AIFP RULES 2018-02-06T13:34:33+00:00

All In Free Poker Rules

Updated 10/17


Primary Rule Number One—HAVE FUN
We recognize that to have consistency throughout the league, rules need to be established. So here they are:

  1. Players must be 18 years of age or older to participate. Some establishments don’t allow patronage by those under 21 after certain hours, thus players under-21 might not be able to participate at some locations.
  2. Smoking is prohibited at the table even in smoker friendly establishments; ashtrays and smoking must be done away from the table
  3. Generally, players are allowed to sit where they want, but head dealer has right to assign seating if needed. If not enough seats are available for players, a waiting list based on signup order will be created.
  4. Tipping the dealer is encouraged, but not required. Cash is not allowed on the table at any time during play.  To tip the dealer, do so when cards are not in play.
  5. No side betting or gambling of any type is allowed. Players found to be in violation of this will be removed from the tournament and could be banned from all future play with All In Free Poker.
  6. English is the official language and must be spoken at or around the tables. Players speaking foreign languages during play or amongst players seated at the table can result in penalties.
  7. Verbal declarations are binding. If you say raise, you’re committed to the minimum raise amount (as described below).
  8. The action of tossing your cards towards the dealer in the motion of folding will be considered a fold. Exceptions to a hand being folded are: the big blind in an un-raised pot will be given their cards back; or a player tosses their cards towards the dealer thinking they won the pot and they are not facing a bet, while there is another player that either checked or called behind them.  This player would be awarded their cards back.  The above two exceptions would be nullified if the cards hit the muck or if, in a called/checked down hand the other player exposes their cards.
  9. Exposing any of your cards when facing a bet is considered a fold, including showing your cards to another player
  10. “Splashing the pot” is not permitted. Place bets in front of you in a normal manner to avoid possible confusion or have your bets discerned by the dealer.
  11. Only one player may play a hand. No one is allowed to play another player’s chips or cards.
  12. Players are responsible for protecting their own hand and their right to action. Any irregularities must immediately be brought to Head Dealer’s attention prior to next hand being dealt.
  13. Players must show both cards to be awarded the pot in a shown down hand.
  14. Players should wait until the dealer instructs them to expose their hand. Pre-exposed hands could result in penalty.
  15. The minimum amount to call pre-flop is the minimum bet (big blind) or a raised amount above it if applicable. Any player who has gone all in for less than the minimum bet will be entitled to only the pot made up from all bets equal to that amount, while a side pot will be made of the remainder of bets equal to the difference between the all in bet and the minimum bet.
  16. The minimum amount to call post-flop is the minimum bet or a raised amount above it if applicable. If a player has gone all in for less than the minimum bet to open the betting, that is the new minimum amount to call.  A minimum raise would be the amount of the all in bet plus the big blind.
  17. An initial raise must be double the amount of the previous amount bet. If a re-raise situation arises, the re-raise must be at least the amount of the raise above the previous bet… i.e. If the blinds are 100/200, the minimum raise is to 400, with a max of all the players’ chips.  If the blinds are 100/200 and someone raises to 500, the new minimum raise amount is 300 above the 500, or 800.
  18. If a player bets a single oversized chip (i.e. a 500-unit chip with blinds at 100/200) and there is already a bet in play, it will be considered a call unless the player announces raise prior to the chip being put into play. A bet of two or more chips will be considered a raise as long as the amount is equal to a full raise or announcement of raise has been made.  If the bet amount is less than a full raise, but the intention of a raise was there, the dealer may rule it a live raise, at the discretion of the Head Dealer.  Continued errors will be ruled as non-raises.
  19. String bets or string raises are not permitted.
  20. Lock Out: The latest a player may sign up and enter a tournament is prior to the first card dealt in the fifth blind level (400/800) or the 4th blind level in game three, the Bounty Game, (800/1600). A player may enter or re-enter if they are on the waiting list with the Head Dealer and are at the location.
  21. Discussion regarding the hand in progress is not allowed and offenders could receive penalties.
  22. Blinds are 9 minutes per round for all games when there is an opportunity to re-enter. Thereafter the blinds will be 8 minutes. Blinds for the WWT and MWT are all 9 minutes. Head Dealer may adjust to accommodate specific circumstances.
  23. Criticisms of how another player has elected to play their hand or their general style are impolite and unacceptable. Repeated offenses could receive penalties. This is bar poker, not the World Series Main Event.
  24. Folded hands must be folded immediately and cannot be held or set to the side to show after the hand. No fold & hold.
  25. We reserve the right to prohibit two or more players from playing at the same table to start a tournament.
  26. Checks and raises are allowed.
  27. Cards speak when face up on the table at the showdown.
  28. All chips must be kept in full view.
  29. Misdeals – ONLY THE DEALER CAN DECLARE A MISDEAL: While dealing, a misdeal will occur if any of the following occur: Two cards are exposed; two cards are dealt off the table; any combination of two cards exposed or dealt off the table; the first card to the blinds is dealt up, the dealer deals cards to a non-player. If only one card is exposed or dealt off the table (unless the first card to the blinds), the deal will be good and the exposed card will become the burn card.  If the dealer prematurely exposes the flop, the burn card and the flop will be reshuffled into the remaining deck stub upon completion of action and then it will be re-flopped.  If the turn card is prematurely exposed, the dealer, upon completion of action, will pull the exposed cared to the side and then will burn a second card (what would have been the burn card for the river) and then use the next card for the turn card (this would have been the river).  Then the dealer will reshuffle the exposed card with the remaining deck stub.  After completion of action on the turn, the dealer will burn a fourth card and then reveal the river card.  If the dealer prematurely exposes the river card, the card will be pulled aside and, upon completion of action, will shuffle it back in with the remaining deck stub.  Then a fourth card will be burned and the river will be revealed.  If a burn card is accidentally exposed, it will be shown for all players, but will remain a burn card, flipped face down after showing to all players.  If action is taken on an incorrectly exposed card, that action will be rescinded and the appropriate corrections made as listed above.
  30. Cell phones, mp3 players and headphones may be used during play. If they become a distraction to the table or cause the game to be delayed, the player will be asked to turn them off or discontinue use. An action while wearing headphones or talking on a cell phone will be ruled live, as the player is responsible to know what is going on at the table (i.e. if a player raises previously and the headphone player throws in a call amount of the minimum bet, the bet will remain in the pot and the headphone player will have the option to complete the bet to a full call or they can fold their hand and the chips will remain in the pot). Another example would be if a player wearing headphones or talking on the phone or generally not paying attention who announces call and there is a raise facing them that they were unaware of will be forced to call.  The possible exception to this would be if someone was being spoken to be another person in the building and not at the table and the dealer did not announce the raise, but this is at the discretion of the Head Dealer.
  31. A non-player or eliminated player may sit at the table, unless they are hindering the play of the game.
  32. Rabbit hunting slows the game. Players want to play– dealers are asked to severely limit any requests to rabbit hunt.
  33. A player is expected to pay attention to the game and not hold up play. Activity that interferes with this, such as reading at the table, is discouraged, and the player will be asked to cease if a problem is caused.
  34. Language, dress and behavior should be of a standard appropriate for ladies and gentlemen. Speak as if your mother was at the table with a bar of soap in her hand.  Improper and rude language can be penalized…Use of the “F” bomb will receive a warning for the first use and be penalized a big blind for every infraction thereafter. The penalty chips will be placed into the next pot, not the current pot.
  35. A player may be banned from playing in any future All In Free Poker events for violating any AIFP Rules and Regulations. A player may also be banned for abusive behavior towards the league or attempting to promote other leagues or take business out of the establishments of All In Free Poker play.  A player who is banned will forfeit any awarded prizes not picked up or delivered, or any right to any possible award or prize from All In Free Poker.
  36. All In Free Poker reserves the right to make decisions in the spirit of fairness and good faith, and has the right to make decisions in the best interest of the game.
  37. All In Free Poker has the right to alter, change, or cancel the rules and policy of a game or promotion at any time.
  38. Abuse of other players, dealers or staff of the establishment will not be allowed and will result in forfeiture of chips and removal from tournament.
  39. HEADS UP: When the game gets to heads up, the two players involved may determine who will get the win and/or gift card. If no decision is made at THAT TIME, then the game will be played to conclusion, with the winner receiving both the win and gift card.
  40. If the remaining players in any tournament are only playing for the gift card, the dealer will award the win (for points) to the player last remaining that is playing for points, at the end of the night after the nightly GC calculation has been completed.
  41. In all circumstances, except as in rule 40 above, whomever is determined to be the winner at the games conclusion, gets the 200 nightly GC points. If you decide to take the gift card and give away the win, that’s exactly what you are doing. We will no longer “change positions” at the end of the night, except as in rule 40.
  42. In the WWT or the MWT, if there are more than 11 players, the dealer will hold the blind level at 100/200 until all players present at that time, have had an opportunity to enter. No such consideration will be made for nightly points games. Blinds will continue to go up on schedule.
  43. Games are not automatically “locked out” when only two players remain. Each player will have an opportunity to reenter if qualified, and additional players will be permitted to enter until the official lockout. The heads-up players could determine the winner in accordance with rule 39.
  44. Casino ‘buy-ins’ expire one year after the date awarded. Casino ‘buy-ins’ have no cash value, and can only be redeemed from AIFP with a valid tournament receipt.
  45. Decisions of Head Dealer are final.