In the Poker Hall at the Casino Sofia you are awaited daily by eleven tables at which you can take part in various poker Tournaments. Starting time 7:00 PM
Entrance fees vary from 35 BGN to 220 BGN
GENERAL TOURNAMENT RULES IN CASINO SOFIA POKER ROOM
1. Responsibilities of the Player
The player is obliged to confirm their registration data and their respective place, to keep their hand to themselves, to state clearly their intentions, to follow the course of the game, to act when their turn comes, to maintain their right to act, to hold their cards in plain sight, to keep their chips arranged in the correct order, to stay at the table when their hand is live, to announce when they see something wrong at the table, to move from one table to another in the correct manner, to absolutely not show their cards to anyone, to know and to comply with the main poker rules, to behave properly, and not to disturb the overall smooth running of the Tournament.
2. Official Terminology of a Poker Tournament
The officially adopted rules are simple, clear and time-accurate announcements such as: bet , raise , call , fold , check , all-in , pot (pot limit games). Using non-standard announcements is risky and to the detriment of the player. It is the responsibility of the player to announce their intentions correctly and clearly.
3. Use of Mobile Phones and Electronic Devices
The players cannot talk on a mobile device while playing a hand.
4. Official Languages
The official and allowed languages when a hand is played at a poker table are English and Bulgarian.
5. Playing at Different Tables
Players that move to a new table accept all the responsibilities and liabilities of the new place they take. All positions can be taken, including the small blind, the large blind and the button. The only place a new player cannot take is between the small blind and the button.
6. Announcements and Meaning of the Turning of the Cards at Showdown
The cards are important at determining the winner. Oral declarations of the strength of the hand are not binding and of significance in a showdown. In case a player intentionally gives incorrect information of the strength of their hand, they are liable to serious penalty. Each player at the table, no matter whether they participate in the hand or do not, must speak up if they see a mistake in the reading of the hands.
7. Turning the Cards and a “Dead” Winning Hand
During a showdown the player must show all their cards on the table so that the croupier and the rest of the players can assess their hand. All cards mean the two cards in Texas Hold’em, the four cards in Omaha, and so forth. The croupier cannot “kill” a winning hand that is in plain sight and obvious. If a player does not show all their cards, and after that submit their hand thinking they have won, they are doing this entirely at their own risk. If the cards are not read correctly, and the Tournament director comes to the conclusion that the hand cannot be fully verified, then the player cannot have any claims for the pot. The final decision whether the hand is correctly read belongs to the Tournament director.
8. Turning the Cards During an All-in
All cards that are part of the hand must be turned immediately and without any delay if action is over and the bets have been paid up.
9. Seeing a Hand
Players that no longer have cards lose all rights to claim to see someone else’s hand.
10. New Levels and New Hands
When the specified play time on a certain level expires, and there is announced a new level, then the new level enters into force starting from the next hand. The new hand starts with the first shuffling of the cards.
11. Correct Arrangement of the Chips and Correct view to the Cards
The players are entitled to a reasonable estimation of the number of chips of the other players at the table. This means that the players must keep their chips in countable stacks. The players must keep their chips with higher value in front of their other chips.
The Tournament director keeps track of the number and denominations of playing chips and can exchange them at his own discretion. There is a warning solely in the case of a pressing need of gathering the chips.
The players participating in a hand are obliged to keep their cards visible all the time.
12. Buying of Chips
A player cannot miss a hand. If a player announces their intention to buy chips before the beginning of a new hand, then they are obliged to buy the announced chips.
13. Announcing Time
If a reasonable time for contemplation passes and time is announced, then the player whose turn it is to play has fifty seconds to make a decision. If they do not make a timely decision before the time expires, a ten seconds countdown is announced. If the player has not made a decision before the end of the countdown, the game is dead. At the discretion of the Tournament director, the thinking time of a given player can be shortened.
14. Place of the Player
The player must be at their specified place when the first card is dealt to them. Otherwise, their hand will be declared dead. When this happens, the player does not have the right to see their cards and they are collected when the dealing is over. The blinds and antes are taken away from him. The player must be at their place to announce time. “At their place” means at a hand distance from their chair. This rule does not mean there to be taken advantage and to eliminate a player who is not at their place by spending their chips.
15. Presence at the Table when Participating in the Hand
A player with a live hand must stay at their place if the hand goes on, and if there are still actions to be take place. By leaving the table, the player automatically becomes incapable to defend their hand and also they do not keep track of the action on the table. This action is subject to punishment.
16.Position of the Button
He Tournament play starts with the button placed at first position.
17. Missing of Blinds
Players who intentionally miss blinds while moving from table to table are liable to punishment.
18. Action Outside of a Position
The action outside of a position is punishable and binding if the action prior to the player has not changed. Check, call or fold are not accepted as an action. Should the action before a player acting out of turn, change, then their bet is returned to them and the player acquires all possible opportunities, including: call , fold , raise. If a player submits their hand when it is not their turn, then this is a binding action.
A player who gets omitted because of acting out of turn, must defend their right to act. Should a reasonable time pass, and the player who remains omitted from the action out of turn has not reported the committed mistake, then the bet made out of turn remains binding. The Tournament director will be called to decide how to deal with the missed hand.
19. Ways of Payment
The standard and accepted ways of payment of a bet are as follows “call”, placing a precise number of chips on the previous bet, silent placement of a chip with higher value, silent placement of several chips that are equal to the bet in accordance with the rule for betting multiple chips. Placing comparatively few chips as compared with the bet will be accepted as a payment.
20. Methods of Raising
20а) Placing the exact number of chips with one movement.
20b) Orally announcing the bet prior to its placement.
20c) Orally announcing “raise” prior to betting the number of chips.
It is a responsibility of the player to announce their intentions articulately.
21а) The raise must obligatorily at least equal the amount of the prior bet. If a player bets 50 % or more of the prior bet, yet less than the minimum “raise”, then they are obliged to make a full “raise”. The bet will be exactly the minimal one.
21b) If a player enters “all-in” with less chips than the full minimal raise, this does not open the round of betting again for a player who has already acted.
22. Betting Chips with Higher Value
Each time a player must bet, the placing of a chip with higher value will be regarded as a payment of the previous wager, if a raise has not been announced before that. In order to make a raise with a chip with a higher value, there should be announced “raise” before the chip touches the surface of the table. If a raise is announced (without an announcement of a sum), the raise remains the maximum one for the value of the chip. When there is no wager before the player, the placement of a chip with a higher value shall be considered as a bet with the full value of the chip.
23. Counting the Chips of an Opponent
The players have the right to a reasonable assessment of the stack of their opponent. A precise count can be requested only if the opponent is “all-in”. The player who has entered “all-in” is not obliged to count their own stack. The croupier or the Tournament Director counts the chips.
24. Betting Multiple Chips with the Purpose of Receiving Odd Money
The betting should not be made with the purpose of receiving odd money. Placing more chips than the supposed wager confuses everybody at the table. All chips placed without an announcement are at risk to be regarded as part of the overall bet.
25. No Sharing
The players are obliged to defend the other participants in the Tournament at any time. Therefore, the players that are at the table SHOULD NOT:
– share the content of live or discarded hands
– give advice or criticize the mode of playing while the hand is taking place
– rely on a hand that has not yet been shown
It is absolutely prohibited to show a player, viewer or friend a live hand and to discuss strategies.
26. Spontaneously Showing Cards and Right Discharging
A player who shows their cards while the action has still not come to an end is subject to punishment, but their hand remains live. When discharging a hand, the cards must be pushed on the surface of the table, not be shown intentionally or thrown up high and in this way be seen by other players.
27. Ethical Game
Poker is an individual game. “The smooth” playing of a given hand can bring about a serious punishment and even a disqualification. Any type of collusion and team play will bring about removal from the Tournament.
28. Breaching the Generally Accepted Code
Repeated breaches of the general code will lead to punishments. The examples, without being limited to just these, are: slowing down the game, unduly touching someone else’s chips or cards, repeated action out of turn, betting outside of the reach of the croupier, rough language and behavior, and excessive or noisy talking.
THE DECISIONS OF THE MANAGEMENT OF THE CASINO ARE FINAL.
If you are a fan of cash games, you have at your disposal a rich choice of more than 3 tables of No Limit Texas Hold’em, and at least 2 tables of Pot Limit Omaha every night.
With us you can play:
- 1/2 No Limit Texas Hold’em – minimum entrance fee – 100 BGN
- 2/5 No Limit Texas Hold’em – minimum entrance fee – 300 BGN
- 5/10 No Limit Texas Hold’em – minimum entrance fee – 500 BGN
- 2/2 Pot Limit Omaha – minimum entrance fee – 100 BGN
- 5/5 Pot Limit Omaha – minimum entrance fee – 300 BGN
- 5/10 Pot Limit Omaha – minimum entrance fee – 500 BGN
- Dealer’s choice (No Limit Texas Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha) at the same limits
——————— PROMOTIONS ———————
- Weekly lotteries of hours on the cash tables
- Bonus figure – on a daily basis the players receive bonuses for served figures as follows:
|Four of a kind – 50.00 BGN||Four of a kind Каре – 25.00 BGN|
|Straight flush – 150.00 BGN||Straight flush – 75.00 BGN|
|Royal flush – 500.00 BGN||Royal flush – 250.00 BGN|