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Pocket Cards:
The two cards you get start of a hand.

To make small bets in the hope of getting called from a player with a lesser hand.

Slowplay: To not bet or raise with a very strong hand.

The amount of chips a player has.

Suited Connectors:
Two cards of consecutive rank and the same suit.

Quirk or action a player makes that will reveal their hand.

Tilt: When a player's emotions negatively affect their judjment.


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Ladbrokes Poker Tournaments


Ladbrokes Poker Tournaments Overview

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The Ladbrokes Poker software will not allow you to join a table unless you have at least 10 times the lower limit on that table. For example, on a $2/$4 table, you must have $20 in chips. You can of course join with more chips than this.

Multiple Tables
At Ladbrokes Poker you can open/play a maximum of 5 tables at once. If you are registered for a STT ( single table tournament ) or MTT ( multi-table tournament ) and already have 5 tables open you will not be automatically seated at the STT or MTT. You must close one of the open tables and then locate the STT or MTT table were you are seated - you will not be automatically seated. Please be aware that if your play is excessively slow you may be timed out, or dealt out of different tables. It is not possible to transfer chips between tables.

When playing Ladbrokes Poker it is possible to chat to other players on your poker tournament table, but whilst this is fun it can also be a distraction. Stating your cards after you have folded is not acceptable at Ladbrokes, neither is offensive language or comments, and will result in your chat facility being disabled. All chat must be in English, and capital letters should be avoided as this represents shouting.

All-in Disconnection Abuse
Intentionally timing out and going All-in disconnected is always grounds for dismissal from any tournament or removal from any table, and being banned from Ladbrokes Multi-Player Poker.

Sitting Out
There may be times when you need to leave the table. This is possible through the Ladbrokes Poker Tournament Sit Out feature. But there is a limit, if you miss three big blinds or 30 hands, you will be removed from the table. If you think you will be away from the table for a long time, it would be courteous if you were to give up your seat to enable other players to sit down.

Big Blinds
When a player first sits down at a tournament table, they will be required to post the equivalent of the big blind. All players have the option of sitting out and waiting until it is actually their turn to be the big blind before they play. This rule ensures fairness to all players, by preventing players from hopping in and out of the games, and leaving before it is their turn to post the big blind.


The rake is 5% of the pot size, max. $3.00

All games (including 1 on 1) with blinds $1.00 / $2.00 and below

$0.05 in every $1.00, Max $1.00 with 2 - 3 players
$0.05 in every $1.00, Max $2.00 with 4 - 5 players
$0.05 in every $1.00, Max $3.00 with 6 - 10 players

$0.25 in every $5.00, Max $1.00 with 2 - 3 players
$0.25 in every $5.00, Max $2.00 with 4 - 5 players
$0.25 in every %5.00, Max $3.00 with 6 - 10 players

Ladbrokes Single Table Tournaments
Ladbrokes Poker has launched single table tournament play. Ladbrokes Poker Tournaments start when the table is full and a winner will be declared when one player has won all the chips. At this time the top three finishers will be paid and the tournament will be closed.

Each fixed limit single table tournament generally lasts a little over an hour, with No limit single table tournaments lasting between 30 minutes to one hour.

Ladbrokes Poker Tournament Rules

1. You can enter any single table poker tournament by posting the required buy-in and entry fee.

2. All poker tournaments will start when the table is full: 10 players.

3. Tournaments are played until 1 player has all of the chips.

4. You are eliminated when you lose all of your chips; no re-buys are allowed.

5. There are currently 9 different tournaments with the prizes based on the amount of the buy-in and your placement.
6. Tournaments are not raked as the entry fee pays for the table time.

7. Ladbrokes Multi-Player Poker is not a party to any wager and only serve to oversee the event and the wagers that are made by the participants. All prize money distributed is a pool of the buy-in amounts contributed by individual players.

8. Every player will start fixed limit tournaments with 800 tournament chips and No Limit tournaments with $1,500 tournament chips; these chips have no monetary value.

9. The limits, blinds and bets are raised after every 10 hands played as the table shows below.

Level Games Limits Blinds
I 1 - 10 15/30 10/15
II 11 - 20 25/50 15/25
III 21 - 30 50/100 25/50
IV 31 - 40 100/200 50/100
V 41 - 50 200/400 100/200
VI 51 - 60 400/800 200/400
VII 61 - 70 600/1200 300/600
VIII 71+ 1000/2000 500/1000

The final level is played until the winner is declared.

10. At the start of the tournament, you are dealt one card face up. The player receiving the highest card by suit (high - low: spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs) will get the dealer button for the first hand.

11. When only 2 players are remaining, the small blind has the button and will act first before the flop.

12. Each betting round will consist of one bet, and up to a maximum of three raises for a total of 4 bets per round.

13. When only two players are remaining in any hand, there is a maximum of five raises for a total of 6 bets per round.

14. If a player who is the small blind is eliminated, the button does not move. This ensures the next player in order does not miss the big blind. If the player who is in big blind position is eliminated, the button moves and one player receives the benefit of not posting the big blind for that round. All players have an equal opportunity to benefit from this scenario.

15. Tournaments are played straight through until one player has all of the chips: No Breaks. If you need to leave the table then check fold/check all and this will fold/check your hands until you return.

16. When you lose all of your chips, you are out of the tournament and placed in the order that you were eliminated. ie. In 10 player tournaments, if you are the 8th player eliminated you finished in 3rd place and will receive your portion of the prize pool.

17. If more than one player is eliminated in the same hand, the players will tie for the position and any prize money for that place is split equally, i.e. If two players tie for 2nd place, the prize pool for second and third place are combined, each of the tied players receives 50% of the combined total.

18. Ladbrokes Multi-Player Poker will not assist players who make deals during tournaments. The tournaments continue until the winner is declared and the payoffs are made according to the laid out structure.

19. No soft playing allowed. All players should be played against with the same intensity; team play may result in being banned from future tournaments.

20. If you lose connection or your computer freezes, and have All-ins remaining and also have chips at stake in a hand, you will be declared All-in based on the All-in rules.

21. You must understand and accept the risks of Internet disconnections. If you are not connected before a hand starts, you will be dealt cards and then folded automatically. If you are in position to post a blind and are not connected, the blind is posted automatically and your hand is folded. This continues until you re-establish a connection or have run out of chips.

22. Intentionally going All-in is always grounds for dismissal from any tournament and being banned from Ladbrokes Multi-Player Poker.

23. In the unlikely event of a server problem/ crash, all tournaments in play are deemed as cancelled. Once the server re-starts, we will refund the full Buy-in and entry fee. As per cash games, Ladbrokes is not liable in any way for server/communication problems that might effect customer game play.

24. Railbird chat privileges for players watching any of the tournaments will be removed if deemed to be abusive.

25. Management decisions are final.

Ladbrokes Poker Multi Table Tournament Rules

  1. All Multi Table Tournaments will begin at the time stated in the lobby.
  2. Registration times for all tournaments are shown in the lobby.
  3. Seats are randomly assigned and there will be no changes allowed.
  4. At the start of the tournament, players will high card for the button. One card is dealt face up to all players, the player with the highest card by suit starts on the button.
  5. The tournament ends when one player wins all of the chips in play.
  6. When a player loses all of their chips, they are eliminated from the tournament.
  7. 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 placed higher. If the chips are tied then the player closest to the button will be placed higher.
  8. Raises are not capped in No Limit or Pot Limit tournaments but during limit tournaments there is a maximum of a bet and 3 raises before the pot is capped except when the play gets heads up.
  9. When play is heads up, (only 2 players remain) the player on the button will post the small blind and be first to act. There is no limit to the number of raises.
  10. Tables are automatically balanced during a tournament.
  11. Players may be moved to other tables to maintain the balance. If the player is moved into the Big blind, Small Blind or the button position, these positions are live and are in play immediately.
  12. The button acts as a dead button when players are eliminated in blind positions and will not move until both blinds have been paid.
  13. There are no deals between players allowed in any tournaments.
  14. Hand for Hand dealing will be operated when player numbers approach the prize money positions, and for each subsequent change in the prize money until the final table is reached. This means that all hands will start at the same time and a new hand will not be dealt until all hands on all tables have been completed.
  15. If a player has registered for a tournament and is not present at the start they will be blinded off and be deemed to have played in the tournament.
  16. Players or railbirds (Observers) may not discuss hands until a hand is over. Anyone discussing their discarded cards or hand possibilities may be subject to disqualification.
  17. Soft playing, team playing or chip dumping will result in disqualification from the tournament, and possibly suspension from Ladbrokes Poker with all funds impounded.
  18. Normal tournament rules apply to all tournaments.
  19. English is the only language allowed at the tables.
  20. Players and observers are expected to use the chat feature in a courteous manner
  21. By participating in a tournament the player accepts the risk of Internet disconnection between their computer and the servers, or lag and freeze due to the players computer. Ladbrokespoker.com does not accept responsibility for any player disconnections except in the event of a server crash or local connectivity problems in Gibraltar.
  22. Ladbrokespoker.com reserves the right to cancel or reschedule tournaments at their discretion.
  23. If the event of a dispute, Ladbrokespoker.com management decision will be final.
  24. Ladbrokespoker.com reserve the right to amend the Tournament Rules and Policies at any time without notice to the players.
  25. A player who is disconnected during a tournament will be marked as fold/check all and blinded off until they reconnect to the tournament and uncheck the fold/check all box.
  26. Our normal all in/ disconnections policy applies to all tournaments.
  27. Players can only win one satellite entry to any tournament, there is no cash alternative and seats are not transferable. Should any player win two seats he or she will forfeit one of them. Should a player be unable to play for any reason then they will forfeit their entry. No refund will be given and players cannot transfer their entry to another date.

In this instance, all current hands being played are cancelled and players at the tables will have their chips returned to the balance at the start of the hand. The tournament will restart when the server is back up. If it is not restarted and is subsequently cancelled, then the unclaimed portion of the prize pool from players that have been eliminated from the tournament prior to the server crash will be distributed between the remaining players in proportion to their chip balance at the time of cancellation.

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