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Atlanta Poker Club Rules

These rules govern the operation of all players in any Atlanta Poker Club sanctioned event.

  1. All players must agree to and abide by all rules of the Atlanta Poker Club and TDA Rules (modifications listed below).
  2. Players must fill out the Player Agreement before playing in an event. See your Tournament Director or go to atlantapokerclub.com/join/ to signup.
  3. All events are FREE to enter. Chips have no cash value and are for play purposes only.
  4. Players receive League Points based on event finishes.
  5. Players must be at least 18 years of age. Many venues require 21 & up.
  6. Players who do not follow the rules, will receive a verbal notice, penalty, then removed from the event if the behavior continues.
  7. No weapons of any kind are allowed in any APC event.
  8. Gambling, cheating, stealing or placing currency on the poker table IS NOT allowed and those caught engaging in these acts will be banned from future events.
  9. Excessive use of profanity or obscene language, causing a disturbance by arguing, shouting or making excessive noise is not allowed and those caught engaging in these acts will be subject to penalties or removal from the event.
  10. Throwing, tearing, bending, crumpling cards or chips is not allowed and those caught engaging in these acts will be subject to penalties or removal from the event.
  11. All Tournament Director decisions are final.
  12. Seating is assigned by the Tournament Director.
  13. At the beginning of the event, the dealer button will be decided by dealing high card at one table. That seat is then the button at each table.
  14. Alternates must be registered and arrive prior to the end of the 4th blind level in order to play.  Players will not be allowed to enter a tournament that has made it into points.
  15. Alternates may join the event as soon as a seat is available. No blinds are required unless they are in the big blind seat.
  16. Players from a broken table can receive cards on the button and in the small blind. Alternates may not receive their first hand on the button or in the small blind.
  17. Chips must remain on the poker tables at all times, with the highest denomination chips clearly visible.
  18. Bonus tokens must be on the table prior to the start of a hand for them to be live. If a player is given bonus tokens in the middle of a hand and is eliminated on that particular hand, the bonus tokens are void and given back to the tournament director.
  19. Players who are away from the table for more than 20 minutes will be removed from the tournament.
  20. The dealer may fold your cards if you are not at the table when it’s your turn to act.
  21. The dealer may fold your cards if you are on a cell phone when it’s your turn to act.
  22. Announce bets or raises clearly. No string bets allowed. Do not splash the pot.
  23. An oversize chip bet is a call, unless previously declared a raise.
  24. Raises must be at least the amount of any previous raise (or bet), except when all-in.
  25. Players must show both of their cards to win a contested pot.
  26. Side pots will be used when necessary.
  27. ANY player who is last to act that ‘checks’ an indisputable winning hand (the nuts), may be subject to a penalty.
  28. If player 1 shows their live cards to player 2 (who is still in the hand), then player 1 must show everyone. This action is subject to penalty.
  29. If player 1 shows their live cards to player 2 (who has folded), then any player may request to see player 1′s cards after the hand is complete.
  30. Blinds will be raised throughout the tournament according to the Blind Schedule. Players are obligated to pay all blinds in turn.
  31. Dead Button: If the player in the small blind is eliminated, the button moves to the empty seat. Players post blinds as normal.
  32. Dead Small Blind: If the player in the big blind is eliminated, the small blind is dead and only the big blind is posted.
  33. If two players are eliminated on the same hand, the player who started the hand with more chips is awarded the higher finish position.
  34. Re-seat players and re-deal for the button when the final table is reached.
  35. When two players remain, the player due to assume the big blind does so. The player in the small blind gets the button and acts 1st prior to the flop & 2nd after the flop.
  36. Players must be a minimum of six feet away from all tables before smoking or vaping any device or cigarette at non-smoking and smoking away from the table venues.
  37. Please treat your venue staff, APC staff, fellow players and the game with respect.


These rules are not all encompassing and depending on the situation, a player may be disqualified or suspended for behavior not specifically listed above.


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