The break schedule for a tournament can be found in the ‘Tournament Info’ dialog, which can be found in the tournament lobby. Players are encouraged to study the break schedule for each tournament they wish to play, as break length and timing may vary from one event to the next.
Tournaments will go on break after every hour’s play to be as synchronized as much as possible.
Tournament Disconnects and Sitting Out Policy
By participating in a tournament, our Members accept the risk of Internet disconnection, due to problems with the connection between their computer and the servers, lag or freeze or some other problem in the player’s computer or the Internet.
GGPoker does not accept any responsibility for a player disconnect except in the case of a server crash. While each user is responsible for his or her own Internet connection, we make an effort to protect players who are disconnected during the final stages of a real money tournament, by allowing extra time to reconnect.
If a player times out during a hand, whether connected or disconnected, his or her hand will be folded if facing action, or may be checked if facing no action.
If a player is not connected before a hand starts, he or she will be dealt cards, and a blind and/or antes will be posted. There is no rule against a single player choosing to sit out; the player doing so will continue to have blinds and antes posted and cards dealt. Two or more players may not make any agreement to sit out simultaneously, whether at the same table or different tables.
Players, whether in the hand or not, may not discuss the hands until the action is complete. Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Discussing cards discarded or hand possibilities is not allowed. A penalty may be given for discussion of hands during play.
Tournament Deal Making Policy
Deal making is allowed in tournaments, unless otherwise specified in the tournament lobby. If all remaining players in a tournament agree to a deal making, they should check the ‘Make A Deal’ box in the ‘Info’ tab of the Chat Box on the table. When all remaining players have checked this box, the table will automatically pause at the end of the current hand. GGPoker will distribute the remaining prizes based solely on chip counts. The rank will be decided by solely on chip counts. In case there are ties to chip counts, GGPoker will randomly select one player to be of higher rank.
Bounty Tournament Policy
In some specially designated tournaments, a bounty will be placed on some or all of the tournament participants. A player who eliminates such an opponent will add the bounty amount to himself. The bounty will be awarded once the player reaches the prize pool.
In the event that two players show identical winning hands and therefore split the pot, any bounty awarded will be divided equally between the winners. Odd cents will be awarded in turn to the players in the earliest positions.
Players may not make any agreement amongst themselves to eliminate a particular player in order to claim their bounty award. Such agreements are considered collusion, and are grounds for disqualification from the tournament or other penalties.
The normal courtesies extended at traditional Poker tables are also expected at our Poker tables. Please see the list below for GGPoker’s etiquette guidelines:
- 1. Intimidation or harassment of other players at the table will not be tolerated.
- 2. Congratulating a winning player is always seen favourably.
- 3. Do not engage in “shouting matches” with other players at the table.
- 4. Lagging is a natural occurrence on the Internet. As it is unavoidable, please be polite when notifying a player who is lagging.
Prize Award Policy
GGPoker reserves the right (at any time) to modify the prizes available for a tournament. Further, GGPoker reserves the right to award a monetary prize in equal or greater value as the main prize in place of the main prize, at its sole discretion. The value of the main prize shall be determined on the basis of its actual value and not any potential value or prize receivable as a consequence of the main prize.
Please Note: Players will not receive fractions of a cent. In all instances where a player’s winnings include a fraction of a cent, GGPoker will round down such player’s winnings to the nearest cent. So, for example if you win $4.096, you will receive $4.09.
Rat Holing Policy
In order to give all of our players equal winning opportunities, rat holing is forbidden at GGPoker (except for All-in or Fold game which allows remove chips function). Rat holing is defined as the act of leaving a ring game with winnings and then returning to the same game with less money than you initially left with. Jackpot winnings do not apply to this policy.
When returning to a ring game at GGPoker, players must buy-in with an amount equal to or higher than the amount they originally left the table with. The only exception is if a member leaves the table with an amount that is higher than the table’s maximum limit. In this case, the member can return to the table with the exact same amount that he left with.
GGPoker adheres to all the rules by GGNetwork, and all of our users also should be aware of GGNetwork rules and adhere to it. You can find the full version of GGNetwork Rules here.