FOX 99-ONE AND ST. CROIX CASINO TURTLE LAKE ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF THE VEGAS POKER SHOWDOWN!
PLAY THE ST. CROIX CASINO NO LIMIT TEXAS HOLD’EM TOURNAMENTS ON THURDAYS AND SATURDAYS FROM JANUARY 15TH TO APRIL 11TH. YOU CAN ACCUMULATE POINTS STARTING THIS THURSDAY. EARN ENOUGH POINTS AND YOU CAN PLAY IN THE VEGAS POKER SHOWDOWN FINALS. ONE PLAYER WILL WIN A TRIP TO LAS VEGAS TO PLAY IN A SATELLITE FOR THE WORLD SERIES OF POKER MAIN EVENT, WHERE YOU COULD WIN AS MUCH AS TEN MILLION DOLLARS. SEE COMPLETE RULES AND MORE ON THE FOX WEB PAGE AT FOX 99 DOT COM, POWERED BY DCS NETLINK.
IT’S THE VEGAS POKER SHOWDOWN WITH ST. CROIX CASINO TURTLE LAKE AND FOX 99-ONE.
Player must be 21 or over. This is a 13 week league promotion, to qualify for the Final Tournament and prize…Player must play in tournament at the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake.
The St. Croix Casino/FOX 99.1 FM Vegas Poker Showdown is a 13 week season…Beginning with January 15th – April 11th. Finals are on April 12th at the St. Croix Casino - Turtle Lake At Noon (tentatively).
Players accumulate chips for week 13 Final Tournament by their finishing position during weekly play. Every week a player will accumulate chips for the week 13 Final tournament based upon their position finished during weekly play. You will receive 1 point just for entering. You will receive additional points for making top 20, Final Table and 1 – 10 points based on where you finish in each tournament plyed.
EX. If 50 people play each week and you finish first each week. You would have 26 + 52 + 1300 = 1378
Playoffs and Championship:
This is a 13 week league tournament play with one championship tournament for the grand prize. Players earn chips for week by aforementioned rules. No Player will be allowed to play if they haven’t played at the St. Croix Casino in Turtle Lake. The better you finish each week…The more chips you’ll have in the finals. The winner of the Final Tournament April 11th (tentatively) will win the grand prize of an Airfare/hotel package for two and entry into a WSOP event…chosen by sponsor…for one person. Any additional taxes or services needed or desired will be paid for by said winner. If for some reason FOX 99.1 FM can NOT provide a seat into a WSOP tournament…same cash value award not to exceed 600.00 will be awarded.
The tournament host oversees all details during weekly and final tournament including: Tables/chairs, starting chip stacks, player registrations, chip management, moving players and breaking down tables and reports the results. The tournament host (St. Croix Casino) also serves as ‘tournament director” and will settle any disputes that arise during tournament play…See Tournament rules.
Players must sign in for each event with the tournament host (St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake) and must draw for a random seat assignment. New players will be required to submit full name and email address. Substitutes are not allowed, each person can only play for themselves. Tournament final is reserved for qualifiers only. Tournament entry will be 50.00 plus 10 dollar casino charge for Thursday’s and 65.00 plus 10 dollar casino charge for Saturdays. Each point gives you 100 chips for finals should you qualify.
No late player will be allowed after the rebuy period. If player has signed up, but doesn’t show...The First person on the alternative list will be allowed to take said seat at their buy in chip level. There will be a maximum of 80 players per weekly event with a final Tournament event to be the top 20 players based on points. The St. Croix Casino reserves the right to expand weekly and final tournament play as deemed feasible or necessary.
NO SIDE BETS:
All players are prohibited from placing any form of currency on the table. There will be NO EXCEPTIONS to this rule and violators will be asked to leave immediately. Anyone found to be placing side bets will be banned from the PROMOTION permanently.
The tournament host (St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake) decisions are final on all disputes during tournament play. Tournament hosts 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 are in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules.
Regular Season Thursday:
Each player begins with 5,000 chips. The Casino sets blnds and go up every 20 minutes. There is an 80 person maximum per tournament and alternatives. There is a rebuy and late entry allowed for first hour of play.
See Casino for details This is a 20 minutes blind level tournament.
Regular Season Saturday:
Each Player begins with 10,000 chips. The Casino sets blind structure and blinds will be at a 30 minute per
level. There is an 80 player maximum per tournament and alternatives. There is a rebuy and late entry allowed for first 1 ½ hours of play. Also 20.00 additional add on option for an extra 5,000 in chips. See casino for details.
See casino for details of all blind levels. This is a 30 minute blind level tournament.
Final Tournament Play:
Based on numbers of players and play during regular season…The St. Croix Casino reserves the right to set all blind levels and to change any rules of play to “better the game.” Any changes to rules or blind structures will be posted at the St. Croix Casino Turtle Lake at least one hour prior to start date and time of “final tournament” for WSOP tournament and trip. The Finals are scheduled to have regular Saturday blind structure with NO Rebuy and no additional add on. If you have 13,500 points, then you will receive 10,000 plus 13,500 for a totail of 23,500 chips for finals.
Chip Up – St. Croix Casino will handle all “chip up” procedures and chopped pot situations. See above for resolution details.
Dealer Button. To begin play at the start of the tournament, player will draw “high card” for the dealer button. This means the player who is dealt the highest card will become the dealer. The Highest Ace or person placed in first position gets the button. In case of a tie, then the dealer chooses button.
Blinds: The person immediately to the left of the button will post the small blind. The person immediately left of the small blind will post the said “big blind” amount. See Blind Schedule. The St. Croix Casino tournament director will set dead button rule and blind rule. Straddles are not allowed unless agreed upon by tournament director prior to start of play.
Shuffle. The St. Croix Casino will take care of all and any dealing of cards. The St. Croix Casino tournament director will resolve any and all questions during tournament play.
The Deal. Staring with the small blind position, each player is dealt two cards, one at a time. Once betting action ( See betting procedure) is over(pot is right), the dealer will then “burn” the top card on the deck, and turn up three consecutive cards (flop). 2nd Betting Round. The dealer turns the next card before placing the 4th card (Turn or 4th Street). 3rd Betting round. The dealer burns the next card before placing the 5th card(river or 5th street). 4th and final betting round begins.
Heads Up. When only two players remain in the tournament, the player dealing is to assume the Big Blind will do so and the Small Blind will get the button. The Small Blind/Button will act first prior to the flop and last after the flop.
Common Errors…St. Croix Casino reserves right to change any and all said rules below for better play.
Dealer reveals burn card. Show revealed card to all players
Player A shows hand before Player B acts. Cards stay exposed for entirety of hand
Player acts out of turn. You cannot do an action until it’s your turn
Player exposes hand without giving intention. Hand is folded
Dealer exposes card before betting is complete. Card is put back into middle of deck. Cards are shuffled and top card is revealed.
Card is dealt face up or seen by another player. If exposed card is one of the first two cards from deck…That is considered a “mis-deal.” If not, then it’s the first burn card only after exposed to all players. Two exposed cards in one hand also is considered a mis-deal.
5. BETTING PROCEDURE
In No-Limit Texas Hold’em a player may bet any amount of his chip stack during the course of play. Before the flop: The player to the immediate left of the Big Blind is first to act (call, raise, or fold). The minimum raise would be the amount of the big blind. However, a re-raise must be at least equal to the previous raise. Example – Blinds are 50/100, raise to 200, re-raise to 300 is OK.
After the flop: The player to the left of the dealer button is first to act for remaining betting rounds. The minimum bet is the amount of the big blind. Any raise or re-raise must be at least equal to the previous action (bet or raise). At the end of last round of betting, the player who made the last aggressive action in that betting round must show first. If there was no bet, the player to the left of the button shows first and so on clockwise. Remaining players form the best 5-card poker hand with the best hand winning the pot. Players must show both cards in order to have a valid hand and win the pot (unless there were no callers). CARDS READ THEMSELVES. If there is a “split pot” with 1 extra chip remaining, that chip is awarded to the remaining player closest to the left of the dealer button. Verbal declarations as to the content of a player’s hand are not binding; however, any player deliberately miscalling his or her hand may be penalized. A single oversized chip will be considered a call if the player does not announce a raise. If a player puts an oversized chip into the pot and states raise but does not state the amount, the raise will be the maximum allowable up to the size of that chip. After the flop, an initial bet of a single oversized chip without comment will constitute the size of the bet. To make a raise with a single oversized chip a verbal declaration must be made before the chip hits the table surface. If a player puts in a raise of 50% or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, he or she will be required to make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed. An all-in bet of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted. If a player folds their hand, the cards must be placed in the muck pile and remain there. Players are not allowed to fish through the mucked cards. Cards thrown into the muck may be ruled dead. However, a hand that is clearly identifiable may be retrieved at the tournament host’s discretion is doing so is in the best interest of the game.
6. ALL IN / SIDE POTS
If a player lacks sufficient chips for a blind or a forced bet, the player is entitled to get action on whatever amount of chips he has remaining. In this situation, a “side pot” could occur for players with remaining chips. The “All-in” player is only entitled to win the amount he has remaining from each player (even if one/both blinds are more than his all-in, the extra would be put in the “side pot”). Whenever a player is ALL-IN and all betting action is complete, all hands in play will be turned face up. When a player loses all his/her chips, they are eliminated from play and must LEAVE the table.
IN CASE OF A TIE: In the case where multiple players bust out on the same hand, the player with
The most chips going into the hand will finish higher. In the RARE case that both players had the same amount of chips going into the hand, then the best poker hand will be the tiebreaker. In the EXTREMELY RARE case that both players had the same hand, the highest card in each player’s hand would be used (suit preference as final tiebreaker). St. Croix Casino reserves right to change any and all said rules to better play. This is only an example.
7. COMBINING TABLES/RESEATING
As the tournament progresses, players will be eliminated. To keep tables balanced with the same number of players, the tournament host will be required to reseat players. For example, you have 3 full tables (10 people), but one table has only 6 players. You should move 1 person from each of the full tables to balance each table with 9 players. Continue to move players as needed while players are eliminated. Players should be moved to the “short table” according to position from the dealer button. New players (reseated/broken table) are dealt in immediately unless they sit down in the small blind or button position. In these two cases they must wait until the button passes. If a new player is seated in the Big Blind position, the player must post the Big Blind and will be dealt in the hand, regardless of their previous position on their former table. If a table is reseated and 50% or more of the players are new to the table, then seats should re-drawn and a "high card" for the button immediately prior to resuming the session. The official time for the blind level should be paused during down time. St. Croix Casino reserves all rights to change any and all examples above said rules to better play.
8. ENDING THE TOURNAMENT EARLY
Each tournament will simply continue until one player wins all the chips. In the unlikely event there is not enough time to finish the tournament, an end time will be announced at least 10 minutes in advance and the person with the most chips will receive 1st place. All remaining players will place according to their amount of chips. Any ties will high card for higher finish, IN THIS CASE ONLY.
9. MISC RULES OF PLAY/POKER ETIQUETTE
Player’s cards & chips must remain on/above the table at all times, unless you are reassigned to another table. When moving to a new table, keep chips in plain view (not in pockets, etc.) Players must keep their higher denomination chips visible at all times. One player per hand. You may NOT ask advice as to how to act during the action period. If you SHOW your cards to an ACTIVE player at the table, you must show all players immediately (Show one-show all). If you show your cards to a player that has already folded, you will be required to show your cards once the hand is completed. Any player at the table may request to see a hand that has been called (even if checked on river), even if the hand has been mucked. However, this is a privilege that may be revoked if abused. If the winning player asks to see a losing player’s hand, both hands are live, and the best hand wins. No "splashing" the pot. Players are to place their chips in front of themselves so everyone knows exactly how much they are betting. No "string bets". A player must state their intentions (call, check or raise) before placing chips in front of them. Stating “Call and Raise” is considered a string bet. Remember, verbal action is always binding!
Please act in a timely fashion as the blind levels are only 20 minutes. Any player at the table can call for “time” on a player once a reasonable amount of time has passed. The tournament host would then give30 seconds to act. If action has not been taken before time expires, there will be a 10-second countdown. If a player has not acted by the time the countdown is over, the player’s hand will be dead. No “Table Talk” about a hand still in play. Players/dealers should NOT talk about their hand (even if folded) if others are still playing. AFTER the hand is played out, let the moaning & groaning begin. This is only an example and the St. Croix Casino reserves all rights to change any and all examples above to better game
Players are expected to conduct themselves with POKER ETIQUETTE. Inappropriate behavior like throwing cards that go off the table or violating any St. Croix Casino rule repeatedly may be penalized by the tournament host. Penalties will range from verbal warnings to “missed time” penalties. A severe infraction such as abusive or disruptive behavior may be punished by eviction from the tournament and possibly the St. Croix Casino promotion.
11. LEAVING EARLY/ABSENT PLAYERS
Absent players are always dealt in, if a player is not present for the hand when it is their turn to act, theirhand is folded, even if they are in the big blind and there is not a raise.
#1) Players must be physically present to take their seat and play at least one hand to be eligible for
participation points. The league may disqualify players for participation points if it is clear they have no intention of playing (for example: checking in, then IMMEDIATELY leaving). Also, playing "all-in" for the sole purpose of busting out to leave early will be considered BAD ETIQUETTE.
#2) Players may NOT post & fold for a period of MORE than (2) full blind levels (in addition to the current
level). If a player leaves the tournament and does not return within this time frame, their chips shall be removed and their position in the tournament forfeited. See #3 & #4
#3) Any player who must withdraw from the tournament early should DECLARE they are leaving (alert the
host to withdraw his/her chips). Participation points are still awarded.
#4) In the interests of our sponsors, players will NOT be rewarded if they withdraw from the tournament
early. Exception: any player who withdraws from a tournament AFTER they have made it to the points round will be rewarded the place/rank they withdraw at. Posting & folding (leaving temporarily), and permanently leaving (withdrawing from) a tournament are two separate actions. Players must declare their INTENTION if they are posting & folding because if they do not return they will sacrifice their points EVEN IF they have made it to the points round! The St. Croix Casino reserves the right to change any and all examples above to better play. See tournament director for resolution of any and all said problems during course of play. The St. Croix Casino tournament directors decision is final.
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