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Rule Number One: Tournament Directors Association

by Linda Johnson |  Published: Dec 04, 2019


The 2019 Tournament Directors Association (TDA) rules are now available. You can access them at It goes without saying, but if you play tournament poker for a living, or even as a serious amateur, you really should know and understand these rules. In my opinion, however, the most important rule for tournament directors and players to know and understand is rule number one. I refer to it as the fairness rule. You can find it under the Floor Decisions section. “The best interest of the game and fairness are top priorities in decision-making. Unusual circumstances occasionally dictate that common-sense decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over technical rules. Floor decisions are final.” This rule gives the tournament director a lot of flexibility when it comes to unusual situations and circumstances. it allows the tournament director to think outside of the box when necessary. Not everything is black and white. I ...

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