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House Rules for PlayNow Poker
- In all disputes in which a ruling, interpretation, clarification or intervention is required, all decisions made by PlayNow.com are binding.
- PlayNow.com has the right to close any game at any time.
- PlayNow.com has the right to suspend a player for a time period to be determined by PlayNow.com for a violation of a house rule.
- If a player notices that an unlikely error of any kind has occurred during a game, the player must contact Customer Support at 1-877-706-6789 as soon as practicable.
- In the event of a technical malfunction that removes all players from the table, the hand in play will be considered dead (void) and all the money wagered will be returned to the player after an investigation has been conducted.
- In the event of an error, the hand will be dead.
- No "board talk" is allowed. Players may not chat about a hand while it is in progress. Although some comments may be innocuous, the presumption will be that any comments about the play of a hand are in violation of our rules. To be safe, avoid making any comments about the hand you are holding or how you intend to play during a hand.
- Players may not use chat to offer advice to another player during a hand, or urge a player to take a particular course of action (e.g., it is a rule violation to use chat to say "Call him, he's bluffing!").
- Players may not chat about any folded cards they held during a hand.
- Players may not chat about any current cards they are holding during a hand.
- Foul, abusive or threatening language will not be tolerated at the gaming tables.
- In Fixed limit games there is a maximum of four bets allowed in each betting round. A bet, a raise, a re-raise and a cap. A cap is the third raise in a betting round, after which no more betting is allowed.
- If there are only two remaining players at the start of a hand, playing "heads up", then raises are unlimited.
- Pot limit and No limit games allow for an unlimited number of bets and raises.
- The determination of which player's hand will and must be shown first during the showdown will depend on which player initiated the action and/or which player initiated the last bet, raise or re-raise.
- Players who win a non-called pot are not required to show their cards.
- Cards "speak for themselves" when determining the winner of a pot. The universal poker hand rankings apply, and a list of these rankings can be found on the page.
- If two or more players tie by holding equally-strong winning five-card hands, the pot will be split between the tying players. If there is an odd chip, that chip will be broken down to the smallest value chips in the game. If the amount to be split is still uneven, the player who was in earliest position gets the odd chip. This applies to flop, stud, and draw games. In high-low games, the odd chip will be divided in half and both players will receive 0.5 cents. Please note that player balances will not show half-cents. Our system tracks all half-cents accumulated in the background and displays the correct balance once a full cent has been earned.
- The house shall collect a "rake" not to exceed 3 (three) dollars per pot, except in games featuring stakes of 1-2 or lower, where the maximum rake is 1 (one) dollar. Please see the Rake Structure page for more information.
- The Sit-Out features are intended to allow a player to take a small break from the action without losing his or her seat. Players must return to the game within 10 rounds (orbits). If a player fails to return to the game, then the player will be picked up from the table.