Seneca Gaming & Entertainment

Seneca Poker Room Rules


1. Seneca Gaming and Entertainment will conduct all games in a manner that meets the highest standards of fairness to its patrons. It is with this in mind that that Seneca Gaming and Entertainment has incorporated certain rules for poker games that are offered to the public.

2. Management and floor persons reserve the right to make decisions that are in the best interest of the game, even though technical interpretation of the rules would dictate a contrary decision.

3. Seneca Gaming and Entertainment provides house poker dealers for all games, but does not participate in actual play of the game and has no interest in the outcome of play.

4. Seneca Gaming and Entertainment is not responsible for the conduct of any player, but retains the right to refuse the use of the facilities to any player.

5. A waiting list will be kept for all poker games. Players may reserve a seat by having their names placed on the list for the game of their choice. Players will be paged when a seat becomes available. An immediate response is expected. Once in a poker game a player may request a table change from a floor person.

6. By taking a seat in a poker game players agree that management has the final word on who may play and the manner in which play is conducted.

7. When players are seated in a poker game they must ante or post blinds as per type of game being played. If a player is dealt in by dealer error then the hand will be declared dead and play continues, otherwise the player must fulfill their obligation for the amount owed.

8. New players arriving in “rake” games below $10-$20 may receive a hand without posting any blinds unless they are in a blind position and want to receive a hand on that deal. New players arriving in $10-$20 games and above are required to post the blinds or they may wait for the big blind. In all “time” Hold’em games they are required to post or wait for the big blind.

9. All poker games are table stakes and all players entering a poker game must make at least the minimum buy-in.

a. The minimum buy-in is generally ten (10) times the minimum bet for that game.
b. Players may take their cheques with them when leaving the poker room; however, they must verify the amount prior to leaving with the dealer and replace the same amount upon their return.
c. If a player runs out of cheques during the course of a hand that player is eligible to play all-in for the portion of the pot in which he/she has an interest in.
d. Players may not add to their table stakes once a hand has begun.
e. Players are allowed one short buy-in (50% or more of original buy-in) for each full buy-in (adding less than the full buy-in amount is considered a short buy-in).

10. Cards must be kept on or above the table surface in plain view. Cards may not be removed from the edge of the table surface.

11. It is each player’s responsibility to protect his/her own hand and right to action.

12. Once a card touches the muck that hand will be declared foul.

13. All losing hands will be mucked before the pot is awarded.

14. The winning hand will remain face up until after the pot has been awarded.

15. A misdeal may be ruled for circumstances not covered here. The following will be ruled misdeals:

a. The deal is out of position and it is discovered prior to the flop being turned.
b. The first card is boxed or exposed.
c. If two or more down cards are exposed due to dealer error.
d. If two or more boxed cards appear when the starting hands are dealt. (If it is discovered that there are boxed cards in the stub after the completion of the deal, the action continues.)
e. Wrong number of cards on the deal in Stud games.
f. Exposed card on the button or 1st card on one of the blinds is a misdeal.
g. An exposed card in the flop is treated as a scrap piece of paper, unless it is the second boxed card, in which case it would be declared a misdeal.

16. Once a new hand has begun no decision can be rendered in regard to the previous hand.

17. No one may play other player’s cheques.

18. Play-overs will be allowed at management’s discretion.

19. No “rabbit hunting”. Players and dealers are not allowed to look through the discard pile.

20. Cards speak. Winning hand must show all cards face up on the table. The player instituting the last action (checking or betting) must turn their hand over first. The house dealer will assist to the best of their ability in the reading of hands although it is each player’s responsibility to protect their own hand at all times.

21. A player miscalling a hand with the intent to cause another player to act on their hand risks forfeiture of the pot and/or expulsion from the poker room.

22. At the request of other players at the table, non-players may be asked not to stand or sit at the table.

23. No beverage containers, food, books, etc., allowed on the poker table.

24. The splitting of pots among players is not allowed, all hands must be played to completion.

25. Show one show all. If any player shows his/her cards to another player at the table all other players at the table then has the right to see them upon request.

26. If a player shows one of his/her cards in an uncalled hand, that player is not required to show other card.

27. A bet and three raises are allowed unless it is “heads up” before the “cap” (third raise) then players may make an unlimited number of raises.

28. All raises must be at least equal to the size of the last bet, except in “all-in” situations.

29. Players must act in turn. A knock on the table constitutes a pass. To eliminate the possibility of forfeiture a player must call “time”, failure to stop the play prior to substantial action occurring may result in the right to act.

30. Players who place a single chip into the betting perimeter that is larger than the bet to them are considered to be calling the bet unless they announce “raise.”

31. String raises are not allowed. A player must either put out the full amount of the bet and raise at once or announce “raise.”

32. Verbal statements in turn are binding; verbal statements out of turn may also be binding.

33. If a player acts out of turn and their bet or raise influences action, that bet or raise must stay in the pot.

34. A card found face up in the deck (boxed card) is treated as a scrap of paper. A card being treated as a scrap of paper is replaced by the next card below it in the deck.

35. If an irregular card or cards (cards of the same rank, cards of a different back color, etc.) appear during the course of a hand, all hands are dead and all action is void. If an irregular card(s) is discovered in the stub, all action for that hand and previous hands stand.

36. All-in wagers are considered action only if the all-in amount is less than 50% of the betting structure. If the all-in amount is 50% or more of the betting structure it is considered a wager and may be called, completed or raised.

37. In no-limit play, even in an all in situation, unless there is a full raise (100%), the betting is not re-opened to a player that has already acted.

38. Players may request a table change from a floor person. However, they must enter the new table with a full buy-in, unless they are coming from a broken game of the same or higher limit.

39. If a player requests a table change that player must move immediately when the seat becomes available. When moving to a different limit the player may play until their big blind. In must-move games, if a player has played the big blind they may play through the button.

40. In multiple-blind games, players must meet the total amount of their blind obligations every round, or they will receive a missed blind button.

41. In any all-in situation a partial blind constitutes a full blind.

42. In “time collection” games, if a player is away from their seat, the dealer will collect “time” from their stack. If a player is playing in a tournament they are still responsible for paying “time”.

43. In case of theft or natural disaster, Seneca Gaming and Entertainment is not responsible for any money or cheques left on the table.

44. Only English will be permitted while a hand is in play.

45. Cell phone use is prohibited at the poker table.

46. Any changes or modifications to these rules will be conspicuously posted.

47. Managements’ decisions are final.

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