Texas Holdem Tournament

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Begins at 5pm

St. Joseph Parish Texas Hold’em Official Rules


By playing in this event, you are agreeing to all of these rules established by the St Joseph Church, event coordinators and acting hosts.

Please remember, there will be several first time or newer poker players with us for the event. Each table includes one designated table host who is there to answer any questions, help with rules of play and clarify any appropriate process. However, they will not provide advice on what you should do. They will only explain your options. Thanks all. We’re very glad you will be participating in our event.

Player Betting Options

In Hold'em, as with other forms of poker, the available actions are ‘fold’, ‘check’, ‘bet’, ‘call’ or ‘raise’ or all in. Exactly which options are available depends on the action taken by the previous players. Each poker player always has the option to fold, to discard their cards and give up any interest in the pot. If nobody has yet made a bet, then a player may either check (decline to bet, but keep their cards) or bet. If a player has bet, then subsequent players can fold, call or raise. To call is to match the amount the previous player has bet. To raise is to not only match the previous bet, but to also increase it.

SECTION ONE:  WPT/WSOP rules (Adapted/Reworded for this event)

  1. The game is No-Limit, Texas Hold ‘em. As a fundraiser event, all players are reminded to act like adults at all times.
  2. Payment in full for the $70 initial buy in must be made prior to the start of the game. $35.00 will go toward the fundraising for St Joseph Parish, $35.00 towards the prize fund.
  3. Unlimited Re-buys will be allowed for the first two rounds only. Each re-buy is $70.00 with 50% of that money also going into the prize pool that will be paid out to the winners.
  4. Payouts:  Actual payouts for prizes will be announced after all re-buys have occurred. This is a Freeze Out tournament.  We will continue to play and condense down the tables until one player remains with all the chips in play.  We are following the formats of the World Poker Tour (WPT) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) as closely as possible.  Some format rules are different than the WPT and WSOP. 
  5. If a question or dispute arises at your table, please 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 the technical interpretation of the rules be ignored in the interest of fairness. We have players that have never played Hold-em before, so be calm if a dispute occurs.  A table host will help to resolve or if needed, you can ask the event coordinators to help clarify if you can’t work something out or if you have a question.  By playing in this tournament, you are agreeing that our event coordinators decision will be final
  6. Each Player gets the same exact number of chips to start which will be determined at a later date.
  7. Blinds will increase periodically.  There will be one common clock for all tables which will be projected onto one of the big screens.  We reserve the right to pause the game clock at our sole discretion if needed.
  8. Blind Levels and the time of each rounds will be determined at the time of the event by our event coordinators.
  9. Your Chip Stack:  To keep the game moving, your chips must be stacked in front of you as neatly as possible, with your highest denomination chips visible at all times.  If a player still involved in the action of a hand asks you how many chips you have, then you must give them a correct count of your stack.  Often times, a loose estimate will suffice.
  10. Calling for the clock procedure: Unlike some WPT events, you cannot limit the time it takes for a player to decide how he/she will bet. 
  11. Penalties: A penalty MAY be invoked if a player exposes any card with action pending (not including dealer error).  Penalties WILL be invoked in cases of abuse, disruptive behavior, collusion, or similar incidents.  We purposely are not listing penalties here, because they will be subjectively handled on a case-by-case basis.  Again, by playing in this tournament, you are agreeing that our decision will be final (including penalties)
  12. All cards will be turned face up once a player is all in and all action is complete.
  13. Tournament seats will be randomly assigned when you register.
  14. The English-only rule will be enforced during the play of hands. 
  15. Players may ask us for a deck change only if a card is marked.
  16. When time has elapsed in a round and a new round is announced, the new limits apply to the next hand. A hand has begun once the pot from the previous hand has been raked AND the blinds have been posted.
  17. Since this is a timed, and very structured event, please try not to delay the game. If you are not in your seat when it is your turn to act your hand will be folded.
  18. Cards play once they are laid out on the table for all to see after an all-in or the end of a hand. Verbal declarations as to the content of a player's hand are not binding
  19. Verbal declarations as to what you are going to do with your hand is binding. Example:   If you say raise, that is your play. You must then make a raise from the original bet a minimum of one time the big blind or more. If you state you are “all in” that is your play. If you say fold, you have verbally given up your hand for the next person to act.
  20. All chips must be visibly displayed at all times. Players may not have tournament chips in their pockets at any time. A player who has chips in his pocket will forfeit the chips. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play from the tournament.
  21. There will be no limit to raises, even when heads-up (Last 2 players left).
  22. If only one of the players' down cards are exposed due to dealer error, it is NOT a misdeal. If one card is accidentally turned over during the deal that will be the burn card and that player gets the last dealt card in the deal. If 2 cards get flipped over during the same deal it is a misdeal.
  23. We reserve the right to cancel or alter this event at our sole discretion in the best interest of participants.
  24. A player who exposes his cards during the play MAY incur a penalty, but will not have his hand killed.
  25. DON’T SPLASH THE POT (throw your chips into the pot). Act like an adult and remember, this is a SOCIAL event.

    Don’t just put a bunch of chips in front of you and make people guess if you’re raising or if you miscounted your chips and are just calling a bet.  By stating the word “RAISE”, a player protects his right to raise.  “String bets” (putting your bet up in more than one motion) are not allowed. But…if you don’t SAY that you’re raising, and you only put part of your bet up (even if it’s not enough to call), then you run the risk of having the player to your left acting before you get your raise out.  In this case, you must only call the bet!  You loose your right to raise.

  26. We will be using the dead button rule which is too confusing to explain.  The bottom line is a player may not skip a big blind due to a player being knocked out in the previous hand. We have table hosts and they know the rules and will help you follow them.  


  1. Odd chips: The odd chip(s) on a split pot are to go into the pot of the next hand.
  2. All minimum bets after the first two cards are dealt will be the value of the BIG blind. This is for simplicity.
  3. Side pots: We will have side pots in this event.  Which means as long as you have a chip you can play.
  4. If you forget to “burn” a card, then you burn that dealt card and deal the correct one.
  5. “Table calls” – All the players at the table decide your best 5 card hand.
  6. No ante.
  7. Bathroom breaks – If you are away from the table your blinds will be placed for you if applicable and your hand will be folded (when applicable) if you don’t make it back in time to act.   As long as people go to the bathroom and get back quickly this is not an issue.

Note: If the game is going way too long, we reserve the right to increase the blinds faster, or shorten the blind levels.

If something comes up during a game, then ask your event coordinator what should be done.

Good Luck!