Texas Hold’Em Poker: A kind of poker in which each player is dealt two cards down — known as “hole” cards — and then five cards are dealt face-up in the center of the table. Each player shares these center or “board” cards to make the best five-card hand from the cards in the hole and the cards on the board.
How to Play:
· The two players to the left of the dealer put out blind bets. The player directly to the dealer’s left puts out the small blind while the player two to the dealer’s left puts out the big blind. · Every player is dealt two cards, face down. These are called hole or pocket cards.
· The action, or the first move, falls on the player to the left of the big blind. S/he can call the bet, raise it, or fold. Betting continues around the table, clockwise.
· After the betting is completed, three cards are dealt face up in the center of the table, which is referred to as the board. The first three cards in Texas Hold’em are called the flop. These cards are “community cards” meaning everyone can (and will) use them in combination with their own hole cards to make the best hand.
· From the flop on, betting begins with the player to the dealer’s left, who can check or bet.
· A fourth card is dealt face up onto the board. This is called fourth street or the turn card.
· Another round of betting.
· The final card is dealt face up. This card is called the river.
· A final round of betting occurs. The remaining players show their cards and the person who can make the best five card hand by combining their pocket cards with the cards on the board wins. Note: In some rare cases in Texas Hold’em, the five cards making up the board will actually be the best hand, in which case everyone left in the hand divides up the pot.
The Blinds: Players put in a forced bet, called a “blind” before the deal. It’s called a blind because you haven’t seen a card when you put in this bet — you’re going in without seeing, or blind. Time Well Wasted common practice is to have the two players to the left of the dealer pay the blinds. The player immediately to the dealer’s left places a smaller bet called the “little blind,” while the player two places to the left puts in the “big blind.” The amounts of the blinds are fixed and determined before the game begins. Usually the “big blind” is
equal to the smallest bet possible, while the little blind is 1/2 of that amount. So, if the minimum bet was 100, the big blind would place a forced bet of 100 and the little blind would put out 50.
You’re the first to act in the game. There are two things you can do: check (pass the bet) or you can bet . Let’s say you bet. The next player (the one sitting on your left) can do three things: s/he can call or see your bet, which means s/he matches it exactly; s/he can raise the bet; or s/he can give up on the hand and fold or ” muck” it. This continues from player to player going around to the left. If someone raises a bet you made, when it comes back to you, you have the same options as everyone else: call, raise, or fold. The round of betting is over when everyone simply calls the last bet and all the players (who haven’t folded) have put in the same amount of money. A round of betting can also be “checked around” – meaning everyone checks and there’s no money put in the pot that round.
Per Time Well Wasted Rules, you can raise a maximum of 3 times per betting round. Once a third raise has been placed, the next card will come out and you have the option to raise up to 3 times again. Once the final card has been placed on the table and final betting completed (up to 3 bets) the players will show their card.
Pre Flop Betting: Per Time Well Wasted Rules, should a player choose to raise the bet before any cards are dealt, they must bet in increments of the blind. If a player bets an amount that is not completely a full blind increment, and they are all in, then other players to the left that can still call and bet, must complete the bet. (this means pay the full amount up to the next blind added) ex. Blinds are at 100/200. A player only has 110 and is all in pre flop, the players still in the hand must complete the bet to 200. This will leave a side pot between the other players.
After the Flop Betting: Per Time Well Wasted Rules, should a player choose to bet after the initial “flop” has come out, they must bet a minimum of the big blind. They may double the blind or triple the blind, but it must be in increments with the blind. This is the same betting rule applied after the turn and the river.
Check: This is when a player passes the bet.
Call: This is when a player matches the bet exactly. (or if it puts them all in they put out what they have)
Raise: This is when a player matches the bet and adds an additional bet on top. (Verbal is binding)
Fold: This is when a player “mucks” their cards. They throw them in the middle of the table into the burn pile and the cards are no longer live and you cannot win with them.
Muck Rule: A player has folded or discarded their hand. It is no longer live. The Time Well Wasted Muck Rule is as follows: If you are in the hand all in or just make a bet, and there are other people in the hand that can still call you, and you flip your cards over, they are mucked! This is considered an intimidation move and illegal. (Note: if players in the hand choose to “check it down” then everyone can flip and their cards are not mucked.)
Showing Your Cards: Showing an active hand to anyone, player or not, is illegal and will deem your hand “mucked” or folded. If the behavior continues a host has the right to ask the player to leave the table and/ or remove their chips from the game.
3 Foot Rule: If a player is out of the game, or a person is just spectating, they are required to stay 3 feet away from the poker table.
Misdeal: A hand is a misdeal and must be re-dealt if the first card dealt is exposed in the small or big blind. It is a misdeal if the card is exposed as it is dealt to the dealer as they cannot receive two cards in a row. It is also a misdeal if more than one card is flipped up during the deal. It is NOT a misdeal if the 2nd card is flipped up in the small or big blind during the deal.
Determination of Dealer: Per Time Well Wasted Rules, all 52 cards will be placed face down and spread in the middle of the table. Each player will draw a card. The Ace of spades cannot be beat and is automatically dealer. If the Ace of spades has not been pulled, then the next highest card is dealer. If there is two of the same cards pulled, ie. Queen of heart and queen of diamonds, then each person will draw a second card that will determine the high card and the dealer.
Re-Draw for Dealer: Per Time Well Wasted Rules, all 52 cards will be placed face down and spread in the middle of the table to draw for dealer at final table. You will also re-draw for dealer if the same amount or more of # of players is moved to a table. (ex. 4 people at a table, 4 people are moved to that table for a total of 8, you will re-draw).
Handling of Poker Chips: The person dealing the cards is the only person to be touching the “dead” chips that have been bet and placed in the middle of the table. This includes making change to any player as well as separating them into different stacks when an all-in may be at hand and there is a side pot. Other than the dealer, only the host may touch a player’s poker chips. This is for the purpose of splitting chips or helping to count and call.
Cutting behind the deal: The Dealer will give the deck of cards to the player behind them, after they have shuffled, so they may cut the cards. There must be a cut, tapping the table is not an option.
Dealing from the Table: Once the cards have been properly shuffled and cut, the dealer will deal two “hole” cards to each player and then place the deck of cards on the table. They will deal the flop, the turn and the river from the deck on the table. The cards are not to be held in the dealers hand.
Cut Card: This is typically a plastic, solid in color card that will be used to cut the deck after it is shuffled and it will be placed on the bottom of the deck as to make sure the bottom card is not exposed.
Winning with Royal Flush, Quads and 6/3: A player that wins the hand with a royal flush, quads, or the time well wasted hand; 6/3, all the way to the river, will receive a bonus of 50k (or 100k if won with 6/3).
Bounty: A Host may decide to add a bounty to a playing member of the TWW staff, and will have a bounty on the previous months points leader. This bounty is 100k that will be won by the player to take out the player with the bounty and is not betable chips by the player holding the bounty. The bounty is active until break, at which time the bounty amount will be added to the players normal chip stack and is available to be bet.
Pot Sweetener: The host will give a pot sweetener at scheduled times throught the game. No one can raise pre-flop when a pot sweetener is put on the table. The players may resume raising and betting after the flop.
All In: If a player is all in and there are no live betters, the players in the hand will flip their cards. If there are still live betters and a bet is made to create a side pot, the players in the hand will match chips and separate them before the deal continues.
Required to show your hand: When a player makes a bet and is called by another player, the player that “paid” to see the other person’s hand, must be shown the cards. The player that “paid” to see the other person’s hand, does not have to show their hand. A PLAYER MUST SHOW 2 CARDS TO WIN!!
Seat Position: Players are allowed to sit where they please unless otherwise requested by the tournament host. We do this for many reasons, some of which i will list here, to prevent collusion and cheating or the perception of either, to help us put new players next to friendly experienced players, to reduce conflict between players, and to help even player counts.
Player chooses to fold their chips: If a player chooses to fold their chips and leave the game, the chips will be split by the host among the remaining players at the table. If a player has just sat down at the table and had not played a hand when a player already there has chosen to split their chips, they do NOT get any of the chips as they have not potentially lost any chips to this player.
Appreciation chips when all in: If a player has ordered an item to receive appreciation chips and then they go all in, the chips they receive will go towards the all in to cover any amount owed. If a player is all in, they cannot order any items to get appreciation chips until after they have won their all in as they will be out of the game if they lose.
Card visibility: Players will leave their cards on the table and visible to all players at all times. If a player covers their cards with their hands or holds them off the table, they will become mucked. If they cause a player to muck their cards as they are not visible, they will be mucked and the other player in the hand will not be mucked.
Poker Chip visibility: A player will make visible their most valuable chips to all players at the table at all times.
Talking over the table: Poker players will not talk over the table, dependent upon the nature of the discussion, may result in the cards being mucked. The host has final say in the decision if an issue arises.
Handling cards and dead chips: The dealer is the only person that should be touching the cards and the dead money on the table. The host is the only other person that may touch these items. If there is an issue, the host will be called over to make a determination.
Out of your seat: When a player is at the table and chooses to leave, they have until the small and big blind go around 2 times to return or their chips will be folded. If a player returns to their seat just in time before they are folded, they have one more time of the blinds going by 2 times and then their chips will be permanently folded among everyone left at the table.
Physically aggression: any way to anyone they will be removed from the game with out exception.
Host Decisions: When question of rule arises and it is not in the list of rules, HOST DECISION IS FINAL! If a player wants to dispute a host call to upper management they may email the owner of the league at firstname.lastname@example.org