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Posted by Gascony at Oct 22, 2013 1:25:35 PM 
World Vegan Day poker tournament (Friday, Nov. 1) We're testing new poker tournament rules. For being one of the guinea pigs in the inaugural event, you get a shot at a prize fund worth more than the total entry fees. When: Friday, November 1, 2013, 12:00 noon game time. Send a tell to Gascony on Emerald beginning at 11:45 a.m. Cost: The entry fee is 1,000 PoE per player. You'll also need 200 PoE to buy in to the table. Prizes: The prize fund will consist of all the entry fees PLUS a 10,000 PoE sweetener. Distribution will depend on the number of entrants, with approximately 10% receiving prizes. The PoE from the table buyins will remain with whoever wins them. Game: Nolimit hold 'em, 10second turns. Play will begin with blinds of 1 and 2 PoE, so each player can start with 100 big blinds, and blinds will increase thereafter, as explained in the detailed rules. Rules: Detailed rules are below. Questions and comments are welcome, because the purpose of the event is to test and improve these rules. (Note that, for this event, you can ignore Rule 10.A, which will apply to tournaments that are run as fundraisers.) The event is being held on World Vegan Day but that's in the headline just to get attention. You want to eat a burger while you play, go ahead. Poker Tournament Rules Revision as of: 20131009 Introduction: These rules are intended to mimic the rules typical of reallife poker tournaments, which feature gradual increases in the blinds. The restrictions of the YPP software mean that some fudging and finagling is necessary. The resulting rules may seem complex for simple pirates, but you don't need to bother with the details. Just enter the tourney as per Rule 1, do what the Tournament Director tells you, and hope for good cards. 1. Entering. To enter the tournament, pay the stated entry fee to the Tournament Director. You will need an additional 200 PoE to buy in to the game. 2. Rebuy prohibition. There are no rebuys or addons. If your stack goes down to zero, you're out. The Tournament Director will sometimes tell you to cash out and then buy back in for a lesser amount (see Rule 5), but you'll never need to pay anything beyond your initial 200 PoE buyin. 3. Disconnection. If you disconnect, leave the table voluntarily, or for any other reason miss two consecutive big blinds, you are eliminated. If you can reconnect after missing only zero or one big blind, you may continue. Other players at the table should report a disconnection or departure to the Tournament Director so that this can be monitored. If Puzzle Pirates server problems cause multiple disconnections, widespread lag, or other problems, the Tournament Director will effect as fair a result as possible. For example, if the Tournament Director knows which players were still in the event but does not know each player's bankroll, then the Tournament Director will stop play and resume the event later with all the surviving players, each of whom will be allowed to buy in for the same amount as all the others. 4. Table rules. All play will be at nolimit hold 'em with a big blind of 2 PoE (buyin of 20 to 200 PoE) and tensecond turns. Players may buy in for any amount they choose, although obviously you're handicapping yourself if you buy in for less than the 200 PoE maximum. 5. First blind increase. After six complete orbits (the button moving around the table), blinds will effectively double. We will not rely on players to remember this. Instead, this is the procedure: A. During the last hand of the sixth orbit, the Tournament Director will tell everyone to cash out. The cashout doesn't take effect until the hand ends, so all players should cash out immediately, even if they're involved in the hand. B. Each player will then buy in again for onehalf the amount he or she cashed out, with all fractions rounded up. Any player whose stack is less than 39 will be unable to buy in for the stated amount, and will therefore be out of the tournament, even though he or she still has chips left. This is like missing the cut in a golf tournament. C. If any player cashed out more than 400, so that he or she would not be allowed to buy in for half that amount, then the fraction must be adjusted. The player with the largest stack will buy in for 200. All other players will buy in at the proportional amount. (Where B is the size of the largest stack and s is the size of your stack, you will buy in for s(200/B). The Tournament Director will compute and announce all the buyins.) The practical effect is that blinds will more than double, which is regrettable, but the only alternative is to move to a higher table, thus multiplying blinds by 10, which is even worse. D. Any player whose stack is less than onetenth the size of the largest stack will be unable to buy in for the stated amount, and will therefore be out of the tournament, even though he or she still has chips left. 6. Later blind increases. The same procedure for effectively increasing blinds will be repeated after the twelfth orbit, after the eighteenth orbit, and so on. 7. Table assignments. In multitable tournaments, initial table assignments will be random. 8. Combining tables. If there are more than ten entrants, players will start at two or more tables. Tables will be combined as players are eliminated. The Tournament Director has complete discretion about the combining of tables but, for convenience, will try to do them in conjunction with the cashout and buyin every sixth orbit. A player who cannot buy in to the new table because his or her stack is too small will be eliminated. Assignments to new tables will be made at random, except that the Tournament Director will make some effort to avoid assignments that would cause any player to be eliminated. 9. Ranking of players. If more than one player goes out at the same time and their ranking is relevant for distribution of prizes, then: A. All players eliminated at the showdown on the same hand will be considered tied and will be awarded the same rank. B. If more than one player is eliminated for having too small a stack at a blind increase or a combining of tables, the players eliminated will be ranked in the order of their stacks. 10. Prizes. A. The total prize fund will be 90% of the entry fees collected. B. A tournament of fifteen players or fewer will be winnertakeall. For larger tournaments, approximately 10% of the players will receive prizes, on a sliding scale. For example, with 30 players, the division of the prize fund would be 50%30%20%. The Tournament Director will announce the exact prizes shortly after play begins. C. Players who are tied will split the prizes for all the spots for which they are tied. For example, if the prize distribution is 50%30%20%, and with three players left two of them are eliminated on the final hand, then the winner will receive 50% and each of the two others will receive 25%. D. A player who is eliminated for any reason, including disconnection, is still eligible for a prize. For example, if you have the largest stack of four remaining players, but you are eliminated for disconnecting, then you will win the fourthplace prize, if any. 11. Chopping. At the final table, players may agree at any time to a "chop"  a division of the remaining prizes by agreement, without playing out the tournament. A chop requires the agreement of all players. If all the players except one favor a chop, play continues, and the lone dissenter should not be badgered or insulted. 12. PoE at the table. The PoE in play will stay wherever it ends up. A player eliminated for having too small a stack will keep whatever was in that stack. A player may leave the tournament at any time, thereby being eliminated but keeping whatever PoE he or she had. If there is a chop, each player will keep his or her stack in addition to the agreedupon prize. If players play down to a single winner, the winner will keep whatever PoE he or she has at the end. 13. Tournament Director's power. The Tournament Director has complete discretion to interpret and apply these rules so as to achieve fairness, efficiency in the running of the tournament, and a good experience for everyone involved. The Tournament Director is entitled to expel any player from the tournament, with no refund of his or her entry fee and no eligibility for prizes, for cheating, for unsportsmanlike conduct, for being a pain in the neck, or for any other reason. 
Posted by Mrsanders7 at Oct 25, 2013 2:25:01 PM 
Re: World Vegan Day poker tournament (Friday, Nov. 1) We got 14 entrants and a total prizepool of 74k (14 x 1k + 60k added). Thanks to all for coming and joining the fun. Big thanks to Gascony for hosting it and putting alot of thinking work into this. Results: 1 Qualified winning 37.000 2 Pauldancer winning 22.200 3 Scythero winning 14.800 4 Blockading 5 Mokaz 6 Furynav 7 Imbasitol 8 Shadowiie 9 Erbes 10 Mightyaaron 11 Valoo 12 Elucid 13 Horrendouss 14 Kaptkelty Tournament was a great succes and next event will be held friday 1 November 2013 at noon Game Time. Some rules will be slightly updated to make the tournament run even more smoothly. Information will follow.  Carpaccio https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9GKowv1W7Oea5Ykpa9YPow (Recordings of old cades and cadesims) 
Posted by Gascony at Oct 30, 2013 1:03:27 PM 
November 1 tourney  rules update Based on our experience in the unpublicized tournament held last week, we've tweaked the rules for this week's tournament. As previously announced, play will begin at noon game time on Friday, November 1. Beginning at 11:30 a.m. game time, players should send a tell to Gascony to join. The entry fee is 1,000 PoE and you'll need an additional 200 PoE to buy in. The full revised rules are below. Major changes are: * The procedure for effectively increasing blinds every six orbits worked well until the late stages, when it became too hectic. Now, the later blind increases will come every 20 minutes, regardless of the number of hands played. * Instead of winnertakeall or paying the top 10%, we'll normally pay the top three finishers (but can pay more or fewer, depending). As with last week's tournament, we'll be sweetening the prize fund, so total prizes will exceed total entry fees. All ye greedy pirates, come and exploit us! The full rules are fairly detailed. Players need to understand only Rule 1 (about entering); thereafter, you can just follow the Tournament Director's instructions. Full rules for people who want all the specifics: Poker Tournament Rules Revision as of: 20131030 Introduction: These rules are intended to mimic the rules typical of reallife poker tournaments, which feature gradual increases in the blinds. The restrictions of the YPP software mean that some fudging and finagling is necessary. The resulting rules may seem complex for simple pirates, but you dont need to bother with the details. Just enter the tourney as per Rule 1, do what the Tournament Director tells you, and hope for good cards. 1. Entering. To enter the tournament, pay the stated entry fee to the Tournament Director. You will need an additional 200 PoE to buy in to the game. 2. Rebuy prohibition. There are no rebuys or addons. If your stack goes down to zero, youre out. The Tournament Director will sometimes tell you to cash out and then buy back in for a lesser amount (see Rule 5), but youll never need to pay anything beyond your initial 200 PoE buyin. 3. Disconnection. If you disconnect, leave the table voluntarily, or for any other reason miss two consecutive big blinds, you are eliminated. If you can reconnect after missing only zero or one big blind, you may continue. Other players at the table should report a disconnection or departure to the Tournament Director so that this can be monitored. If Puzzle Pirates server problems cause multiple disconnections, widespread lag, or other problems, the Tournament Director will effect as fair a result as possible. For example, if the Tournament Director knows which players were still in the event but does not know each players bankroll, then the Tournament Director will stop play and resume the event later with all the surviving players, each of whom will be allowed to buy in for the same amount as all the others. 4. Table rules. All play will be at nolimit hold em with a big blind of 2 PoE (buyin of 20 to 200 PoE) and turns of twenty seconds. Players may buy in for any amount they choose, although obviously youre handicapping yourself if you buy in for less than the 200 PoE maximum. 5. First blind increase. After six complete orbits (the button moving around the table), blinds will effectively double. We will not rely on players to remember this. Instead, this is the procedure: A. During the last hand of the sixth orbit, the Tournament Director will tell everyone to cash out. The cashout doesnt take effect until the hand ends, so all players should cash out immediately, even if theyre involved in the hand. B. Each player will then buy in again for onehalf the amount he or she cashed out, with all fractions rounded up. Any player whose stack is less than 39 will be unable to buy in for the stated amount, and will therefore be out of the tournament, even though he or she still has chips left. This is like missing the cut in a golf tournament. C. If any player cashed out more than 400, so that he or she would not be allowed to buy in for half that amount, then the fraction must be adjusted. The player with the largest stack will buy in for 200. All other players will buy in at the proportional amount. (Where B is the size of the largest stack and s is the size of your stack, you will buy in for s(200/B). The Tournament Director will compute and announce all the buyins.) The practical effect is that blinds will more than double, which is regrettable, but the only alternative is to move to a higher table, thus multiplying blinds by 10, which is even worse. D. Any player whose stack is less than onetenth the size of the largest stack will be unable to buy in for the stated amount, and will therefore be out of the tournament, even though he or she still has chips left. 6. Later blind increases. The same procedure for effectively increasing blinds will be repeated thereafter. A. Initially, blinds will continue to increase every six orbits, i.e., after the twelfth orbit, after the eighteenth orbit, and so on. B. At the final table, when a blind increase comes when there are six or fewer players remaining in the event, we will switch to a schedule of blinds increasing every twenty minutes. 7. Table assignments. In multitable tournaments, initial table assignments will be random. 8. Combining tables. If there are more than ten entrants, players will start at two or more tables. Tables will be combined as players are eliminated. The Tournament Director has complete discretion about the combining of tables but, for convenience, will try to do them in conjunction with the cashout and buyin every sixth orbit. A player who cannot buy in to the new table because his or her stack is too small will be eliminated. Assignments to new tables will be made at random. 9. Ranking of players. If more than one player goes out at the same time and their ranking is relevant for distribution of prizes, then: A. All players eliminated at the showdown on the same hand will be considered tied and will be awarded the same rank. B. If more than one player is eliminated for having too small a stack at a blind increase or a combining of tables, the players eliminated will be ranked in the order of their stacks. 10. Prizes. A. The total prize fund will usually be 90% of the entry fees collected, unless a ship or other item is being offered, in which case the total value of all prizes will approximate 90% of the entry fees. B. Tournaments will normally pay the top three players, although there may be fewer prizes in a very small tournament, or more in a large one. Three cash prizes will be on a sliding scale of 50%30%20%. The Tournament Director will announce the exact prize amounts shortly after play begins. C. Players who are tied will split the prizes for all the spots for which they are tied. For example, if the prize distribution is 50%30%20%, and with three players left two of them are eliminated on the final hand, then the winner will receive 50% and each of the two others will receive 25%. D. A player who is eliminated for any reason, including disconnection, is still eligible for a prize. For example, if you have the largest stack of four remaining players, but you are eliminated for disconnecting, then you will win the fourthplace prize, if any. 11. Chopping. At the final table, players may agree at any time to a chop a division of the remaining prizes by agreement, without playing out the tournament. A chop requires the agreement of all players. If all the players except one favor a chop, play continues, and the lone dissenter should not be badgered or insulted. 12. PoE at the table. The PoE in play will stay wherever it ends up. A player eliminated for having too small a stack will keep whatever was in that stack. A player may leave the tournament at any time, thereby being eliminated but keeping whatever PoE he or she had. If there is a chop, each player will keep his or her stack in addition to the agreedupon prize. If players play down to a single winner, the winner will keep whatever PoE he or she has at the end. 13. Tournament Directors power. The Tournament Director has complete discretion to interpret and apply these rules so as to achieve fairness, efficiency in the running of the tournament, and a good experience for everyone involved. The Tournament Director is entitled to expel any player from the tournament, with no refund of his or her entry fee and no eligibility for prizes, for cheating, for unsportsmanlike conduct, for being a pain in the neck, or for any other reason. 
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