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Access to certain areas of this website is restricted, GPT Poker reserves the right to restrict access to these areas or other areas in part or whole at our discretion. No person may access restricted parts of this website using another person’s user ID and password. Person’s with access to restricted areas of this website must inform the owners in any case that their ID and password have been used at any time to access restricted areas.

Jurisdictional Issues

GPT Poker facilitates the entry into a global poker tournament and as such respects the laws of all countries. It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure that their participation in the tournament conforms to the gaming legislation of the country that they are residing in at the time of entry and participation in any GPT Poker related product. GPT Poker reserves the right to limit participation in any related tournament to any person or geographical location.

Tournament Entry

GPT Poker is unique in that in order to play in the GPT Poker Global Tournament Final, a player must play his/her way there unlike tournament satellites. Professional players, sponsored players or high rollers cannot buy-in at later stages.

Entry to GPT Poker may only be made by direct purchase of ‘Bronze Code’ or by receiving a code in a 1st round,  no entry is possible directly into a Silver Round, Gold Round or the GPT Poker Global Tournament Final.

There are many ways to enter GPT Poker and these are outlined here: Home games can enter GPT poker, where the winner of the home game receives a ‘Bronze’ player code and can use that code in order to enter online tournaments at GPT Poker Online or use the code to continue in the global tournament. Live play may be organized in a venue near you, where an agent of GPT Poker is in attendance to assist with entry and game play. Venues near you may also facilitate GPT Poker. Online entry is also available at the GPT Poker Online room. You can explore all avenues of entry at the GPT Poker main website and there may also be a Country Manager operating in your country (locate from the main website).

Tournament entry is restricted to persons over the age of 18.

Tournament entry is £5 (or equivalent)  per player at first round level, where home games or groups have played the first round and have collected the six players’ entry fees of £5 per player, they may purchase he ‘Bronze’ player code prior to the game starting or once the game has concluded.

Player progression is by secure code. For example; a first round winner (a player winning a 1stround GPT Poker table of six players) receive the ‘Bronze’ code. This code is used for entrance into any GPT Poker online tournament held at GPT Poker Online or any ‘Bronze’ game anywhere in the world at any time, whether in live or online play.

A player winning a ‘Bronze’ game in the global tournament will receive a ‘winners key’ this key is entered on the GPT Poker website and the ‘Bronze’ code is upgraded to ‘Silver’. This code can be used as entry to any partner venue ‘Silver’ poker tournament as advertised on the GPT Poker website or can be used to continue in the global tournament in any ‘Silver’ game, live or online anywhere in the world in any partner venue where GPT Poker is played.

A player entering a ‘Gold’ game in the global tournament will receive £100 cash payed into that players’ online player account at GPT Poker Online following registration.

A player winning a ‘Gold’ game in the GPT Poker global tournament will  receive a ‘package’ to the GPT Poker Global Tournament Final which includes; £1,000 cash for travel and spending allowance, 7 night hotel accommodation including meals and paid entry to the tournament. Tournament packages are not transferable. A player unable to make the trip to the final venue may choose to transfer entry into the following or subsequent tournament, provided that at least 7 days notice has been given in email to GPT Poker and has been acknowldeged.

Tournament structure

Entry to GPT Poker Global Tournament Final is achieved by a player winning a ‘Gold’ GPT Poker game in the global tournament format.

GPT Poker Global Tournament Finals are held ‘back to back’, players holding codes in a global tournament will automatically be included in the following global tournament following the announcement of a ‘cut off’ date after which all subsequent players will be automatically tranferred to the next global tournament.

GPT Poker Global Tournament Final entry can be used once. Player may transfer to following tournaments if notice has been given as stated above.

A global tournament will generally run for 13 weeks, the final tournament dates will be announced online at www.gptpoker.com Country Manager websites will announce a cut off time for qualification to the next final (usually around the twelfth week) in order for accommodation to be arranged in time for players and to give players time to make arrangements to travel etc. Players qualifying after the cut-off will automatically be entered into the next final. Therefore GPT can be played 365 days per year, 24 hours per day, live, online or home game, anywhere in the world.

Tournament codes are non transferable. A player progressing through the tournament may not gift or sell a tournament code to another player. A main final tournament player entering the main tournament with a gifted or purchased code will be disqualified.

Tournament rules and any changes to tournament rules shall be displayed at all venues where GPT Poker is organised and are available online at the GPT Poker websites. Rules, suggestion of blinds and stack sizes for home games are available on the GPT Poker websites.

Live, Online or Home Game

GPT Poker qualifying rounds (Bronze, Silver, Gold, may be played live, online or in home games , the global tournament final main event is played live. GPT Poker has Country Managers around the world, they arrange venues where GPT Poker is played at regular times and Area Managers are there to facilitate entry and play, many venues also arrange GPT Poker where players can turn up and take part games. Information can be found online at www.gptpoker.com and also by locating your Country Manager from the site.

Home games can easily take part in GPT Poker, for example if six friends who meet for poker home games wish to take part in GPT they can. Each player of the home game simply makes a payment that collectively covers the cost of a ‘Bronze’ code which can be purchased on any GPT Poker website immediately, the winner of the game takes the code and progresses to the next round.

Bronze, Silver and Gold games of the global tournament may all be organized by Area Managers in your area. You can enter any of them at any time if you have the corresponding code, for example you may have won your home game and Bronze global game online, you simply look for an organized Silver game  in your area and turn up to play (your code is your entry fee).

Any round may also be played online at the GPT Online Poker Room. Games are running 24 hours a day, a player can join a table waiting to play or book onto a table that will start at a designated time.

Game Rules, Stack Size, Blind Structure

Organize games and venues may differ slightly in stack size and blind structure depending on venue opening times, size of events etc. Normal Hold ‘Em rules will apply and be posted in all venues.

Online stack size and blind structures will remain constant, you can view tables, online Terms & Conditions at the GPT Poker Online. Online registration does not require deposit.

Other Terms & Conditions

1). Employees of GPT Poker, contractors, Country Managers and their Agents and immediate family to the aforementioned are not allowed to take part in GPT Poker Tournaments without express permission from the GPT Poker Tournament Director.

2). GPT Poker codes are non-transferable, have no monetary value, and cannot be redeemed for cash or prizes. In the event that a player has advanced to the main GPT Poker Global Tournament Final, however cannot attend the main event associated with that tournament term in which the code was won, he/she may use the code in any following GPT Global Tournament Final. In the event of a person holding a GPT Poker Global Tournament entry package and where accommodation has been booked, it is that players’ responsibility in the event that they cannot attend the event to inform GPT Poker as soon as possible. In such an event and where no financial losses were incurred by the organizer, the player may enter a later tournament final with the same code. Where financial losses have been incurred due to cancellation by a player of their entrance into a main final, the entrance code may be used at a later date provided that losses incurred are met.

4). Re-buying. Players may enter GPT Poker tournament as many times as they wish.

5). A player leaving a table during the event at any stage will continue to have blinds posted in turn and may be ‘blinded-out’. In the main event final a player being ‘blinded out’ but finishing in a prize position shall receive the prize awarded to that position.

6). Each participant in GPT Poker tournaments must certify their own eligibility.

GPT Poker Global Tournament Final – Rules, Terms and Conditions

The official tournament language is English, tournament rules and terms and conditions are available in many languages and in every language where a GPT poker Country Manager operates, translated copy can be also be obtained by email to: info@gptpoker.com

1). In the event of disputes; the Decision of the Tournament Director is final.

2) Tournament seating in the main event is randomly selected prior to commencement of tournament, seating is non-transferable. In the event that a player with special needs requires re-seating in a more suitable position, the Tournament Director shall be responsible for re-assigning position.

3). Table balancing is always at the discretion of the Tournament Director, during table balancing or at any time, play may only continue with at least 3 players, table dealers will announce ‘position’ in the event of two players remaining at a table, play will temporarily cease and balance will be resumed as soon as possible.

4). When balancing tables a player from the next numerical full table to the short table in the next big blind position will be moved to the worse position available on the short table.

5). A player moving from a broken table must take position immediately at the newly assigned table and must not break from the tournament. Any player found to be taking time seating at newly appointed table in order to gain advantage of not taking up a blind position may incur a penalty equivalent to three times the big blind.

6). Chips may only be transported by a player between tables during balancing using chip racks, chip racks are available at all tables.

7). Dealer Button.

i). Draw for the dealer button will be made at the beginning of tournament play, following redraws and prior to commencement of the final table.

ii). ‘Dead Button’ is used at all times. When a re-seated player is seated during balancing between the button and the small blind, the dealer button will not advance. When a player is eliminated seated between the dealer button and the small blind, the dealer button will not advance.

iii). During ‘heads up play’ the dealer button is on the small blind which is first to act. The button may need to be adjusted as ‘heads up’ arrives so as a player does not have the big blind twice in successive hands.

iv). Prior to substantial action where the dealer button is found to have been misplaced, the hand will be declared misdealt and the button placed in the correct position. Following substantial action where the dealer button is found to have been misplaced, play will continue and the hand played out, the button will next be placed in the immediate clockwise player position.

8). Players must not expose live or folded cards. Players must not expose their hole cards to another player at any time during play even when that player being shown has already mucked, even in the event that they are mucking as well. In the event of a card being exposed accidentally (when mucking for example) all players must be made aware of the card and the card placed face up adjacent to the muck.

9). Players must not consult or seek advice from another player or spectator whilst their hand is in play.

10). Where a hand is concluded prior to the full flop being dealt a dealer must not reveal the remaining cards. In other words ‘Rabbit Hunting’ is not allowed.

11). Players must ensure that their chip stack can be easily sized by another player, hi value chips must remain at the front of a players’ stack.

12). Players must keep their hole cards visible to other players at all times, cards must remain on the playing surface.

13). Players must remain at the table when involved in any ‘action’, leaving the table during that action may result in penalty.

14). A player must be at the table when the first card of any hand is dealt in order to be involved in the action, if the player joins the table during the deal, that players’ hand shall be mucked by the dealer. A player re-seating during the deal and when the hand is to be mucked must not make any attempt to look at the hand.

15). Players must ensure that they make an intention to raise clearly, either verbally by stating ‘raise’ then declaring the amount or placing the amount of raise in one movement. Players may declare a raise by stating an amount and then placing the same amount of chips. Players may raise by placing an amount of chips in one movement. Minimum raise must be equivalent to half or more than the previous bet, in the event of an amount less than the minimum raise being placed, players may not add to the bet but the bet will be reduced by the dealer and declared a ‘call’. In the event of a player declaring ‘raise’ and not placing the minimum amount of chips to be raised the dealer will allow the placing of more chips to the minimum raise. Where a player makes an ‘all-in’ raise that is below the minimum raise this does not re-open the betting to the previous bettor.

16). String betting is not allowed.

17). A player placing one single higher denomination chip than the bet without making a declaration of ‘raise’ will be deemed to have made a call, a player making a raise declaration and placing one higher denomination of chip will be deemed to have made a raise to the maximum that denomination allows. Following the flop if the first player places a single chip without making a declaration that denomination will be deemed as the bet.

18). A player placing multiple same denomination chips where removing one chip would be an amount less than the call would be deemed to be making a call unless the player has declared a raise.

19). A player making a declaration of ‘all-in’ is committing his entire stack including any accidentally hidden chips. In the event of a player making an ‘all-in’ declaration and then hidden chips are discovered, the hidden chips will be in play in the event of that player losing the hand, the chips will not be deemed to be in play in the event of that player winning the hand.

20). A player receiving a ‘count’ from a player or dealer is bound by action declared. In the event of the count being given to a player and that player making a bet equivalent to the amount declared, the acceptable action is as follows: If the amount is found to be higher than the amount declared the action is the declared amount. If the amount is found to be lower than the amount declared the action is the lower amount.

21). Verbal and physical ‘action out of turn’ is binding at all times when the action does not change to the player acting out of turn, when the action does change to the player acting out of turn, that players’ action is non-binding.

22). An out of turn ‘fold’ is binding. A player deems his hand ‘folded’ once pushed towards the dealer or the ‘muck’ and is not retrievable. A players facing a bet decision and releasing cards in a manner of a ‘fold’ such as pushing cards forward will be deemed to have made a decision of ‘fold’.

23). The cards ‘speak’ at all times, in the event of a player declaring a hand other than the actual hand, the declaration isn’t binding.

24). Showdown commences with the player that made the last aggressive action showing their cards first and then players clockwise in turn, in order to showdown, cards must be tabled. Flop, river or turn will not be dealt in showdown unless all players’ cards are tabled. Players may refuse to show cards in turn and may muck cards taking no further part in the hand. A player must table both hole cards face up in order to win a hand this includes in a situation when ‘playing the board’. Any player making it to showdown has the right to see another players’ hand involved in the showdown.

25). There is no cap on the number of raises in any one hand.

26). During a chopped pot and in the event of an odd chip of the lowest denomination that chip will be given to the first hand to the left of the dealer button.

27). In the event of a fouled deck being discovered before substantial action has taken place (the big blind making a play) the hand will be declared a misdeal. In the event of a fouled deck being discovered following substantial action the hand will be played out.

28). A hand is deemed to have commenced when blinds have been posted and the ‘riffle’ has begun. In the event of a new tournament level being announced, that game at the new higher level of blinds will commence following completion of the current hand. The right to dispute a hand ends with the commencement of the next hand.

29). ‘Chip guards’ are allowed at the table and may be in the form of chip, token or other object. Any ‘chip guard’ deemed by the Tournament Director to be inappropriate will be removed from the table.

30). Mobile phones, laptops, tablets or other electronic devices must not be placed on the playing surface or any part of the poker table at any time. Use of electronic devices by a player when involved in a hand is not permitted. Texting or instant messaging is allowed when a player is not involved in a hand. The making of telephone calls is not allowed at any time at the table. A player using an electronic device when in hand play may have his hand declared void (this does not apply to using the audio function of a device when using earphones providing audio cannot be heard by another player). If a player is deemed to be slowing down play whilst using an electronic device while in hand play or not, that player will be asked to discontinue using that device.

31). Chip dumping, soft play and collusion will not be allowed at any time and may incur penalty or even exclusion from any further play in the tournament. Tables continuously folding to the big blind in order to survive the ‘bubble’ will incur penalties.

32). Conditional statements such as: ‘if you bet, then I will’, or ‘will you show me your cards if I fold?’ are considered bad etiquette and may be subject to penalty.

33). Allowing ‘clock’. In the event that a player or players are taking excessive time making decisions during play that are effecting play, the dealer may call tournament staff. Tournament staff can place a ‘clock’ call on the table. The ‘clock’ may be called on a player by  the dealer on his/her own discretion or following a call from a player. In this instance the player making the decision will have ‘clock’ called against them, after one minute has past and if no decision has been made the dealer will give a ten second oral count, if after this period no decision had been made the players’ hand will be deemed ‘dead’. The Tournament Director can set the ‘clock’ time at his discretion.

34). Tournament staff may ‘colour up’ at any time as is deemed necessary, the player shall be present during colouring up.

35). Players may not request deck changes. Deck changes will occur during dealer changes or at the discretion of tournament staff.

36). End of day play will be dealt with in the following manner. At any time during the last twenty minutes of session of that end of day the Tournament Director will announce ‘hand for hand play’, all tables will finish the hand in play, when all tables have concluded a ‘last three hands’ will be called, every table will play three hands and tournament shall be stopped for that day.

37). Hand for hand play at the ‘bubble’ will be dealt with in the following manner: Approaching the point where elimination of a player or players will result in the remaining players finishing in a prize position the Tournament Director will announce ‘hand for hand play’, all tables will complete the hand in play and stop play until told to resume. Hands will be dealt one at a time until player or players have been eliminated.

i). Where two or more players are eliminated during the same hand for hand play they will share the finishing place.

ii). Where two or more players are eliminated in the same hand, the player that started the hand with the highest chip count will take the highest finishing place.

38). Players making deals amongst each other must do so before the commencement of the final table, only deals made before commencement of final table play and provided that they have been made clear to the Tournament Director will be administrated by tournament staff.

39). A violation of etiquette shall be deemed by tournament staff with the offending player first being warned and being made aware that their actions are in violation of accepted etiquette. Where a player repeats the violation the Tournament Director may take action by enforcing sufficient penalty. Violation of etiquette would include but not be limited to acts such as; loud behaviour, overzealous celebrations, berating another player or player actions, abusive behaviour or abusive language to another player or member of tournament staff, non-directed abusive language or actions, touching another player, another players chips or cards or invading another players playing area at the table. Players may not consume excessive amounts of alcohol whilst in play, tournament staff reserves the right to refuse a player alcohol at a table. Players found to be betting out of turn, splashing the pot, placing chips out of dealer reach, taking excessive time in reaching decisions, forcefully mucking in order to expose cards, throwing cards/chips off the table may also be deemed to be in violation of etiquette.

40). Penalties may be imposed by tournament staff, a player may request a review of the penalty imposed by the Tournament Director although the Tournament Director has a right to increase the penalty that was imposed. The Tournament Directors decision in all matters is final.

41). Whilst penalties would usually following warnings to a player for infringement of rules and etiquette issued by tournament staff, a players’ actions may be deemed severe enough to warrant immediate expulsion from the tournament, this decision will be made by the Tournament Director. Penalties will include but not be limited to; immediate expulsion from the tournament, exclusion from future GPT Poker Tournaments, missed hand penalty, multiple missed hands penalty, single orbit penalty, multiple orbit penalty, next break penalty, dead hand. Where a penalty of missed hand/hands, orbit/orbits has been implemented, the player must wait in the area designated by staff until requested to return. Where expulsion from the tournament has been implemented, the player shall receive refund of first round entry fee, where the player has received expulsion from the tournament and the finishing place is in prize position that player shall receive the corresponding prize to that position only. Where penalties have been imposed and in the event of table breaks, breaking tables, re-seating, table balancing, end of day play etc. The penalty shall move with the player and continued with commencement of play even if on a different table from where the penalty was first imposed.

42). All table equipment including; chips, cards, dealer button are the property of Global Poker Tournaments Ltd and have no monetary value. The exchange of chips between players at any time is strictly forbidden. Players may not remove chips from a table at any time other than to break from the table when balancing. Chips may not be taken from any table without prior instruction from tournament staff.

43). Payment of prizes may be made at the tournament final in cash, by cheque or by bank transfer. Winning players may choose their preferred payment method with the cash desk director. Transfer by bank or other means that incur extra expense shall be deducted from prize.

44). Winners are responsible for paying any taxes or fees associated with poker tournament prizes in their country of residence.

45). Tournament rules and any changes to tournament rules shall be displayed at all venues where GPT Poker is organised and are available online at the GPT Poker Online room. Rules, suggestion of blinds and stack sizes for home games are available on the GPT Poker websites.

46). All decision regarding the interpretation of rules and terms and conditions relating to a GPT Poker Tournament, lie solely with Global Poker Tournaments Ltd.

Force Majeure

Where the GPT Poker Global Tournament Final is affected as a result of acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond the reasonable control of Global Poker Tournaments Ltd. such as acts of God, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, windstorm or other natural disaster; war, threat of or preparation for war, terrorist attack, civil war, civil commotion or riots; voluntary or mandatory compliance with any law (including a failure to grant any licence or consent needed or any change in the law or interpretation of the law); fire, explosion or accidental damage; adverse weather conditions, thus leading to cancellation of the tournament before play has commenced, prize funds will be held and an alternative final tournament shall be arranged within 60 days. In the event of Force Majeure where players are in attendance at the final resort and where the tournament is stopped ‘in-play’ Global Poker Tournaments Ltd will endeavor to either; a) continue with the tournament at a later date with live play or b) continue the tournament at a later date via an online tournament.

Branding

Logos, images and branded clothing are permitted at GPT Poker events where the venue owner or operator of such events have no objection. Branded clothing with logos including shirts, sweatshirts and caps may be allowed at the GPT Poker Global Tournament Final. In any event players must check within the player forum for any notices regarding branded clothing prior to taking part in any GPT Poker Global Tournament Final. However and without exception the following rules apply to branded clothing at any GPT Poker event:

i). The decision of the Tournament Director is final with regard the wearing of branded logos and may demand that a player change clothes or remove logo.

ii). No more than 10% of the total number of players in any one single GPT Poker event may wear the logos of any single company.

iii). No more than 2 players on a final table may wear the logos of any single company.

iv). Players commencing a final table not wearing branded logos may not change clothing to include branded logos on the same table.

Sponsored Players

In the event that a sponsored player is successful in reaching the GPT Poker Global Tournament Final that player must confirm their sponsorship status to the Tournament Director prior to the tournament commencing. Players becoming sponsored after the start of an event will not be permitted to wear branded logo.

Televised Tables and Image Rights

By entering any GPT Pker tournament, players give their consent to being photographed or recorded for television, internet or any other media outlet. This also applies to spectators.

Spectators

Spectators may be allowed at the GPT Poker Global Tournament Final at the discretion of the Tournament Director. Spectators must remain in the designated Spectator Areas. Spectators must not distract players, interrupt play or talk with players during hand play. Spectators must leave the poker room before scheduled table breaking.

Any attempt by person or persons to damage, undermine or corrupt the operation of a GPT  Poker Tournament may be in violation of civil or criminal law. Should such acts be brought to the attention of Global Poker Tournament Ltd. The company reserves the right to seek compensation for damages to the fullest extent of the law.

For any further information regarding Global Poker Tournaments Ltd, Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policies or Cookies please email your requests to info@gptpoker.com

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