33.) New level – When the time limit has elapsed for a round and a new round is announced by the floor personnel, the new limits apply to the next hand. A new hand always begins when the cards are shuffled.
34.) At your seat – Every player must be at his seat when the dealer has delivered the last card to the button. If the player is not at his seat at the end of the deal, the dealer removes the player's cards from play immediately.
- a.) In Stud after the last card is revealed and before the first round of betting.
- b.) To request time a player must be seated.
35.) 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.
36.) Pot limit – In no limit the dealer may at no time provide information about the amount of the pot.
37.) All-in – If a player is all-in, he must remain seated until the game is ended.
38.) Bets / actions in and out of turn – If a player acts in turn with an insufficient bet because he has failed to notice a raise, he must complete his bet, otherwise he loses all claims to his bets and the pot. A raise is no longer permitted. The floor manager can declare a penalty in the event of repeated actions that do not comply with the orderly course of play.
If a player acts out of turn, his verbal and physical announcements or actions are only binding if the situation has not changed in the meantime. Check, call and fold are not considered changes.
The floor manager can declare a penalty in the event of repeated actions that do not comply with the orderly course of play.
Comments on the value of a hand are not binding. Intentionally false comments are subject to penalty.
Folding (passing) hole cards out of turn is subject to penalty.
39.) Raising – In pot and no limit there is no limitation on the number of raises. The minimum raise is always as high as the previous raise. In split limit three raises are permitted per round of betting. If only two players are left in the game before a third raise, the number of raises is no longer restricted.
In pot and no limit there are three options for placing a valid raise:
- a.) The amount is placed in one motion.
- b.) The exact amount is announced before being placed.
- c.) The player announces “raise”, places the amount for the call and then the raise in one motion.
If a player moves an uncounted amount of chips across the betting line, the bet is the full amount of all of these chips. If a player bets a large amount of chips, these chips will only be counted by the dealer if the bet is called or if the dealer is asked to do so by another player.
If a player opens the round of betting in Stud in the lower limit, even if a pair is revealed and there is a raise for the lower limit, the same player who opened the round of betting has to raise by the upper limit.
40.) Oversized chip – If a player bets a chip which is bigger than the previous bet, it is only a raise if he also announces it. Announcing "raise" must occur before placing the bet. The increase is equal to the value of the chip.
If with blinds of € 300 / € 600 a player bets two chips of € 500 each without announcement before the flop or following a previous bet, his action is considered a call even though two chips are involved.
If "raise" is announced but not the amount of the raise and an oversized chip with a value larger than required for a call is bet, the raise corresponds to the permitted maximum (in Pot Limit) up to the maximum denomination of the chip. When raising with an oversized chip, the raise must be announced before the chip hits the surface of the table. After the flop, a bet with an oversized chip without announcement is always calculated as a bet equal to the full amount of its value.
In Pot Limit an oversized chip and an announcement of "raise" is always equal to the maximum permitted raise.
Unless a raise is announced first, the reaction to a bet with multiple same-denomination chips is a call if removing one chip leaves less than the call amount.
An example with blinds of € 200 / € 400: if player A bets € 1200 (an € 800 raise) and player B puts two € 1000 chips into the pot without declaring a raise, the bet is a call. If player B bets four chips of € 500 each, this is a raise to € 2000 (another € 800 raise).
If a player bets four chips € 1000 each without announcement in a prior betting sequence of € 800 / € 1600 / € 2400 / € 3200, this is not a raise to € 4000, but just a call for the last bet of € 3200.
41.) Half-bet raising – If without announcement a player puts a raise of 50% or more than the previous raise but less than a full raise, this action is considered a raise and he must complete his bet to the minimum raise. If it is less than 50% the action is only considered a call.
An all-in bet which is less than a full raise does not re-open the betting to the previous bettors. Placing an oversized chip which is a greater denomination than the previous bet is only a raise if it is announced. The announcement "raise" must take place prior to the bet.