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Tournament rules

These rules apply to tournaments on our platform.

The Tournament Rules as presented here supplement our Terms , but do not replace them. In the event of any discrepancy between the Tournament Rules and the Terms, the latter shall prevail.

Note: Rules 1.5, 2.4 and 2.5 only apply to tournaments that use blinds and / or a dealer button .

1. General

  1. We will at all times consider the interests of the party and remain impartial in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances may, from time to time, lead decisions taken in the interest of the game and for the sake of impartiality to prevail over the technical rules.
  2. All tournaments will start at the scheduled time according to the time specified in the tournament lobby. We reserve the right to delay or cancel a tournament without notice.
  3. You can find important information about each tournament, such as blind structure, level lengths, rebuys and breaks by selecting the tournament in the lobby and double-clicking on it (on computer) or by clicking on the tournament itself. even via the lobby (on mobile). We reserve the right to change the settings for each tournament at any time without notice.
  4. The distribution of seats is random. Seat changes are not allowed.
  5. The button is assigned to Seat 1 at the start of the game.

2. Eliminations

  1. The tournament ends when a player has accumulated all the chips in play or when all the players still in the contest receive the same winnings (for example, if the tournament awards five identical wins, the tournament will end when there are no more than five players).
  2. If two or more players are eliminated in the same hand, the player with the most chips at the start of the hand will be ranked above the player with the fewest. If all players started the hand with an identical number of chips, all players will occupy the same tied place and the winnings of these players will be divided equally between them. During the “hand-to-hand” period (as described in Rule 2.3), two or more players who are eliminated during the same “synchronized” hand are considered to have been eliminated simultaneously, even if they are at tables. different. The order of classification is then determined as a function of the carpet sizes.
  3. At certain times during the tournament (when the winnings increase significantly after the elimination of a few players, for example) and when there is no more table left, the tournament can be played “hand-by-hand”. This means that if a table finishes its hand before the other tables, that table waits until the other tables have finished their hand before dealing the next one.
  4. We use the “forward button” rule in tournaments. According to this rule, no player will be on the button twice in a row; at the end of each hand, the button advances clockwise. This rule implies that when players are eliminated, some players may not have to place one or both blinds. Since these situations are random, no player will benefit from them in the long run.
  5. When there are only two players left at the final table, the button places the small blind and acts first on the opening round.

3. Breaks

  1. Scheduled breaks for a tournament are listed in the “Tournament Info” section of the “Structure” tab in the tournament lobby. The time and length of breaks may vary from event to event. We offer two types of breaks:
  1. Tournaments with synchronized breaks will take a 55 minute break after each hour. For example, a tournament that starts at 7:25 am will take a break at 7:55 am, 8:55 am, 9:55 am and so on until the end of the tournament. In some tournaments, synchronized breaks only take place every two hours. For example, a tournament of this type that starts at 8:35 am, may take a break at 8:55 am, at 10:55 am, and then every two hours.
    In tournaments of this type with rebuys, when add-ons are allowed, there will be an additional shorter break (usually three minutes) at the end of the rebuys period, to allow add-ons to be made.
  2. The other tournaments will take a break at regular intervals during the game. For example, a tournament that starts at 7:25 am will take a break after each hour of play, in which case the first break will start at 8:25 am.

4. Disconnections and absences

  1. “By participating in a tournament, a player accepts the risk of being disconnected from the Internet, due to problems related to the connection between his device and the servers, slowdowns or freezes, or other problems on the device. of the player or on the Internet.
  1. We are not responsible for disconnections suffered by players, except in the event of a server crash.
  2. While each user is responsible for their internet connection, we make every effort to protect disconnected players during the final stages of a real money tournament by giving them extra time to reconnect (TSD) .
  3. If during a hand, a player exceeds the allotted time, whether connected or disconnected, his hand will be folded if he has to act or “checked” if he does not have to act.
  4. If a player is not logged in at the start of a hand, cards will be dealt to him and the blind and / or antes will be placed. There are no rules regarding the absence of a player at the table; the absent player will continue to place his blinds and antes and will receive cards. Two or more players cannot agree to stop playing simultaneously, either at the same table or at different tables.
  5. In Shootout and Heads-up events, if all players at a table are disconnected and / or absent for many hands (typically 250 hands or more in a real money tournament), the match will end and the player with


5. Cat

  1. Players, whether participating in the hand or not, should not discuss the current hand or their cards until it is finished. Players are responsible for protecting other tournament players at all times. Discussing discarded cards or hand possibilities is not allowed. Discussing hands during the game may result in penalties.

6. Unethical gambling

Poker is an individual game (not a team game). Any action or discussion intended to help another player is unethical and is prohibited. Unethical gambling, such as “soft-play” (playing less aggressively against a partner) and “chip dumping” (voluntarily losing chips to a partner), will result in sanctions. , which may lead to the seizure of funds from the account of the offender and / or the closure of the account. We regularly review game play for violations of our rules and to ensure the integrity of the games. Sometimes it is necessary to withhold a player’s funds until the end of this review.

  1. Go to bed and let someone else finish the tournament.
  2. Register for a tournament then go on a scheduled trip and ask a friend to play on your account during your trip.
  3. Decide to finish a tournament at a friend’s house, then ask your friend to take control of your account during the journey to get to his house.
  4. You and a friend participate in the same tournament. You agree that if he is eliminated before you, he will continue playing with your account.
  5. Your partner is not here for the weekend, but has left you his password. You log into his account and yours and participate in the same tournament with both accounts.
  6. You have made it to the last tables of a tournament and someone offers you money in exchange for your seat. You authorize the other player to log into your account or you continue the tournament by following their instructions to the letter.

7. Server issues

  1. In the event of a server crash, the hands in progress at each of the tables will be restored by resuming these hands at the beginning. Each player’s chip amount will be reset as it was at the start of the hand. In special circumstances, when a tournament needs to be canceled due to a crash or other reason, players will receive compensation as described on the Tournament Cancellation Policy page (see below).

8. Conclude a deal (arrangement)

  1. Making a deal is allowed in tournaments, unless otherwise specified in the tournament lobby.
  1. If during a tournament all the remaining players agree to distribute the money according to a formula of their choice, we will accept this agreement and modify the tournament winnings initially published to reflect the figures. agreed upon during the deal.
  2. If all the remaining players wish to make a deal, they must check the “Consider a deal” box under the “Info” tab located in the table chat area. If all the players at the table check this box, the tournament will be automatically paused at the end of the current hand, and our Support team will be notified. A staff member will come to the table to make sure the arrangement goes smoothly. We cannot guarantee that the staff member will arrive immediately, although we will do everything to avoid delays.
  3. Closing a deal is not possible in all tournaments, but when this option is available, the “Consider a deal” box appears under the “Info” tab in the final table.
  4. We will not participate in deal discussions, but we will mediate to ensure that each party is in full agreement before executing the terms of the deal under the terms set out.

9. Bonuses (bounties)

  1. On the occasion of certain tournaments, a “bonus” (a bounty) in cash will be placed on some or all of the tournament participants. A player who eliminates such an opponent wins the cash bonus.

There are three types of bonus tournaments:

Knockout:  a bonus is placed on each participant. You win a cash prize for each player eliminated. There are also Progressive Knockouts, where your bonus increases as you eliminate players.

Team Pro Bonus: A bonus is placed on each Team PokerStars Pro member registered for the tournament.

Fixed Bonus  : A bonus is placed on a specific player in the tournament.

The bonus goes to the player who wins the “applicable pot” in the hand in question, this may be the main pot or one of the side pots. “Applicable pot” means the pot in which the player with a bounty moved all-in with his last chips.

11. Heads-Up Tournaments

In a Heads-Up tournament, a player takes turns competing against a series of opponents until they are eliminated or beat the last remaining player. The exact tournament structure and prize pool information can be found in the tournament lobby.

If the number of registrants is not exactly 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128, some players benefit from a “bye” (ie they do not play a match) and are automatically qualified for the next match. The other players play their first round match and the tournament continues until there are only 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 or 64 players left before the second round begins. In the first round, the byes are randomly selected from the group of registered players. After the first round, players can no longer benefit from a bye.


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