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25 Balancing Tables

    25.1

  • The Tournament Director reserves the right to determine the number of players at each table in order to keep the tables reasonably balanced.

  • 25.2

  • Players will be transferred / moved as needed.

    In Board playing / Flop games, the player who is next to post the big blind will be moved to the short handed table.

    The player will be placed in the big blind position or, if not available, the WORST possible position available at the new table.

    The worst possible position is defined as the position closest to posting the big blind, which will never be the small blind.

    In Stud games, players will be moved by position; the last seat to open up at the short table is the seat to be filled.

  • 25.3

  • Play will halt on any table that is 3 or more players short.

  • 25.4

  • In certain situations, when the tournament is to be balanced to within 1 player, tables not balanced must halt play until the unbalanced table has been re-balanced.

  • 25.5

  • In fields greater than 20 tables, participants will be moved from the next numerical table at full capacity to the short table.

    Once a tournament is below 20 tables, participants will be moved from the next table in the breaking order that is at full capacity to the short table.

    Participants moving from a full table to a short table assume the same rights and responsibilities of the position as outlined in Rule 24.1 by breaking tables.

  • 25.6

  • In flop and mixed events when balancing tables, the participant who will be the big blind next will be moved from the big blind to the worst position, including taking a single big blind.

    Worst position is never the small blind.

    In stud only events, participants will be moved by position (the last seat to open up at the short table is the seat to be filled).

  • 25.7

  • In mixed events (i.e. HORSE), when the game shifts from Hold’em to Stud, after the last Hold’em hand the button is moved exactly to the position it would be if the next hand was Hold’em and then frozen there during the Stud round.

    The participant moved during Stud is the participant who would be the big blind if the game was Hold’em for that hand.

    When Hold'em resumes, the button for the first hand will be at the position where it was frozen.

  • 25.8

  • When the Tournament reaches 12 tables, the remaining tables will be balanced within 1 participant until the final table is reached.

    There will be a re-draw for seat assignments when play reaches 3 tables, again at 2 tables, and for the final table seat assignments for events that have 100 or more participants.

    For events with less than 100 participants but more than 50, there will be a re-draw at 2 tables and again for final table seat assignments.

10:   Balancing Tables

A: To balance tables In flop and mixed games, the player who will be big blind next is moved to the worst position, including taking a single big blind when available, even if that means the seat will have the big blind twice.

Worst position is never the small blind.

In stud-only events, players will be moved by position, (the last seat to open at the short table is the seat filled).

B: In mixed games (ex: HORSE), when the game shifts from hold’em to stud, after the last hold’em hand the button is moved exactly to the position it would be if the next hand was hold’em and then is frozen there during the stud round.

The player moved during stud is the player who would be the big blind if the game was hold’em for that hand.

When hold'em resumes the button for the first hand will be at the position where it was frozen.

C: The table from which a player is moved will be specified by a predetermined procedure.

D: In full-table events, play will halt on a table 3 or more players short of the table with the most players.

Play will halt on other game formats (ex:6-handed and turbos) at TDs discretion.

Not halting play is not a cause for a misdeal and TDs may elect not to halt play at their discretion.

As the event progresses, when manageable & appropriate for the type of game, at TDs discretion tables will be more tightly balanced.

 

Marcel Luske:

Players interests always first, FIDPA supports Poker Events with www.fidpatravel.com globally & with International Rules fair and transparent for all.

Bharat Agarwalla:

The India Poker Series supports FIDPA because it's the complete and only set of International Poker Rules globally.

Kenny Hallaert:

We love to play with the International Poker Rules from FIDPA, they include all Tournament Directors Association (TDA) Rules.

Juha Helppi:

Same rules for everybody everywhere would be ideal in poker. We need to work together to accomplish that!

Jens Knossalla:

Wieso macht jeder seine eigenen Regeln, dass verwirrt und macht es unnötig kompliziert.spiel doch mit faire und einheitliche Int. Regeln weltweit.

Thor Hansen:

One set of International Poker Rules for all international poker events globally, I support that, period.

Oanh Bui:

Don't make a complicated game more complicated for all participants. Play with one set of International Poker Rules only.

Jake Cody:

Consistency is the key. With international rules in place and less discrepancies, there's more time for playing poker.

Rob Yong:

I firmly believe that a worldwide uniform set of international rules for poker designed, reviewed and improved by a group of experienced players, is the way forward. As a venue owner myself, I embrace this concept.

Michelle Lau:

The International Poker Rules were created to unite the poker world by providing fairness and consistency, and can be easily modified by any card room or Tournament Director to comply with local laws and regulations.

Jack McClelland:

We have a large number of international poker players in our Bellagio events on a regular basis. We make sure they are comfortable with the International Rules and maintain consistency in rulings worldwide. We continue to enjoy a successful partnership with FIDPA.

Chris Moneymaker:

I like to compete and be the best. With International Poker Rules it's a fair playground for all.

Liz Lieu:

Of course we need international rules if we play international events all across the globe for millions of dollars a day.

Michael Mizrachi :

Educating dealers at the Academy about poker etiquette and professionalism is easy with International Poker Rules, creating knowledge and skill and so we support this young industry.

Robert Mizrachi:

To learn, play, or deal International Poker Events these days needs one set of fair and consistent International Poker Rules. No more, no less.

Stacy Matuson:

Poker once known as a man's world with its many sets of rules, now has more class with one set of International Poker Rules showing fairness and equality.

Eli Elezra:

Poker has become international, and international events should be played with international rules to ensure consistency and fairness for all.

Erich Kollmann:

Poker event organizers invite international players from various countries. They should play by International Poker Rules, fair and consistent.

JJ Lui:

I support the International Poker Rules, because I believe it is very important to play by them in any international event.              

Noah Boeken:

It's simple. Play international poker events with international poker dealers and International Poker Rules! 

Simon Trumper:

IP Rules have been created after discussion and feedback from players at all levels, and finally challenging situations can be addressed.

Hamy Wahjudi:

While traveling a lot, Poker is my second home, and with International Poker Rules "the world is my castle".

Sham Patel:

Playing poker with International Rules ensures a fair experience providing me with confidence to play in a safe poker environment.

Michal Wisniewski:

Dzięki regulaminowi FIDPA zostały raz na zawsze rozwiane wątpliwości co do sportowego charakteru pokerowych rozgrywek. Polski Związek Pokera korzysta wyłącznie z International Rules Of Poker.

Antonio Esfandiari :

No magic or discrepancies, so play with the International Poker Rules, period.

Govert Metaal :

Of course playing poker on an international level needs to be guided and played with International Rules.

David Ulliott:

I have witnessed so many bad decisions over the years, and then Management apologizes after. At least with one set of International Rules it’s consistent for all.

Nicky Roeg:

No Raise? Why do I have to show first? To avoid these questions we need International Rules. I support FIDPA!

Tony Hachem:

It is important for the players to have one global set of International Poker Rules regulated and supported by the poker industry as a whole. 

Ruben Visser:

Finally a standardized set of International Rules for all tournaments I compete in!

Maryann Morrison:

Women should all support FiDPA. We have long advocated equal treatment in poker.

Myra Marento:

Can't forget the WSOP 2009, with so many dealers and rules from everywhere...nice experience, but really frustrating. I hope it's better now.

Danijela Matusinskij:

To have fair and consistent decisions globally based on International Rules will gain credibility with governments, leading to better acceptance of the game.

Pantea Persepolis:

Product quality is a must for any business to be successful, so we at Pokerlicious support International Poker Rules.

Patty Tolk:

Starting to play international poker events has shown me the importance of the International Poker Rules as a basic guideline.

Steve Wong:

Playing with international poker rules globally is a must to safeguard the future of poker for players and operators.

Johnny de Mol:

Any international event should be guided with International Rules, especially today, as we have become global competitors.

Natalie Hof:

International Poker Rules eliminates the emotional tension or stress, and brings in a transparent standard of fair play for the global poker industry.

Valerie Ross:

Playing with International Poker Rules will ensure fairness and fun, period!

Marco Traniello:

Poker rules must be basically the same all around the world, with respect to the local gaming laws as well.

Vanessa Selbst:

I've learned to play by the rules, and playing by International Poker Rules will be the most consistent and fairest way for all to compete.

Phil Ivey:

It's Poker I play globally, so one set of International Poker Rules is the most consistent and fairest way for everyone.

Jan Heitmann:

International Poker Rules?  Of course! No matter if you are Italian, Russian, German, from China or elsewhere, it's the fairest thing to do.

Paul Dransfield:

In every game or sport, it is vital you know the rules. Those that do will without doubt have an edge over the ones that don't. To have one global set of recognized poker rules will make this great game even bigger and more fun to play.

Jim Webster:

A level playing field for everyone, with fairness for all no matter what country you happen to be playing in.

Dennis Waterman:

It would be wonderful playing under one set of rules, no matter where you go.

Alex Japy:

Managing events of high quality, I love to work with IP Rules of course. They're simple, fair and transparent.

Patrik Antonius:

Add credibility and fairness to the game of poker globally, and play by International Poker Rules.

Sam Trickett:

Poker rules should be international, consistent, and fair for all players, and available in writing before an event starts - just like FIDPA requires.

Kristy Gazes:

Rules by the players, for the players, FIDPA is the answer.

Freddy Deeb:

It's always better to know the Rules are International, and so fair for all.

TJ Cloutier:

Poker rules should always be international, especially in international events.  
 

Joe Beevers:

One set of International Poker Rules would make it so much easier globally for the players and everyone that is working in the poker industry.

Mel Judah:

The International Poker Rules is what we need globally in any Casino that runs a poker tournament, whether they have first time, relatively inexperienced, or seasoned dealers handling the cards.

Johnny Chan:

Playing with International Poker Rules is fair and consistent, and the best protection for players, amateurs and pros alike!

Layne Flack:

Is that a real question? Of course we need one set of international rules to play by, and FIDPA offers them for free!

Danny Ryan:

I strongly support FIDPA and the standardization of Internnational Poker Rules across borders and cultures.

Phil Hellmuth:

Poker: a great international game that should be played the fairest way possible at all times, with International Rules!

John Duthie:

To ensure that a universal set of transparent, international poker rules are adopted by all live venues for tournament poker, all credible casinos or card rooms should be using the IP Rules,

and players should check that these rules are in place before playing at any venue.

Paul Jackson:

Bluffing is not my strongest part so i like the protection of playing by the International Poker rules from FIDPA.

Rob Hollink:

Poker will be at its most consistent and fairest for all when International Poker Rules are used, of course!

Thommy Lam:

Well thought out and clear poker regulations. It should be the standard everywhere, and FIDPA is a huge plus for the game.

Chris Moorman:

 

It is dumb that there is not one set of International rules for poker currently. This needs to be fixed ASAP for the sake of the game so we can make sure that poker continues to grow throughout the world.

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