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Delawarepark.com House Rules

In order to promote integrity, fairness, and security, these House Rules will govern game play on the delawarepark.com website and mobile application (“delawarepark.com”), and all players will be required to adhere to the provisions contained herein.  Players must at all times comply with the delawarepark.com End-User License Agreement.  In the event of any conflict between these House Rules and End-User License Agreement, the End-User License Agreement shall apply.

Age Limit and Physical Location Eligibility
In order to play for real money on delawarepark.com, players must be at least 21 years of age, and physically located in the State of Delaware.  Players may be required to upload verification documents to confirm their eligibility.  

Wagering Limits

Cash games
The wagering limits for each cash game table, including the size of the blinds (forced initial bets), appear in the delawarepark.com poker client lobby.  When players join a cash game, they may sit down with any amount that is between the minimum and maximum buy-in designated for that table, with the funds being deducted from their cashier balance.  Players may leave cash game tables at any time, with their remaining funds being transferred back to their cashier balance.  In Fixed Limit games, players may only bet designated amounts in each betting round.  In No Limit games, players can bet as many of their chips as they wish during any betting round.  In Pot Limit games, player may bet any amount up to the size of the current pot.  During game play, players may only wager the chips they have in front of them at the beginning of a hand.  For example, if a player starts a hand with $15 in chips, while each of his opponents have $100, the player may only wager up to the $15 with which he began the hand.  Accordingly, he is only eligible to win $15 from each of his opponents during the hand.

Tournaments
In tournament poker, players pay a designated entry fee and receive tournament chips, which have no cash value and cannot be removed from play.  The structure of each tournament – including the maximum number of entrants, the rate of blind escalation, and the payout structure – is shown in the tournament lobby.  The tournament ends when one player has accumulated all of the chips in play. When a player loses all of his chips, he is knocked out of the tournament (unless the structure of the tournament allows eliminated players to re-enter.)  If two or more players are eliminated in the same hand, the player(s) who began the hand with fewer chips will be deemed to have been eliminated first, for the purpose of calculating payouts. 

Fees: Rake and Tournament Entry Fees
There are fees associated with participating in real-money poker games on delawarepark.com.  The fee for participating in cash games is known as the “rake”, and consists of a small percentage of each pot that is retained by the house. The rake is determined by many factors including the game stakes, the size of the pot, and the number of players who are dealt into a hand.  No rake is taken from a hand that ends during the first round of betting (before the flop.) 

As host, delawarepark.com applies a Commission Charge ("Rake") to each Poker hand's Pot. To view delawarepark.com's Real Money table Rake Schedules, please see the Limits, Antes & Rake section of this site.

The fees for participating in tournaments on delawarepark.com are fixed amounts shown in the tournament lobby and buy-in screen of each tournament.  The total cost to enter a tournament is typically presented in the form of “$A + $B”, where $A is the entry fee that goes into the prize pool, and $B is the fee that is retained by the house.

Split Pots
In the event of a tie between two or more players, the pot will be split evenly among the winning players. In instances when the pot does not split evenly, the odd chip amount will go to the winning player seated closest to the dealer (clockwise). For example, if a pot of $50.25 is split between two winning players, the player closest to the dealer will receive $25.13, with the other player receiving $25.12.

Tournament Cancellation Policy
We reserve the right to cancel any tournament that is announced, registering, or in a pending state.

Tournaments that are in progress that require cancellation due to a variety of possible factors (server issues, widespread connection problems, etc.) will be cancelled, and the prize pool will be divided evenly among all the players that are still in the tournament. Players who are eliminated from the tournament prior to tournament cancellation would remain unaffected, and be ineligible for any prize.

Multi-Tabling
To keep the pace of play at an enjoyable level, players will be limited to playing a maximum of six (6) cash game tables at any time.  There is no maximum on the number of tournaments in which a player can play concurrently.

Time Limits
To keep the pace of play at an enjoyable level, a time limit applies to every player action.  A warning will be given as the player’s time runs down – if no action is taken before time expires, his hand will be automatically folded, and he will forfeit any amount that he has contributed to the pot.  Some tables feature a “time bank”: an additional limited reservoir of time that can be activated by the player for difficult decisions. Certain tables may be designated as “turbo” or “hyper-turbo” tables and will operate on shorter time limits to accommodate players who enjoy a faster pace of play.

All-In Players
A player who wagers all of his available chips is considered “all in.” An all-in player is always eligible to win the “main pot”, which consists of the amount wagered by the all-in player plus the amount of his contribution that was matched by other players in a hand.

A “side pot” will be created for the players that continue to wager in the hand after the all-in player is no longer able to make or match further bets. Depending on the respective chip stacks of the players, a number of side pots may be created in a single poker hand each time a subsequent player is all-in.

For example, assume there are three players: A, B, and C, who have $100, $120, and $200, respectively, at the beginning of the hand. Player A makes an all-in bet for $100, Player B moves all-in as well for $120, and Player C calls.  The “main pot” will be $300 (consisting of $100 from each player), and will be contested between all 3 players.  A “side pot” of $40 ($20 from Player B and $20 from Player C) will also be formed, but will only be contested between Players B and C, because Player A was all-in for $100 and did not contribute to the side pot. In other words, even if Player A has the best hand among the three of them, only players B and C are eligible to win the $40 side pot. If Player B or C has the best hand among the three players, he would win both the main pot and the side pot (because, unlike Player A, he had contributed to each).

Player Disconnection Policy
If a player is disconnected due to a localized connection error specific to that user and not affecting several players, the server will automatically attempt to reestablish connection to the player.  If the connection cannot be reestablished in a suitable amount of time, then:

if there has not been a bet made when it is the player’s turn to act, he will automatically check;

if a bet has been made by another player, and a call is required when it is the player’s turn to act, his hand will be automatically folded. Before any automatic action is taken, the player’s time bank (if any) will be activated.

Under no circumstances will a player’s hand be treated as ‘all-in’ due to a connection problem.  The hand will automatically be folded to protect the integrity of the game.

Server Outage Policy
In the unlikely scenario that a delawarepark.com server experiences an unexpected outage:

Cash games will roll back to their status before the hand then in progress (interrupted due to the outage) as though it was never dealt;

Players who are disconnected in the middle of a cash game will be automatically refunded the funds they contributed to the pot in the interrupted hand, and their balance at the table will be returned to their Cashier balance;

Tournaments that are in progress will be cancelled and the prize pool will be divided evenly among all the players that are still in the tournament.  Players who busted from the tournament prior to the connectivity issue would remain unaffected, and be ineligible for any prize.

Auto-Muck Losing Hand
If a player is participating in a showdown, and his hand is ranked lower than an already revealed hand, the player can opt to not show his losing hand to the other participants at the table.  To enable this feature, the player must check the “Auto-Muck Losing Hand” box. In a multi-way pot at showdown, any player’s hand that wins any portion of the pot will automatically be revealed to the other participants at the table. If a player wins a hand by virtue of everyone else folding, he will have the option to choose "Show Hand" or "Muck."

Collusion
Collusion occurs when two or more players at a poker table attempt to gain an unfair advantage by sharing knowledge of their cards or other information. Collusion is prohibited and we use a variety of methods to detect play that appears questionable or suspicious. More information can be found in delawarepark.com's End User License Agreement.

Fair Play
delawarepark.com reserves the right to terminate the account of any player it deems to be violating these House Rules, the End-User License Agreement, Internet Lottery Regulations, or any State or Federal law, and to take any action, as specified in the End-User License Agreement and as permitted by law or regulation, to address incidents requiring intervention.

Rat-Holing
delawarepark.com considers it unethical for a player to leave a cash game table, only to return to the table shortly thereafter with less than the amount he had left with (known as “rat-holing”). If a player attempts to join a table that he vacated less than 30 minutes prior, he will be required to bring to the table an amount equal to or greater than what he left with.

Table Etiquette

Slow Play
Maintaining a reasonable pace of play is the responsibility of all players. Players should aim to play at the same pace as other players at the table.

In-turn Checkboxes
Players can expedite gameplay by using the in-turn checkboxes to choose their action (e.g. check, fold, etc) before it is their turn to act.  The selected action will be automatically taken when it is the player’s turn.

Chat
We strive to create an enjoyable experience for all players and will automatically censor language it deems inappropriate.  Players may not use offensive, abusive, defamatory, insulting, harassing, inflammatory, sexually explicit, or derogatory language, or language that includes expressions of bigotry, racism, hatred or profanity.  Use of such language may result in a player having his chat privileges revoked.

In-Game Commentary
Players must refrain from using the chat feature to comment on hands, either concluded or then-in-progress. This includes, but is not limited to, providing strategy advice, sharing cards, or identifying potential bluffs.

 

Good luck, and enjoy the tables!

 


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