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Paddy Power Irish Open Dec 12th 2006

A reminder to all players that due to combining the Dec 06 and Jan 07 Monthly Leaderboards the first prize in our Christmas Special Finals is entry to the 1,000 (plus 100 registration fee) 2-day NL Holdem Freezeout event held at the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open in Dublin on Sunday 8th April 2007 (Easter Sunday) starting at 6:00pm, with Day 2 of the event on Monday 9th April 2007 (Easter Monday) starting at 3:00pm.

Also included are return flights from Doncaster (Sheffield) airport to Dublin, departing at 1.25pm (eta Dublin 2.25pm) on Sunday 8th April 2007 and returning at 3.20pm (eta Doncaster Sheffield 4.20pm) on Tuesday 10th April 2007 AND hotel accommodation for 2 people sharing a room at the venue of the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open for the nights of Sun 8th April and Mon 9th April - the venue is The Burlington, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ireland (the Burlington is a high quality 4-star Dublin hotel, centrally located, just a five-minute stroll from St Stephen's Green and Grafton Street)

All games held during Dec 06 and Jan 07 go towards the Leaderboard, and with the winner's prize being highly sought after, competition is expected to be tight during the 2 month period - so every point could make all the difference!


Paddy Power Irish Poker Open - can you win a seat via the Dec 06 & Jan 07 Area Finals? Dec 6th 2006

Due to combining the Dec 06 and Jan 07 Monthly Leaderboards we are able to offer a fantastic Christmas Special prize for the winners of both the South Yorkshire Dec 06 & Jan 07 Area Final and the West Yorkshire Dec 06 & Jan 07 Area Final (both due to be played on Sunday 11 Feb 07 at venues to be confirmed).

The winner of each final will receive entry to the 1,000 (plus 100 registration fee) 2-day NL Holdem Freezeout event held at the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open in Dublin on Sunday 8th April 2007 (Easter Sunday) starting at 6:00pm, with Day 2 of the event on Monday 9th April 2007 (Easter Monday) starting at 3:00pm.

The 1st prize also includes return flights from Doncaster (Sheffield) airport to Dublin, departing at 1.25pm (eta Dublin 2.25pm) on Sunday 8th April 2007 and returning at 3.20pm (eta Doncaster Sheffield 4.20pm) on Tuesday 10th April 2007.

Also included in the 1st prize is hotel accommodation for 2 people sharing a room at the venue of the Paddy Power Irish Poker Open for the nights of Sun 8th April and Mon 9th April - the venue is The Burlington, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Ireland. The Burlington is a high quality 4-star Dublin hotel, centrally located, just a five-minute stroll from Stephen's Green and Grafton Street - perfect for a spot of shopping and/or pub crawl - and if winners take partners along they can always pop upstairs to bed early - partners that is, not players!

If all tactics prove fruitless on day 1, the lucky Area Finals' Winners can always watch the Irish Open Main Event Final Table action on Monday 9th April, which will be a televised event, and maybe get a background TV shot to preserve the memory...

All games held during Dec 06 and Jan 07 go towards the Leaderboard. Can you afford not to qualify for the Area Final?


Spectators at Area Finals Dec 5th 2006

Spectators are most welcome at the Area Finals. However, all spectators must be members and participants of LPPL. 'Non-members' will not be permitted access to the LPPL 'private' areas and due to legal issues are not permitted to join LPPL on the night of the event.


Dealer Responsibilities... Oct 28th 2006

It is common practice in a 'self-deal' game (ie all players take their turn to deal a hand) that the Dealer has full responsibility for the correct running 'of that hand' - which means it is the Dealer who should control the movement of cards (including those mucked in the middle of the table), the 'betting' of chips (including making sure each player puts in the correct amount - and the Dealer should be the only person to 'give change') and the general 'conduct' of players at the table.

Examples of a Dealers Responsibilites include:

If players bet (or check) out of turn then the Dealer of that hand has a responsibility to remind players that this is not correct and that players should wait their turn.

If players break the rules, for example by showing someone else their cards, then the Dealer should remind players that this is, in fact, breaking the rules.

If players remove cards from the 'muck pile', including trying to retrieve their own cards after they have folded, then the Dealer has a responsibility to point out to players that they are not allowed to do that.

The list of possible examples could go on and on, but the general concept that the Dealer is in charge of the table 'for their particular deal' is to be abided by at all times. If disputes arise, the Dealer should take control of the situation immediately and try and sort it out - if they are not able to take control, or they cannot sort it out, then they should immediately call for the Tournament Director (TD) who will take over the responsibility, and it should ALWAYS be remembered that it is the TD who will always have the final say.

On a final note - every player has a certain degree of responsibility to ensure the game is played in a fair and amiciable manner, and therefore players should not rely on a Dealer, or the TD, to bring to the attention of others that something is wrong - if you see that someone has not put in enough chips to the pot - tell them, if you see someone has put in too many - tell them, if you see someone is 'sharing' their cards with another player - tell them...... after all, it is them that are in the wrong, and the more 'we' (ie players) point out mistakes the less they will happen.

Players who deliberately and/or repeatedly 'break the rules' should be reported by Dealers to the TD, who will inform the Host and in turn LivePubPokerLeague may instigate a ban from future events.


Minimum Age Oct 23rd 2006

All players are reminded that the minimum age to play in LivePubPokerLeague is 18 years.


Showing Cards... Oct 22nd 2006

To clarify a few things...

If a player mucks their hand then no-one, including THAT player, is entitled to then look at the cards after they have been mucked - players folding should push their cards into the centre of the table and they should stay there until the game is over - and even then no-one is to look at mucked cards.

No-one is to deliberately look at another player's cards whether they are still in the game or have already folded. This is especially true for The Dealer, who after they have folded may think they have a right to view someone elses hand - they do not! - whether the other player is still in the game or his cards are mucked - NO-ONE is to view them.


Minimum Bet... Oct 21st 2006

The minimum bet at the start of any round of betting is always the Big Blind (exceptions made only if someone is 'all-in' and they were first to bet). If blinds were 25/50 and someone raised post-flop to 500 and was called, after the turn the minimum bet would still be the Big Blind - ie 50.


Multiple players eliminated during same hand... Oct 15th 2006

When 2 or more players get eliminated during the same hand, it is the player who had the most chips who finishes in the higher position.

For example, if John has 2000 chips, Mark 300 chips, Kay 7000 chips and Tom 900 chips, and John, Mark and Tom are 'all-in' (thus creating 2 side-pots for both Mark and Tom and leaving the remainder of the main pot to be fought over between John and Kay) - and Kay wins the hand thereby knocking out all three players (ie John, Mark and Tom) then the finishing positions would be, for example:
5th John (who had 2000 chips)
6th Tom (who had 900 chips)
7th Mark (who had 300 chips)

If in the rare instance two or more players get knocked out during the same hand, and have the exact same number of chips, LivePubPokerRules then revert to the player who is highest on the Area League Leaderboard who finishes highest, and thereafter we revert to the player who has played in the most games during the relevant month.


Latecomers... Oct 12th 2006

Within LivePubPokerLeague rules we allow for 'Latecomers' to be able to play in tournaments up until the START of the 4th level. It has recently become apparent that a 'Latecomer' could turn up to play up to 45 minutes AFTER the start of a tournament (ie the start of level 4), and depending on the number of players that the tournament started with, be in the points right away - without playing a single hand!!! So for example, if 20 players started the game and within the first 30 minutes 5 of them got knocked out, and then a 'Latecomer' arrived before the start of the 4th level, they would be in the points already! - seems to be wrong - and we agree!

Therefore we have amended our rules to ensure that this 'anomoly' does not happen in the future. With immediate effect, our rules stiputating that 'Latecomers' can join in a game up until the start of level 4, have been amended to state that 'there must be a minimum of at last 20 players remaining in the game at the point of the 'Latecomer' joining - 20 'including' the Latecomer! - OR, if there were under 20 players who signed-up for the game, no-one has yet been knocked out. So if 17 players sign-up and start on time, and a Latecomer arrives and all 17 players are still in the game, then the Latecomer can join (with reduced chips...).

Our apologies go to the player than actually turned up tonight and was 'caught' in the situation of being a 'Latecomer' but was actually not allowed to be admitted to the game because we made the above decision 'on the spot' to clarify our rules. I hope you can understand that the ruling in the longer term is by far to the advantage of LivePubPokerLeague TOURNAMENTS AND PLAYERS alike, and I hope it will not discourage you from attenting future games (even if late arriving!...).


New Points Structure Oct 3rd 2006

We have altered our points structure for those players who finish in positions 9 - 16 as follows:
9th 85 points
10th 80 points
11th 75 points
12th 70 points
13th 65 points
14th 60 points
15th 55 points
16th 50 points

The above HAS been allocated to both South Yorkshire games played so far this month (ie Yorkshire Terrier Sun 1 Oct and Manvers Arms Mon 2 Oct)

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