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  1. Our players are first and foremost our friends. We intend to keep these friendships strong. So, there will be NO cheating, collusion, fighting, or disrespectful conduct allowed. Players must keep the profanity to an absolute minimum. All players MUST be at least 21 years old and have a valid ID. We play no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament poker. We are a FREE, non-profit poker league. Players can win tournaments without spending any money at all.
  2. The Tournament Director (TD) has the authority to settle disputes, interpret poker rules, move players to balance the poker tables, and is the only person allowed to hand out and collect poker chips. The TD may also suspend or eject any player in order to maintain pleasant playing conditions.  A player that has been permanently ejected will NOT be allowed to play in ANY further tournaments.
  3. Big Dog Poker uses a straight poker format. In this format, each player starts with the same amount of chips. A player is eliminated from the tournament when their chips are gone. Beginners are always welcome!
  4. The Big Dog point system gives 1 point for playing in a tournament; a second point for making the final table; and a third point for winning that tournament. Players that earn at least 18 points (qualifying level 1) in a quarterly tournament cycle will be entered into the next Top Dog quarterly tournament.  Players that play enough to earn 24 points (qualifying level 2) or 30 points (qualifying level 3) will get extra starting chips for this tournament.  Players arriving late for a Top Dog will be blinded out AND will lose 500 chips at the end of each blind level.  All players MUST play at least one hand before the first break, or their tournament is over.
  5. The Top Dog tournament will be held at the end of each 3-month cycle. It will be a FREE, one-day tournament with NO rebuys or add-ons. Every player starts with at least 30,000 chips. The top 9 finishers will receive prizes.
  6. Our primary goal is to play FRIENDLY poker, without “soap opera” theatrics. Bad beats and “suck-outs” are a part of poker. Everyone has given them and has received them. It IS far better to give than to receive when it comes to suck-outs or bad beats!  They are part of poker, so get over it!
  7. Breaks and blind levels are timed by the computer. No new hand may be started within one minute before the start of a scheduled break, so that the TD can complete the chip-up.  Players are asked to clear the poker area during chip-ups.
  8. Big Dog Poker reserves the right to deny playing privileges to anyone without explanation.

Blind Levels

Big Dog Poker uses 15-minute Blind Levels to speed play so that our younger players can go to work the next day, and so our retired players can get their sleep. The following blind levels and breaks will be used:

100 – 200 200 – 400 300 – 600 400 – 800 12 minute break
500 – 1,000 600 – 1,200 4,000 – 8,000 1,000 – 2,000 12 minute break
2,000 – 4,000 3,000 – 6,000 4,000 – 8,000 5,000 – 10,000 10 minute break
10,000 – 20,000 15,000 – 30,000 20,000 – 40,000 30,000 – 60,000 40,000 – 80,000
The tournament director may cap the blinds at any time. (Caps are approximately 10% of the chips in play)
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