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Discussion in 'Poker Strategy Articles' started by Spaceman Spiff, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. Spaceman Spiff

    Spaceman Spiff Well-Known Member

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    Article Title: Common Home Game Rules
    Article By: Spaceman Spiff

    1. Cards speak for themselves.

    2. Checkraising is permitted. It’s not sandbagging, it’s not cheating, and it won’t get your knees shot out.

    3. One player to a hand. This isn't a team game.

    4. If you show one person your cards, you must show everyone even if it was folded.

    5. No string-raising. The first action stated, for instance, “I see your bet…” is considered a call and is binding.

    6. Please verbally announce betting action keeping in mind that the verbal declaration is binding.

    7. A raise must be a minimum of the size of the big blind or the current bet or raise. For instance, the big blind is 200 and a player raises it 300 to a total of 500. If you want to re-raise, the minimum you can go is 300 more (the size of the current raise) to a total of 800.

    8. Please don’t splash the pot. Place your bet in front of you and all bets will be collected into the pot at the end of the betting round.

    9. Protect your hand at all times.

    10. Any hand that touches the muck is considered dead. It doesn’t matter if it was an accident or not. PROTECT YOUR HAND!

    11. Keep cards and chips on the table and visible at all times. Higher denomination chips should be easily seen by anyone at the table. This is a common courtesy and it helps speed up the game.

    12. Please act in turn. Acting early gives unfair information to those who have yet to act.

    13. Both cards must be shown to win a showdown. The last raiser (or first to act if checked around) must show their cards first.

    14. With the exception of no limit games, there can be only 1 bet and 3 raises in any betting round. In no limit, there is no limit to the number of raises (duh!).

    15. House decisions are final. If the house in involved in a dispute, a non-partisan party will be chosen to make a ruling. Click here to print.

    16. If anything arises that is not covered by these rules, Robert's Rules of Poker will be used to make a decision.

    Click here to print.
     
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  2. Ranman

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    Well done. Thanks.

    Simple to understand in a brief clear statement. I use all these rules and will definatly use your list to make a printrd version for my players.

    Thanks again

    Ranman
     
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    Hey Very good rules. But may I ask during a cash game, do you allow your players to buy chips off of another player?
     
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  4. whataboutj

    whataboutj TAG extrodinare

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    No. All chips need to be purchased from the bank. Otherwise players can use that as a way of protecting their profits while still playing.
    J



    BTW - holy thread revival
     
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  5. trutan

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    I allow it but the cash used to buy the chips must stay on the table.
     
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  6. beekeeper

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    These are great--very succinct but very clear as well.
     
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  7. Quads

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    Yes, so long as the cash stays on the table and in play.
     
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  8. Quads

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    From my house:

     
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  9. whataboutj

    whataboutj TAG extrodinare

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    I guess I didn't think about this option when I posted my "No" opinion.

    I asume this would only be the case if you didn't have any more chips for the player to buy - in which case you need to buy more chips :wink:
     
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    No, not really. I've got plenty of chips to cover the table.

    Say a guy is stacked with 700 or 800 in $5's and someone rebuys at the table for 200. The player with a bunch of reds will offer to sell him chips, he takes the 200 and sticks in it his stack.

    Makes no difference to me. The same amount of money is still in play on the table. Some players like lots of single denom chips, others would rather several denoms, etc. Just depends on preference I think.
     
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    so it's still in play too?
     
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    Mos def!!!
     
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    Yeh, you don't want to see people going south during a game.
     
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    Man, I wish I were on the other coast... seems like a game for me:cigar:



    Permission to base my house rules on yours?
     
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  15. ovo

    ovo World Series Chump
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    This is great stuff, thank you. I was just thinking about this today. A buddy brought it up. I have a game next weekend and needed to print up something like this. thanks, frank
     
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  16. Quads

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    By all means.
    Use them as you wish, and take credit for it.
    They are posted for others to use should they so choose to do so.
     
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    Cash plays in my games but only $100 bills. That way people should be able to see at a glance how many bills (and how much money) someone has in their stack.

    No hiding folded bills under chipstacks either. You dont' have to put them in front but make sure they are visible to the table.
     
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    I am new to cash games..so this might sound silly..but..

    If I didn't see the rules, please bear with me..but I am looking for a cash game set, and the above is great..except I am not sure what to do with buyins and cashouts..

    I want to do a .25/.50 game let's say...more likely it will be 1/2..but..whatever..

    Max buy in would be 200x bb? min 50x? or..20x?

    How does one go about discouraging people from winning a big hand, then leaving immediately? Are there any set rules to cashing out?
     
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    Announce your departure 10 to 15 minutes prior.
     
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  20. dew4au

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    I have a 15 minute rule in my game. It works pretty well for us, but none of my buddies are the type to hit big and run. Even when guys hit big and already wanted to leave, they usually stick around a bit longer and play normally. I have been at a game where the 15 minute rule was in place, someone hit big, announced their intention on leaving, then folded all hands for the full 15. Those people are D-bags, and are not welcome at my game!
     
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