Poker players have time limits


GGPoker recognizes that providing a safe, fair and friendly gaming environment is key to ensuring that our players have the most enjoyable gaming experience possible each time they access the GGPoker platform.

Compliance with ethical gaming practices is at the heart of our priorities. To uphold these strict principles and the integrity of our games, GGPoker has created these house rules.

All players are expected and required to abide by these House Rules and the standards, guidelines and practices contained therein, assuming that doing so will improve the gaming environment at GGPoker for the entire gaming community:

Minor Prohibition Policy

The GGPoker platform and all services provided through this platform should only be accessed by players who have reached adulthood (in accordance with the laws of the respective jurisdictions in which GGPoker operates and which apply to players).

Minors (persons under the age of 18) are strictly prohibited from playing on GGPoker. Minors who have access to GGPoker are permanently prohibited from participating in the GGPoker gaming platform. GGPoker ensures that the appropriate protective measures are implemented in accordance with the laws of the respective jurisdictions in order to prevent minors from visiting the GGPoker gaming platform.

Responsible gaming

GGPoker strives to provide players with a responsible gaming environment, including preventing the forced use or access of minors to our gaming products. GGPoker recognizes its obligation to respect all of its customers and the gambling community in general. GGPoker ensures that appropriate protective measures are implemented for the benefit of vulnerable people and that all reasonable means are used to prevent gambling addiction and the gambling of minors.

For more information, please visit our Responsible Gaming page.

anti Money Laundering

GGPoker ensures a high standard of compliance to prevent its services from being linked to crime and riot. GGPoker takes appropriate measures to minimize the risk of its gaming platform being used for money laundering, assistance in financing terrorism or as a victim of a crime. GGPoker ensures that management and employees are aware of their legal obligations and the procedures to be followed.

Countries not allowed

Due to the wide variety of gambling laws relating to online poker and the risks associated with political instability and terrorist threats, GGPoker does not currently accept players who are, resident, or permanently resident in various countries and jurisdictions.

If a potential player is unable to select their country of residence from the list provided during the registration process, GGPoker will generally not be able to accept them as a player and the person will not have access to GGPoker's products and services.

GGPoker reserves the right to change the list of blocked countries from time to time.

Multi hand guidelines

GGPoker allows players to play at multiple tables or in multiple games at the same time; the maximum number of tables or games a player can participate in is limited by the GGPoker software they are using (such as desktop-based, mobile-based, internet browser-based, etc.).

Cash Games Fee Policy

A player participating in a cash table at GGPoker will usually be required to pay an initial fee equal to the lower wagering limit for that table or the small blind. This starting fee follows the same rules as the blind bets (initial mandatory bets usually placed in the pot by the first two players to the left of the dealer in Hold'em and Omaha poker) and allows the new player to enter sit down at the table and join the game.

Players sometimes have the option of "sitting out" and waiting for the big blind to appear before starting the game.

Paying an initial fee ensures fairness to all players by preventing players from gaining an undue advantage over other players by entering a game of poker in late position to avoid placing blind bets.

Missed Blind Bet Policy

If the table is a cash game table (as opposed to a tournament table where the player would normally have paid a fixed buy-in amount to participate), the player may have to pay additional fees in order to to be able to participate in the action again:

  1. If the player fails to post the small blind while sitting out, he will be required to pay a certain amount upon his return. This amount is considered an active bet and corresponds to the big blind.
  2. If the player fails to post both the small blind and the big blind while sitting out, he must post a certain amount on his return. This amount consists of an active bet equal to the big blind and an additional inactive bet equal to the small blind, which is paid directly into the pot.

Equal Hands Guidelines

If the poker hands are tied (i.e. a pair of kings against a pair of kings), the highest ranking card that is not held together (the "kicker") determines the hand's winner.

In the event of an exact tie in the ranking of poker hands between two or more active players, the pot (the accumulated amount of chips in the center of the table that is contested by the active players) will be divided evenly among the players who have matched poker hands.

Game time limit guidelines

To ensure a fair and fun gaming experience, GGPoker players must act within a reasonable time limit, which varies per table, per game variant and / or per game phase (i.e. the length of time that has elapsed in a particular tournament, etc.)

GGPoker's time limits are enforced in an effort to maintain a reasonable pace of play. Players who do not act within the set time limit will be automatically removed from the game (the hand will be folded) and forfeit any amounts previously wagered during that hand.

Time bank guidelines

In many GGPoker poker games, when a player needs additional time to make a decision, a "time bank" is accessed if a decision is not made in a timely manner.
Depending on the software used, the time bank is displayed visually and “counted down”. The time bank gives players extra time to complete their action and those who don't act before the time bank is exhausted will automatically follow their hand.

Guidelines for getting off the tables

In order to ensure the best possible gaming experience for everyone, players can be penalized if they sit at cash game tables, play a hand and then leave it again without having played at least 10 hands. The system regards such an action as a refusal to play at that table by the player.

If a player refuses to play at tables multiple times, he will be automatically penalized by being banned from tables of the same blind level for a period of time. The length of this automatic ban depends on the number of times the player refused to play at tables at this blind level within a period of 12 hours:

  • 1. Refusal: No punishment
  • 2. Refusal: 5-minute lock
  • 3. Refusal: 15-minute lock
  • 4. Refusal: 30-minute lock
  • 5. Refusal: 60-minute lock

If a player leaves a table at which all other players at the table sit out, or if he is the only player sitting at that table, this action will not be considered a refusal to play and no penalty will be applied.

The guidelines apply to all cash game variants and tables, with the exception of Rush & Cash and All-In or Fold.

Rake and Fee Policy

As the game master, GGPoker applies a commission fee (often referred to as "rake") for every pot at cash game tables. For more details on the rake accumulated at GGPoker, please visit the Our Games section on the GGPoker website and review the individual game variant pages.

GGPoker does not charge any rake in tournaments, but instead usually charges a tournament fee. The amount is often a certain percentage of the tournament buy-in and is specified in detail in the tournament lobby for each event (e.g. from April 2019 the total amount in a $ 1 Omaholic tournament is $ 1, which is made up of a $ 0.90 buy-in and a $ 0.10 tournament fee).

Table etiquette guidelines

The usual courtesies at live poker tables are also expected at GGPoker. The following is a list of GGPoker's etiquette guidelines:

  1. Intimidating or harassing other players at the table will not be tolerated;
  2. Spamming emoticons and participating in "screaming fights" with other players at the table is not permitted;
  3. Lagging is a natural occurrence in the internet age. As this is inevitable, we ask that you be courteous when informing a player that their game is lagging behind.

Tournament guidelines

All tournaments begin punctually at the time indicated in the tournament lobby. GGPoker reserves the right to postpone or cancel any tournament without prior notice.

  • The places are allocated to the players at random.
  • Prizes will be awarded as advertised in the tournament lobby, except when a deal is made or the tournament is canceled.
  • The pricing structure of any tournament depends on several factors, including the number of participants and the number of players per table.
  • The prizes awarded in a particular tournament are only final once registration has been completed and the rebuy and / or add-on period has expired.

To be eligible for a re-entry, rebuy or add-on, the funds must be available in your account.

Late registration is possible for most tournaments. The length of the late registration period varies, but is always displayed in the tournament lobby. A late registration will be closed early if enough players have been eliminated to start the payouts or if the tournament has reached the maximum number of players allowed.

Most GGPoker tournaments allow players to cancel a few minutes before the start of the tournament. The exact time until when the cancellation is allowed may vary from event to event. The times for registration and de-registration can vary for tournaments of different types. Not all tournaments can be deregistered, and some tournaments will not allow players to deregister if they have qualified through satellite or giveaway tournaments. GGPoker reserves the right to change the registration and de-registration times without prior notice.

If a tournament with Late Registration progresses to the point where the next eliminated player receives a prize (also known as “ITM” - “In The Money”), the Late Registration may be closed regardless of the one indicated in the tournament lobby Late registration time. No more players can participate. In addition, in such a situation, the tournament prize pool will be determined solely by the amount earned through player registration and not by any advertised guaranteed prize amount.

Tournament Elimination Guidelines

Most tournaments end when a single player has accumulated all of the chips in play and some tournaments when all remaining players receive the same prize (for example, if a satellite tournament awards five (5) identical prizes, the tournament can end when five (5) players remain).

If two or more players are eliminated in the same hand, the player who started the hand with more chips will end the game before the player (s) with fewer chips. If all players started the hand with an identical number of chips, the final rank is determined by table position, with the first eliminated player to the left of the button being placed in front of the player (s) further away.

While players are eliminated from GGPoker tournaments, tables are "broken open" by the software to fill vacancies. Players are randomly re-placed, which can result in a player posting big blinds multiple times in a row. Occasionally the GGPoker software may balance the tables to ensure that all tables have the same (or as close as possible) number of active players. Players moved to balance tables will be moved to similar positions relative to the blinds, if possible.

Tournament Break Guidelines

Details of the pause for each tournament are listed in the lobby for that tournament, with the time remaining until the next pause, if the tournament is still running.

Many tournaments have synchronized breaks, but not all do, so GGPoker encourages players to check the break times of each tournament they are participating in to ensure a comfortable gaming experience.

Tournament Interruption and Suspension Policy

By entering a tournament, GGPoker players accept the risk of disconnection on the Internet due to connection problems between their devices and the servers, lag or freeze, or other problems with the players' devices or the way these devices are on access the internet.

GGPoker is not responsible for any disconnection of a player, except in the event of a server crash. While each user is responsible for their own internet connection, we endeavor to protect players who are interrupted during the final stages of a real money tournament by allowing additional time to reconnect.

If a player runs out of time during a hand, whether connected or not, his hand will be folded if he is faced with action or his hand will be checked if there is no action.

If a player is not linked prior to the start of a hand, they will be dealt cards and the blind and / or ante, if any, posted. There is no rule that prohibits a player from sitting out; the player who does so will continue to post blinds and antes and receive cards. However, two or more players may not agree to sit out at the same time, be it at the same table or at different tables; such promotions may be subject to GGPoker's collusion policy.

Chat and Emoji Guidelines

Players, whether in hand or not, are not allowed to argue about the hands until the action is complete; ignoring this rule will adversely affect the enjoyment of other players.

It is not allowed to discuss discarded cards or possible leaves. A penalty may be imposed for discussing hands during the game.

Players are encouraged to use GGPoker's emojis at the poker tables, but are encouraged not to “spam” other players.

Guidelines for Closing Deals in Tournaments

In many tournaments, making deals is allowed. If all remaining players in a tournament agree to a deal, they should indicate this by selecting the appropriate option at the table. A deal can then be discussed and agreed or rejected by the participating players.

Bounty Tournament Policy

In some specially designated GGPoker tournaments (e.g. from April 2019 in Bounty Hunter tournaments) a bounty is offered on some or all of the tournament participants. A player who eliminates an opponent will add the bounty amount to their own bounty amount. The bounty of each surviving player will only be awarded once the prize places have been reached (i.e. when the bubble bursts).

In the event that two players show identical winning hands and therefore split the pot in a hand that eliminates one or more other players, the bonus will be divided equally among the players holding the winning hands.

Players are not permitted to make an agreement among themselves to eliminate any particular player in order to receive their bounty. Such agreements are considered secret agreements and are grounds for disqualification from the tournament and / or other penalties.

Guidelines for Awarding Tournament Prizes

GGPoker reserves the right (at any time) to change the prizes awarded in a particular tournament. Furthermore, GGPoker reserves the right, at its own discretion, to award a cash prize of equal or greater value as the main prize instead of the main prize of the tournament.

Please note: players do not receive fractions of a cent. In all cases where a player's winnings contain a fraction of a cent, GGPoker will round down the player's winnings to the nearest cent. For example, if you win $ 4,096, you will receive $ 4.09.

Rules for Multiple Satellite / Seats Pricing

If a player wins second and / or additional tickets or seats for a target tournament for which this player is already registered or has used all permitted entries, the player receives tournament dollars (T $) worth the buy-in instead of the ticket or seat Target tournament amount minus tournament registration fee.

For example, if a player is already enrolled in a $ 100 buy-in tournament that has $ 90 in the prize pool and $ 10 is the tournament fee, and then wins a satellite tournament that awards seats to the $ 100 tournament the player T $ 90 instead of the place.

Tournament staking guidelines

Many GGPoker tournaments have a staking feature that allows players to “sell” a percentage of their action in the tournament after registering and before the tournament starts.

If a player chooses to sell some of his tournament action but signs out of the tournament before the tournament begins, staking amounts will be returned to the players who purchased a share and will not be withheld by the selling player.

Refund Policy

In the event of a server failure at GGPoker or an unplanned downtime at GGPoker, GGPoker will reimburse players for the costs as described below. For all other events that disrupt the game and are caused by the licensee or his player, GGPoker decides differently at its own discretion.

In cash games, all running hands are reset. Each player's number of chips is reset to the amount at the start of the hand.

There are three (3) options for tournaments, depending on the status of the tournament:

  1. If the tournament has not yet started, GGPoker will refund all buy-ins and fees to the registered players.
  2. If the tournament has started and is in a late registration period (ie if the tournament allows a user to still register as a player after the specified registration time), or if the late registration period has ended but the tournament has the paid seats the remaining players will be refunded their fee and current bounty (if applicable). As for the prize pool, (fifty) 50% will be paid out equally to the remaining players at the time of cancellation, while the other (fifty) 50% will be paid out to the remaining players at the time of cancellation according to chips. If the tournament has a guaranteed prize pool that has not been reached or exceeded at the time of cancellation, only the prize pool amount collected through player registrations will be distributed.
  3. When the tournament reaches the paid seats, remaining players will be refunded their fee and current bounty (if applicable). As for the prize pool, the next prize to be won will be distributed to each remaining player at the time of cancellation, with the remaining amount paid out to the remaining players at the time of cancellation based on the number of chips. All transactions, including pots won and lost, are posted to the player's account at the end of each hand.

Please note that when calculating tournament refunds, GGPoker determines when the interruption started and uses the game status in a tournament immediately prior to this interruption as the basis for calculating the refunds. It is possible that not all players will experience an interruption at the same time.

Regarding GGPoker's staking feature and refunds, if a player has sold action and receives a cash refund, whether equal to or greater than the initial buy-in and fee, the players who receive the Action purchased, a proportion of the total amount that will be refunded to the supported player in proportion to the amount of shares purchased.

In cases where a player has sold action via the staking feature and receives a replacement ticket or participation in lieu of a cash refund, the players who bought the action will be reimbursed the amounts wagered as cash.