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house rules

House rules

  1. Management’s decision is final.
  2. Participants must be at least 21 years of age.
  3. Verbal abuse, disruptive behavior, or vulgarity will not be tolerated.
  4. English is the only acceptable language that may be spoken at the table while a hand is in progress.
  5. Players must protect their hands at all times.
  6. One player to a hand and one hand to a player. Players may not seek advice as to the play of their hands while in possession of a hand. Players will be responsible for turning their own hands over at the showdown. Each player’s cards must remain in plain view of the dealer and the other players at all times.
  7. CARDS SPEAK for themselves. It is the responsibility of the dealer as well as all of the players to correctly read all tabled hands at the showdown.
  8. Show one player, show all players. If a player shows one or both of his cards to another player at the table, the player must show their cards to everyone at the table.
  9. Players not still in possession of cards at showdown, or who have mucked their cards face down without first tabling them, lose any rights or privileges to ask to see any hand. Supervisor’s discretion governs all other requests such as to see the hand of another caller, or if there was no betting on the final round of the hand.
  10. Rabbit hunting is not permitted. Players may not ask to see any undealt cards if all other players have folded.
  11. Check and raise is allowed in all games.
  12. Verbal action in turn will be binding. Verbal action out of turn may be binding.
  13. Every limit game has a minimum buy-in. Short buys will not be allowed at any time.
  14. All games are TABLE STAKES. This means that all chips must remain on the table, in play, and visible to the dealer and all other players until a player leaves the game. When cashing out, a player may not return to any table of the same game and limit for 2 hours unless that player buys-in for the total amount removed or the minimum buy-in, whichever is greater.
  15. One live straddle (live blind bet) may be allowed in limit, no-limit, and pot-limit games.
  16. A bet and three raises will be allowed each betting round in limit games. There will be unlimited amount of raises in no-limit and pot-limit games.
  17. Unlimited raising is allowed in heads-up play in limit games. This applies any time the action becomes heads-up before the raising has been capped. Once the raising has been capped on a betting round, it cannot become uncapped by a subsequent fold that leaves two players heads-up.
  18. String bets are not permitted. Each player may only have one action per turn. If a player puts in half or more of the required raise, the raise must be completed to the minimum allowable raise.
  19. Splashing of the pot is not permitted.
  20. There will be no objects allowed on the table other than chips, cards or a reasonably sized “card protector.” Electronic devices are permitted on the rail.
  21. Players may be absent from the table for a maximum of two dealer changes. If a player has less than the amount of the big blind, that player will have 15 minutes to return to the table with a minimum buy-in. Any player exceeding these time limits may have their chips removed from the table and their seat given to the next player on the wait list. Any player returning to the Poker Room that has had their chips removed by a Supervisor or above will be placed onto the bottom of any list for the game from which the player’s chips were removed.
  22. Any player wishing to take a dinner break of up to 90 minutes, may voluntarily cash out and have the option to stay at the top of that game’s wait list for the duration of the dinner break. Any player returning from a dinner break must buy-in for the total amount removed or the minimum buy-in, whichever is greater.
  23. “Third Man Walking” rule will be strictly enforced. This means if two players are absent from the table, a player cannot get up from table without forfeiting their seat if there is a waiting list.
  24. HCT poker room is not responsible for chips or cash left on the table in a player’s absence.
  25. Use of tobacco products (cigars, cigarettes, chewing tobacco, etc.) is prohibited at all times.