House Rules for Real Money and Free Play

These rules apply to all games at RealGaming.com ( Real Gaming ). Players at Real Gaming Poker are expected to play fairly, and in accordance with the spirit of the game. The following rules must be followed at all times.

Rake Schedule

$0.01 $0.30 $0.30 $0.30
$0.05 $0.50 $1.00 $1.50
$0.10 $0.50 $1.00 $2.00
$0.20 $0.50 $1.50 $3.00
$3.00 $0.50 $1.50 $3.00
$99999999.99 $1.00 $2.00 $3.00

Opening a Real Gaming Poker Account

To play at Real Gaming Poker, you must be 21 years of age or older. You may be asked to provide proof that you are of legal age and answer several security questions. You may not access Real Gaming Poker from any jurisdiction where it is illegal to do so. To play for real money, you must provide your correct full name, your correct date of birth, social security number (at initial registration), and your current address (including zip/postal code). After registration has been verified, the registration process will require a password and other security questions. You may only have one Real Gaming Poker account. You may play on your Real Gaming Poker account only, and you may not let other people use your account. The rake for all games will be up to 10% of all sums wagered on each hand. The minimum bet per hand may range from a small blind of one cent and big blind of two cents up to a small blind of $500,000.00 to $1 million dollar big blind. The minimum buy-in may range from $1.00 up to $1 million dollars. Please see lobby for rake, minimum buy-in and blinds for each game. Please see lobby and game details for rake, minimum buy-in and blinds for each game.

Connection

Real Gaming Poker accepts no responsibility for the quality of your Internet connection or for any disruptions to it, except for those directly related to Real Gaming Poker servers. Information between your computer and our servers will pass through a large number of "peers on the internet, machines that are not owned by Real Gaming Poker and that do not belong to your ISP. Real Gaming Poker cannot be held responsible for disruptions to such connections. Players, especially those who play for high stakes, should consider having a back-up internet connection available, so they can reconnect quickly if their main internet connection fails.

Disconnects

If you are disconnected, and therefore unable to act on your hand, while having chips invested in the pot in a ring game, you may be given extra time to reconnect. The exact amount of extra time given depends on the type of game and the size of the pot at the time of your disconnection.

However, if you do not reconnect during this time, your hand will be folded (or checked if there is no action in front of them) and you will eventually be stood up from the table, regardless of your investment in the pot or the strength of your hand. Real Gaming Poker will not accept any responsibility for losses caused by disconnections.

Server Issues

All transactions, including pots won and lost, are posted to your Real Gaming Poker account at the completion of each hand. In the event of a server crash that for any reason causes a hand to be incompletely recorded in the Real Gaming Poker database, all of that hand's participants accounts will be restored to the way they were at the beginning of the hand. Such a hand shall be declared a misdeal, with all associated blinds, antes and bets returned to the players.

Unfair Play

Collusion, by which two or more players work together in the games or share knowledge to gain an unfair advantage over other players, is strictly prohibited. You may not intentionally lose a hand to another player in order to transfer chips (chip dumping).

If you are involved in staking, swaps, profit-sharing, or any kind of bankroll sharing agreement with another player, you may not play at the same cash game table or in the same Sit & Go tournament as that player. Real Gaming Poker will take steps to detect and prevent all forms of cheating, which may include examination of your account, hand histories, and programs running concurrently with the Real Gaming Poker software.

Unfair play, such as collusion, multiple account abuse, and use of software programs which provide an unfair advantage to the User, may result in penalties at Real Gaming Poker discretion. These penalties may include warnings, restrictions on playing with certain other players, seizure of funds, and the closing of your Real Gaming Poker account. In the event that Real Gaming Poker deems that a User has engaged or attempted to engage in unfair play, including without limitation, engaging in any of the activities set forth above or any other game manipulation, Real Gaming Poker shall be entitled to take such action as it sees fit, as described in our Terms of Service.

Chat

Except in specially designated tournaments, your chat must be in English. Trivial exceptions (e.g. Salut!, gracias) are acceptable. You are expected to chat in a way that would be appropriate in a public, face-to-face poker game. Abusive, foul, racist, threatening or otherwise inappropriate chat will not be tolerated.

You may not use the Real Gaming Poker chat feature to advertise any product or service. You may not flood the chat box by entering large amounts of text in order to interfere with the ordinary use of the chat facility by other players.

You may not spam tables with announcements of private tournaments or Sit & Go events. You may not make any chat comments which may affect the play of any hand or tournament, even if you are an observer. There are two exceptions to this rule:

In cash game hands which are heads up (everyone else has folded, or the hand started with two players) the two players involved may chat as they wish.

In tournaments which are heads up (everyone else has been knocked out of the tournament, or the tournament started with two players), the two players involved may chat as they wish.

To report problem chat, please contact Customer Service via the Help menu.

Account Security

You must take reasonable measures to protect your password and account information, and must not share it with any third party. In particular, we encourage players to choose a strong password, and to use one of the additional security features offered by Real Gaming Poker such as the Real Gaming Poker PIN. You must take reasonable measures to protect your computer and internet connection from unauthorized access and malicious software. Real Gaming Poker cannot be held liable for any losses that result from a breach of security on your machine.

If you elect to self exclude yourself from playing on this site, promotional emails from Real Gaming Poker will automatically cease.

Tournament Rules

These rules apply to tournaments at Real Gaming Poker. Additional rules that relate to the site as a whole are available for viewing online in the Help section and those that relate to ring games are stated in the section below under Ring Game Rules. The Tournament Rules as listed here are intended to complement the Terms of Service, not replace them. In the event of a discrepancy between the Tournament Rules and Terms of Service, the Terms of Service shall take precedence.

General

Real Gaming Poker will, at all times, consider the best interests of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules. All tournaments will begin promptly at the scheduled time stated in the Tournament Lobby. Real Gaming Poker reserves the right to delay or cancel a tournament without prior notice. Important information about each tournament, including the blind structure, length of rounds, rebuy and break information, can be found by clicking the Tournament Info button in the tournament lobby. Real Gaming Poker reserves the right to change the parameters of any tournament at any time without notice. Seats are assigned at random. Seat changes are not permitted.

The button will be positioned at Seat 1 to start play.

A bet and three raises are permitted in Fixed Limit tournaments. There is no limit to the number of raises permitted in No Limit tournaments.

Prizes will be awarded as stated in the Tournament Lobby, except when a tournament is cancelled. Which prize structure is used depends on several factors including the number of entrants and the number of players per table. The prize structure is not finalized until registration has closed and the rebuy and/or add-on period is over.

In order to be eligible to rebuy in a rebuy tournament, you must have the funds available in your account. Players without sufficient funds remaining in their account will be eliminated from the tournament. Funds currently in play in other games, or held in a currency not matching the tournament currency are not considered to be available.

Eliminations

The tournament ends when one player accumulates all the chips in play, or in some tournaments, when all remaining players will receive the same prize (for example, if the tournament awards 5 identical prizes, the tournament may end when there are 5 players left).

If two or more players are eliminated on the same hand, a player with more chips at the start of the hand finishes higher than a player with fewer chips. If all players started the hand with an identical number of chips, all players tie for that rank, and any prizes due to those players will be equally distributed between them. During hand-for-hand play two or more players eliminated during a single 'synchronized' hand are treated as having been eliminated simultaneously, even if they are at different tables.

At certain stages of the tournament (for example, where the prize money jumps significantly with the next few players eliminated) and when there is more than one table remaining, the tournament may be played hand for hand. This means that if one table finishes its hand before the other table(s), that table waits for the other table(s) to finish before the next hand is dealt. During this hand for hand period, all eliminations during a synchronized hand (even at different tables) are treated as having happened simultaneously, for purposes of determining finish order. Finishing order is then based on comparing stack sizes, and not on who lost their chips earlier.

Real Gaming Poker uses a forward-moving button rule in its tournaments. According to this rule, no player ever receives the button twice in a row; at the completion of every hand, the button is moved clockwise. The implication of this rule is that when players are eliminated, there may be players who get a reprieve from one or both blinds. Since these are basically random occurrences, no player will receive any long-term advantage, and the rule is necessarily fair for all players.

In heads-up play, the button will post the small blind, and act first on the opening round.

As players are eliminated from the tournament, the software will break tables to fill available empty seats. The re-seating of players at broken tables is performed randomly and, although rare, may result in a player having to post multiple big blinds in a row. On occasion, the software may balance tables to ensure all tables have an equal (or as close to equal as possible) number of active players. Players moved individually to balance tables will, when possible, be moved to similar positions relative to the blinds. When enough players have been eliminated, all players are brought together at the final table.

Breaks

The break schedule for a tournament can be found in the Tournament Info dialog, which can be opened from the tournament lobby. Players are encouraged to study the break schedule for each tournament they wish to play, as break length and timing may vary from one event to the next. The tournament will wait for hands at all tables to complete before the break period begins. This means that at some tables, the break will last slightly longer than at other tables. Note that not all tournaments offer breaks.

Disconnects and Sitting Out

By participating in a tournament, a player accepts the risk of Internet disconnection, due to problems with the connection between their computer and the servers, lag or freeze or some other problem in the player's computer or the Internet.

  1. Real Gaming Poker does not accept any responsibility for a player disconnect except in the case of a server crash.

  2. If a player times out during a hand, whether connected or disconnected, his or her hand will be folded if facing action, or may be checked if facing no action.

  3. If a player is not connected before a hand starts, he or she will be dealt cards, and a blind and/or antes will be posted. There is no rule against a single player choosing to sit out; the player doing so will continue to have blinds and antes posted and cards dealt. Two or more players may not make any agreement to sit out simultaneously, whether at the same table or different tables.

Chat

Players, whether in the hand or not, may not discuss the hands until the action is complete. Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Discussing cards discarded or a hand possibility is not allowed. A penalty may be given for discussion of hands during play.

Unethical Play

Poker is an individual (not a team) game. Any action or chat intended to help another player is unethical and is prohibited. Unethical play, such as soft-play (playing less aggressively against a partner) and chip dumping (intentionally losing chips to a partner), may result in penalties, including seizure of funds from the offender's account and/or termination of the account.

Server Issues

In the event of a server crash during a tournament, the hands in progress at every table will be restored by rolling back those hands. Each player's chip count will be reset to the amount at the beginning of the hand. In special circumstances, when a tournament needs to be cancelled because the server issued cant be restored within a reasonable period of time as determined solely by Real Gaming Poker, players will be refunded their entry fee into the tournament.

Ring Game Rules

These rules apply to ring games at Real Gaming Poker. The Ring Game Rules as listed here are intended to complement the Terms of Service, not replace them. In the event of a discrepancy between the Ring Game Rules and Terms of Service, the Terms of Service shall take precedence.

Buying In

  • All games are played table stakes. Only funds that you have brought to the table before a hand begins can be wagered in that hand.
  • For Fixed Limit games, the minimum buy-in is usually ten times the small bet. For example, in a $1/$2 game, the minimum buy-in may be $10.
  • For No Limit games, the minimum buy-in is usually 40 times the big blind. The maximum buy-in is usually 100 times the big blind. For example, in a standard $1/$2 NL game, the minimum buy-in is $80 and the maximum is $200.
  • Minimum and maximum buy-ins may vary by table. Any such variations will be declared before you join a table.

Disconnects

If you are disconnected during a ring game, and therefore unable to act on your hand, while having chips invested in the pot in a ring game, you may be given extra time to reconnect. The exact amount of extra time given depends on the type of game and the size of the pot at the time of your disconnection. However, if you do not reconnect during this time, your hand will be folded, regardless of your investment in the pot or the strength of your hand. Real Gaming Poker will not accept any responsibility for losses caused by disconnections.

Server Issues

All transactions during ring games, including pots won and lost, are posted to your Real Gaming Poker account at the completion of each hand. In the event of a server crash that for any reason causes a hand to be incompletely recorded in the Real Gaming Poker database, all of that hand's participants accounts will be restored to the way they were at the beginning of the hand. Such a hand shall be declared a misdeal, with all associated blinds, antes and bets returned to the players.

Fast Tables

Games may be designated as fast in the list of games in the Real Gaming Poker game client. These games are designed to run at a faster pace than a standard table, and have some important differences. Please see the Lobby for information on the speed of the game.

Competition/Sitting Out

In general players are expected to be seated with the purpose of playing.

If you are sitting at a table with more than two seats:

  • It is acceptable to be seated but occasionally deny action in certain circumstances, such as being seated to help start a new ring game but not wanting to play heads-up.
  • It is not acceptable to remain sitting out at a table (especially an active one) waiting for one of only a few preferred opponents to arrive or sit in.
  • In general, seated players are expected to accept action much more often than they refuse it.

Miscellaneous

The person with the highest poker hand wins the pot in Texas Holdem. The following is a ranking of poker hands: Royal Flush, Straight Flush, Four of a Kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a Kind, Two Pair, One Pair, High Card Ace being the highest card.

In heads-up play, the small blind goes to the player with the dealer button, as opposed to the player directly clockwise of the player with the dealer button.

The Real Gaming Poker Room House Rules (including the Ring Game Rules and the Tournament Rules) as listed here are intended to complement the Terms of Service, not replace them. In the event of a discrepancy between the Real Gaming Poker House Rules (including the Ring Game Rules and the Tournament Rules) and the Terms of Service, the Terms of Service shall take precedence. In the event of a discrepancy between the Real Gaming Poker Room House Rules and the Tournament Rules, the Tournament Rules will take precedence in a tournament scenario. In the event of a discrepancy between the Real Gaming Poker House Rules and the Ring Game Rules, the Ring Game Rules will take precedence in a ring game scenario.

Real Gaming Poker reserves the right to alter the House Rules, Tournament Rules, Ring Game Rules or Terms of Service at any time, without prior notice to you.

Real Gaming Poker reserves the right to terminate your account, or take any other action regarding your account it deems fit, without notice, if the above rules are breached. Any dispute or situation not covered by these rules will be resolved by the Real Gaming Poker management in a manner decided by them to the fairest to all players. If the player is not satisfied with the result of such decision, he/she will have the option to seek/dispute resolution with the Nevada Gaming Control Board.