Poker Rules | Procedures
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  • Only one person may play a hand.
  • No one is allowed to play another player's chips.
  • Management will decide when to start or close any game.
  • Collections (seat rental fees) are paid in advance. In all time-collection games, the dealer is required to pick up the collection from each player before dealing. A player not wishing to pay collection may play one courtesy hand in stud, and may play until the blind in button games, provided no one is waiting for the game. If there is more than one person on the list for that game when the collection becomes due, everyone must pay collection. A new player is not required to pay if there is either no list or only one person waiting.
  • Cash is not allowed on the table. All cash should be changed into chips in order to play. If a player seems unaware of this rule and tries to play unnoticed cash that was on the table during a pot, the dealer may let the cash play if no one in the pot objects, then have all the cash changed into chips after the hand. Any chips from another cardroom are not permitted on the table, do not play in the game, and when found will be treated similarly to unnoticed cash.
  • Money and chips may be removed for security purposes when leaving the table. The establishment is not responsible for any shortage or removal of chips left on the table during a player's absence, even though we will try to protect everyone as best we can. All removed funds must be fully restored when returning to the game.
  • If you return to the same game within one hour of cashing out, your buy-in must be equal to the amount removed when leaving that game.
  • All games are table stakes (except "playing behind" as given in the next rule). Only the chips in front of a player at the start of a deal may play for that hand, except for chips not yet received that a player has purchased. The amount bought must be announced to the table, or only the amount of the minimum buy-in plays. Awareness of the amount being in play for each opponent is an important part of poker. All chips and money must be kept in plain view.
  • "Playing behind" is allowed only for the amount of purchased chips while awaiting their arrival. The amount in play must be announced to the table, or only the amount of the minimum buy-in plays.
  • Playing out of a rack is not allowed.
  • Permission is required before taking a seat in a game.
  • Playing over without permission from the floorperson is not allowed. A playover box is required. Permission from the absent player is not necessary.
  • Pushing bets ("saving" or "potting out") is not allowed.
  • Pushing an ante or posting for another person is not allowed.
  • Splitting pots will not be allowed in any game. Chopping the big and small blind by taking them back when all other players have folded is allowed in button games.
  • Insurance propositions are not allowed. Dealing twice (or three times) when all-in is permitted at big-bet poker.
  • The game's betting limit will not be changed if two or more players object. Raising the limit is subject to management approval.
  • Players must keep their cards in full view. This means above table-level and not past the edge of the table. The cards should not be covered by the hands in a manner to completely conceal them.
  • Any player is entitled to a clear view of an opponent's chips. Higher denomination chips should be easily visible.
  • Your chips may be picked up if you are away from the table for more than 30 minutes. Your absence may be extended if you notify a floorperson in advance. Frequent or continuous absences may cause your chips to be picked up from the table.
  • A lock-up in a new game will be picked up after five minutes if someone is waiting to play. No seat may be locked up for more than ten minutes if someone is waiting to play.
  • A new deck must be used for at least a full round (once around the table) before it may be changed, and a new setup must be used for at least an hour, unless a deck is defective or damaged, or cards become sticky.
  • Looking through the discards or deck stub is not allowed.
  • 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. Activity that interferes with this such as reading at the table is discouraged, and the player will be asked to cease if a problem is caused.
  • A non-player may not sit at the table.
  • In non-tournament games, you may have a guest sit behind you if no one in the game objects. It is improper for a guest to look at any hand other then your own.
  • Speaking a foreign language during a deal is not allowed.