We play by modified WSOP rules.
Blinds – Blind levels will be approximately 15 minutes.
Blinds should be posted prior to the hand being dealt.
If the player in the big blind is eliminated, There will not be a small blind for the next hand. If the player in the small blind is eliminated, the blinds will move to the left as usual, but the same dealer will deal again.
Seating – Depending on the venue, a maximum of 10 players will sit at each table (8 at some venues). The Tournament Director will assign players to a table.
Betting– Verbal declarations, in turn, regarding wagers are binding. Players must always act in turn. Action out of turn will be binding if the action to that player has not changed. ONE CHIP RULE is in play (if a player throws one chip in it is just a call no matter the denomination of the chip if the player's intent is to raise they must announce "raise". Dealer is responsible for giving change to each player actively involved in the hand once all betting has taken place. Players should not take their own change.
Table Talk – Players are discouraged from disclosing contents of live or folded hands, offering advise or criticizing play at any time, reading a hand that hasn’t been tabled, or discussing strategy with an outside source during a hand. Once a hand is heads up the players may talk to their opponent in an attempt to deceive them, but no player who has folded should say anything about the hand.
Absent Players – An absent player will always be dealt a hand and is put up for their blinds.
The Tournament Director – The TD is responsible for all table, seating, and dealer decisions. The TD is responsible for handling the blind clock and chip ups, but may delegate this task to any dealer/player at his/her discretion. In the case of disputes and rule interpretations, the TD will have final authority. Players must respect all FHL equipment and venues. Any player who acts inappropriately or deliberately damages property will be suspended or banned, at a length of time determined by the league owners.
Winnings – Each round will be played until only one person remains or until the final players make a mutual decision to split the prize. No player is obligated to split the prize. Prizes will be awarded immediately once the round is over, by the venue or TD.
All-ins – If a player is all-in and reveals their cards prematurely during live play, their cards will remain live and exposed until the winner of the hand is determined.
Exposed & Mucked Cards – If a player reveals one or both of their cards during live play, the card(s) will remain live and exposed until the winner of the hand is determined. "Touching the muck" is a myth, TD will have final say.
Card & Chip Visibility – All players must protect their cards and chips at all times. All cards and chips (specifically large denomination chips) must also be visible to all players at the table.
**Incentives will be provided to players who support the venues by purchasing food and drinks.
Current FHL Structure (Changes coming soon):
Blind levels: 20 Minutes
Starting Stack: 9,000
100 - 200
200 - 400
400 - 800
Break - Remove White Chips - SHOT ROUND
500 - 1000
Remove Blue Chips - Replace each Gold chip with a full stack
1000 - 2000
2000 - 4000
4000 - 8000
Remove Red Chips
5000 - 10k
Remove Green Chips
"Gold" Chips are not in play. They are worth a "re-buy" and are replaced with 10k (20k on double stack night) when a player loses all of their chips or after the 500-1000 blind level.
Maximum 3 Gold Chips total
1 Gold Chip for $10 spent at bar
2 Gold Chips for $20 spent at bar
1 Gold Chip for wearing/purchasing FHL Gear
1 Gold Chip for being a new player
1 Gold chip for bringing a new player
1 Black Chip (10k) AND 1 Gold Chip for Buying 3 drinks during shot round
1 Green Chip (5k) for arriving before 7:00pm
1 Gold Chip for your Birthday
Players earn points for the Quarterly Tournament by finishing in the top 8
Host each night is allowed to make any changes. Floor decision is Final.