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Ross Poker Tour Manifesto 2.0 (updated for the 2012 season)

Overview:
The Ross Poker Tour (“RPT”) began in January 2005 as a way to bring people together in a social and competitive environment.  The Ross Poker Tour consists of a series of poker tournaments, held monthly on roughly the third Friday of every month. Each tournament will starts at 7:00 pm and will last until one player has all the chips in the tournament.  The points a player earns each tournament are accumulated and the top 8 in total points play a free roll at the end of the year for a bonus pot.

Where:
Locations vary for each event based on a rotation of volunteers around the Baltimore area.

When:
The monthly tournament will occur roughly the third Friday of every month at 7:00pm (except for December).  There is no tournament in December due to the hectic commitments around the Christmas holiday.  If a player states his intention to play and will be late, his chips will be placed at his spot on the table. When that player is in the blind, the appropriate amount will be posted and his cards will be folded until he arrives.

RPT Administrator:
The RPT requires an Administrator to ensure that the poker runs smoothly.  The responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

  1. Upholding the Ross Poker Tour Manifesto and being the arbitrator for any issues involving the RPT
  2. Compiling the yearly schedule
  3. Coordinating with the monthly hosts
  4. Managing the evite to get an accurate count of all of the players for the monthly events
  5. Managing the cumulative points for the RPT Final Table
  6. Handling the monies related to the RPT and compiling an end of year balance sheet to show the distribution of funds

IT Information:
The RPT uses Tournament Director software during the events to manage seat placement and blind timing.  In addition, all relevant RPT information from this manifesto to the monthly results can be found online at http://www.rosspokertour.com.

Buy-In:
The buy-in for each tournament will be $50. $35 of the buy-in will go to the current tournament. Of the extra $15, $10 will go to RPT expenses and end of year payouts (this is described in more detail below). The other $5 will go to the host to offset some of the costs of hosting.  Players are responsible for bringing their own drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).  The RPT Administrator will not receive any money for facilitation of this tournament.

Even though the buy in is $50, each player will start with $1500 worth of chips. This coordinates well with the blind structure and should provide adequate playing time for all.

Starting Chip Counts and Valuation

Quantity

Value

Color

15

$5

Red

13

$25

Green

6

$100

Black

1

$500

Purple

0

$1000

Yellow

Rules: Basic rules of Texas Hold’em will apply. For a detailed list of the rules, please visit http://www.texasholdem-poker.com/wsop_rules.  If there are any disputes on any particular hand, the players at the particular table not involved in the hand will settle the dispute. If the dispute is not settled in this way, the final ruling will be determined by the RPT Administrator.  The RPT Administrator will hear all witness accounts from players not involved in the hand and make a final ruling.

Payouts: The number of players in each tournament will determine how the money is paid out. Rather than deal with rounding based on a percentage, the below matrix will dictate the payout.

Players

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Notes

1st %

2nd %

3rd %

4th %

5th %

6th %

10

$160

$90

 

 

 

64%

36%

0%

0%

0%

0%

11

$155

$85

$35

 

 

 

56%

31%

13%

0%

0%

0%

12

$170

$90

$40

 

 

 

57%

30%

13%

0%

0%

0%

13

$185

$95

$45

 

 

 

57%

29%

14%

0%

0%

0%

14

$200

$100

$50

57%

29%

14%

0%

0%

0%

15

$210

$110

$55

56%

29%

15%

0%

0%

0%

16

$220

$120

$60

55%

30%

15%

0%

0%

0%

17

$230

$125

$70

54%

29%

16%

0%

0%

0%

18

$240

$130

$80

53%

29%

18%

0%

0%

0%

19

$240

$120

$75

$40

(3 tables)

51%

25%

16%

8%

0%

0%

20

$245

$125

$85

$45

49%

25%

17%

9%

0%

0%

21

$255

$130

$90

$50

49%

25%

17%

10%

0%

0%

22

$265

$135

$95

$55

48%

25%

17%

10%

0%

0%

23

$275

$140

$100

$60

48%

24%

17%

10%

0%

0%

24

$285

$145

$105

$65

48%

24%

18%

11%

0%

0%

25

$285

$135

$95

$70

$40

46%

22%

15%

11%

6%

0%

26

$290

$140

$100

$75

$45

45%

22%

15%

12%

7%

0%

27

$295

$145

$105

$80

$50

44%

21%

16%

12%

7%

0%

28

$300

$150

$110

$85

$55

(4 tables)

43%

21%

16%

12%

8%

0%

29

$305

$155

$115

$90

$60

42%

21%

16%

12%

8%

0%

30

$305

$145

$110

$90

$60

$40

41%

19%

15%

12%

8%

5%

31

$310

$150

$115

$95

$65

$40

40%

19%

15%

12%

8%

5%

32

$320

$155

$120

$100

$65

$40

40%

19%

15%

13%

8%

5%

33

$325

$160

$125

$105

$70

$40

39%

19%

15%

13%

8%

5%

34

$330

$165

$130

$105

$75

$45

39%

19%

15%

12%

9%

5%

35

$335

$170

$135

$110

$80

$45

38%

19%

15%

13%

9%

5%

36

$340

$170

$140

$115

$85

$50

Max

38%

19%

16%

13%

9%

6%

Initial Tournament Seating:
At the beginning of each tournament, players will be registered into Tournament Director. Once all players have paid their buy-in, the seating will be randomly generated by the application with the appropriate table and seat number.

Tables:
The number of tables is largely dependant on the number of players. There will be a maximum of nine people at a table and a minimum of 5. The players will be dispersed evenly at each of the tables. For example, if there are 19 entrants, there will be three tables to start with two tables having 6 seats and one having 7. However, if there are 18 entrants, we will start with two tables with 9 seats each.

Starting Blinds:
T
he random seating as generated by Tournament Director will determine which players start as the small and big blinds.

Blinds:
Blinds will be raised in accordance with the following structure:

Round

Duration (mins)

Blinds

1

30

15/30

2

30

25/50

3

30

50/100

A

10

Break – color up Red Chips

4

30

75/150

5

30

100/200

6

30

150/300

B

10

Break – color up Green Chips

7

25

200/400

8

25

300/600

9

25

400/800

C

10

Break – color up Black Chips

10

15

500/1000

11

15

1000/2000

12

15

2000/4000

13

15

3000/6000

14

15

4000/8000

15

60+

5000/10000

Basic Play:
The deal rotates around the table clockwise.  All players will be expected to deal and there will be two decks on each table to speed up play. The next dealer will shuffle the deck not in play during the current hand. The small blind is immediately to the dealer’s left and the big blind is to the small blind’s left. Everyone is dealt two cards (starting with the small blind). Preflop betting starts with the player to the big blind’s left. The minimum raise is the amount of the big blind (If the blinds are 15-30, a player must raise to a total bet of 60; he can’t just raise to 40). Of course, he may also just call the big blind, or if he only has 40 in front of him, he can raise all-in. Each bet must be at least the amount of the big blind as well. When the flop is out, a player cannot bet $15 if the blinds are $15/$30. The minimum bet he must post is $30 in this situation. The dealer then “burns” a card (discards it face-down) and deals the three card flop. All post-flop betting starts immediately to the left of the dealer (If the small blind is still in the hand, it starts with him). Burn another card, deal the turn card, another round of betting, burn another card, deal the river, another round of betting, and then show down the hands if necessary. Any subsequent raise on a given street must at least equal the first one (if the blinds are 15-30 and someone raises to a total of 60, a reraise must be to at least 90 or more). Once the hand is down to two players, the dealer will be the small blind and the other player will be the big blind.

Side Pots:
These happen when there are three or more players in a pot and the short stack is all-in. Basically, the concept is that you can only win as much as you have in front of you from each player in the hand.

Example 1: Player A – 100, Player B – 80, Player C – 200

If these are the only three players in the hand and Player A goes all-in, Player B may call for his 80. Player C can call too for 100 if he wishes (he can’t really raise if there are no players left to act behind him, since there are no more chips to be won. If there are players to act, he could reraise his whole 200, and anybody wishing to call behind him must call for 200. If he has no takers, he simply takes back the extra 100 since nobody is in that pot with him.) In this case, the main pot would be for 240 which all three players would be eligible for, and the side pot of 40 would be just between Players A and C.

Example 2: Player A – 100, Player B – 80, Player C – 200, Player D – 40

Similarly, if all of these players were all-in (its rare that this many players would be all-in on the same hand but it’s possible. Main pot (A,B,C,D): 160, Side Pot 1 (A,B,C): 120, Side Pot 2 (A,C): 40. Even if player C won none of these pots, he’d still have 100 after the hand.

Keeping even tables:
Through the tournament, the RPT Administrator will take best efforts to ensure all tables have an even number of players. This is so the blinds do not come around more times on some tables than they do on others. For this reason, we will be shifting players where appropriate. If there is a one player difference at the tables, than there will be no switch but if the difference is two or more, then there will be movement to even the tables. For example, if Table 1 falls down to 6 players and Table 2 has 7 players, no one will switch tables. But if Table 1 loses another player to fall down to 5 players, one of the players from Table 2 will move to Table 1. The players will move tables based on position, not stack size. For example, if the player busts out one position before the blinds would have reached him, we will take the player at the other table who is one position before the blinds. This is done so that no one unfairly gets more or less blinds than anyone else.

Table Consolidation:
At times throughout the tournament, it will be necessary to lower the number of tables. This will happen when the number of players left falls down to another multiple of nine. For example, if the tournament starts with 21 players, when the 3rd person busts out and there are 18 players left, we will move from 3 tables to 2. In these scenarios, we will scatter the remaining players from Table 3 randomly among the seats that are open at Tables 1 and 2. The players will draw cards to determine their new seats such that if you get a red card, you go to Table 1 and if you get a black card, you got to Table 2.

Busting Out:
When a player runs out of chips, that player is busted out of the tournament.  In the RPT, where a player finishes in the monthly tournament determines end of year prizes so it is vital to keep accurate records.  As soon as a player busts out, he or she should quickly go to the sign-out sheet and note in which position they were out as well as the player that busted them out.  This information will also be used to gather statistics on the various players.

If there is any confusion regarding the order in which players busted out, the RPT Administrator will be the final arbitrator.

Ross Poker Tour Expenses:
Every year, the RPT has certain expenses required.  These expenses include but are limited to:

1)      Replacement cards

2)      Website Hosting

3)      Tournament Director License

All expenses will be deducted from the end of year pot prior to calculating end of year fund distributions.

Ross Poker Tour Point System:
To create a competitive atmosphere, we will be awarding points after each tournament and track them over the course of the year. Depending on where you finish in a particular tournament, you are awarded points for how many contestants you outlast. For example, if there are 10 people in the tournament and you finish first, you are awarded 10 points. Conversely, if you are the first person out in a 10 person tournament, you receive 1 point.

After the November tournament, the RPT Administrator will review the point standings and deduct the two lowest scores from everyone’s totals. This will excuse some individuals who were unable to attend every tournament but not penalize those that did attend every event.

Once the two lowest scores have been removed, new totals will be produced and the top eight points leaders will be invited to play in the Ross Poker Tour Final Table (details below).  In the event of a tie in points, the cash winnings will be the deciding factor. If there is still a tie, the higher point totals of the three previous tournaments will decide the placement. If there is still a tie, a coin flip will be the final tie breaker.

Ross Poker Tour “Player of the Year”:
At the end of the year, the player with the most points will be that year’s RPT Player of the Year.  This prestigious recognition comes with a cash prize of 10% of net funds after expenses.  This cash prize will be presented prior to start of the Ross Poker Tour Final Table.

Ross Poker Tour Final Table and the “9th Seat”:
The top eight point leaders will be invited to play in the Ross Poker Tour Final Table.  This event generally happens on the first Friday in January following the RPT year.  If a player declines the invitation to the final table, the next player in the standings will be invited to come.

The Final Table is created for 9 players.  The “9th Seat” was created to provide a chance for players who attended at least 6 tournaments during the year but did not make the top 8 in points.  All players who meet the above criteria are then entered into a lottery model where their yearly point totals are weighted against the other eligible players.  For example, if only two players meet the aforementioned criteria and Player 1 had 60 points and Player 2 had 40 points, the model would give Player 1 a 60% chance of winning (60 points / 100 total points) and Player 2 would have a 40% chance of winning (40 points / 100 total points).  The winner will be randomly selected via computer model by the RPT Administrator with witnesses to ensure there has been no intervention.

If you are fortunate enough to make the RPT Final Table, you will be given an amount of chips representative of your placement.  This chip reward system is to maintain competition throughout the standings, from outside as well as within the top nine. The chip breakdown is shown in the figure below:

Based on 1500 with ratio distribution

Standings Ratio Starting Chip Count
1st

1.175

1760

2nd

1.125

1690

3rd

1.075

1610

4th

1.025

1540

5th

1

1500

6th

0.975

1460

7th

0.925

1390

8th

0.875

1310

9th

0.825

1240

 

The same play rules will apply, with the blinds increasing on the same schedule as the other events. We encourage all of the other players throughout the year to attend the event and participate in side games.

The host of the RPT Final Table will be awarded $100 and a dealer will also be awarded $75.  The dealer will be selected by the RPT Administrator.

There is no buy-in for the “Final Table” event.  The cash purse is comprised of all end of year funds minus RPT expenses.  The top 5 RPT Final Table finishers will be in the money with a cash disbursement of:

Standings

Percentage

1st

45%

2nd

25%

3rd

15%

4th

10%

5th

5%

Alternates:
As the monthly tournament moves from location to location, the capacity for players may change as well. For example, if location A can host 16 people, location B can host 24 people, and location C can host 18 people, it will be important to handle who gets first priority of the available seats. To address this, first priority is given to those individuals who have attended the most tournaments. Second priority is given to those individuals with the highest year-to-date point totals. If seats are still available, the available seats will be filled by alternates. Alternate priority is given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Spouses/Significant others are allowed to act as a proxy for requests on the alternates list. Alternates that do not make the tournament are encouraged to attend anyway in case of an emergency absence and to join the side games as participants exit the tournament.

Other Rules:

  • Always do your best to act in turn. Plays out of turn may not be retracted. If a player repeatedly bets out of turn, he will not be invited to future RPT events and the player will forfeit their points and seat at the “Final Table” (if applicable).
  • Cards speak. It is not what you say you have but what you show that determines the winner of a pot.
  • There is a “Show one, show all” rule at the RPT.  If you show your folded hand to one player, you must show it to all players
  • If you are not at your seat, the dealer will muck your cards and place your blinds.
  • Don’t touch any mucked (folded) cards. This includes current players and bystanders.
  • It’s a good idea to protect your cards (cover with a chip, etc.) if you are still in a hand to ensure that your cards are not accidentally mucked.
  • Display of your pocket cards before an action is declared (e.g. call, fold, etc.) is strictly prohibited and will result in a folded hand.
  • Under no circumstances will there be any “chasing rabbit cards” at the Ross Poker Tour.  This is not allowed at casinos and will not be allowed at any RPT event.

For more information, please visit http://www.rosspokertour.com.

 

 

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