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How it All Works!

Completely Legal Free Poker

You must be 21 or over to play in the League. Players do NOT pay anything to play! No member fees, no cover charges, and no “buy-ins”, this makes our play in local bars and taverns completely legal since our players are not "gambling" and establishments will not have to have a license from the Gambling Commission. IF any place IS charging it is not legal.
See Washington Law - RCW 9.46.0356 (2) Promotional contests of chance under this section are not gambling as defined in RCW 9.46.0237.

Point Distribution and Blind Structure

Note: Final table point values double when number of attendees is 30 or more.

1st Place:10,000
2nd Place:7,000
3rd Place:5,000
4th Place:4,000
5th Place:3,500
6th Place:3,000
7th Place:2,500
8th Place:2,000
9th Place:1,500
10th Place:1,000

Players start with 4,000 in chips. Blinds are set at 15 minutes until first break then adjusted so the tournament fits in the allotted time. Blind structure is as follows:

Starting Blind:25/50
1st Raised Blind:50/100
2nd Raised Blind:100/200
3rd Raised Blind:200/400
Break10 MIN
4th Raised Blind:500/1000
5th Raised Blind:1000/2000
6th Raised Blind:2000/4000
7th Raised Blind:4000/8000
8th Raised Blind:8000/16000
9th Raised Blind:16000/32000
Extra Chips:

Additional chips are available for the following programs

Players do NOT pay anything to play! No member fees, no cover charges, and no “buy-ins”, this makes our play in local bars and taverns completely legal since our players are not "gambling" and establishments will not have to have a license from the Gambling Commission. IF any place IS charging it is not legal.
See Washington Law - RCW 9.46.0356 (2) Promotional contests of chance under this section are not gambling as defined in RCW 9.46.0237. From time to time the league will award bonus chips when the player fulfills some criteria. Players may avoid whatever criteria is in place to award bonus chips, by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope which includes a 3x5 card with the following hand printed information: Their registered email address, full name, and Player #. Send this to Free Chips, PO BOX 383, Milton WA 98354 requesting a Free Chip Voucher for the specific program or promotion. There is a limit of one voucher per person per request.

General Rules Of Play
  1. We typically are not haters but in the case of cheating we make an exception. We hate cheaters. They stink. Anyone caught cheating will be asked to go away to cheatville.
  2. All disputes will be settled by the establishment host and are final. Any and all rules are subject to change without notice. So there!
  3. Anyone wishing to play at a Win Your Way In function must be a registered member. Players can sign up to play at any WYWI events or on line at the Play With Us page.
  4. Player ID - Each player will have a unique player number assigned to them by WIN YOUR WAY IN, LLC. It is ok if you want to tatoo this on your backside.
  5. Sign in - Players must be signed in with their valid Player ID before playing. Players will be issued their chips at the time they sign in. ALSO seats cannot be "saved" for others and blinded out till they arrive.
  6. Hosts are to consider the best interest 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. The Host’s decision is final. They are trying to manage you crazy players so please give them some slack!
  7. Official Language - The English-only rule will be enforced in the United States during the play of hands. It's cool if you want to practice your Japanese, ancient Greek or Latin ~ Just don't do it at the poker table. English will be used in international play along with the local or native language.
  8. Communication Devices - Cell Phone Rule: All cell phones and other voice-enabled and “ringing” electronic devices must be silenced during tournament play. A player who wants to use a cell phone must be at least one table length away from their assigned table or be subject to penalty. The hand of any player talking on a cell phone, texting, e-mailing or otherwise communicating electronically while in a hand with action pending will be declared dead. Players not involved in a hand (cards in muck) shall be permitted to text/email at the table, but shall not be permitted to text/email any other player at the table. If WYWI hosts/rep, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, believes a player is communicating with another player at the table, both parties will be immediately disqualified from the tournament and face imposition of additional penalties. Shoe phones are exceptable only if you are a British Secret agent.
  9. No live elephants at the table. Ever.
  10. Electronic Devices - Players are allowed to use as approved electronic devices iPods, MP3 and other music players or noise-reduction headsets during tournament play. Just no electronic elephants. Ever.
  11. Deck Changes - Deck changes will be on the dealer push or level changes or as prescribed by the house. Players may not ask for deck changes except in the case of damaged cards.
  12. Late Players - The Win Your Way In late rule applies to all tournaments; a player may enter the tournament at any time before the blinds are 100 and 200. NEW: While blinds are 25/50, no chip penalty will be given to late starting. If a player arrives after the first blind raise, they will start minus 100 in chips as fairness to other players. As soon as the 100/200 blind is announced, no player will be allowed in. NOTE: This means if you arrive and sign up late. Being on the premises does not allow you any privileges.
  13. Dead Button - Monthly (TOC) and Semi Annual tournament plays will use a dead button.Dead Button is defined as a button that can not be advanced due to elimination of a player or the seating of a new player into a position between the small blind and the button, but it’s at the host's discretion to implement this rule at any nightly location.
  14. Card Cover / Cap - There will be no foreign objects on the table except for a maximum of one card cap. Card caps can be no larger than three (3) inches in diameter and no more than one (1) inch in depth.
  15. Behavior - Players behaving inappropriately will be subject to elimination from that event and possible elimination from future Win Your Way In, Inc. events. Fighting, Cheating, and Profane or Offensive language, (Watch your mouth!!) are all examples of inappropriate behavior. No matter the situation, no mental or physical abuse will be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior will be subject to disqualification, and possible suspension.
  16. Etiquette Violations - Repeated etiquette violations will result in penalties. Examples include unnecessarily touching other players cards or chips, delay of the game, and excessive chatter. Players are required to act in turn. Excessive celebration through extended theatrics, inappropriate behavior, or physical actions, gestures, or conduct will be subject to penalty. Any player that engages a member of the Tournament host or bar stafff during the celebration or utilizes any property of bar/WYWI will be penalized. WYWI/Bar property includes but is not limited to chairs, Tournament tables, cards and chips, etc.
  17. Penalties and Disqualification - A penalty MAY be invoked if a player exposes any card with action pending, throws a card off the table, violates the one-player-to-a-hand rule, or similar incidents take place. Penalties WILL be invoked in cases of soft play, abuse, or disruptive behavior.
    In its sole and absolute discretion, WYWI Hosts may impose penalties ranging from a verbal warning, one missed hand away from the table up to disqualification and expulsion
    1. WYWI Coordinators and hosts can assess a verbal warning, a missed hand, or one-round, two-round, three-round or four-round penalties and disqualification.
    2. A missed-hand penalty will be assessed as follows: The offender can miss one hand or one to four rounds of hands away from the table. The offender’s missed hand is counted as part of the round when a penalty is given.
    3. Players who receive a missed-hand penalty must remain outside the designated Tournament areas for the length of their penalty.
    4. The player must notify the Host/Staff prior to returning to their seat. Repeat infractions are subject to escalating penalties up to disqualification.
    5. It should be noted that penalties may not always be imposed in successive manner. WYWI Hosts or staff in their sole discretion, for example, can disqualify a person for a first offense if action of player is deemed worthy. Or a player, for example, may forego a warning and be assessed a three round penalty. Players should know any conduct deemed penalty-worthy could result in a wide range of discipline for a first offense.
  18. At Your Seat - A player must be at his or her seat by the time all players have been dealt complete initial hands in order to have a live hand. Players must be at their seat to call time."At your seat" is defined as being within reach or touch of your chair at the host's discretion.
  19. Face Up - All cards will be turned face up once a player is all-in and all betting action is complete.
  20. Chips Visible - All chips must be visible at all times. .(Highest denomination chip visible at all times; players cannot hide high denomination chips behind lower ones). Players may not cover, hold, or transport tournament chips in any manner that takes them out of view. A player who does so will forfeit the chips and will face disqualification. The forfeited chips will be taken out of play.
  21. Cards Visible - Players must keep their cards visible at all times. Players may not cover or hold a hand or the deck in any manner that takes them out of view. A player who does so will forfeit the chips and will face disqualification.
  22. Coloring Up - Coloring up may occur as necessary in order to keep the flow of the game consistent.
  23. Ethical Play - Poker is an individual game. Soft play will result in penalties, which may include forfeiture of chips and/or disqualification. Chip dumping will result in disqualification.
  24. Pot Size - Players are entitled to be informed of the pot size in pot-limit games only. Dealers will not count the pot in limit and no-limit games.
  25. Dealer - Players shall rotate dealership duties. The dealer will also play in the hand, and should deal himself in. Players, who are unable to perform the functions of a dealer, may request a player on either side of him or her to perform those functions. That designate is responsible for dealership duties.
    To choose a dealer, the cards will be shuffled and spread over the table face down. Each player will draw one card. The highest card drawn will be the dealer. Players NOT at the table at time of the draw will NOT participate in the draw. In the event of a tie, the players that tied will draw again with the highest card being the dealer. The dealer is the only person allowed to handle chips or cards that do not belong to a player (folded hands, chips in the pot). If there is a split pot due to a tie hand and the dealer is not able to split the pot, the host is to be called over.
  26. Misdeals - Exposure of one of the first two rounds of cards dealt is a misdeal. If any card dealt leaves the table, it is a misdeal.
  27. Calling for a Clock - The dealer or host will give players a maximum of one minute to make a decision. If action has not been taken before time expires, there will be a 10-second countdown. If the player fails to act in that time, his or her hand is folded. Only a player seated at the table at the time the current hand was dealt can call the clock.
  28. Action Pending - Players must remain at the table if they still have action pending on a hand.
  29. Raise Requirements - If a player puts in a raise of 50% or more of the previous bet but less than the minimum raise, he or she will be required to make a full raise. The raise will be exactly the minimum raise allowed (the big blind).
    In no-limit*, an all-in bet of less than a full raise does not reopen the betting to a player who has already acted. *If a player makes an all-in bet that is less than the Big Blind, the next player is required to make a bet equal or greater to the Big Blind. This rule has caused minor confusion as it is different from "limit" WSOP Texas Hold'Em rules which state "players may call, fold, or complete the bet if they are facing less than half a bet." WYWI poker is no limit and does not follow "limit rules."
  30. Raises - There is no cap on the number of raises in no-limit games. A raise must be at least the size of the BIG BLIND and previous bet, if there is one.
  31. Methods of Raising - In no-limit games a raise must be made by
    1. placing the full amount in the pot in one motion; or
    2. verbally declaring the full amount prior to the initial placement of chips into the pot; or
    3. verbally declaring "raise" prior to the placement of the amount to call into the pot and then completing the action with one additional motion.
  32. Oversized Chip - A single oversized chip will be considered a call if the player does not announce a raise. If a player puts an oversized chip into the pot and states raise but does not state the amount, the raise will be the maximum allowable up to the size of that chip. After the flop, an initial bet of a single oversized chip without comment will constitute the size of the bet. To make a raise with a single oversized chip a verbal declaration must be made before the chip hits the table surface.
  33. String Raises - Dealers and or Hosts will be responsible for calling string bets/raises. All players at the table are encouraged to assist in calling a string bet/raise if a Dealer/host fails to identify it. String bets/raises called by a player must be verified by a dealer/host. A string bet/raise is defined as attempting a bet or raise in multiple movements that include a return to a player’s stack without a prior verbal declaration of intent or visual deception intended to induce action out of turn before a player’s action is complete.
  34. No Disclosure / No Advice / One Player to a Hand
    1. Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Therefore, players, whether in the hand or not, may not:
      • -Disclose contents of live or folded hands; or
      • -Advise or criticize play before the action is completel or
      • -Read a hand that hasn’t been tabled
    2. The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.
  35. Verbal Declarations of Content - Verbal declarations as to the content of a player’s hand are not binding; however, any player deliberately miscalling his or her hand may be penalized.
  36. Verbal declarations in turn regarding wagers are binding. Players must act in turn at all times. Action out of turn will be binding if the action to that player has not changed. A check, call or fold is not considered action changing. If a player acts out of turn and the action changes, the person who acted out of turn may change their action by calling, raising or folding and may have their chips returned. Players may not intentionally act out of turn to influence play before them. Violators will may receive a penalty in accordance with WYWI Rules.
  37. Showdown - If, after the final round of betting after the river, there are two or more people left in the pot, all players must declare their hand and show their cards. The player who made the last aggressive action in that betting round must show first. If there was no bet the player to the left of the button shows first and so on clockwise. If at any time throughout any of the rounds of betting, all players fold leaving only one remaining, then the remaining player wins the pot and does not have to show his/her winning hand.
  38. Playing the Board - A player must show both cards when playing the board in order to get part of the pot.
  39. Odd Chips - Hands when there are two or more high hands or two or more low hands the odd chip(s) will go to the left of the button.
  40. Side Pots - Each side pot will be split separately
  41. Unprotected Hands - If a dealer kills an unprotected hand, the player will have no redress and will not be entitled to a refund of bets. However, if a player had raised and the raise had not yet been called, the raise will be returned to the player.
  42. Mucked Hands - If a player chooses to muck their cards, the hand is automatically declared dead. The exception to this rule is if a player chose to muck their hand following incorrect information, and the hand is identifiable without question in the pile. This is a discretionary rule, decided by the house. If retrieving the hand has no relevant impact on the game or players action, it should be allowed to be returned.
  43. Killing Winning Hand - Dealers cannot kill a winning hand that was tabled and was obviously the winning hand. Players are encouraged to assist in reading tabled hands if it appears that an error is about to be made.
  44. Exposing Cards - A player who exposes his cards with action pending may incur a penalty, but will not have a dead hand. The penalty will begin at the end of the hand.
  45. Button in Heads-up - When heads-up the small blind is on the button and acts first. When beginning heads-up play the button may need to be adjusted to ensure that, no player takes the big blind twice in a row.
  46. Dodging Blinds - A player who intentionally dodges (a) blind(s) when moving from a broken table will incur a penalty.
  47. Breaking Tables - Players going from a broken table to fill in seats assume the rights and responsibilities of the position. They can get the big blind, the small blind, or the button. The only place they cannot get a hand is between the small blind and the button.
  48. Balancing Tables - Play will halt on any table that is three or more players short. The table from which a player is moved will be as specified by a predetermined procedure. In stud games players will be moved by position, (the last seat to open up at the short table is the seat to be filled).
  49. New Limits - When time has elapsed in a round and a new level is announced by the host, the new level applies to the next hand. A hand begins with the first riffle.
  50. Players Having Gone Out - Once a player has been eliminated from the tournament, he/she shall leave the table but may continue to watch the tournament from behind the players. Eliminated players will not handle active players’ cards or chips. Doing so may be considered a form of cheating, the active player may be eliminated, and both players may be subject to disciplinary action.
  51. Prizes - The host will give out prizes at each location in the way the location wishes. Splitting the prize is not allowed. (No Chop)
  52. By participating in Win Your Way In tournaments, players agree to the rules and regulations set by Win Your Way, LLC.
  53. Any and All Rules are subject to change without notice.
  54. And finally, By participating in Win Your Way In Tournaments you agree to allow us to use your picture on our website.
Current Extra Chip Programs:
New Player Chips

For weekly events, first time players will receive an extra 500 in starting chips

Social Media Participation

Checking in on Facebook at the name of the Bar along with a mention of Win Your Way In will result in additional 500 in starting chips in each game played that day at that particular venue mentioned.

HOW IT WORKS: Spend $10 (Not using a Gift Certificate) on food and drinks (not including tip) at any eligible participating WYWI poker tournament (at participating locations) Get your information recorded by the wait staff on a RED HOT TICKET! All tickets are put into a single "bucket". Then, in the first week of the next quarter, WYWI will pick names randomly to play in the RHT Tournament. If your name is drawn twice, that's one less seat at the RED HOT TICKET TABLE! (No purchase necessary. Send written request to the WYWI PO BOX 462 MILTON WA 98354 on a 3x5 card with name, phone, player ID number to be added to this drawing

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