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Events At Montecasino

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The Big Chill Poker Tournament

The Big Chill Poker Tournament

The Big Chill Poker Tournament

From Monday, 6 February 2017 to Sunday, 26 February 2017

Montecasino’s Poker Tournament is back!

Back by popular demand, Montecasino’s Big Chill Tournament takes place in February with an estimated prize pool of over R700,000 in CASH up for grabs!

This No-limit Texas Hold’Em Freeze-out Poker tournament will take place in the Montecasino Poker Lounge on the main casino floor.


  1. WIN your seat
    • How? Win one of the satellite tournaments taking place before the Main Tournament.
    • When? 6, 13, 20 and 22 February 2017
      •  R1,100 buy-in
      • Registration will commence at 17h00
      • Satellites will begin at 19h30
  2. BUY your seat
    • How? Buy your seat straight into the Main tournament for R10,000
    • Where? At the Main Cash Desk on the casino floor or through other Tsogo Sun casinos Cash Desk’s (limited seats available)  from 6 February 2017.


  • 25 and 26 February 2017
  • Registration will commence at 11h00
  • Satellites will begin at 12h00
  • Freeze-out tournament with one buy-back for the first hour; blind level starting on 50/100 and increased every 45 min

Please note that seats will be capped at 80 players.

Promotional Rules:

By participating in a tournament, you agree to abide by the rules and behave in a courteous manner. A violator may be verbally warned, suspended from play for a specified length of time, or disqualified from the tournament. Chips from a disqualified participant will be removed from play. Players, whether in the hand or not, may not discuss the hands until the action is complete. Players are obligated to protect the other players in the tournament at all times. Discussing cards discarded or hand possibilities are not allowed. A penalty may be given for discussion of hands during the play.

  1. Whenever possible, all rules are the same as those that apply to live games
  2. Initial seating is determined by random draw or assignment. (For a one-table satellite event, cards to determine seating may be left face-up so the earlier entrants can pick their seat, since the button is assigned randomly)
  3. A change of seat is not allowed after play starts, except as assigned by the director
  4. 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
  5. If a paid entrant is absent at the start of an event the chips be left in place until arrival. If the player does not show the player will be blinded out
  6. A starting stack of chips may be placed in a seat to accommodate late entrants (so all antes and blinds have been appropriately paid). An unsold seat will have such a stack removed at a time left to the discretion of the director
  7. A no-show or absent player is always dealt a hand. That player’s stack will post chips for blinds and antes
  8. In all tournament games using a dealer button, the starting position of the button is determined by the players drawing for the high card
  9. Limits and blinds are raised at regularly scheduled intervals
  10. 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)
  11. 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
  12. A player must be present at the table to stop the action by calling “time"
  13. 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.)
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. The number of players at each table will be kept reasonably balanced by the transfer of a player as needed. With more than six tables, table size will be kept within two players. With six tables or less, table size will be kept within one player
  18. In all events, there is a redraw for seating when the field is reduced to one table
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. All players must leave their seat immediately after being eliminated from an event
  22. 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
  23. At pot-limit and no-limit play, the player must either use a verbal statement giving the amount of the raise or put chips into the pot in a single motion. Otherwise, it is a string bet
  24. Non-tournament chips are not allowed on the table
  25. Higher-denomination chips must be placed where they are easily visible to all other players
  26. 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
  27. Inappropriate behaviour 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 behaviour may be punished by eviction from the tournament
  28. The decks are changed only at the start of a new days play or if cards are damaged
  29. 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.” [See “Section 16 – Explanations,” discussion #1, for more information on this rule
  30. 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
  31. If a player announces the intent to re-buy before cards are dealt, that player is playing behind and is obligated to make the re-buy
  32. If a player gets knocked out in the Main Tournament in the first 60 minutes by losing all their chips, the player may buy-back once, provided they have the cash in hand
  33. All hands will be turned face up whenever a player is all-in and betting action is complete
  34. 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
  35. Management is not required to rule on any private deals, side bets, or redistribution of the prize pool among finalists
  36. 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
  37. 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
  38. Management retains the right to cancel any event, or alter it in a manner fair to the players