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  • To assure you are learning and playing the game the proper way we use and enforce WSOP poker rules within AHL Poker.The competitive integrity of all Tournament play at AHL Poker is paramount. All participants must adhere to the spirit and letter of the Official Rules of AHL Poker which forbid play or any action that is illegal, unethical or constitutes cheating or collusion in any form.
    • Cheating is defined as any act a person engages in to break the established rules of play to gain an advantage.
    • Cheating includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: collusion; chip stealing; transferring non-value Tournament chips from one event to another; card marking; card substitution; or the use of any kind of cheating device.
    • Collusion is defined as any agreement amongst two (2) or more players to engage in illegal or unethical acts against other players.
    • Collusion includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: chip dumping; soft play; sharing card information with another player; sending or receiving signals from or to another player; the use of electronic communication with the intent to facilitate collusion; and any other act that AHL Poker and affiliates deem inappropriate.
  • All participants are entitled to expect civility and courtesy from one another at every Tournament table and throughout the Tournament area. Any individual who encounters behavior that is not civil or courteous -- or is abusive in any way -- is encouraged to immediately contact a Tournament official. This shall include, but is not limited to, any player whose personal hygiene has become disruptive to the other players seated at their table. The determination as to whether an individual.s personal hygiene is disruptive to other players shall be determined by the Tournament Staff which may, in its discretion, implement sanctions upon any such player who refuses to remedy the situation in a manner satisfactory to AHL Poker.
  • AHL Poker will penalize any act that, in the sole and absolute discretion of the AHL, is inconsistent with the official rules or bests interests of the tournament.
  • Anyone found to have engaged in or attempted to engage in any act that tournament officials believe in their sole and absolute discretion compromises or could compromise the competitive integrity of the AHL Poker will be subject to sanctions or penalty.
  • The nature and extent of the sanctions imposed shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of AHL Poker and may include, but shall not be limited to the following:
  • Any and all violations of this Code of Player Conduct may be publicly disclosed in an effort to deter future violations and to assist other poker Tournaments in identifying players who engage in play or any action that is illegal, unethical, or constitutes cheating or collusion in any form.
  • In addition to that authorized in previous rules, AHL may impose penalties of any kind or nature upon any person who gives, makes, issues, authorizes or endorses any statement or action having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the Tournament as determined by AHL, acting in its sole and absolute discretion. This may include, but shall not be limited to, expulsion from the event and property, forfeiture of a player.s entry fee(s) and/or loss of the right to participate in this and/or any other Tournament conducted by AHL Poker. Additionally, AHL may in its sole and absolute discretion impose penalties of any kind or nature upon any person who, in AHL view engages in inappropriate conduct during Tournament play.
  • AHL, in its sole and absolute discretion, may also disqualify any person from receiving any prize based upon fraud, dishonesty, violation of promotional rules or other misconduct while in an AHL event, for acts otherwise occurring in relation to the AHL Poker, or otherwise reasonable or necessary for AHL to comply with applicable statutes and regulations. AHL also reserves the right to exclude any individual(s) acting in a disruptive or inappropriate manner or counter to the best interests of the Tournament.
  • Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage, corrupt or undermine the operation of the AHL Tournament may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, AHL Poker, Inc. reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law.
  • All decisions regarding the interpretation of AHL Poker Rules, player eligibility, scheduling and staging of the Tournament, and penalties for misconduct lie solely with AHL Poker, whose decisions are final.
  • AHL employees will use reasonable efforts to consider the best interests of the Tournament and fairness as the top priority in the decision making process, with the understanding that .best interests of the Tournament and fairness. shall be determined by AHL Poker, acting in its sole and absolute discretion. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that the technical interpretation of the rules be balanced against the interest of fairness. AHL decisions are final and can not be appealed and shall not give rise to any claim for monetary damages, as each participant understands that, while poker is primarily and largely a game of skill, the outcome of any particular hand or event is dependent on many factors, including but not limited to the cards dealt, the cards retained and the actions of other participants.
  • AHL prohibits the use of obscene or foul language in any public area at any time. Any player who uses such language or makes a foul, profane, obscene or vulgar statement, or speaks abusively or in an intimidating manner to another player, a dealer or a Tournament staff member, will be penalized.
  • Excessive celebration through extended theatrics, inappropriate behavior, or physical actions, gestures, or conduct will be subject to penalty. Any player that engages a member of the Tournament staff during the celebration or utilizes any property of venue will be penalized. AHL/Venue property includes but is not limited to chairs, Tournament tables, and stanchions.
  • Player or staff abuse will not be tolerated. A player will incur a penalty up to and including disqualification for any abuse towards another player or staff member, and the player could be asked to leave the property. Repeated etiquette violations such as touching another player.s cards or chips, delay of game and excessive chatter will result in penalties.
  • The AHL is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including gaming, and all aspects of the AHL Poker are subject to the approval of appropriate regulatory authorities.
  • Tournament Rules and any and all changes in the rules and event descriptions for AHL Poker events will be available on the AHL Poker website at all times.
  • Where a situation arises that is not covered by these rules, AHL shall have the sole authority to render a judgment, including the imposition of a penalty, in accordance with the best interests of the Tournament and the maintenance of its integrity and public confidence.


  • Prior to entering and playing in the Tournament, each participant must execute a New Member agreement. Failure to do so may, at the option of AHL Poker acting in its sole and absolute discretion, subject the player to immediate disqualification at any point in the Tournament. If the player is disqualified he or she shall forfeit all entry fees paid and not be entitled to receive any Tournament prize monies or any other prize.
  • For all tournaments taped for television, participants may wear apparel with multiple logos, patches or promotional language. AHL reserves the right at all times to impose a ban on any apparel deemed objectionable by AHL, in its sole and absolute discretion.
  • Players may not cover or conceal their facial identity. Tournament officials must be able to distinguish the identity of each player at all times and may instruct players to remove any material that inhibits their identification or is a distraction to other players or tournament officials. Players may wear sunglasses and sweat shirts with hoods, but may be asked to remove them if they cannot be identified by tournament officials.
  • >li>Players understands that their image may be used on the AHL Poker website, promotional items, advertising etc.


  • The Tournament Director, Managers, and Supervisors 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 reserves the right to overrule any floor decision.
  • AHL reserves the right to cancel or alter any event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the venue or its players.
  • The English-only rule will be enforced at all AHL tables during Tournament play. Players who violate this rule are subject to penalty.
  • Cell Phone Rule: All ringers must be turned off during tournament play at the discretion of AHL Poker. Players not involved in a hand (cards in muck) shall be permitted to text/email etc at the table, but shall not be permitted to text/email any other player at the table. If AHL, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, believes a player is communicating with another player at the table, both parties will be immediately disqualified from the tournament and face imposition of additional penalties as described in Rule 38. All players desiring to talk on a cell phone must be at least one table length away from their assigned table during all said communication. Those individuals who talk on a cell phone not at least one table length away from their assigned table shall be subject to a penalty to be determined by Tournament Staff.
  • Approved Electronic Device Rule: Players are allowed to use as approved electronic devices iPods, MP3 and other music players or noise reduction headsets during Tournament, so long as the approved electronic devices are not used to collude or cheat in any way. Once players are in the money in any large or special AHL Tournament, all approved electronic devices must be removed. An announcement will be made to players once they have reached the money to remove all such electronic devices. Failure to do so will results in a penalty up to and including disqualification.
  • Tournament staff reserves the right to relocate players from their assigned seat to accommodate players based on special needs, and to balance tables at the start of the Tournament.
  • The table to which a player is moved will be specified by a predetermined procedure. Players going from a broken table to fill in seats assume the rights and responsibilities of the position. They can get the big blind, the small blind or the button. The only place they cannot get a hand is between the small blind and the button. AHL reserves the right to alter the breaking order due to unusual circumstances.
  • Play will halt at any table that is at least four players short unless on the final two tables. Tournaments tables, players will be moved from the next table in the breaking order that is at full capacity to the short table. Players moving from a full table to a short table assume the same rights and responsibilities.
    • In flop and mixed games, players will be moved from the big blind to the worst position, including taking a single big blind. Worst position is never the small blind. In stud only games, players will be moved by position (the last seat to open up at the short table is the seat to be filled).
    • Tables will be balanced within 1 player until the final table is reached. There will be a re-draw for seat assignments when play reaches the final table.
  • Cards speak. Verbal declarations as to the content of a player's hand are not binding; however at AHL discretion, any player deliberately miscalling his hand will be subject to a penalty.
  • All cards will be turned face up once a player is all in and all action is complete. If a player accidentally folds/mucks their hand before cards are turned up, the hand is mucked.
  • A dealer cannot kill a winning hand that was tabled and was obviously the winning hand. Players are encouraged to assist in reading tabled hands if it appears that an error is about to be made.
  • At the end of the last round of betting, the player who made the last aggressive betting action in that betting round must show first. If there was no bet during the final round, the player to the left of the button shows first, and so on in a clockwise direction. At showdown, any player at the table may request to see a folded hand from any player who has called all bets on the last round of betting. If a player with the last aggressive action on the last round of betting refuses to show their hand and intentionally mucks his or her hand, the player in violation will receive a penalty.
  • Odd Chips: the odd chip(s) will go to the left of the button. In stud-type games, the odd chip will go to the high card by suit. However, when hands have identical value, e.g., multiple players have the same straight, the pot will be split as evenly as possible. The pot will be split down to the lowest denomination chip in play.
  • Each side pot will be split as a separate pot. Pots will not be mixed together before they are split.
  • A player must show both of his or her cards when playing the board to get part of the pot.
  • The right to dispute a hand ends when a new hand begins. A hand begins when first card of the following hand is dealt.
  • Chip up rule: As blinds raise and lower denomination chips become obsolete, each player will color up as directed by the Tournament director.
  • Players may not ask for deck changes unless a card is damaged.
  • When time has elapsed in a round and a new round is announced by the Tournament Director, the new limits apply to the next hand. As stated a new hand begins when the first card is dealt.
  • Calling-for-clock procedures: Once a reasonable amount of time, which is no less than two minutes, has passed and a clock is called, a player will be given one (1) minute to act. If action has not been taken by the time the minute has expired, there will be a ten (10) second countdown. If a player has not acted on his hand by the time the countdown is over, the hand will be dead. Tournament Directors reserve the right to speed up the amount of time allotted for a clock if it appears that a player is deliberately stalling. Any player intentionally stalling the progress of the game will incur a penalty.
  • In cases where hands are concluded prior to the last card being dealt, the next card to be dealt will not be exposed under any circumstances. This prohibited practice is commonly referred to as .rabbit hunting.. AHL will allow a player to rabbit hunt if the player is kind enough to tip the host $1.
  • A player must be at his or her seat by the time all players have been dealt complete initial hands to have a live hand. Players must be at their seats to call time. .At your seat. is defined as being within reach or touch of your cards.
  • Players must remain at the table if they still have action pending on a live hand. If a player leaves the table before they have acted on their hand, a penalty, will be enforced when the player in violation returns to the table.
  • Tournament play will use the dead button rule. Dead Button is defined as a button that cannot be advanced due to elimination of a player or the seating of a new player into a position between the small blind and the button.
  • A player who intentionally dodges his or her blind(s) when moving from a broken table must forfeit both blinds and incur a penalty.
  • When heads up in blind games, the small blind is on the button and acts first. When beginning heads-up play, the button may need to be adjusted to ensure no player takes the big blind twice.
  • Players may not be dealt two consecutive cards on the button. The following situations may also be cause for a misdeal, if during the initial deal: a) two or more extra cards have been dealt b) the first card was dealt to the wrong position c) cards have been dealt to an empty seat or a player not entitled to a hand or d) a player has been dealt out who is entitled to a hand provided substantial action has not occurred. Substantial action is considered: three folds, three checks, two or more calls, a fold and a call, or a bet and or a raise or a call and or a fold.
  • If the flop contains four (rather than three) cards, whether exposed or not, the dealer shall scramble the four cards face down. A tournament official will be called to randomly select one card to be used as the next burn card and the remaining three cards will become the flop.
  • Verbal declarations in turn regarding wagers are binding. Players must act in turn at all times. Action out of turn will be binding if the action to that player has not changed. A check, call or fold is not considered action changing. If a player acts out of turn and the action changes, the person who acted out of turn may change their action by calling, raising or folding and may have their chips returned. Players may not intentionally act out of turn to influence play before them. Violators will receive a penalty.
  • All chips put into the pot in turn stay in the pot. If a player has raised and his or her hand is killed before the raise is called, the player may be entitled to the raise back, but will forfeit the amount of the call. Any chips put into the pot out of turn fall under the action may or may not be binding and is up to the Tournament Official's discretion.
  • In no-limit or pot-limit, a raise must be made by a.) Placing the full amount in the pot in one or more continuous motion(s) without going back toward the player.s stack or b.) Verbally declaring the full amount prior to the initial placement of chips into the pot or c.) Verbally declaring .raise. prior to the placement of the amount to call into the pot and then completing the action with one additional motion back to the player.s stack.
  • If a player puts in a raise of 50 percent 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.
    • In no-limit and pot-limit, all raises must be equal to or greater than the size of the previous bet or raise on that betting round. An all-in wager of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted. Exception - two consecutive all-in wagers that exceed the minimum allowable bet or raise. By way of example, player A - bets 500, player B - raises to 1,000, player C - calls 1,000, player D - moves all-in for 1,300, player E - moves all-in for 1,700. If player A calls or folds, then players B & C will have an option to raise. The minimum allowable raise will be equal to the last complete raise. In this example, the last complete raise was 500; therefore, players B or C would be allowed to call 1,700 and raise 500 for a total wager of 2,200. (The half-the-size rule for reopening the betting is for limit poker only.)
  • Putting a single oversized chip or multiple same-denomination chips into the pot will be considered a call if the player doesn.t announce a raise. For example, a player who places two 500 chips into the pot on a 300-600 blind level when the bet is 600 without an announcement will be considered a call. If a player puts an oversized chip into the pot and says, .Raise,. but doesn.t state the amount, the raise will be the maximum allowable up to the denomination of that chip. To make a raise with a single oversized chip, a verbal declaration must be made before the chip hits the table surface. After the flop, an initial bet of a single oversized chip without comment will signify a bet equal to the size of the chip.
  • Ther is no cap on the number of raises in no-limit games.
  • Players are not entitled to be informed of the pot size in no-limit games. No player is allowed to count the pot by touching the chips in the pot.
  • Dealers will be responsible for calling string bets/raises. All players at the table are encouraged to assist in calling a string bet/raise if a dealer fails to identify it. A string bet/raise is defined as attempting a bet or raise in multiple movements that include a return to a player.s stack without a prior verbal declaration of intent or visual deception intended to induce action out of turn before a player.s action is complete.
  • Accepted Action: Poker is a game of observation. It's the player.s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of another player's bet and/or all-in wager regardless of what is stated by the dealer and/or other players at the table. If a player requests a count but receives incorrect information from the dealer or another player at the table, then places said amount into the pot, it is assumed he/she is accepting the action and will be subject to the correct wager and/or all-in amount.
  • Players must keep their highest denomination chips visible at all times.
  • 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 or out of the players at the table. A player who does so will forfeit the chips and face disqualification. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play.
  • If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to his or her money back. An exception would be if a player raised and his or her raise had not been called yet, he or she would be entitled to receive his or her raise back.
  • There will be no foreign objects on the table except for a maximum of one card cap. Card caps can be no larger than two (2) inches in diameter and no more than one-half (1/2) inch in depth.
  • In its sole and absolute discretion, AHL may impose penalties ranging from a verbal warning, one missed hand away from the table up to disqualification and expulsion from all AHL Poker events. Penalties will be invoked in cases of soft-play, abuse or disruptive behavior. A penalty will also be imposed if a player throws a card off the table, forcefully mucks their cards causing one or all cards to turn over, violates the one-player-to-a-hand rule or engages in similar behavior.
    • Tournament officials can assess a verbal warning, a missed hand, or one-round, two-round, three-round or four-round penalties and disqualification.
    • A missed-hand penalty will be assessed as follows: The offender can miss one hand or one to five hands away from the table. The offender.s missed hand is counted as part of the round when a penalty is given.
    • Players who receive a missed-hand penalty must remain outside the designated Tournament table for the length of their penalty.
    • The player must notify the Tournament staff prior to returning to their seat. Repeat infractions are subject to escalating penalties up to disqualification.
    • AHL Poker will maintain a written log of all penalties issued throughout the duration of the month.
    • It should be noted that penalties may not always be imposed in successive manner. Tournament staff in their sole discretion, for example, can disqualify a person for a first offense if action of player is deemed worthy. Or a player, for example, may forego a warning and be assessed a three round penalty. Players should know any conduct deemed penalty-worthy could result in a wide range of discipline for a first offense.
  • Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Therefore, whether in a hand or not, players may not a.) Disclose contents of live or folded hands, b.) Advise or criticize play in any way, or c.) Read a hand that hasn.t been tabled.
  • While in a hand, players may not a) discuss hands or strategy with any spectator, or b) seek or receive consultation from an outside source. The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced. Players who violate this rule are subject to penalty.
  • A player exposing his or her cards with action pending will incur a penalty, but will not have a dead hand. The penalty will begin at the end of the hand. All players at the table are entitled to see the exposed card(s), if requested.
  • Poker is an individual game. Soft play will result in penalties that may include forfeiture of chips and/or disqualification. Chip dumping will result in disqualification.
  • A player who is disqualified shall have his or her chips removed from play and no refund will be provided to that disqualified player.
  • Repeated etiquette violations will result in the imposition of penalties assessed by the Tournament Staff. Examples include, but are not limited to, unnecessarily touching other players. cards or chips, delay of the game, repeatedly acting out of turn or excessive chatter.


  • AHL Poker Tournament times are approximate. AHL reserves the right to change AHL Tournament times in its sole and absolute discretion.
  • AHL may cancel, modify, relocate or reschedule tournaments or any individual event within AHL Poker for any reason with prior notification.
  • AHL is not responsible for electronic transmission errors or delays resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by AHL, users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions, any of which may limit, restrict, or prevent a participant.s ability to participate in the Tournament.
  • AHL Poker is not responsible for injuries or losses arising or resulting from participation in AHL events and is not liable for any acts or omissions by employees, whether negligent or willful, in the conduct of the AHL, and is not liable in the event of any equipment or software malfunction.
  • This includes, but is not limited to, any loss of any Tournament chips players leave at playing tables during Tournament play, except during authorized breaks.
  • If for any reason the Tournament is not capable of running as planned, AHL reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or move the AHL event.
  • The AHL calendar and the information within takes precedence over all other promotional or information areas of AHL Poker.


    AHL Rules and Regulations
    By participating in an AHL Poker event you agree to follow all AHL rules and regulations. Anyone who violates these rules and regulations is subject to penalties up to disqualification from the tournament and any chips they may have will be forfeit.

    Age Requirement
    Players must be at least 18 years of age, or 21, depending on the establishment's rules.

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