2020 Ligaz11 Proposed TDA Rules

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Here are all of the rules we will definitely discuss at this year’s Tournament Directors Association (TDA) meeting. If you have any other rules or topics you wish to be discussed at this year meeting, please feel free to add to this list. We will attempt to compile at least 40 rules for this year list.


All current TDA member casinos’ Tournament Directors will be invited to attend this years meeting in addition to any other casinos’ Tournament Directors that are interested in improving tournament poker. A date has yet to be set for this year’s meeting however we believe it will be held in conjunction with this year’s World Poker Industry Conference (WPIC) in Las Vegas.


Daniel Negreanu, Debbie Burkhead, and Warren Karp have volunteered to be player representatives for this year’s meeting. In addition, we hope to form a TDA Board of Directors, which will meet at least twice a year to discuss current issues and possible rules to add in following years. There will also be a TDA network to keep all members informed of upcoming meeting dates and a list of current members with contact phone #’s and E-mail addresses that will also create free advertising for your events and casinos.


There is only one stipulation to join the TDA and that is to stick and abide by the rules for one calendar year beginning August 1st, 2002. The meeting is a place to air your differences with the 2002 rules: If rules cannot be agreed upon at the meeting, they will not be TDA rules. Please email TDA@pokerpages.com if you would like to add to this list. Feel free to pass this on to your fellow tournament directors.


TDA’s 14 Standard Rules that will be discussed and possibly amended at this years meeting:


Chip race rule: When it is time to color-up chips, they will be raced off with a maximum of one chip going to any player. The chip race will always start in the No.1 seat.


Odd chips: The odd chip(s) will go to the high hand. In flop games, when there are two or more high hands or two or more low hands, 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.

Side pots: Each side pot will be split as a separate pot. They will not be mixed together before they are split.


Calling for the clock procedures: Once a clock is called for, a player will be given one minute to make a decision. If action has not been taken by the time the minute is over, there will be a 10-second countdown. If a player has not acted on his hand by the time the countdown is over, the hand will be dead.


Dead Button: Tournament play will use a dead button.

Penalties: A penalty MAY be invoked if a ligaz11 player exposes any card with action pending, if a card(s) goes off the table, if soft-play occurs, or similar incidents take place. Penalties WILL be invoked in cases of abuse, disruptive behavior, or similar incidents.


Players must be at the table to call time. In flop games, the big blind’s hand will be dead if he is not there to act on it before the flop. In stud-type games, the forced low hand will be immediately dead if the player is not there to act on his hand at the time he is required to put money in the pot (the minimum bring-in will be posted and the hand will be killed).


Half-bet rule: If a player puts in a raise of 50 percent or more of the previous bet, he will be required to make a full raise.


All cards will be turned face up once a player is all in and all action is complete.

In limit games, an oversized chip will be constituted to be a call if the player does not announce a raise. In no-limit, an oversized chip before the flop is a call; after the flop, an oversized chip put in the pot will constitute the size of the bet.


The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.

A draw for the button will be held at the beginning of each flop-type event.

Tournament and satellite seats will be randomly assigned. In satellites, the dealer will shuffle and give each player a seat assignment that cannot be exchanged.

The English-only rule will be enforced during tournament play.



Additional Rules to be discussed

Hopefully these are gimmies:


No cell phones or any electronic devices at the final table.

One (1) extra scramble per round per player.

No foreign chips on table besides one (1) card cap.

Players may not request deck changes unless there is a damaged card.

When time has elapsed in a round and new round is announced, new limits apply the next hand. A hand has begun with the first riffle.

As players are eliminated, tables are combined in a predetermined order based on the clubs needs.

An absent player is always dealt a hand. You will be blinded off, anted or have your forced bet put into the pot as required.

The Management reserves the right to cancel or alter any event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the casino or it’s players.

If a player announces the intent to rebuy before the first card is dealt, that player is playing behind and is obligated to make the rebuy. If the request is made after the first card is dealt, the rebuy will play the following hand.

Player must keep their highest denomination chips visible for all players to see at all times.

Cards Speak- Verbal Declarations as to the content of a player’s hand is not binding however at management’s discretion any player deliberately miscalling his hand may have his hand fouled.

If a player exposes a card the player may not keep that card, after completing the deal, the dealer will replace the exposed card with the top card off the deck. The exposed card will be placed on the top of the deck and then used as a burn card. If there is more than one burn card, it is a misdeal.

No Rabbit hunting allowed

All players that are dealt a hand have the right to see a called any hand as long as this privilege is not abused



Tougher issues that need to be ruled upon:


Current rule #9 Turning hands face up throughout, in the money, at final table

Cheating issues? What to do Barred by one, barred by all?

Registration of Backers – Can it be done?

Soft Play, where do we as TD’s draw the line, Checking Nuts

Accounting for Rebuys

Deliberate stalling between tables posting dead blinds behind button?

No Chips in Pocket at any time

Moving Players- Draw or chose player and from where?

Being raced out of a tournament

Standard bets and raises 3 or 4

F— word rule, Yes or No

Players action out of turn may be binding

Forward Motion and when must chips stay in the pot

Any Others please reply



Mary Farris