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Updated: March 3, 2023

 

Interested in going to play an event in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Vegas next year? Not willing to cough up the $1000 US for the cheapest event? Well this is the deal.

 

League Final Prizes:

League Final prizes are either Grand Prizes or Preliminary Event Prizes.

 

Grand Prizes:

WSOP Main Event Entry is called the Grand Prize. We will provide one or two Grand Prizes each year. Year specific prizes will be shown on the Standings page for that season.

 

Preliminary Event Prizes:

All prizes from the league final that are not WSOP Main Event Prizes will be called Preliminary Event Prizes. Preliminary Event Prizes can be used at any poker tournament series such as WSOP Circuit Events in Calgary or elsewhere. Year specific prizes will be shown on the Standings page for that season.

 

League Money Commitments:
Each player pays $500 USD or $650 CAD up front payable prior to first event as a League Fee. All league fees go to the end of the year prize pool. Each player also pays $100 CAD per event that they play in.

 

Any players who drops from the league will receive no refund and is ineligible to receive any portion of winnings from Grand Prize cashes.

 

We will provide one or two Grand Prizes plus as many Preliminary Event Packages as we have money for.

 

Points:

It works like this, each event, we will have a tournament with cash prizes for top 6-15 players depending on number of entries, and points awarded to top 22 league players. Points are awarded as follows...

1. 10000

2. 8000

3. 6500

4. 5000

5. 4500

6. 4000

7. 3500

8. 3000

9. 2500

10. 2000

11-14. 1500

15-18. 1000

19-22. 500  

 

League Final:

The league leader in points at the end of the 10 event season will be guaranteed at least a $1,000 US buy-in Preliminary Event Package no matter where that player finishes in the league final. If there is a tie for points for the league lead the tiebreakers will be as follows:

1.     Most money earned.

2.     Number of first place finishes, number of second place finishes, etc, etc.

 

The league leader will also get the chance to play in the League Final in an attempt to win a Grand Prize or Preliminary Package of greater value than the guaranteed package.

 

The remainder of the prize packages will be determined in a league final tournament. Everyone qualifies for the league final. At the League Final, each player will get 1,000 chips plus they receive 1 extra chip for each point they received during the regular season (Regular season and League Final tournament formats and blind schedules below). There will be no entry fee or prizes for the Final, except the League Final Prizes.


The winners of the League Final Prizes agree to split any monies won at the World Series of Poker or other tourney series with the league.
For league winners that win money at WSOP or other tourney series, the first $5000 USD of the prize is kept by the league winner. The League will get one-third of any cash prize won at the World Series of Poker (or other tourney series) before taxes above $5000. In this way, the league will still be able to participate in any truly big wins, but the winner can reap higher rewards from min-cashes. The league share will be divided evenly among all players that have paid all of their league fees by the end of Event #10. If the league share is less than $20 per person, the league will keep the money to be added to the following seasons’ prize pool. Also, the league will round down to the nearest $10 increment per person and keep the extra as money to be added to the following seasons’ prize pool. Also, to be clear the league is only entitled to a portion of the cash prize received from the World Series of Poker (or other tourney series). The player keeps 100% of any monies received from any endorsements they may receive from online sites, ESPN or otherwise due to participation in the event.

 

Regular Tournament Structure:
Each event, players will begin with 12,000 chips.

The blind structure is set up to finish the tourney in about 7 hours with a target end time of around 2am. If tournaments start to last beyond this time at a regular rate, the blinds may be adjusted for future tournaments.

Current Structure

(for use with 5 tables or more)

Level #

Minutes

Small Blind

Big Blind

Big Blind Ante

1

20

100

100

0

2

20

100

100

100

3

20

100

200

200

4

20

100

300

300

10 Min Break

5

20

200

400

400

6

20

300

600

600

7

20

400

800

800

8

20

500

1000

1000

10 Min Break

9

20

600

1200

1200

10

20

800

1600

1600

11

20

1000

2000

2000

12

20

1500

3000

3000

10 Min Break

13

20

2000

4000

4000

14

20

3000

6000

6000

15

20

4000

8000

8000

16

20

5000

10000

10000

5 Min Break

17

20

8000

15000

15000

18

20

10000

20000

20000

19

20

10000

25000

25000

20

20

15000

30000

30000

21

Unlimited

20000

40000

40000

Last level continues until end of tournament.

Final Tournament Structure (2018-2022):

As for the 2022 final, there will be approximately 673,000 chips in play among 63 players and the blinds structures will be as follows with half hour levels until Level 12:

Final Tournament Structure

 

 

 

Level #

Minutes

Small Blind

Big Blind

BB Ante

Start Time

BB’s

1

30

100

100

0

6:00pm

6730

2

30

100

100

100

6:30pm

6730

3

30

100

200

200

7:00pm

3365

4

30

100

300

300

7:30pm

2243

10 Minute Break

 

8:00pm

 

5

30

200

400

400

8:10pm

1683

6

30

300

600

600

8:40pm

1122

7

30

400

800

800

9:10pm

842

8

30

500

1000

1000

9:40pm

673

10 Minute Break

 

10:10pm

 

9

30

600

1200

1200

10:20pm

561

10

30

800

1600

1600

10:50pm

421

11

30

1000

2000

2000

11:20pm

337

12

30

1200

2400

2400

11:50pm

280

10 Minute Break

 

12:20pm

 

13

30

1500

3000

3000

12:30pm

224

14

30

2000

4000

4000

1:00am

168

15

30

2500

5000

5000

1:30am

135

16

30

3000

6000

6000

2:00am

112

10 Minute Break

 

2:30am

 

17

20

4000

8000

8000

2:40am

84

18

20

5000

10000

10000

3:00am

67

19

20

8000

15000

15000

3:20am

45

20

Unlimited

10000

20000

20000

3:40am

34

Last level continues until end of tournament. Please note that I reserve the right to change blinds during play or stop the tourney at 2:30am if a winner has not been decided and play out the remainder on a mutually agreed upon date.


Final Tournament Structure (2011 – 2017):

As for the final, there will be approximately 505,500 chips in play and the blinds structures will be as follows with half hour levels until Level 12:

Final Tournament Structure

 

 

Level #

Minutes

Small Blind

Big Blind

Start Time

BB’s

1

30

100

100

7:00pm

5055

1

30

100

200

7:30pm

2528

2

30

200

400

8:00pm

1264

3

30

300

600

8:30pm

842

10 Minute Break

9:00pm

 

4

30

400

800

9:10pm

631

5

30

500

1000

9:40pm

506

6

30

600

1200

10:10pm

421

10 Minute Break

10:40pm

 

7

30

800

1600

10:50pm

316

8

30

1000

2000

11:20pm

253

9

30

1200

2400

11:50pm

211

5 Minute Break

12:20am

 

10

30

1500

3000

12:25pm

169

11

30

2000

4000

12:55am

126

12

30

3000

6000

1:25am

84

5 Minute Break

1:55am

 

11

20

5000

10000

2:00am

51

12

20

7000

14000

2:20am

36

13

Unlimited

10000

20000

2:40am

25

Last level continues until end of tournament.

 

Tournament Rules:

 

General Playing Rules:  

We will at all times try to follow official TDA Rules set out by the Tournament Directors Association. See TDA Page for details. We have two TDA certified tournament directors in Scott Brynen and Darren Kennedy to help with rule decisions.

 

Code of Conduct:

The final note I would like to make is that I will be much harder/stricter with rule enforcement, misconduct, drunkeness and perceived cheating.

1.     If you are noticeably drunk and slurring words, having trouble walking, etc you will be asked to leave the premises. I have no issues with those that would like to have a drink or two, just keep it under control.

2.     If you are caught cheating in any way shape or form you will be banned from not just that event but the league without having any money returned. Cheating includes among other things:

a.     Taking chips from another player or from the common stash.

b.     Passing chips to another player.

c.     Bottom dealing and other dealing mechanics.

3.     Misconduct will be dealt with on a per incident basis and includes:

a.     Intimidation both verbal and physical.

b.     Threatening actions or behavior both verbal and physical. We have no place for the Phil Hellmuth wannabes of the world.

 

Arbitration:

  1. In the event of any dispute on the rules, a league organizer who is not involved in the hand will rule on the hand. Their decision is final.

 

Dealing:

  1. The tournament will be self dealt. Dealer is to let the player on his immediate right cut the cards.
  2. A Dealer button will be positioned directly in front of the dealer.
  3. The dealer is responsible for protecting his own cards separately from the main deck.
  4. The dealer must burn one card prior to the flop, one card prior to the turn and one card prior to the river.
  5. The dealer must NOT pre-burn cards.
  6. In the event of an exposed card during the deal:
    1. If it is one of the first cards dealt to the blinds a miss-deal is declared.
    2. If it is any other card, the dealer will continue as if the card was not exposed until the deal is finished. At this point, the dealer will replace the exposed card with the next card on the deck and use the exposed card as the burn card.
    3. If more than one card is exposed during the deal a miss-deal is declared.

 

Late buy-in:

Any player showing up after the tournament begins will be allowed to enter the tournament late even if they are non-league members so long as:

1.     It is before the start of level 5 of the tourney and

2.     The player can join without us needing to add a new table or push existing tables over 9 people.

 

Table Balancing:

  1. Table balancing will occur anytime one table has at least 2 players more than another table.
  2. When a player needs to be moved to balance tables, a player will be removed from the table with the most players that is next on the big blind. If more than one table is tied for the most players the table with higher table number will be used. Example: Tables 1 and 3 have 9 players while Table 2 has 7 players. The next player on the big blind on Table 3 would be moved to Table 2 in the seat where the last person was eliminated.
  3. During the League Final at the final 2 tables we will balance players in as close a position as possible to avoid giving unfair advantages. So if button busts on table 1 then we will send the cutoff from table 2.

 

Breaking Tables:

  1. When a table is broken the highest number table will break and fill up the empty seats on the other tables.
  2. A complete tournament redraw for seats will occur for the final table.
  3. We will play 9 handed tables when we have 65 or more players. Once we are at 64 players we will play 8 handed until the final 2 tables. With 2 tables left we play 9 handed and the final table starts 10 handed.
  4. We will move from 10 tables to 9 tables when we have 81 players.
  5. We will move from 9 tables to 8 tables when we have 64 players.
  6. We will move from 8 tables to 7 tables when we have 56 players.
  7. We will move from 7 tables to 6 tables when we have 48 players.
  8. We will move from 6 tables to 5 tables when we have 40 players.
  9. We will move from 5 tables to 4 tables when we have 32 players.
  10. We will move from 4 tables to 3 tables when we have 24 players.
  11. We will move from 3 tables to 2 tables when we have 18 players.
  12. We will move from 2 tables to 1 table when we have 10 players.

 

Coloring up Chips:

  1. Color up procedures will be done as roundup. We no longer to chip races. All the lowest denomination chips on each table will be cashed in for bigger chips as much as possible. Anyone with leftover odd small denomination chips will get one next smallest chip remaining in play.
  2. Example 1: Player A has 13 100 denomination chips. The next smallest denomination is 500 chip so Player A receives 1,500 chips.
  3. Example 2: Player A has 21 100 denomination chips. The next smallest denomination is 500 chip so Player A receives 2,500 chips.

 

Official Tournament Positions:

  1. If two players go out on the same hand on the same table, the player that started the hand with more chips will receive the higher position.
  2. If for purposes of points, two players go out on the same hand on different tables, the same rule of who started the hand with the most chips gets the higher placing applies.

 

Hand-for-Hand Play:

  1. There will be no hand-for-hand play in our tournaments. All cash prize bubbles will likely be bursting when there is two tables left but we have decided against hand-for-hand play for the cash bubble. The tournament director reserves the right to go hand-for-hand when he sees fit to do so.
  2. The points bubble will occur with 3-4 tables left in all likelihood, but we have decided against hand-for-hand play.

 

 

Season 16 – 2021/22 Changes to Rules:

This year rule changes are as follows:

    a. League winners that win something other than a Main Event Prize are now allowed to use that for tournament series other than the WSOP. For example Calgary WSOP Circuit Event

 

Season 15 – 2018/19 Changes to Rules:

This year rule changes are as follows:

a.     Points now being awarded to top 22 league players as follows:

1. 10000

2. 8000

3. 6500

4. 5000

5. 4500

6. 4000

7. 3500

8. 3000

9. 2500

10. 2000

11-14. 1500

15-18. 1000

19-22. 500  

23rd – last: 0

 

Season 14 – 2017/18 Changes to Rules:

This year rule changes are as follows:

    a. No more substitutes allowed

 

Season 13 – 2017/18 Changes to Rules:

This year rule changes are as follows:

    a. This season you will be allowed only one substitute. This is a compromise, but this will only be for one year. Next year there will be no substitutes at all. I feel that giving everyone 1000 points to start, guaranteeing that they get to play in the Final should make up for any perceived loss in having substitutes.

    b. For league winners that win money in the WSOP, the first $5000 USD of the prize is kept by the league winner. The League will get one-third of anything won above $5000. In this way, the league will still be able to participate in any truly big wins, but the winner can reap higher rewards from min-cashes.

 

Season 12 – 2016/17 Changes to Rules:

There were no rule changes of note for this season.

 

Season 11 – 2015/16 Changes to Rules:

There were no rule changes of note for this season.

 

Season 10 – 2014/15 Changes to Rules:

There were no rule changes of note for this season.

 

Season 9 – 2013/14 Changes to Rules:

1.     We are now paying 18 spots for the points.

 

There were no other rule changes of note for this season.

 

Season 8 – 2012/13 Changes to Rules:

2.     Non-league members now pay $60 to play the tournament.

3.     League fees have been raised from $400 for the season to $500, meaning you are now responsible for $50 (instead of $40) for your league fee each event.

 

There were no other rule changes of note for this season.

 

Season 7 – 2011/12 Changes to Rules:

1.     One last change before the season gets under way tomorrow. When we created the league we gave points for the top 10 players when tourneys were 20-25 players deep. Now we are 60-80 player tourneys and finishing in the top 10 is way harder. As such a lot of people have requested giving points to the top 20. I have resisted a bit mainly due to the difficulty of managing bustouts. However I think it’s time we considered changing the point allocation. What we are doing for this season is giving points to the top 15 as that will usually be in the top 2 tables only and not be that much more difficult to administer than the top 10.

The new point distributions are below:

1st:             10,000

2nd:            8,000

3rd:             6,500

4th:             5,000

5th:             4,000

6th:             3,000

7th:             2,500

8th:             2,000

9th:             1,500

10th:           1,000

11th:           1,000

12th:           1,000

13th            500

14th:           500

15th:           500

16th-last:    0

 

Previous points distributions.

1st-                  10000 points

2nd-                 8000

3rd –                6400

4th -                 4800

5th -                 3600

6th -                 2800

7th -                 2000

8th -                 1200

9th -                 800

10th -               400

11th-last -        0

 

Season 6 – 2010/11 Changes to Rules:

2.     Prizes: This one had lots of opinions, but general consensus is that people like the big Main Event prize and then as many secondary prizes as possible. So we will go with one Main Event Package ($10,000 buy-in + $1000 Cdn cash) and as many smaller packages ($1000 buy-in + $600 Cdn cash) as possible.

3.     Money Won in Vegas: we will continue to split monies won in Vegas with the league, but I am going to simplify it to this: one third of the cash prize before taxes goes to the league, and everyone that fully paid their league dues by end of Event #10 will get an equal share. This is a change from before where we effectively got 35% of prize pool and the shares were proportional to number of points you attained during the season. In addition if the league share from WSOP in total from all players is less than $20 per person, the league will keep the money to be added to the following seasons’ prize pool. Also the league will round down to the nearest $10 increment per person and keep the extra as money to be added to the following seasons’ prize pool.

4.     Qualification for League Final: Anyone who gets points during the season makes the League Final.

5.     Rules: actual poker rules of the game themselves seem fine. I don’t anticipate any changes there. We will continue to abide by official TDA rules.

6.     Chip Stacks and Structure: we will do away with the rebuy chip and simply start all players with 12,000 chips. Blind structure remains the same.

 

Season 5 – 2009/10 Changes to Rules: Season 5 Rules Page

1)    If we have over 50 league players, we will be taking the top 24 players to the league final, instead of just the top 20.

2)    The league leader in points at end of 10 events will be guaranteed a WSOP Preliminary Event Package and get a chance to play in the League Final for a shot at the WSOP Main Event Package.

3)    The top prize is now a seat in the WSOP Main Event worth $12,800 Cdn. Secondary prizes will be $2000 Cdn prizes covering a seat in a $1500 US or $1000 US preliminary event and remaining cash.

4)    The league fees for the year have been raised from $300 to $400.

5)    There will be no bonus 10,000 chips to take to the League Final. You will only get the points you earned as chips in the League Final.

6)    Code of Conduct Section added.

 

Season 4 – 2008/09 Changes to Rules:

1)    If we have over 40 league players, we will be taking the top 20 players to the league final, instead of just the top 10.

2)    We are once again bumping up the cash portion of the tourney. It will now be $50 entry for league and non-league members alike. The league fee will remain at $30 per event. The reasoning behind bumping up the buy-in is that we were pushing against our max capacity for the last 4 tourneys and there’s obviously enough interest to do this and two is that if I’m driving 2 hours to play I want that first prize to be bigger.

 

Season 3 – 2007/08 Changes to Rules:

  1. The cash portion of the tourney is moved up to $40 (from $30) while leaving the league fee portion untouched at $30. For league members that translates to an additional $10 per event, but has the much desired effect of upping the prize payouts.
  2. We formalized the “late buy-in” rule. Any player showing up late will be allowed to enter the tournament late even if they are non-league members so long s it is: a) in the first hour of the tourney and b) the player can join without us needing to add a new table or push existing tables over 10 people. If they arrive 0-20 minutes late they will have 150 chips removed from their stack prior to play, 20-40 minutes late and they will have 500 chips removed from their stack, 40-60 minutes will have 1000 chips removed. No one will be allowed to join the tournament after the first hour of play.

 

Season 2 – 2006/07 Changes to Rules:

  1. Substitutes: We continued to allow substitutes, but you now need to send someone specifically, that person must approach the tourney organizer and state who in the league s/he is playing for and that person MUST PAY your $30 WSOP drop before the tournament begins for you to be eligible for any points that person gets you.
  2. The starting time remained the same at 8pm start but we did our best to get the show going on time as this was the number one complaint from season 1.

 

 

Darren Kennedy

darrenkennedydk@gmail.com

778-870-6319