Have you ever wanted to compete for a real World Series of Poker bracelet from your very own couch? Now you can with the introduction of World Series of Poker Event 64, the WSOP.com Online Bracelet.
An official part of the 2015 WSOP at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, this unique tournament marks the first time that players can compete for a true World Series of Poker bracelet from the comfort of their home, office, or even their favorite coffee shop. Playable on a home computer, laptop or mobile device, this event is open to any player in Nevada with a valid WSOP.com account.
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*WSOP.com Player of the Year Points earned in this tournament will be calculated with a 200x multiplier
SECTION I – TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION AND ENTRY
1. As used herein, “Rio” means Rio Properties, Inc. and its parent, affiliates and subsidiaries including, but not limited to, Rio Properties, Inc, dba Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Rio reserves the right to refuse anyone entry into the Tournament, in its sole and absolute discretion.
2. Entry into The World Series of Poker® WSOP.com Online herein “the tournament” refers to the events commencing on July 2, 2015 online at WSOP.com.
3. Entry is limited to persons 21 years of age and older, with proof of age, that Rio, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, deems appropriate. Only one entry is allowed per person as set forth in event descriptions.
4. Subject to the restrictions described in these Official Rules, the final six prospective tournament Participants will remaining out of all players who participated in the World Series of Poker WSOP.com Online tournament will play the remainder of the event in the World Series of Poker tournament ballroom located at the Rio.
5. Participants excluded from Rio properties and its affiliates are not eligible to participate or qualify for the tournament.
6. The final six Participants may register for the tournament in person at the WSOP Registration Area, which will be set up at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, 3700 W. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103.
7. There is no buy-in or entry fee required to participate in the tournament.
8. Participants are responsible for payment of any and all taxes, licenses, registrations and other fees associated with Tournament registration.
9. Participants must show their current valid picture identification (driver’s license, state or military identification card) acceptable to Rio at Registration and Will Call. If a participant is not a U.S. citizen, a current passport, consular identification or alien registration card is required.
10. Players are required to obtain a Total Reward's Card prior to registering for the tournament. Total Rewards Card are available without payment of any kind at the Total Rewards Center at Rio or any of Rio’s affiliates.
11. Individuals who are excluded from casino facilities, either through a government program or by their own request, are not eligible.
12. Each participant must certify their own eligibility.
13. No teams, substitutes, transfers or assisted play will be permitted. Rio reserves the right to accommodate players based on special needs.
14. By participation in the Tournament, Participants agree to comply with all rules contained herein.
15. Entries will be retained for record-keeping purposes in accordance with local legal requirements.
16. Player acknowledges that the WSOP may be recorded and published in and through various mediums and media and that such publication shall include, but shall not be limited to, publication of a players “hole cards” and other elements of strategic information. When and immediately upon request of the Host Property personnel, WSOP Participants shall be required to display hole cards. Any Participant who delays or refuses to display said hole cards or otherwise interferes with said request shall be subject to penalties in accordance with rule No's 32, 91, and 92.
SECTION II – TOURNAMENT SCHEDULING
17. Tournament play will begin at 12:00 PM on July 4, 2015 and continue until the conclusion of the Tournament.
18. Tournament times are approximate. Rio reserves the right to change tournament times in its sole and absolute discretion.
19. Rio may cancel, modify, relocate or reschedule the tournament for any reason with prior notification to the appropriate gaming regulators; to the extent such is required.
20. Rio is not responsible for electronic transmission errors or delays resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by Rio, users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions, any of which may limit, restrict, or prevent a participant’s ability to participate in the Tournament.
21. Rio is not responsible for injuries or losses arising or resulting from participation in the tournament and is not liable for any acts or omissions by employees, whether negligent or willful, in the conduct of the tournament, and is not liable in the event of any equipment or software malfunction. This includes, but is not limited to, any loss of any Tournament chips players leave at playing tables during Tournament play, except during authorized breaks.
22. If for any reason the tournament is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes within or beyond the control of Rio that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the tournament, Rio reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Tournament.
SECTION III – PRIZING AND SEATING
23. Tournament prizes will be awarded as follows based on the WSOP.com provided payout structure found online at WSOP.com.
24. The final six players will be paid out online in the WSOP.com game software within 72 hours from the end of completing the required tax forms.
25. Tournament Prizes are non-transferable.
26. Winners are responsible for payment of any and all taxes, licenses, registrations and other fees associated with Tournament prizes.
27. Winners must show their current valid picture identification (driver’s license, state or military identification card) acceptable to Rio in order to collect prizes. If a participant is not a U.S. citizen, a current passport, consular identification or alien registration card is required.
28. Each of the final six Participants will assume the same seat (position) and chip stack as they had when the World Series of Poker WSOP.com Online tournament reached the final six Participants.
29. If the participant is not present at the start of the Tournament, all forced antes and blind bets will be removed from an absent player’s stack accordingly. After five minutes has elapsed, If there is only one player present at the table, the button will advance one position every two minutes, and the player will be awarded the small blind and the big blind. This process will continue until a second player begins playing at the table. If a player shows up and still has chips remaining, he or she may play his or her chips.
30. Rio reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the tournament at any time, for any reason, subject to all applicable regulatory approval, provided that such modification shall not, as of the date of such modification, materially alter or change any participant’s prize already awarded.
31. Non-value Tournament chips are used for the Tournament and are the exclusive property of Rio and may not be removed from the Tournament area or the assigned event. Players found to be transferring chips from one event to another or from one player to another will be subject to penalty in accordance with Rule No. 32.
SECTION IV – PLAYER CONDUCT AND TOURNAMENT INTEGRITY
A. The competitive integrity of all Tournament play at the World Series of Poker is paramount. All participants must adhere to the spirit and letter of the Official Rules of the WSOP which forbid play or any action that is illegal, unethical or constitutes cheating or collusion in any form.
i. Cheating is defined as any act a person engages in to break the established rules of play to gain an advantage.
ii. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: collusion; chip stealing; transferring non-value Tournament chips from one event to another; card marking; card substitution; or the use of any kind of cheating device.
iii. Collusion is defined as any agreement amongst two (2) or more players to engage in illegal or unethical acts against other players.
iv. Chip dumping is defined as any agreement amongst two (2) or more players for one or more of the players to bet chips with the intent of increasing another player's stack.
v. Soft play is defined as any agreement amongst two (2) or more players to not bet or raise each other in order to minimize the number of chips lost by those players participating in the agreement.
vi. Collusion includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: chip dumping; soft play; sharing card information with another player; sending or receiving signals from or to another player; the use of electronic communication with the intent to facilitate collusion; and any other act that Rio and WSOP deem inappropriate.
B. All participants are entitled to expect civility and courtesy from one another at every Tournament table and throughout the Tournament area. Any individual who encounters behavior that is not civil or courteous -- or is abusive in any way -- is encouraged to immediately contact a Tournament official. Players who violate this rule are subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 33, 34, 91, 92 and/or 93.
C. This rule shall include, but is not limited to, any player whose personal hygiene has become disruptive to the other players seated at their table. The determination as to whether an individual’s personal hygiene is disruptive to other players shall be determined by the Tournament Staff which may, in its discretion, implement sanctions upon any such player who refuses to remedy the situation in a manner satisfactory to Rio.
D. Rio will penalize any act that, in the sole and absolute discretion of Rio, is inconsistent with the official rules or bests interests of the Tournament.
E. Anyone found to have engaged in or attempted to engage in any act that Tournament officials believe in their sole and absolute discretion compromises or could compromise the competitive integrity of the WSOP will be subject to sanctions imposed by Rio. The nature and extent of the sanctions imposed shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of Rio and may include, but shall not be limited to the following:
• FORFEITURE OF CHIPS
• FORFEITURE OF PRIZE MONEY
• EJECTION FROM THE TOURNAMENT
• LOSS OF PRIVILEGE TO PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE WSOP EVENTS
• EXCLUSION FROM ENTERING THE PREMISES OF ALL DESIGNATED AFFILIATES OF RIO.
F. Any and all violations of this Code of Player Conduct may be publicly disclosed in an effort to deter future violations and to assist other poker Tournaments in identifying players who engage in play or any action that is illegal, unethical, or constitutes cheating or collusion in any form.
33. In addition to that authorized in Rule 32, Rio may impose penalties of any kind or nature upon any person who gives, makes, issues, authorizes or endorses any statement or action having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the Tournament as determined by Rio, acting in its sole and absolute discretion. This may include, but shall not be limited to, expulsion from the event and property, forfeiture of a player’s entry fee(s) and/or loss of the right to participate in this and/or any other Tournament conducted by Rio. Additionally, Rio may in its sole and absolute discretion impose penalties of any kind or nature upon any person who, in Rio view engages in inappropriate conduct during Tournament play.
34. Rio, in its sole and absolute discretion, may also disqualify any person from receiving any prize based upon fraud, dishonesty, violation of promotional rules or other misconduct while on the property, for acts otherwise occurring in relation to the World Series of Poker, or as otherwise reasonable or necessary for Rio to comply with applicable statutes and regulations. Rio also reserves the right to exclude any individual(s) acting in a disruptive or inappropriate manner or counter to the best interests of the Tournament.
35. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage, corrupt or undermine the operation of the WSOP Tournament may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, Rio reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law.
36. All decisions regarding the interpretation of World Series of Poker Rules, player eligibility, scheduling and staging of the Tournament, and penalties for misconduct lie solely with Rio, whose decisions are final.
37. Rio employees will use reasonable efforts to consider the best interests of the Tournament and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process, with the understanding that “best interests of the Tournament and fairness” shall be determined by Rio, acting in its sole and absolute discretion. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that the technical interpretation of the rules be balanced against the interest of fairness. Rio decisions are final and can not be appealed and shall not give rise to any claim for monetary damages, as each participant understands that, while poker is primarily and largely a game of skill, the outcome of any particular hand or event is dependent on many factors, including but not limited to the cards dealt, the cards retained and the actions of other participants.
38. Rio prohibits the use of obscene or foul language in any public area of the casino at any time. Any player who uses such language or makes a foul, profane, obscene or vulgar statement, or speaks abusively or in an intimidating manner to another player, a dealer or a Tournament staff member, will be penalized. These penalties will be levied based on Rules 32, 91 and 92.
39. Any Participant who taunts another Participant through theatrics or gestures or engages in any form of inappropriate behavior intended to disrupt other players in the tournament will be subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 329, 91, and 92. Rio
40. Player or staff abuse will not be tolerated. A player will incur a penalty up to and including disqualification for any abuse towards another player or staff member, and the player could be asked to leave the property. Repeated etiquette violations, including but not limited to touching another player’s cards or chips, body, or clothing, delay of game and excessive chatter will result in penalties.
41. The WSOP is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including gaming, and all aspects of the WSOP are subject to the approval of appropriate regulatory authorities.
42. Tournament Rules and any and all changes in the rules and event descriptions for the WSOP.com Online Nine November 5, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada will be available at the Tournament facilities in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
43. Where a situation arises that is not covered by these rules, Rio shall have the sole authority to render a judgment, including the imposition of a penalty, in accordance with the best interests of the Tournament and the maintenance of its integrity and public confidence.
SECTION V – PLAYER LIKENESS AND IMAGE
44. Prior to entering and playing in the Tournament, each participant must execute a Player Release Form. Failure to do so may, at the option of Rio acting in its sole and absolute discretion, subject the player to immediate disqualification at any point in the Tournament. If the player is disqualified he or she shall forfeit all entry fees paid and not be entitled to receive any Tournament prize monies or any other prize.
45. For all tournaments taped for television, participants may wear apparel with multiple logos, patches or promotional language. Rio reserves the right at all times to impose a ban on any apparel deemed objectionable by Rio, in its sole and absolute discretion.
46. The following are deemed acceptable sizes and placements for events taped for television.
A. Primary Garment (front and/or back) one each side acceptable. No individual logo, patch or block of promotional language is to be larger than 12 square inches.
B. Primary Garment (sleeves or shoulder) – one on each left/right side is acceptable. No individual logo, patch or block of promotional language is to be larger than 9 square inches.
i. No single company name, brand, or affiliated and similar name or brand is to be represented more than once on any individual article of clothing.
C. Hats may be worn at tables intended for television taping but may not display any logo or promotional language, except for those logoed items sold to the general public through traditional commercial retail outlets, temporary tattoos, adhesive strips for the skin, and “band-aids” with logos or promotional language are not permitted at any time.
i. At the start of each television taping day, no more than three (3) players at the Final Table – and all other tables featured for television coverage – will be allowed to wear apparel with logos, patches or promotional language from the same entity.
ii. Should there be more than three (3) players representing the same entity at the start of a televised Final or feature table – and those players cannot agree which player will remove or cover their logos for the common entity – a tournament official will draw high-card prior to the start of play to determine which players will be allowed to wear the logos of the common entity. After the draw of the high-card, the affected player(s) must either cover the relevant logo(s) or change their apparel.
iii. Under no circumstances may players seated at televised Final or Feature add logos, patches or promotional language to their apparel after the beginning of that day’s session of play.
D. Under no circumstances will Rio permit any Participant to wear any logo, slogan or promotional language of any organization (or any parent, affiliate or subsidiary of any organization) that Rio, acting in its sole discretion, determines:
i. Contains any false, unsubstantiated, or unwarranted claims for any product or service, or make any testimonials that Rio, in its sole and absolute discretion, considers unethical;
ii. Advertises any non-prescription or non “over the counter” drug, tobacco product, handgun or handgun ammunition;
iii. Contains any material constituting or relating to a lottery, a contest of any kind in which the public is unfairly treated or any enterprise, service or product that abets, assists or promotes illegal gambling;
iv. Contains any material that is defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, repulsive or offensive, either in theme or in treatment or that describes or depicts repellently any internal bodily functions or symptomatic results of internal conditions, or refers to matters that are not considered socially acceptable topics;
v. Advertises any pornographic products;
vi. Includes any element of intellectual property without the owner’s consent to such use or that may give rise to any claim of infringement, misappropriation, or other form of unfair competition;
vii. Disparages or libels any person or product;
viii. Is engaged in (or is alleged to have been engaged in) conduct that Rio deems inappropriate, or which Rio determines could or does negatively impact the business or privileged license of Rio, its parent or any of its affiliates.;
ix. Are or might be injurious or prejudicial to the interests of the tournament or Rio or is otherwise contrary to honest advertising and reputable business in general. This includes but is not limited to the name or logo of any person or entity that uses or has used the trademarks, trade names or logos of Rio or its affiliated companies without written authorization from an authorized officer of Rio;
x. Rio reserves the right at all times to impose a ban on any apparel deemed objectionable by Rio, in its sole and absolute discretion.
E. Rio reserves the right to refuse entry or continued participation in an event to any player who does not comply with the aforementioned apparel rules
47. Players may not cover or conceal their facial identity. Tournament officials must be able to distinguish the identity of each player at all times and may instruct players to remove any material that inhibits their identification or is a distraction to other players or tournament officials. Players may wear sunglasses and sweat shirts with hoods, but may be asked to remove them if they cannot be identified by tournament officials.
SECTION VI – POKER RULES
48. Floor People: The Tournament Director, Managers, and Supervisors are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can on occasion dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules. The Tournament Director reserves the right to overrule any floor decision.
49. Rio reserves the right to cancel or alter any event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the casino or its players.
50. Official Language: The English-only rule will be enforced at all WSOP tables during Tournament play. Players who violate this rule are subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
51. Official Terminology of Tournament Poker: Official terms are simple, unmistakable, time-honored declarations like: bet, 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 player’s 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. See Rules 50 and 80.
52. Non-Standard and Unclear Betting: Players use unofficial betting terms and gestures at their own risk. These may be interpreted to mean other than what the player intended. Also, whenever the size of a declared bet can have multiple meanings, it will be ruled as the lesser value. For example, “I bet five.” If it is unclear whether “five” means 500 or 5,000, the bet stands as 500.
53. Conditional statements of future action are strongly discouraged; they may be binding and/or subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92. For example, “if-then” statements such as “if you bet, then I will raise.”
54. Communication: All cell phones and other voice-enabled and “ringing” electronic devices must be turned off during Tournament play. Participants not involved in a hand (cards in muck) shall be permitted to text/email at the table, but shall not be permitted to text/email any other Participant at the table. If Rio, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, believes a Participant is communicating with another Participant at the table, both parties will be immediately disqualified from the Tournament and face imposition of additional penalties as described in Rule 35. All Participants desiring to talk on a cell phone must be at least one table length away from their assigned table during all said communication. Those individuals who talk on a cell phone not at least one table length away from their assigned table shall be subject to a penalty to be determined by Tournament Staff. Participants at Televised Final and Feature tables must step away from the table to text, email or talk on a cell phone. No cell phones or other electronic communication device can be placed on a poker table.
55. Approved Electronic Devices: Players are allowed to use as approved electronic devices iPods, MP3 and other music players or noise-reduction headsets during Tournament play until they have reached the money in any Tournament, so long as the approved electronic devices are not used to collude or cheat in any way. Once players are in the money in any Tournament, all approved electronic devices must be removed. An announcement will be made to players once they have reached the money to remove all such electronic devices. Failure to do so will results in a penalty up to and including disqualification, in accordance with Rules 32, 91 and 92.
56. Random Correct Seating: Tournament and Satellite seats will be randomly assigned. A player who started the Tournament in the wrong seat with the correct chip stack amount will be moved to the correct seat and will take their current total chip stack with them. Players who start the Tournament in the wrong seat in a shootout or heads-up event will be handled on a case by case basis. Tournament staff reserves the right to relocate players from their assigned seat to accommodate players based on special needs, and to balance tables at the start of the Tournament.
57. Declarations: Cards speak. Verbal declarations as to the content of a player's hand are not binding; however at the Rio’s discretion, any player deliberately miscalling his hand will be subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
58. Face up for All-Ins: All cards will be turned face up once a player is all in and all betting action for the hand is complete. If a player accidentally folds/mucks their hand before cards are turned up, the Tournament Staff reserves the right to retrieve the folded/mucked cards if the cards are clearly identifiable.
59. Killing Winning Hand: A dealer cannot kill a winning hand that was tabled and was obviously the winning hand. A tabled hand is defined as a hand that a player places on the table such that the dealer and all players at the table can read. Players are encouraged to assist in reading tabled hands if it appears that an error is about to be made.
60. Showdown: At the end of the last round of betting, the player who made the last aggressive betting action in that betting round (last person to bet or raise on the final round of betting) must show first. If there was no bet in the last round, the player to the left of the button shows first, and so on in a clockwise direction. In stud games, the player with the high board must show first. In razz, the lowest board shows first. At showdown, any player at the table may request to see a folded hand from any player who has called all bets on the last round of betting. The winning hand must be shown to claim the pot. If a player refuses to show their hand and intentionally mucks his or her hand, the player in violation will receive a penalty, in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
61. Awarding Odd Chips: The odd chip(s) will go to the high hand. In flop games, when there are two (2) or more high hands or two (2) 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. However, when hands have identical value, e.g., a wheel in Omaha 8 or Better the pot will be split as evenly as possible. In Omaha/Stud 8 or Better, the pot will be split down to the lowest denomination chip in play. If an odd chip exists as a result from the first split of a pot, it will be awarded to the high hand. If an additional odd chip results from the split of the low hands, it will be awarded to the player in the worse position.
62. Side Pots: Each side pot will be split as a separate pot. Pots will not be mixed together before they are split.
63. Playing the Board: A player must show both of his or her cards when playing the board to get part of the pot.
64. Disputed Pots: The right to dispute a hand ends when a new hand begins. A hand begins with the first riffle.
65. Chip race: Race-off is defined as removal of a denomination chip no longer in use. 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 at the first player left of the dealer. A player cannot be raced out of a Tournament. In the event that a player has only one chip remaining, the regular race procedure will take place. If that player loses the race, he or she will be given one chip of the smallest denomination still in play. Players found to have lower denomination chips remaining in their stack after the race-off will forfeit those chips unless they are equivalent in value to a chip still in play. Players are encouraged to witness the chip race.
66. Deck changes will be on the dealer push or limit changes or as prescribed by the Rio. Players may not ask for deck changes unless a card is damaged.
67. New Hand and New Limits: When time has elapsed in a round and a new round is announced by a member of the Tournament staff, the new limits apply to the next hand. As stated in Rule No. 64, a new hand begins with the first riffle.
68. Calling-for-clock: Once a reasonable amount of time, which is no less than two minutes, has passed and a clock is called, a player will be given one (1) minute to act. If action has not been taken by the time the minute has expired, there will be a ten (10) second countdown followed by a declaration or stop watch alarm. If a player has not acted before the declaration or alarm sounds, the hand will be dead. Tournament Supervisors reserve the right to speed up the amount of time allotted for a clock if it appears that a player is deliberately stalling. Any player intentionally stalling the progress of the game will incur a penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
69. Rabbit Hunting: In cases where hands are concluded prior to the last card being dealt, the next card to be dealt will not be exposed under any circumstances. This prohibited practice is commonly referred to as “rabbit hunting.”
70. At Your Seat: A player must be at his or her seat by the time all players have been dealt complete initial hands to have a live hand. Participants must be at their seats to call the clock as described in Rule 68 “At your seat” is defined as being within reach or touch of your chair.
71. Action Pending: Participants must remain at the table if they still have action pending on a live hand. If a player leaves the table before they have acted on their hand, a penalty, in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92, will be enforced when the player in violation returns to the table.
72. Any time before the end of the last betting round of a hand, folding in turn when facing a check or folding out of turn are both binding folds and may be subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
73. Dead Button: Tournament play will use the dead button rule. Dead Button is defined as a button that cannot be advanced due to elimination of a player or the seating of a new player into a position between the small blind and the button.
74. Dodging Blinds: A player who intentionally dodges his or her blind(s) when moving from a broken table must forfeit both blinds and incur a penalty, in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
75. Button in Heads Play: In flop games, the small blind is on the button and acts first pre-flop and last on all subsequent rounds. The last card is dealt to the button. When beginning heads-up play, the button may need to be adjusted to ensure no player takes the big blind twice.
76. Misdeals: In stud-type games, if any of the players' two down cards are exposed due to a dealer error, it is a misdeal. In flop games, exposure of one of the first two cards dealt is a misdeal. Players may be dealt two consecutive cards on the button. The following situations may also be cause for a misdeal but are not limited to: a) two or more extra cards have been dealt, b) two or more boxed cards, c) the first card was dealt to the wrong position d) cards have been dealt to an empty seat or a player not entitled to a hand or e) a player has been dealt out who is entitled to a hand provided substantial action has not occurred. Substantial action is considered: three folds, three checks, or any two actions consisting of a check/bet/call/fold except for two folds or two checks.
77. Four-Card Flop: If the flop contains four (rather than three) cards, whether exposed or not, the dealer shall scramble the four cards face down. A Tournament official will be called to randomly select one card to be used as the next burn card and the remaining three cards will become the flop.
78. Verbal Declarations / Action in Turn: Verbal declarations in turn regarding wagers are binding. Participants must act in turn at all times. Action out of turn will be binding if the action to that Participant has not changed. A check, call or fold is not considered action changing. If a Participant acts out of turn and the action changes, the person who acted out of turn may change their action by calling, raising or folding and may have their chips returned. Participants may not intentionally act out of turn to influence play before them. Participants at all bracelet event final and feature tables are required to verbalize each action in the form of “Check”, “Bet” or specific amount, “Call”, “Raise”, or “All-In”. Violators will receive a penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
79. All chips put into the pot in turn stay in the pot. If a player has raised and his or her hand is killed before the raise is called, the player may be entitled to the raise back, but will forfeit the amount of the call. Any chips put into the pot out of turn fall under the action "may or may not be binding" Rule 78.
80. Method of Raising: In no-limit or pot-limit, a raise must be made by a.) Placing the full amount in the pot in one or more continuous motion(s) without going back toward the player’s stack or b.) Verbally declaring the full amount prior to the initial placement of chips into the pot or c.) Verbally declaring “raise” prior to the placement of the amount to call into the pot and then completing the action with one additional motion back to the player’s stack. It is the player’s responsibility to make their intentions clear.
81. Raises: If a player puts in a raise of 50 percent or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, he or she will be required to make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed.
A. In no-limit and pot-limit, all raises must be equal to or greater than the size of the previous bet or raise on that betting round. An all-in wager of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted. Exception - two consecutive all-in wagers that exceed the minimum allowable bet or raise. By way of example, player A - bets 500, player B - raises to 1,000, player C - calls 1,000, player D - moves all-in for 1,300, player E - moves all-in for 1,700. If player A calls or folds, then players B & C will have an option to raise. The minimum allowable raise will be equal to the last complete raise. In this example, the last complete raise was 500; therefore, players B or C would be allowed to call 1,700 and raise 500 for a total wager of 2,200. Also, players B or C could raise more than 500. (The half-the-size rule for reopening the betting is for limit poker only.)
82. Oversized Chip Betting: Putting a single oversized chip or multiple same-denomination chips into the pot will be considered a call if the player doesn’t announce a raise. For example, pre-flop, blinds are 200-400: A raises to 1,200 total (an 800 raise), B puts out two 1,000 chips without declaring raise. This is just a call because removing one 1,000 chip leaves less than the amount needed to call the 1,200 bet. To make a raise with a single oversized chip, a verbal declaration must be made before the chip hits the table surface. If a player says "Raise" as an oversized chip is placed into the pot (with the word Raise being announced prior to the chip landing on the table surface), but doesn’t state the amount, the raise will be the maximum allowable up to the denomination of that chip. After the flop, an initial bet of a single oversized chip without comment will signify a bet equal to the size of the chip.
83. Number of Raises:
A. There is no cap on the number of raises in no-limit games.
84. Pot Size and Pot Limit Bets: Players are entitled to be informed of the pot size in pot-limit games only. Dealers will not count the pot in limit and no-limit games. If requested, dealers may spread the pot so that it can be counted by a player. Declaring “I bet the pot” is not a valid bet in no-limit but it does bind a player to making at least the minimum bet.
85. Strings Bets and Raises: Dealers will be responsible for calling string bets/raises. All players at the table are encouraged to assist in calling a string bet/raise if a dealer fails to identify it. String bets/raises called by a player must be verified by a floor person. A string bet/raise is defined as attempting a bet or raise in multiple movements that include a return to a player’s stack without a prior verbal declaration of intent or visual deception intended to induce action out of turn before a player’s action is complete.
86. Accepted Action: Poker is a game of observation. It's the player’s responsibility to ensure the accuracy of another player's bet and/or all-in wager regardless of what is stated by the dealer and/or other players at the table. If a player requests a count but receives incorrect information from the dealer or another player at the table, then places said amount into the pot, it is assumed he/she is accepting the action and will be subject to the correct wager and/or all-in amount.
87. Chipstacks Kept Visible and Countable: Players are entitled to a reasonable estimation of an opponent's chip count; thus chips should be kept in countable stacks. Clean stacks in multiples of 20 are recommended as a standard. Players must keep their higher denomination chips visible and identifiable at all times. Floor People will control the number & denomination of chips in play and may color up at their discretion. Discretionary color ups are to be announced.
88. Chips in Transit: All chips must be visible at all times. Players may not hold or transport Tournament chips in any manner that takes them out of view or out of the Tournament area. A player who does so will forfeit the chips and face disqualification. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play.
89. Protect Your Hand: Players must protect their own hands at all times. A protected hand is defined as a hand sitting on the table surface with a card cap (see Rule 90) placed on top of the hand. If a dealer or player kills or fouls an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to his or her money back. If the player initiated a bet or raise and hasn’t been called, the uncalled bet or raise will be returned to the player.
90. Foreign Objects: There will be no foreign objects on the table except for a maximum of one card cap (also known as a card protector). Card caps can be no larger than two (2) inches in diameter and no more than one-half (1/2) inch in depth. Players may not place any food or beverages on the poker table with the exception of one (1) capped bottle of water.
91. Penalties: In its sole and absolute discretion, the Rio may impose penalties ranging from a verbal warning, one missed hand away from the table up to disqualification and expulsion from all the Rio. Penalties will be invoked in cases of soft-play, abuse or disruptive behavior, and cheating or collusion. A penalty will also be imposed if a player throws a card off the table, forcefully mucks their cards causing one or all cards to turn over, violates the one-player-to-a-hand rule or engages in similar behavior. One-player-to-a-hand means a player may not receive advice from anyone while in a hand and may not provide advice to any player while that player is in a hand.
A. Tournament officials can assess a verbal warning, a missed hand, or one-round, two-round, three-round or four-round penalties and disqualification.
B. A missed-hand penalty will be assessed as follows: The offender can miss one hand or one to four rounds of hands away from the table. The offender’s missed hand is counted as part of the round when a penalty is given.
C. Players who receive a missed-hand penalty must remain outside the designated Tournament areas for the length of their penalty.
D. The player must notify the Tournament staff prior to returning to their seat. Repeat infractions are subject to escalating penalties up to disqualification.
E. The Rio will maintain a written log of all penalties issued throughout the duration of the WSOP.
F. It should be noted that penalties may not always be imposed in successive manner. Tournament staff in their sole discretion, for example, can disqualify a person for a first offense if action of player is deemed worthy. Or a player, for example, may forego a warning and be assessed a three round penalty. Players should know any conduct deemed penalty-worthy could result in a wide range of discipline for a first offense.
92. Disqualification: A player who is disqualified shall have his or her chips removed from play and no refund will be provided to that disqualified player. Any player who forfeits play for health or other personal reasons after the start of a Tournament will have his or her chips blinded off accordingly.
93. Table Talk / Disclosure: Players are obligated to protect the other players in the Tournament at all times. Therefore, whether in a hand or not, players may not:
1. Disclose contents of live or folded hands,
2. Advise or criticize play at any time,
3. Read a hand that hasn't been tabled,
4. Discuss strategy with an outside source.
• The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.
• A player is allowed to mention the strength or content of his/her hand if no other player in the hand will have a decision to make.
• In heads-up events or when down to the last two players in a Tournament, players may speak freely regarding the contents of their hands.
• The Floor Person reserves the right use his/her judgment to determine if one player intentionally helped another player. Players who violate this rule are subject to penalty in accordance with Rules 32, 91, and 92.
94. Exposing Cards: A player exposing his or her cards with action pending will incur a penalty, but will not have a dead hand. The penalty will begin at the end of the hand. All players at the table are entitled to see the exposed card(s), if requested.
95. Ethical Play: Poker is an individual game. Soft play will result in penalties that may include forfeiture of chips and/or disqualification. Chip dumping will result in disqualification.
96. Etiquette Violations: Repeated etiquette violations will result in the imposition of penalties assessed by the Tournament Staff. Examples include, but are not limited to, unnecessarily touching other players’ cards or chips, body, or clothing, delay of the game, repeatedly acting out of turn or excessive chatter. Excessive chatter includes, but is not limited to, talking or conversation that causes a disruption of players who are in a hand.
97. Player Disputes: NRS 463.362 Resolution of dispute as to winnings, losses or manner in which game is conducted. Whenever a licensee and a patron have any dispute as to alleged winnings, alleged losses or the manner in which a game is conducted, the licensee and patron are unable to resolve the dispute to the satisfaction of the patron and the dispute involves:
o At least $500, the licensee shall immediately notify the Board; or
o Less than $500, the licensee shall inform the patron of his/her right to request that the Board conduct an investigation.
Promotional period shall begin at 12pm on July 2, 2015 and end at approximately 11:59pm on July 4, 2015. All times referred to throughout these Rules are Pacific Standard Time. As used herein “Casino” means Caesars Interactive Entertainment (CIE) DBA WSOP.com. All references to the World Series of Poker WSOP.com Online Tournament shall be referred to as “Tournament” throughout these Rules.
1. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
2. Must be at least 21 years of age to participate and Participants must provide valid proof of age acceptable to Casino.
3. All Participants must have a valid and verified WSOP.com real-money account.
4. This Tournament is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including gaming, and all aspects of the Tournament are subject to the approval of appropriate regulatory authorities.
5. All entries are subject to review and verification.
6. Casino reserves the right to distribute additional entries via advertising, direct mail, or other Promotional means.
7. Participants agree to allow Casino the unconditional use of their name and likeness for Promotions/advertising and announcements without compensation, consideration, notice, review, or consent, where permitted.
8. Winners are responsible for any and all taxes, licenses, registrations and other fees, as applicable.
9. Winnings may be subject to reporting and withholding pursuant to federal IRS regulations and participants are required to cooperate with Casino in completing necessary forms.
10. Tournament times are approximate and seat assignment is random. Casino reserves the right to change Tournament times due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances.
11. All decisions regarding the interpretation of rules, eligibility, etc. for this Tournament lie solely with Casino whose decisions are final.
12. Casino reserves the right to modify or cancel this Tournament at any time, for any reason, subject to regulatory approval, if applicable.
13. Casino may disqualify any Participant for any prize or receiving any gift based upon fraud, dishonesty, violation of Tournament rules or other misconduct whether or not related to this Tournament or as otherwise reasonable or necessary for Casino to comply with applicable statutes and regulations.
14. Casino may impose penalties upon any person who gives, makes, issues, authorizes or endorses any statement or action having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the Promotion as determined by Casino, acting in its sole and absolute discretion. This may include, but shall not be limited to, expulsion from the event and/or loss of the right to participate in this or any other promotion/tournament conducted by Casino.
15. Casino is not liable for injuries or losses arising or resulting from participation in the Tournament and is not liable for any acts or omissions by employees, whether negligent or willful, in the conduct of the Tournament and is not liable in the event of any equipment or software malfunction.
16. Casino is not responsible for lost or late entries nor for electronic transmission errors or delays resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by Casino, users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Tournament or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of submissions which may limit, restrict, or prevent a Participant’s ability to participate in the Tournament.
17. If for any reason the Tournament is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes within or beyond the control of Casino which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Tournament, Casino reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Tournament.
18. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage any program or to undermine the legitimate operation of this Tournament may be a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Casino reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law.
19. Prizes and entries are non-transferable.
20. Entries will be retained for record keeping purposes in accordance with local legal requirements.
21. Employees of Casino and its subsidiaries, affiliates or parent companies and immediate family members of employees who are: (i) director level or above; and /or, (ii) involved in coordinating or executing Promotions or tournaments and the employees of the advertising agency affiliated with this Tournament are not eligible to participate in this Tournament. Immediate family members are defined as spouse, child or anyone sharing the same residence as the applicable employee.
22. Individuals who are excluded from casino facilities, including through a government program, State Gaming Commission and/or at Casino discretion, or by their own request, are not eligible.
23. By participating in this Tournament, Participants agree to the rules contained herein.
24. A copy of these rules and any changes will be available at WSOP.com throughout the duration of this Tournament.
25. Casino reserves the right to substitute prizes that have or have not been awarded as long as the value is substantially the same as the original prize offered in the event that the original prize becomes unavailable. In no event will Casino be obligated to award more prizes than the number of prizes stated in these Official Rules.
26. Unclaimed prizes shall not be awarded.
27. Where a situation arises which is not covered by these Official Promotion Rules, Casino shall have the authority to render a judgment, including the imposition of a penalty, in accordance with the best interests of the Promotion and the maintenance of its integrity and public confidence.
28. Any material participants submit to Casino in connection with participation in this Promotion shall become and remain the property of Casino and will not be returned.
29. Standard rules of poker tournaments apply.
30. All WSOP.com terms and conditions apply and can be found at WSOP.com.
31. Event #64 of the 2015 World Series of Poker is the WSOP.com Online Tournament, which will be played online in Nevada on WSOP.com beginning at 12pm on July 2, 2015.
32. Players who win an online satellite into Event #64 will receive a $1,000 WSOP.com Online Bracelet tournament ticket. Players who win multiple satellite entries into Event #64 will receive $1,000 in WSOP.com tournament tickets (distributed as five (5), $200 TRT) for each additional entry they win. Tournament tickets will be granted within 72 hours of a player being eligible to receive them and will expire at 11:59pm on July 15, 2016. Any tickets not redeemed before expiration will be forfeit.
33. Players who win a single satellite ticket into Event #64 may not exchange their WSOP.com Online Bracelet ticket for any other WSOP.com TRT. Satellite entries have no cash value and are non-transferrable.
34. Players may register one (1) week prior to the starting time. To register, players must click on the Tournament tab within the WSOP.com client, and then double click on the desired tournament name. A screen will open that contains a “Register” button. Upon clicking “Register,” the player will receive a confirmation stating the buy in and fees. The player will continue registration by clicking “Proceed” or “Cancel.” When successfully registered, the player will see a pop up indicating successful registration. If the game is in progress, the player will be seated; if prior to the start, a table will open up within the WSOP.com client when the tournament begins.
35. Once the tournament has started, players will have a 180-minute late registration period in which to join the tournament.
36. The tournament will be played out online until it reaches the final six (6) players, at which point, action will be paused until approximately 12pm on July 4, 2015.
37. The final six players will meet in person at the Amazon Room in the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino at approximately 11am on July 4, 2015, where they will play the remainder of the tournament at a live final table beginning at approximately 12pm.
38. If the participant is not present at the start of the final table, all forced antes and blind bets will be removed from an absent player’s stack accordingly. After five minutes has elapsed, if there is only one player present at the table, the button will advance one position every two minutes, and the player will be awarded the small blind and the big blind. This process will continue until a second player begins playing at the table. If a player shows up and still has chips remaining, he or she may play his or her chips.
TAX DOCUMENTATION PROCEDURES
39. CIE Promotions will retain details of all participants for 60 days after the event. A winners list will be sent to CIE Accounting department, and compared to the above prize matrix. 1099’s will be required for each weekly prize over $600. Documentation will be sent to the CIE Accounting department, and the appropriate tax document will be sent to the winner via secure email. The patron must sign the required tax document and return to the CIE Accounting department prior to the funds and/or prize being released to the patron.
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