1.) Poker manager / floor manager – For the poker manager and his representative, regard for fairness and the most appropriate solution in the interest of the game take highest priority. Situations not mentioned in this rule are decided by management or its representative reasonably and in accordance with the respective circumstances. In the interest of fairness, unusual circumstances can mean a rule is not interpreted in its actual sense. The decisions of the poker manager or his representative are final.
2.) Player responsibilities – Players are expected to verify their registration information and seat assignment, protect their hands, clearly state their intentions, follow the action, act in turn, defend their right to act, keep their cards visible, keep their chips correctly stacked, remain at the table during a live hand, speak up if they notice an error, transfer tables promptly when asked, follow the hand, know and comply with the rules, and generally contribute to an orderly tournament.
3.) Table language – While playing for a pot only German or English may be spoken.
4.) Official terms – In the various actions, simple, unmistakable, internationally customary declarations such as bet, raise, call, all-in, raise pot, complete and passive actions such as fold and check are to be used. The use of non-standard declarations or gestures occurs at one's own risk because it may result in a decision other than what was intended by the player. The players bear the responsibility for making their intentions clear.
5.) Electronic devices – The use or placement on the poker table of mobile telephones, tablets, laptops or other electronic devices or objects is not tolerated under any circumstances. For telephone calls the player must leave the table. Every player may place or use various electronic devices (with the exception of headphones) next to the gaming table as long as he is not actively participating in a hand and the game has not been interrupted. The hand of a player who violates this rule may be declared invalid.
The chips and cards of the players must be visible to the other players and personnel at all times and a fast game must be guaranteed.
6.) At your seat – Every seat where a valid table stake is placed receives cards. If a player leaves his seat, his blinds will be taken in every round in turn as long as there is a valid table stake active placed. The hand of a player who is not at his seat once the deal is completed is invalid.
7.) Pot limit – In No-limit the dealer may at no time provide information about the amount of the pot.
8.) Indivisible chips – All bets must be divisible by the respective ante or small blind and can be made using any valid Casinos Austria AG value chips. The player receives any resulting odd chips back. If a pot needs to be split between two or more players due to parity of hands, in Texas Hold'em and Omaha the odd chip goes to the player sitting closest to the button according to the betting order.
In Seven Card Stud, the odd chips go to the player with the highest card (including by suit) in his hand. A pot is only split up to the amount of the small blind or ante.
9.) Misdeal – A misdeal occurs when:
- a.) Two or several additional cards have been dealt
- b.) No cards have been dealt to a player
- c.) The first or second card has been revealed
If two or more active actions (bet, call, raise, re-raise, all-in, ...) are taken before the error is noticed, the erroneous hand is declared invalid and the game continues regularly. A game can no longer be declared invalid after the flop.
10.) Unprotected hands – If the dealer collects an unprotected hand, the player does not receive back the bets he has placed up to that point. Exception: a player has raised and his raise has not yet been called by anyone. In this case the player receives his raise back.
11.) Responsibility to attend – Players in the middle of a hand must remain seated. A hand may be declared invalid if the player is not at his seat during the hand.
12.) Table change – A player is not allowed to change to another table without permission from the floor manager. A player can put his name on a waiting list for another limit or another type of game. If the table change occurs at the same limit, the full table stake must be brought into play at this table. The decision as to whether and when a player may change is up to the floor manager.
13.) Dinner break – Every player may on every day of play interrupt his game for 60 minutes without losing his place. To use this option, the player inform the floor manager about his break.
At no time can more than 3 players interrupt their play for 60 minutes at the same time.
14.) Deck of cards – The deck of cards can be exchanged at any time by management or a representative. A player may not demand a new deck.