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Sunday, 10 August 2008 21:12



Tournament Directors are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can on occasion dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules.

The Tournament Director's decision is final and binding. Do not argue any decisions or you may be asked to leave the establishment.

Poker players may only play at 1 game at a time (i.e. Play at Cash Table and Tournament or V.L.T. & Tournament or Cash Table, etc.) If a player is playing 2 different games, they will be asked to chose 1, if a player decides to leave a tournament for another game, their chips will be removed from play.

Revised September 2012

Revised March 2014

Revised June 2014

1) Players should be registered (Put name on sheet) by 7:15pm, 7:45 at Water Street Location, give name to director and money will be collected when chips are given out. If players name is not on the sign-in sheet, their seat may not be guaranteed for tournament & Cash Table.

2) Play starts at 7:30pm sharp, 8:00PM at Water Street Location; players will collect chips and be seated in their drawn seat. Most games have an ADD-ON BOUNTY GAME, and usually mean players have to pay extra to play the bounty game.

All games, with the exception of re-buy games (Friday Nights) are considered No Re-buys. If a person shows up late, they will be able to sit within the first half hour, if there are no seats available, they may choose to go on a waiting list, if a seat becomes available, the first person on the list has the option to sit, if that person chooses not to, or is not in attendance, the next person on the list has the option.

4) No foul or abusive language directed at any other players, of any kind. Foul language may be tolerated to an extent of not offending any other players at their table.

4a) Showdown Order

In a non all-in showdown, if cards are not spontaneously tabled, the TD may enforce an order 
of show. The last aggressive player on the final betting round (final street) must table first. If 
there was no bet on the final street, then the player who would be first to act in a betting round 
must table first Any person left in the hand may ask to see another players hand that was mucked in the order it was to be shown (i.e. Player 1 bet, player 2 called, player 3 called, at showdown, player one mucks his cards, player 2 shows and player 3 asks to see the cards he paid to see, then player 1's cards would be shown to all players). Any player who has mucked loses any right to ask to "See a Hand". A hand asked to be tabled with Collusion, or other motives may or may not be tabled based on the TD's discretion.

4b) If a player intentionally buries his cards in the muck when he was supposed to show his cards (as shown in example 4a), then that person shall receive a 1 round penalty (See penalties below).

5) No food or drinks allowed on the pool tables, no exceptions. No electronic devices (Cell phones, Tablets and Laptops) allowed at the tables, if a person chooses to answer/make Phone Calls or text at the table, their hand will be mucked when it becomes their turn to act and will be given a warning. If they choose to continue to do so, they will be penalized by the TD at his/her discretion. If a person removes themselves from the table to call or text, their hand will be folded, or regular away from table rules will apply. MP3 players (Cell phones may be used for this purpose only), or head phones will be allowed only if they do not interfere with play of game, if a person does not hold attention to the game because of said instruments, they will be asked to remove them, or leave the game with no refund.

6) All cards are to be kept above the table at all times. Folded hands must be discarded to the middle of the table and cannot be retrieved (cards may only be retrieved if they have NOT touched any other cards on the table, including the MUCK, or stub). If cards being discarded touch a person's hole cards and are not easily identifiable, all cards will be considered DEAD.

7) Do not talk about or show your cards during action. Players showing their cards to other players that are still playing the hand will receive a warning & will incur penalties for any further infractions. If a player has folded and shows his/her hand will be given 1 warning, next infraction will cause that player to be expelled with no refund. Any players, who show their cards before a muck, must show everyone-Show One Show All.

8) Don't splash the pot; keep all bets in front of you. Preferably in neat stacks. Forward motion MAY be considered a bet, even if just counting chips out (I.E. Counting out chips, then returning to your cards for another look, this move may be considered a bet), try to follow rule 10 at all times to avoid any confusion.

9) All bets must be at least the size of the big blind. Any bets after an initial bet must be at least the amount of the first bet (i.e. $400 initial bet, cannot be raised no less than $400) except in the case of an All In,  an all-in bet of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted.

10) Anytime when facing a bet or blind, placing a single oversized chip in the pot is a call if a raise isn’t first verbally declared. To raise with an oversized chip, raise must be declared before the chip hits the table surface. If raise is declared (but no amount), the raise is the maximum allowable for that chip. When not facing a bet, placing an oversized chip in the pot without declaration is a bet of the maximum for the chip.No String Betting, state your bet before entering chips into the pot, if you want to raise, you must state Raise before you place chips into the pot, you cannot say call and then raise. You will only be allowed to call the original bet if you say call first. Another acceptable raise would be to place the raise out in one motion. Throwing your Bounty Chip in the pot is also an acceptable ALL-IN bet.

10a) It is the responsibility of the player to pay attention to the play of the board. If a raise was made to the board and following action did not catch it, and just called, that money will stay in the pot and the player will have the option to either call the raise or fold, leaving the original bet in the pot. (i.e. Blinds are 50/100, player one raises to 300, player 2 does not notice the raise and tries to call by putting 100 in the pot. Player 3 did not see the raise either, Player 2 will have the option to either call by placing another 200 in the pot or fold and leave the original 100 in the pot , same  option for Player 3 and will not be able to take back the 100).

11) Players must wait their turn to bet/raise, check or fold. The dealer should be aware of all betting and that players do so in order. If a player skips a person and calls a raise, that person must take back their bet and allow the person skipped their turn, and the person who bet out of turn is only allowed to match that bet, they may not raise, unless the turn goes around again to that person. If a person only has an odd chip, it may be chipped up by the house to complete  a bet, they will not be forced to be ALL IN (I.E. Blinds are 100/200, player only has a $250 chip, they may state CALL, and if no change can be made in the pot, the house will chip up the $250 and make change, giving the player back a $100 and leaving the bet of $200 in the pot.

12) Making a play before the dealer has played the next turn is also considered to be an out of turn move in both Cash and Tournament play. (I.E. betting in the dark, before dealer has turned the Flop, Turn or River. Checking in the dark is not considered out of turn because that is the default move).

13) Players must make their decision to play a hand in a timely manner, including checking/betting/raising or folding. The dealer must keep play moving in a timely manner, if a player is taking a long time to make a decision, they should be timed, if a player takes longer than 1 minute, they should be clocked by the dealer to make a move, at that point, a ten second countdown shall be made, in which the player must make a decision or fold the hand at the end of 10 seconds.

14) Side pots: Each side pot will be split as a separate pot. They will not be mixed in with the base pot before they are split. It is preferred that the dealer do all splits and refrain from letting others put their hands in the pot at any time.

15) Once the dealer has shuffled the cards, they MUST have the deck cut by the person seated to their right. A cut card is used to conceal the bottom card; all dealers must use the cut card appropriately.

16) All players are expected to Deal for themselves; however, dealers who are deemed unable to deal may be dealt for. Any player who constantly has misdeals may be asked not to deal.  The person behind will deal for any person unable, or asked not to deal.

A misdeal will be called when the following occurs; a card has been revealed during the initial passing of cards from dealer, if a player states that they have seen a card being passed out by the dealer, they must state the card and suit (or card and colour) to that person whom was dealt the card, and only if there is an exact match. The card must be turned over to show that the player was correct and then the deal can be done over. Statements about a card colour, suit or denomination is not an acceptable reason for a misdeal, only an exact match will cause the cards to be returned and dealt again. Any player stating incorrect cards, or player trying to force a misdeal may incur a penalty for abusing this rule. A dealer who inadvertently shows cards during the passing out process may be asked to not deal again.

18) You must protect your hand at all times, keep cards in line of site (not hidden by chip stacks, or held against body, etc.). It is recommended that the use of a chip or card guard be used to protect your hand. If you fail to protect your hand, you will have no redress if it becomes fouled or another player accidentally kills it.

19) When multiple tables are used, the tables will be kept as even as possible, when tables lose players, some players will be moved to other tables to even things out. The player being moved from a table will be the person who is currently UTG (Under the gun) in the current hand that is being played, or if hand has just ended, the person who would be UTG. When moved to the new table, they must sit in the nearest empty seat forward to the dealer (Even if it is the small or big blind and assume the role of that position).
All players when moved from a broken table, must sit as close to the same order as possible (i.e. 3 players move from one table to another, player 1 was UTG, player 2 was 3 seats away from that person, and the third was the dealer, player 1 MUST take the next empty seat closest to the dealer, player 2 in the next available seat, and player 3 in the next available seat) , anyone intentionally dodging blinds, or not taking the proper seat will incur a penalty. The only seat that the player may not take is the seat in between the dealer and the small blind. When the remainder of a table is being broken down, cards will be cast to determine tables of players being moved.

20) When all players are moved into the "Final Table", the seating will be random and the deal will be redrawn.

21) When chips are coloured up, all chips will be rounded up. No chips will be forfeited to bank when smaller chips are removed. Only the tournament director or the person designated by him/her will be allowed to colour up chips that are in play.

22) Players should count their chips before play begins, any discrepancies should be pointed out to the director. Once play begins all chip counts are considered to be correct.

23) Players who are knocked out of the tournament should remove themselves from the table A.S.A.P. to make way for any other players, or to not be confused with active players at the table. People are advised to not sit in empty chairs around the table; they may watch from a distance and not be involved in the play in any way.

24) A player must finish the tournament once started, and may not ask that a player substitute for them, no exceptions.

No side bets allowed, anyone making side deals (i.e. let a person finish higher to claim a Jackpot, etc.) will forfeit any prize, no exceptions. All tournaments must be finished accordingly, if remaining players decide to split the prize money, they may do so by losing bonus points and they receive a 4th place finish (the default position to not receive bonus points), they must notify the TD that a split has been made to make point adjustments. If TD is not notified of a split, all parties involved will receive no points for that game.

26) No player may sell/give away their seat in any tournament, only the players who started a tournament, and holders of the passes that were issued to them, may use them.

27) Poker is an individual game. Soft play will result in penalties, which may include forfeiture of chips and/or disqualification. Chip dumping will result in disqualification.

Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Therefore, players, whether in the hand or not, may not:
a. Disclose contents of live or folded hands.
b. Advise or criticize play before the action is complete.
c. Read a hand that hasn't been tabled.
d. Players looking at a player’s hand that is not seated at the table will incur a penalty on first occurrence and will be disqualified if done a second time.
e. Any player found looking through the muck cards, or rabbit hunting will incur a penalty on first occurrence and will be disqualified if done a second time. 
The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.

29) All chips must be visible at all times. Players may not hold or transport tournament chips in any manner that takes them out of view. Racks are provided for carrying chips from table to table. A player who does so will forfeit the chips and will face disqualification. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play. Players must also keep their higher denomination chips visible at all times when at the table.

30) A player who exposes his cards with action pending may incur a penalty, but will not have a dead hand. The penalty will begin at the end of the hand.

The following rules apply to Re-Buy Tournaments Only

31) Any player may re-buy when they have no chips remaining for the first hour (Until First Break). This includes All-Ins.

32) Only one Re-Buy at any time (A player may only re-buy once at any one time, no multiples). During the re-buy round, you may only buy when you have 0 (zero) chips remaining. If you have less than the starting amount at the end of the re-buy round, you may re-buy along with your Add-On Option.

33) An option occurs at the end of the first hour, or at the beginning of the first break, where any player may option to buy double the amount of starting chips for the same amount of the initial buy-in, no matter if they are the short stack, or the chip leader!!!!!!!!

34) A player must Re-Buy when they have 0 (zero) chips and in the same hand they are playing, and must Re-Buy before the start of the next hand, no stalling, the one minute rule will be honored (see rule 13).

The following apply to the Cash Tables (along with all house rules above and other posted rules)

35) Cash Tables Close 15 minutes after last call, no exceptions. The Bartender makes the decision for Last Call.

Any person who is not present during their blinds MUST post missed blinds upon returning to the table.

37) Any player may play one day per week (Monday through Sunday) without playing in the main tournament, however, if a tournament player wants to sit at a full table, then the person who did not play in the tournament must surrender their seat, without argument, if they do not do so, or cause any kind of trouble, they lose all privileges pertaining to this rule in the future. If more than one person started at the same time, they must come to a decision on who leaves the table, or they both leave and lose any further privileges in the future.

38) The games are No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, absolutely no straddling at any time. U.T.G. may not bet blind, unless they have 2 cards in front of them before making any action (See Rule #12).

39) The blind levels are 25¢/50¢ & 50¢/$1.00; no other blind levels may be played without permission from management.

40) Any tournament director may sit in on any cash table, whether they played in the main tournament or not. Their roll as a player will also include ruling on any play that they deem necessary, and may rule accordingly.

41) No player may purchase cash chips from anyone on the cash tables at any time. If a person is found to have purchased cash chips from someone at a cash table, both the buyer and the player who sold the chips will lose cash table privileges for one month, if found a second time, they will lose all cash table privileges for one year. All cash chips must be purchased from the bar. No exceptions.

Topsail Road Jackpot

(When Jackpot is in effect)

Royal Flush Jackpot Rules

(Applies to the Topsail Road Games Only)

1b) During any Eligible regular Dooly’s Tournament, any person getting a Royal flush will win the jackpot except when the following rules apply.

2b) All hands are eligible to win the Royal Flush Jackpot except The first hand of the tournament, the first hand after a break, the first hand after final table has been seated or the first hand after a deck change.

3b) There must be at least 5 people (Table of 5 or more) playing at the table when the Royal Flush is played out for it to be a jackpot winning hand.

4b) For the Royal Flush to be eligible, both hole cards must play in order to win. If the Royal Flush is dealt out in the community cards, nobody is eligible to win the jackpot.

5b) The amount posted for the Jackpot is an approximation, Dooly’s will not be held responsible for unauthorized persons changing the numbers posted, or for miscalculations. The actual amount may differ than what is posted. The amount held in the safe will be the actual amount won.

6b) The Royal Flush hand does not have to be played out, however, it has to be in play to win, you may not rabbit hunt to see if the Straight Flush would have come, in this case, it would not win the Jackpot. Rules 28d and 28e will be strictly enforced.

7b) If more than one person gets a Royal Flush in the same tournament, they will split the prize accordingly.

8b) When a hand is played and a possible Jackpot has been won, the tournament director will take the deck and check for it's integrity. This will include checking that the correct amount of cards are in play, the correct amount of suits and card denominations. If the deck is found to be tampered with in any way, the hand will be considered dead and no prize will be awarded. This will include too few cards in deck, too many cards, wrong number of cards for said suit or denomination.


A penalty may consist of 1 to 4 rounds of play where a player will not be allowed to participate in the hands being played, but will assume all responsibilities of their seat (small and big blinds, both cash and tournament play).

A verbal warning may or may not be given, depending on the type of infraction made.

If a player continually disrupts play, or make numerous infractions, they may be asked to leave the tournament without compensation.

The person being told to leave a tournament may also be barred from all Dooly’s establishments in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Any person removed from a tournament will have their chips removed from play immediately. In the case of cash tables, they will take their chips.





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