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52 Verbal Or Physical Declarations Of Actions/Acting In Turn

    52.1

  • A 'declaration of action' may be an obvious physical motion or verbal statement: a fold, check, bet, call, raise, re-raise or 'all-in.'

  • 52.2

  • Players are strongly encouraged to verbally declare their action IN TURN.

  • 52.3

  • A player is responsible for clearly stating their action in turn and must act in turn.

    Verbal declarations must be clearly announced in turn, and will be binding.

    Chips placed in the pot in turn must stay in the pot.

  • 52.4

  • A “declaration of action” IN TURN will be binding; the player will be forced to take the declared action.

    A “declaration of action” OUT OF TURN will only be binding if the action to that player has not changed.

    A check, call, or fold is not considered action changing.

    A player intentionally acting OUT OF TURN will receive a penalty.

    The penalty may be waived if the dealer misled the player, if the interim player had his/her chips concealed appearing to be 'all-in' or if the interim player had their cards concealed appearing not to have a live hand.

    If the player acting OUT OF TURN is penalized, the first penalty will be a standard 2 hand sit out on his/her return.

  • 52.5

  • Players are strongly encouraged to use the OFFICIAL TERMINOLOGY OF TOURNAMENT POKER:

    Official terms are simple, unmistakable, time-honored declarations like: bet, raise, call, fold, check, all-in, pot (in pot-limit only), and complete.

    Regional terms may also meet this standard.

    The use of non-standard language is at a player’s own risk because it may result in a ruling other than what the player intended.

    It is the responsibility of players to make their intentions clear to the dealer at all times before their actual physical action.

3: Official Terminology of Tournament Poker

Official betting terms are simple, unmistakable, time-honored declarations like: bet, raise, call, fold, check, all-in, complete, and pot (pot-limit only).

Regional terms may also meet this test.

Also, players must use gestures with caution when facing action; tapping the table is a check.

It is the responsibility of players to make their intentions clear: using non-standard terms or gestures is at player’s risk and may result in a ruling other than what the player intended.

See also Rules 2 & 42.

37: Methods of Betting: Verbal and Chips

A: Bets are by verbal declaration and/or pushing out chips. If a player does both, whichever is first defines the bet. If simultaneous, a clear and reasonable verbal declaration takes precedence, otherwise the chips play.

B: Verbal declarations may be general (“call”, “raise”), a specific amount only (“one thousand”) or both (“raise, one thousand”).

C: For all betting rules, declaring a specific amount only is the same as silently pushing out an equal amount. Ex: Declaring “two hundred” is the same as silently pushing out 200 in chips.

38: Acting in Turn

A: Players must act in turn verbally and/or by pushing out chips. Action in turn is binding and commits chips to the pot that stay in the pot.

B: Players must wait for clear bet amounts before acting. Ex: NLHE, A says “raise” (but no amount), and B quickly folds. B should wait to act until A’s raise amount is clear.

39: Binding Declarations / Undercalls in Turn

A: General verbal declarations in turn (such as “Call” or “Raise”) commit a player to the full current action. See Illustration Addendum.

B: A player undercalls by declaring or pushing out less than the call amount without first declaring “call”.

An undercall is a mandatory full call if made in turn facing 1) any bet heads-up or 2) the opening bet on any round multi-way. In other situations, TD’s discretion applies.

The posted BB is the opening first round bet in blind games.

All-in buttons greatly reduce undercall frequency (See Recommended Procedure 1).

This rule addresses when a player must make a full call and when, at TDs discretion, he may forfeit the underbet and fold.

40: Action Out of Turn (OOT)

A: Any action out of turn (check, call, or raise) is subject to penalty and is binding if action to the OOT player does not change. 

A check, call or fold by the rightful player does not change action.

If action changes, the OOT action is not binding; any bet or raise is returned to the OOT player who has all options including: calling, raising, or folding. An OOT fold is binding.

B: A player skipped by OOT action must defend his right to act.

If there is reasonable time and the skipped player does not speak up before substantial action (Rule 35) OOT occurs to his left, the OOT action is binding.

The floor will rule on how to treat the skipped hand. See Illustration Addendum.

Rule 40-B: Substantial Action Out of Turn (OOT).

A player skipped by OOT action must defend his right to act.

If there is reasonable time and the skipped player has not spoken up by the time substantial action (see Rule 35) OOT occurs to his left, the OOT action is binding.

The floor will be called to render a decision on how to treat the skipped hand.

Example 1: NLHE, blinds 100-200. UTG (Seat 3) makes it 600.

Seat 4 is skipped when Seat 5 calls 600 OOT.

Seat 6 thinks for a moment then folds.

There are now two players acting with chips involved to the left of Seat 4.

Two players with chips qualifies as substantial action (Rule 35). Also, Seat 4 has had reasonable time to speak up and bring it to the dealer’s attention that he has been skipped.

The OOT call by Seat 5 is now binding due to substantial action OOT, and the OOT fold by Seat 6 is binding (Rule 53).

The floor is called to make a decision on the fate of Seat 4’s hand.

Example 2: NLHE, blinds 100-200.

Three players remain to see the turn.

After the dealer tables the turn card, the UTG (Seat 3) opens betting for 600.

Seat 4 is skipped when Seat 5 checks and Seat 6 calls 600 OOT.

The floor is called to make a decision on the fate of Seat 4’s hand.

 

 

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