Tournament rules

The below tournament rules will apply to all tournaments unless otherwise stated.


One table Sit & Go’s:

Each tournament starts as soon as the required number of players has registered (Players will be randomly seated)

Multi-table tournaments:

Each tournament starts at predetermined times (Players will be randomly seated)

Late registration:

In selected tournaments, the late registration option is available.

Tournaments can have different late registration criteria’s such as time, number of players or stage of elimination – please refer to the tournament description box for the full information.


Most Multi Table tournaments allow un-registration until a few minutes before the tournament begins. The full information is available in the Tournament description box for each tournament.

Players will be allowed to unregister from a Sit & Go tournament as long as not all the seats have been filled.

Players will be allowed to unregister from a multi-table tournament up to 5 minutes before the tournament start time. Players who register less than 5 minutes before the tournament start time will not have the option to unregister.

If a player cannot unregister from a tournament himself he should contact the support team and demand to be be unregistered. This is possible in case the tournament has not started yet, so players must contact the support as soon as possible in order to keep their buy-in. It is not possible to unregister a player from a tourney if he won a satellite entry to it.


Tournaments will begin at scheduled times displayed in the “Tournament Lobby”. PokerKing reserves the right to cancel or delay a scheduled tournament without notice.

The details of every online Poker tournament including duration of levels and blind structures will be displayed prominently in the Tournament lobby. PokerKing reserves the right to change these details at any time without notice.

No-limit tournaments do not have a restriction on the number of raises allowed.

Each player is randomly assigned his or her seat. PokerKing does not allow players to change seats during a tournament. All tournaments will begin with the button being placed at seat one.

The prize payouts will be determined once all the rebuys, add-ons or re-entries have been completed and registration is closed. Prize pools may vary depending on the number of entrants and rebuys.

In order to register for any tournament or pay rebuys, add-ons or re-entries, the player must have the funds accessible in the account. Funds currently in play do not count as available.

Players can re-enter as many times as they like into a tournament (if the tournament has the Re-entry option available), so long as the tournament is still in Late Registration. Players will be able to re-enter for the same cost as the initial buy-in (with the exception of re-entry freerolls). The Re-Entry feature is available in all Freezeout Tournaments.

Registration – Players may unregister for an online Poker tournament and will receive a full refund prior to the start of the tournament. Once the tournament has begun players will not receive a refund on their buy-in. If the player cannot unregister himself he should contact the support team as soon as possible, at least 30 minutes before the start of the event. Tournament entries won in satellites may not be redeemed for cash and hold no cash value.

No player receives the button twice in a row. In circumstances in which players are eliminated in the blinds the button will continue to move in a clockwise direction. As all players have the opportunity to be spared a blind when this occurs, it’s an equal opportunity proposition for all players.

When playing heads up at the final table, the small blind will be in the position of the dealer.

Once a tournament has been entered players must assume the risk of internet issues and disconnection. PokerKing accepts no responsibility for lost money due to internet issues the player may have. Should a player become disconnected they will still receive cards, and pay blinds and antes. Players may voluntarily sit out during a tournament, but they will also continue to receive cards and pay the necessary blinds and antes.

No discussion of a hand or hand possibility is allowed while the hand is in play. Any of discussion of play will result in a penalty or automatic expulsion from the tournament and possibly PokerKing permanently.

Players caught in collusion (chip dumping, soft play, or unethical chat) will be banned from the tournament and their account (s) will be banned from playing at PokerKing. PokerKing reserves the right to withhold any funds in a cheats account to reimburse the players who have been cheated.

Players may not hand off the tournament to another player unless it is due to internet failure and is done while making arrangements to get back online.

In the unlikely event that PokerKing experiences a server crash, the hands and chip counts will be restored to what was dealt prior to the crash. Should the tournament need to be cancelled, players will receive funds based upon chip counts at the time of the crash.

The cash prize awarded in online Poker Bounty tournaments will be placed in the account of the player who eliminated the bounty at the end of the tournament. Players may not work together to eliminate a bounty player as this is considered collusion If a bounty is unable to show up to play the tournament, no bounty cash prize will be awarded for his or her elimination.

The bounty in knockout tournaments is paid for every eliminated player. In case the pot is split between more than one player, the bounty on the eliminated player is paid to the winner who had the most chips at the start of the hand.

Tournament Bucks are a unique currency which may be used exclusively for tournaments accepting this currency as a Buy-in. Tournament Bucks may not be redeemed for cash and hold no cash value. Support may not enter players into tournaments as an exchange for Tournament Bucks.

In the event the software has a technical issue that is resolved in less than 30 minutes, the tournament is resumed normally.

If the software has a technical issue that lasts longer than 30 minutes, the tournament is cancelled.

All players in tournaments are obligated to post all blinds and/or antes. Not present players will be blinded/anted off.

A five (5) minute break will take place every hour in all scheduled tournaments, unless otherwise stated.

Players will be moved randomly to new seats once the tables become unbalanced (once players get eliminated from a tournament).

Players moved to a new table will be dealt in to the game as soon as possible.

In general, each player will post a small blind and a big blind every round. For moving players it is possible that any of the following may occur:

– Player may be positioned with the button for more than one hand.
– Player may be forced to post the big blind more than once per round.
– Player may skip one or both blinds in a round.

In community card games (Texas Hold’em and Omaha), players will draw for ‘high card’ to determine the starting position of the Dealer Button. If two players get the same high card, the suit preference of spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs will determine who starts with the button.

All tournaments other than time-based tournaments will continue until one player has won all of the chips. In rare exceptions (some qualifier tournaments), a tournament may stop with more than one player remaining.

Time-based tournaments end at a predetermined time. Payouts are determined by player chip counts. Fixed-length time-based tournaments will end after a specific period of time. Random-length tournaments have a maximum time and may end sooner than the max time. Random-length tournaments will never end with more than 10% of the maximum time remaining to play. All time-based tournaments will end after a complete hand has been played. No games will be stopped mid-hand.

In time based tournaments the top three players (based on chip counts) will split the prize pool according to our published payout structures. If a tie occurs, the players will split an appropriate prize. For example, if three players are left at the end of a tournament and two are tied for the chip lead they would split the combined first and second place prizes. The third player would receive the third place prize.

Similarly, if there were only two players left when the tournament ended, and there was no tie between the two remaining players, the remaining players would split the combined first and second place prize based on chip count and the player eliminated in third would receive the third place prize.

With the exception of re-buy tournaments, a player is eliminated when he loses all of his chips.

In Fixed limit tournaments (fixed betting/FL); there will be one bet and three raises in each betting round. When only two players remain, there is no limit on the number of raises. In pot-limit and no-limit tournaments, there are no limits on the number of raises.

If two players remain in the game, the player due to assume the big blind will do so and the player with the small blind will inherit the button. The small blind or button will act first prior to the flop and second after the flop.

If two (or more) players from the same table are eliminated on the same hand, the player who started the hand with the most chips will be awarded the higher finishing position.

If two (or more) players from different tables are eliminated on the same hand, the prize money will be equally divided among all the players who finished with the same rank. They will each be assigned the lowest rank.

Tournaments will, at pre-determined times, go into ‘hand-for-hand’ mode. This allows tables to play the exact same number of hands at critical times.

When a tournament is running hand-for-hand, then two or more players are eliminated on the same hand (from the same table or from different tables), the player who started the hand with the most chips will be awarded the higher finishing position.

Players are expected to follow established poker etiquette. Any players who abuse proper etiquette may be disqualified from the tournament.

Soft playing is not allowed in tournaments. Soft playing happens when a player does not bet his or her hand to its full potential with the expressed intent of helping another player advance further in the tournament.

Players who do not act on their hand in time (‘time out’) will be automatically folded.

PokerKing will review all unusual circumstances that may arise during tournament play. Should these circumstances arise, PokerKing will objectively review all factors before coming to a decision which best resolves any issues and to find the most just resolution for all parties involved.


Sit & Go Head’s up Tables

Players may only sit at one empty heads-up table, per stake level, while waiting for a game to begin. For example, a player can sit one $2/$4 heads-up table, one $1/2 heads-up table, and one $0.50/$1 heads-up table, simultaneously. Any player found in violation to this rule will be subject to a 24-hour account ban. Repeat offenders will receive more severe punishments.