Poker Tournament Rules


This article describes the essential information one should know about Poker tournament rules, their registration procedure, general elimination and disconnection rules, and the rules about sitting out, unethical play, cancellations, Heads-Up tournaments, early payout tournaments, rebuys, add-ons, and re-entry.

Adda 52 ensures that all players on its platform adhere to ethical gaming and follow the highest standards of sportsman spirit. Adda 52 provides the best gaming thrill and experience to every player who plays a poker tournament on their app or server.


A poker tournament aims to win all the chips from fellow players. The player who collects most of the chips and arises as the last player standing wins the final prize.

Poker tournament rules are like the playbook everyone follows, and these ensure fairness and consistency throughout the game so that all players have an equal chance of winning. These rules cover how bets are placed, cards are dealt, and the winners are determined. They help to create a level playing field and prevent any undue advantages. It is like having a referee to keep things in check and make sure everyone plays by the same rules.

What is a Poker Tournament

A poker tournament is a competition where all the players pay equal entry fees to participate. They play a series of poker games in different rounds against each other, and the goal is to win chips from other players. The person who collects most of the chips wins prizes, like money or a trophy. Tournaments can have many players or just a few, lasting for hours or even days. It is like a game where everyone competes to see who is the last player standing playing poker.

A poker tournament is like a gathering where people play poker games against each other in rounds. Each player starts with a certain amount of chips, and the goal is to win chips from other players by having the best hand or by bluffing. As players win or lose chips, they might get eliminated if they run out. The tournament continues until there's only one player left with all the chips, and that player is the winner. It's a test of skill, strategy, and luck to see who can outplay the others and come out on top.

General rules

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  • By participating in the tournament, the winner consents to provide his image, interview, etc., as promotional content by and its media partners.
  • All tournaments will begin promptly in the Tournament Lobby at the scheduled time. We reserve the right to delay or cancel a tournament without prior notice.
  • Seats are assigned at random. Seat changes are not permitted.

Registration Process

  • Registration for all multi-table tournaments usually begins one week in advance.
  • All multi-table tournaments will begin promptly at the scheduled time stated in the Game Lobby.

Elimination Rules

  • A multi-table tournament ends when one player accumulates all the chips in play, or in some multi-table tournaments, when all remaining players receive the same prize.
  • If two or more players are eliminated on the same hand, a player with more chips at the start finishes higher than a player with fewer chips. In the case of the equal stack, If two or more players are eliminated on the same hand and the prize cannot be distributed equally, player(s) might get 1 Rs more than other player(s). If the prize is a ticket, one player will get a ticket; this is intentional, as tickets cannot be split. The player first in the list of eliminated players will get the ticket.

A list of all players is made at the start of the tourney. This list is in random order. Tickets will be given to the first player based on that list. The remainder will also be given to the first player in case of an odd prize. The system makes this list and stores it in the database.


Players can buy more chips in rebuy tournaments once they run out of chips to buy more. It is typically available during a specified period early in the game. After buying more chips, the player can continue playing. Rebought chips are usually added to the player's stack, and there may be limitations on the number of rebuys allowed. This keeps the tournament competitive and enables players to recover if they get busted early.


An add-on is a chance to purchase additional chips for a specified period, mainly after the buy-in in the tournament. It helps players uplift their stack count and increase their winning chances.


Re-entry allows players to return to the tournament if they get knocked out by repaying. It is another fresh start chance at the game if the players lose on their first attempt. In case of a re-entry, players are placed on randomly selected tables to re-start as a fresh entry.

Disconnection Rules

  • By participating in a tournament, a player accepts the risk of internet disconnection due to problems with the connection between their computer and the servers, lag or freeze, or some other problem in the player's computer or the Internet.
  • Adda52 accepts no responsibility for a player disconnect except for a server crash on our end. In this case, we will communicate accordingly with the players affected, keeping their best interests in mind.

Disconnection Protection

If players are disconnected during a tournament, the system will take Auto Action, and they will be switched to “Sit-Out” mode, i.e., the system will check (in case the raise option is not there)/ fold (in case of the raise option being available) every hand.

Sitting Out

  • There is no rule against a single player choosing to sit out; the player doing so will continue to have blinds and antes posted and cards dealt.

Chat Rules

It is applicable for both SNG and Multi-table Tournaments.

  • Players, whether in the hand or not, may only discuss the hands once the action is complete. Players are obligated to always protect the other players in the tournament. Discussing cards discarded or hand possibilities is not allowed.

  • Players cannot act in groups and play a game. Declaring one’s cards or discussing the strength of one’s hand in the chat window is strictly prohibited.

Unethical Play

It is applicable for both SNG and Multi-table Tournaments.

  • Poker is an individual game and not a team game. Any action or chat intended to help another player is unethical and prohibited. Unethical play, such as soft play (playing less aggressively against a partner) and chip dumping (intentionally losing chips to a partner), may result in penalties, including seizure of funds from the offender's account and termination of the account.

  • A player may play on only one account during a tournament and may not ‘hand off’ his seat in mid-event to a different player. Violating this rule may result in penalties, including a warning or disqualification from the tournament and barring from Adda52.


Breaks during tournaments are 5 minutes long and occur at the 25-minute mark of each hour. The specific break times for each tournament can be viewed in the Tournament lobby within our Adda52 app or gaming platform. It's important to note that not all tournaments may include break periods, and we'll communicate this information beforehand if that's the case.

Server Issues

Server issues are a glitch in the online platform hosting the tournament. It involves issues like the game getting frozen, the website crashing, the players being disconnected from the game and other technical problems that can interrupt the flow of the game and where the situation goes beyond our immediate control.

On Adda 52, in case of a server glitch, below mentioned are the provisions:

  • If a technical glitch happens during a tournament, the players are entitled to reimbursement for their buy-ins. If it is a re-entry/re-buy tournament, the players will receive a refund of their buy-ins and re-entry/re-buy
  • If the technical issue occurs once the tournament has reached the Money stage, the players get a share of the prize pool based on their chip ratio (the amount of chips they have on the table during disconnection).

Deal Making

In deal-making, players split the prize money instead of continuing to play until the end of the game. They discuss the issue and decide to divide the remaining prize pool among themselves based on chip counts, stack size, and personal preferences. Players prefer making deals because it helps cover the variance in the tournament's later stages.


  • Bounty Tournament: In a bounty tournament, bounties are placed on the head of all the participants. A player can earn a bounty amount by knocking his opponents out of the game.
  • Knockout bounty: In this format, players win a bounty amount for every opponent they eliminate.
  • Progressive bounty: When a player busts out another player, they get half his bounty amount, and the other half is added to their bounty. For example, if the bounty on every participant’s head is 100, you earn 50 by knocking a player out, and your bounty will go up to Rs. 150. If your opponent busts you out, he will get 75, and the other half will add to his bounty.


Cancellations occur when a tournament is cancelled because of a server crash or for some other unanticipated situation. In similar or unforeseen circumstances wherein we cancel a tournament, we compensate all competing players appropriately and without prejudice. We allow and credit due compensation to the active and participating players within 24 working hours. The active/participating players will be notified by phone and email in due course.

Heads-Up Tournaments

In Heads-Up tournaments, there are only two players per table. These tournaments can have either an even or odd number of players registering for the tournaments. In case of an odd number of registrants, some players are given first-round byes to move to the next rounds. In these tournaments, chips reset at the end of each round, and players don’t have to carry their winnings from the previous round to the next round.

Early payout tournaments

In early payout tournaments, once the bubble bursts or if the players reach the paid positions, all the eligible players are instantly awarded the minimum guaranteed payout in their accounts. It allows the players to use their winnings in the later stages better. If a player has extra winnings, they are also added to the early payout amount once the player gets busted or the tournament ends with them winning.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the format for poker tournaments?

Poker tournaments include a format in which players start playing with a specific number of chips unless a player accumulates all the chips and wins the game.

How do you run a successful poker tournament?

A successful poker tournament incorporates and maintains specific rules, fair play, efficient payout, and a well-equipped player environment. 

What are the levels in poker tournaments?

Levels in poker tournaments mark distinct stages where the blind bets increase regularly. Players must adopt smart strategies to face higher blinds as the game progresses.


This article describes poker tournament rules in detail. However, the rules are not limited to these; they extend to poker rules that new and experienced players should follow and adhere to. Knowing these rules beforehand helps players practice them and sharpen their skills before they enter a high-stakes tournament.

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