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What’s On At Goldfields

Free State Events

As the top venue in Welkom and surrounds for comedy, music and live entertainment, there’s no shortage of great Free State events at Goldfields.

Poker Tournament

Poker Tournament

Poker Tournament

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Get ready for the Goldfields Casino Poker Tournament
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You don’t want to miss a seat at out Poker Tournament, Buy-In is just R1,100 every Sunday and you could stand a chance to win big!

Finals take place on 7 March

Don’t miss out on the fun, bring your best Poker face and join us at Goldfields Casino

Mechanics

We will start by running satellite events every Sunday at 14h00 from 2 February 2020 and continue with them until 1 March 2020. The top two players of each of these Sunday events will win a seat in the main event taking place on Saturday 7 March 2020. Each satellite event will be open to the first 30 players to pay for the cost of their seat. Each seat will cost R1,100 with R1,000 going into the pot and the extra R100 covering the house 10% rake.

Once the total pot is calculated for each satellite, we will deduct an amount of R6,600 and place it into a separate account which will be used for the main event March. The R6,600 will be used to secure the top two players of each satellite a seat in the main event. The rest of each pot will be divided amongst the winners at a 50%, 30% and 20% split.

In the event that a player wins more than one of the satellite events they will be given an option to transfer their extra seat in the main event to a player of their choice or they can use the extra money to pay for a once-off re-buy or add-on that will be available.

The main event will take place on Saturday the 7th of March 2020 starting at 13h00 and will be held in the conference foyer. It will be run strictly as a no limits event.  Registration for the event will start at 12h00. All buy-ins will need to be done at the cash desk as we will not be accepting any cash at the event. The cost of a seat for this event will be R3,300 with the R3,000 going directly into the pot and the R300 covering the house 10% rake. Each guest will be allowed a once of re-buy or add-on at a cost of R1,500. This option will only be available for the first 4 blind levels. We will allow late registration for the first two blind levels or 40 minutes.

The game will continue until we have a winner or until midnight. If we do not have a winner by this time we will do a chip count and let the remaining guests sign for their chips. We will then restart the game the following morning at 12h00 where we will play until we have a winner.

We will also run a stand-alone R1,100 Freezeout event on the Friday night (6 March 2020) before the main event. This event will be open to the first 60 players to pay the cost of the seat. The event will start at 19h00. This event will continue until we have a winner or until the latest 01h00. Regardless of how many players are left at 01h00 we will call last two blinds and at the end of the last blind we will do a chip count and the person with the most chips will be declared the winner.

Promotional Rules

  1. Initial seating is determined by random draw or assignment.
  2. A change of seat is not allowed after play starts, except as assigned by the director.
  3. The appropriate starting amount of chips will be placed on the table for each paid entrant at the beginning of the event, whether the person is present or not.
  4. If a paid entrant is absent at the start of an event the chips will be left in place until arrival. If the player does not show the player will be blinded out.
  5. A no-show or absent player is always dealt a hand. That player’s stack will post chips for blinds and antes.
  6. In all tournament games using a dealer button, the starting position of the button is determined by the players drawing for the high card.
  7. Limits and blinds are raised at regularly scheduled intervals.
  8. If there is a signal designating the end of a betting level, the new limits apply on the next deal. (A deal begins with the first riffle of the shuffle.)
  9. The lowest denomination of chips in play will be removed from the table when it is no longer needed in the blind or ante structure. All lower denomination chips that are of sufficient quantity for a new chip will be changed directly. All odd chips will be changed to the new lowest chip still in play. 
  10. A player must be present at the table to stop the action by calling “time.”
  11. A player must be at the table by the time all players have their complete starting hands in order to have a live hand for that deal. (The dealer has been instructed to kill the hands of all absent players immediately after dealing each player a starting hand.)
  12. As players are eliminated, tables are broken in a pre-set order, with players from the broken tables assigned to empty seats at other tables.
  13. In button games, if a player is needed to move from a table to balance tables, the player due for the big blind will be automatically selected to move, and will be given the earliest seat due for the big blind if more than one seat is open.
  14. New players to a table as a result of balancing tables are dealt in immediately unless they are in the small blind or button position, where they must wait until the button has passed to the player on their left.
  15. The number of players at each table will be kept reasonably balanced by the transfer of a player as needed.
  16. In all events, there is a redraw for seating when the field is reduced to one table.
  17. If a player lacks sufficient chips for a blind or a forced bet, the player is entitled to get action on whatever amount of money is left in his stack. A player who posts a short blind and wins does not need to make up the blind.
  18. A player who declares all in and loses the pot, then discovers that one or more chips were hidden, is not entitled to benefit from this. That player is eliminated from the tournament if the opponent had sufficient chips to cover the hidden ones (A re-buy is okay if allowable by the rules of that event). If another deal has not yet started, the director may rule the chips belong to the opponent who won that pot, if that obviously would have happened with the chips out in plain view. If the next deal has started, the discovered chips are removed from the tournament.
  19. All players must leave their seats immediately after being eliminated from an event.
  20. Showing cards from a live hand during the action injures the rights of other players still competing in an event, who wish to see contestants eliminated. A player in a multi-handed pot may not show any cards during a deal. Heads-up, a player may not show any cards unless the event has only two remaining players, or is winner-take-all. If a player deliberately shows a card, the player may be penalized (but his hand will not be ruled dead). Verbally stating one’s hand during the play may be penalized.
  21. Non-tournament chips are not allowed on the table.
  22. Higher-denomination chips must be placed where they are easily visible to all other players.
  23. All tournament chips must remain visible on the table throughout the event. Chips taken off the table will be removed from the event, and a player doing this may be disqualified.
  24. Inappropriate behavior like throwing cards that go off the table may be punished with a penalty such as being dealt out for a length of time or number of hands. A severe infraction such as abusive or disruptive behavior may be punished by eviction from the tournament.
  25. The decks are changed only at the start of a new days play or if cards are damaged.
  26. The dealer button remains in position until the appropriate blinds are taken. Players must post all blinds every round. Because of this, last action may be given to the same player for two consecutive hands by the use of a “dead button.”
  27. In heads-up play with two blinds, the small blind is on the button. When play becomes heads-up, the player who had the big blind the most recently is given the button, and his opponent is given the big blind.
  28. If a player is knocked out within the re-buy period by losing all their chips, the player may buy back, provided they have cash in hand.
  29. All hands will be turned face up whenever a player is all-in and betting action is complete.
  30. If multiple players go broke on the same hand, the player starting the hand with the larger amount of chips finishes in the higher place for prize money and any other award. Players eliminated on the same deal who start their final hand with an equal amount of chips receive equal prize money, with the best hand on that deal receiving any non-divisible award.
  31. Management is not required to rule on any private deals, side bets, or redistribution of the prize pool among finalists.
  32. Private agreements by remaining players in an event regarding distribution of the prize pool are not condoned. (However, if such an agreement is made, the director has the option of ensuring that it is carried out by paying those amounts.) Any private agreement that does not include one or more active competitors is improper by definition.
  33. A tournament event is expected to be played until completion. A private agreement that removes all prize money from being at stake in the competition is unethical.
  34. Management retains the right to cancel any event, or alter it in a manner fair to the players.
  35. A copy of the rules will be available at the customer service desk