiting list players for re-buys so long as they re-buy immediately.
Starting chip stack is 12,000 chips, players may purchase $1k add ons for $5 each up to an additional $6k in chips and blind levels are 25 minutes with one 15 minute break and one 7 minute break. Day 1 games will all end at the end of the same blind level that will be determined by the league owner during the 1st Day 1 event.
Players may re-buy until the end of the 500/1000 blind level. Players may buy in to as many Day 1 events as they wish.
All players winning more than $599.00 will be required to complete an IRS W9 form before collecting any winnings.
All players that qualify for any quarterly event are awarded an invitation to the BPO event in Las Vegas and Atlantic City.
Bar Poker Open Invitations and Seats
You must have either an invitation or a seat to play in the Bar Poker Open $200,000 championship in Vegas or the $100,000 championship in Atlantic City. A seat means your buy-in is paid and an invitation is just that, an invitation to buy in to the tournament. Buy-in for Vegas is $200 plus $35 casino fee paid at registration. See more information on requirements for purchasing your seat here.
Buy-in events will be noted as such in the calendar of events.
These events are not in violation of the gaming commission rules so long as the players are associated with our league, and so long as the venue nor the league are taking a rake. All monies collected from players are paid out as winnings. To establish a solid association with the league players must have been qualified for the previous quarterly championship or be in the qualified ranking of the current qualifying period in order to participate in buy-in events.
Buy-in Event Structure
Players may re-buy until the end of the 500/1000 blind level..
Number of players paid will be 10% of the total number of buy-ins and re-buys.
Payouts will be according to the chart for the quarterly championship shown above.
Decisions to chop the pot will be determined as follows:
A chop may only be considered at final table and will be decided by anonymous vote.
Once a player suggest a chop they must specify if they are requesting a even chop or a chip chop.
An even chop is where all players receive the same payout regardless of their chip stack.
With a chip chop a players payout is according to the percentage of total chips the player has.
Players may determine among themselves the amount that each player will receive.
Once the decision is made and all players are aware of their payout amount the dealer or TD will deal each player a red and a black card.
Players will cast their vote by placing one of the two cards face down in the middle of the table. A red card is an agreement to chop and a black card is a vote against chopping.
The vote must be unanimous in order for a chop to take place. One black card in the pile and play continues or players suggest a different payout arrangement
and another vote takes place.