League Rules

  • By participating in any Sunshine Poker League tournament, you agree to abide by the rules and behave in a courteous manner. A violator may be verbally warned, suspended from play for a specified length of time, or disqualified from the tournament. Chips from a disqualified participant will be removed from play.

  • Sunshine Poker League Management will attempt to maintain an enjoyable and entertaining environment for all our customers and employees. Please assist us in keeping our venues clean and let’s make it a fun and pleasant atmosphere.
  • Treat others how you want to be treated!

IMPROPER ACTIONS

The following actions are improper and grounds for warning, suspending, or barring a violator:

  • Deliberately splashing chips into the pot.
  • Agreeing to check a hand out when a third player is all-in.
  • Collusion with another player or any other form of cheating.
  • Verbally or physically threatening any patron or employee.
  • Using profanity or obscene language.
  • Creating a disturbance by arguing, shouting, or making excessive noise.
  • Throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards.

GENERAL RULES

The following are general rules and guidelines for our league:

  • All tournament participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • All players start with an equal amount of chips. Chips have no cash value.
  • Players will take turns dealing. The first person to deal is decided by a random player at the table shuffling the deck, cutting it and distributing one card face up clockwise per player. The player receiving the first ace or the highest card first is the dealer.
  • Keep your chips on the table and visible at all times with larger denominations on top and/or in front of your chip stack.
  • Poker chips may not be given to another player in the tournament.
  • Do not handle another player’s chips. While you may give another player change for chips, you may not give chips to another player.
  • Protect your cards so that no one else can see them. Keep your cards on the table at all times (holding cards against your shirt or putting them in your pocket or lap is not allowed).
  • You may leave the table at any time. During your absence cards will be dealt to your seat and folded. Your blinds will be put into the pot.
  • Talking on your phone is not allowed while sitting at the table. If you need to use the phone, you must get up from the table. It is each player’s responsibility to follow the flow of the game.
  • Play in turn. Do not act out of turn.
  • Do not place anything on the poker table except your cards, your cards protector, your chips and your drink.
  • Chopping or splitting blinds are not permitted.
  • Side bets are not allowed.
  • Try not to encroach upon your neighbor’s space.
  • Do not ‘read’ the board possibilities out loud.
  • Act in an appropriate amount of time when it is your turn.
  • Never reveal another player’s mucked cards.
  • At no time should any player or spectator make statements that could unfairly influence the play of a hand. This includes commenting on mucked cards and discussing possible hands.
  • Verbally announce your action. check, fold, call, bet or raise, and place your chips in front of you, towards the center of the table, but not within or near the pot.
  • Players are not allowed to wear two earbuds/earphones in while playing.  One ear bud is allowed, if it is not distracting from the flow of play.
  • Players who are all-in must reveal their hands.
  • String bets are not allowed.
  • A player is allowed ample time to make a decision during each round of betting.  If a player is taking more than 2 minutes, a ‘clock’ can be requested from the tournament director, giving the player another 30 seconds to make a final decision.
  • In a showdown situation when there are no more opportunities for betting (this happens most often when it’s heads-up play and one of the players is all-in), the players in the hand must turn their cards over immediately.
  • If a player decides to muck (discard) their cards, that player is allowed to do so without their opponent seeing the cards. Once the cards hit the muck, that player is no longer in the hand and cannot win the pot. The remaining player does not have to show their hand in order to win the pot.
  • Looking through the discards is not permitted.
  • After a deal ends, dealers are asked to not show what card would have been dealt.
  • A player is expected to pay attention to the game and not hold up play. Any activity that interferes with the flow of the game is discouraged, and the player will be warned.
  • A non-player may not sit at the table.
  • A wager is not binding until the chips are actually released into the pot unless the player has made a verbal statement of action.
  • If there is a discrepancy between a player’s verbal statement and the amount put into the pot, the bet will be corrected to the verbal statement.
  • If a pot has been incorrectly awarded and mingled with chips that were not in the pot, but the time limit for a ruling request given in the previous rule has been complied with, management will determine how much was in the pot by reconstructing the betting and then transfer that amount to the proper player.
  • If two or more Players are eliminated on the same hand, the player with most chips at the start of the hand will finish in the higher position. If both players have an equal amount of chips, the player with the higher value hand will take the higher position.
  • A player must be at the table by the time all players have their complete starting hands in order to have a live hand for that deal. (The dealer has been instructed to muck the hands of all absent players immediately after dealing each player.
  • As players are eliminated, tables are broken in a pre-set order, with players from the broken tables assigned to empty seats.
  • The number of players at each table will be kept balanced by the transfer of a player as needed.
  • A player who declares all in and loses the pot, then discovers that one or more chips were hidden, is not entitled to benefit from this. That player is eliminated from the tournament if the opponent had sufficient chips to cover the hidden chip(s).
  • All players must leave their seat immediately after being eliminated from the tournament. Non-tournament chips are not allowed on the table. 
  • In heads-up play with two blinds, the small blind is on the button.
  • All hands will be turned face-up whenever a player is all-in and betting action is complete.
  • When only 9 players remain, tournament play will stop and all remaining players will play at the final table.
  • A tournament event is expected to be played until there is one player remaining with all of the chips.
  • Management and the hosting establishment always reserves the right to ask any player to leave the table, tournament and the building.
  • At NO time, at any event is betting of US currency of any kind allowed. This is in direct violation of state and federal laws. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Any violation of this rule will result in immediate expulsion from the tournament and or league. Sunshine Poker League is for entertainment purposes only! GAMBLING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED!

MISDEALS

The following circumstances cause a misdeal:

  • The first or second card of the hand has been dealt face-up or exposed through dealer error.
  • Two or more cards have been exposed by the dealer.
  • Two or more extra cards have been dealt in the starting hands of a game.
  • The button was out of position.
  • The first card was dealt to the wrong position.
  • Cards have been dealt to an empty seat or a player not entitled to a hand.
  • A player has been dealt out who is entitled to a hand. This player must be present at the table or have posted a blind.

DEAD HANDS

Your hand is declared dead if:

  • You fold or announce that you are folding when facing a bet or a raise.
  • You throw your hand away in a forward motion causing another player to act behind you (even if not facing a bet).
  • You must protect your own hand at all times. Your cards may be protected with your hands, a chip, or a card holder placed on top of them. If you fail to protect your hand, you will have no redress if it becomes fouled or the dealer accidentally mucks it.
  • If a card is exposed due to dealer error, a player does not have an option to take or reject the card.
  • If you drop a card on the floor out of your hand, you must still play that card.

DEALING THE CARDS 

Common dealer scenarios, issues & guidelines:

  • If the dealer accidentally deals the flop before the first round of betting has closed, the flop should be re-dealt. The cards from the flop will be mixed in with the rest of the deck and shuffled. A new flop will be dropped after the shuffle. The burn card is not included in the reshuffle, nor is a new burn card dealt.
  • If the dealer reveals the fourth card or the “turn” card before the round of betting has been completed, that card will be taken out of play. The dealer burns another card and turns over what would have been the river card. After the round of betting is completed, the dealer will place the revealed turn card into the remaining deck and shuffle and allow for a cut, and then continue with the new river card.
  • If the dealer reveals the river before the round of betting has been completed, that card will be placed back in the deck, reshuffled and cut, and then a new river card will be dealt.
  • If a Player is dealt a card face up, the dealer will continue to deal each position their hole cards. Once the hand is dealt to all players the card that was dealt face up will be replaced with the top card on the deck and the card will be the burn card. All players must see the card that was dealt face up. If two cards are dealt face up, it will result in a misdeal and must be redealt.
  • The dealer is responsible for placing the burn cards and muck cards in the muck pile. If at anytime a player’s hand is either accidentally or purposely thrown in the muck pile the cards are dead and cannot be played in that hand.
  • No one can turn over any of the burn or muck cards at any time during the hand.
  • The only player that may touch the chips in the pot is the acting dealer. If change is needed, state your intentions and get permission from the dealer.
  • The acting dealer must shuffle the deck at least three times and give an option to the player on his/her right to cut the deck, that player does not have to cut the deck.
  • When two players are left at the table the dealer will always be small blind.

SIGN IN AND SEATING 

What to do once you get to the venue to be ready for play:

  • You must be present to add your name to the sign-in sheet.
  • Seating is in a first come, first serve basis.
  • When the tournament starts, players will high card to determine the dealer. The button will go to the player that gets the first ace or the highest card. If 2 players have the same high card, the first player that received that specific high card is the dealer.
  • The player who arrives the earliest gets the first choice of seats. Management may reserve a certain seat for a player, as to assist a person with a vision problem, disability, etc.
  • To avoid a seating dispute, the tournament director may decide to start the game with one extra player over the normal number participating. If so, a seat will be removed as soon as someone goes out.
  • Players will always high-card for the dealer to start the final table.