These are the house rules we follow. These rules are designed to minimize drama; please follow them.
[TH 1] : Rule Set. We follow these house rules, then 2013 TDA rules, then Robert’s Rules.
[TH 2] : Spirit of the Game [TDA Rule 1]. The Floor must consider the best interest of the game and fairness as 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 Floor’s decision is arbitrary, capricious, and final.
[TH 3] : If The Dealer Didn’t Hear It, You Didn’t Say It. The Treehouse is loud. Speak up. For example, if you say “raise” but maybe only your neighbor hears it, that is 100% your fault. The Floor may rule against you if a problem results. Get the dealer’s attention (dealers: pay attention), announce your action (“raise”, or “4500″ or whatever it is you need to clarify), and make sure the dealer has heard you before you do anything else.
[TH 4] : Floor Rulings. Any player, in the hand or not, may request a Floor Ruling. Neil is usually the Floor unless otherwise delegated. If the Floor is in the hand the Floor MAY delegate the decision to another person at his discretion.
[TH 5] : Orderly Table, Clear Bets, Clean Pots, Correct Payouts: Don’t splash the pot. Don’t leave bets and folded hands splayed all over the place between betting rounds. Calculate side pots correctly using the overage method not the “multiply the short stack” method (which is often wrong because of other action). Don’t “just match the stacks” to pay out an all-in; count the stacks and clearly announce the amount to be paid.
[TH 6] : Dealer Makes Change. If you need change, declare your bet sufficiently loudly (see TH3) and before the oversized chip drops. Do not take change before action is complete. Dealer should make change from the pot at the end of the betting round. Other players should not change-out your bet while action is ongoing (try to break people of this habit). Read TDA Rule 53 and do not put out extra chips (e.g., 525 to call 325) in an attempt to make change easier; absent a verbal declaration such a bet is a raise per Rule 53.
[TH 7] : Blind Increases. Blinds go up on the next hand when the timer so indicates. We follow the TDA rule by imagining when a “real” dealer would be riffling the deck or pushing the green button. The previous hand must be completely over, pot paid out and cards collected before the timer goes off, or your next hand will be at the new level. In particular this means that if the timer went off while a complicated pot is still being paid out, you will be hit with a blind increase. Posting of blinds is not a factor in the decision. The Floor reserves the right to make you pay $1 into the points prize pool if you argue “but I was POSTED”.
[TH 8] : Penalties. The typical first penalty is sitting out 1 round (orbit). However, Floor has complete discretion and is not limited to only round-based penalties. Chip fines, disqualification, or pretty much anything the Floor can think of is possible if the situation warrants. You may end up doing the dishes.
[TH 9] : Nine Handed. The final table will be played 9-handed. In general at the Treehouse we try to avoid 10-handed tables though the TD has discretion.
[TH 10] : Your Fault, Your Problem. This is more of a philosophy than a rule. When there is no other way to decide a ruling, the ruling generally will be against the player whose actions (especially if careless or non-standard) brought about the situation requiring the ruling, or against the player who could have protected himself but did not. Pay attention and protect your own interests at all times. See also TDA Rule 2.