Structure, Prizes & Rules

Welcome to Aces UP! The following provides information regarding the structure, rules and prizes for the tournament.

The Game of Texas Hold 'Em | Tournament Structure | Blind Schedule
Re-Buys and Add-ons | Prizes | Spectators | Bounties
Aces UP! Rules & Etiquette

The Game of Texas Hold 'Em

We will be playing No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em at the Aces UP! Tournament. There are many books, articles, and websites that provide standard instructions on how to play the game. For some basic information on the history of the game and how to play it, you can visit Wikipedia.

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Tournament Structure

The Aces UP! Tournament will have the following structure:

  • All players will begin with $1,500 in chips.
  • Blinds will begin at $25/$50 and increase every 15 or 20 minutes.
  • A full blind structure is included below. HOWEVER, since we are required by state law to end the tournament within a certain period of time, we reserve the right to change or alter the blinds at any point in the tournament.
  • Our goal is to end the Tournament by 11 p.m., but under no circumstances will cards be dealt after Midnight.
  • Registration and the cocktail reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. Players will be able to go to their tables starting at 6:00 p.m. and the tournament will begin at 6:30 p.m.
  • The tournament will have open seating. Players will be able to sit in any open seat.
  • At the end of the 4th round, there will be a break. During this break, chips will be colored up and players may add-on. Subsequent breaks will take place at the end of every 4 rounds. This break schedule may be modified in order to accommodate the scheduled end-time of the tournament.
  • Tables will be balanced and condensed as needed throughout the course of the tournament at the sole discretion of tournament director. We will make every attempt to keep tables at equal ratios throughout the course of the night. When condensing tables, players may be moved to a different position at a new table. For example, a player being moved from a table where s/he was the button, may be moved into a position other than the button at the new table.
  • When only 10 players remain, play will stop and players will draw for seats at the final table.
  • All tournament participants and spectators must be 18 years of age or older.

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Blind Schedule

Please remember, we reserve the right to change or alter the blinds or length of the levels at any point in the tournament.


Level Small Blind Big Blind Duration
Level 1 25 50 20 Minutes
Level 2 50 100 20 Minutes
Level 3 75 150 20 Minutes
Level 4 100 200 20 Minutes
Break 1
Add On & Color Up $25 Chips
20 Minutes
Level 5 200 400 20 Minutes
Level 6 500 1000 20 Minutes
Level 7 1000 2000 20 Minutes
Level 8 2000 4000 20 Minutes
Break 2
Color Up $100/$500/$1000 Chips
15 Minutes
Level 9 5000 10000 15 Minutes
Level 10 10000 20000 15 Minutes
Level 11 20000 40000 15 Minutes
Level 12 40000 80000 15 Minutes
Break 3
Color Up $5000 Chips
15 Minutes
Level 13 50000 100000 15 Minutes
Level 14 100000 200000 15 Minutes
Level 15 250000 500000 15 Minutes
Level 16 500000 1000000 15 Minutes

After the last listed level, blinds will double at this point at the sole discretion of the tournament director to ensure an ending prior to Midnight.

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Re-Buys and Add-ons

  • There are two types of Add-Ons: Instant Add-On & Regular Add-On
    • An Instant Add-On allows a player to add $500 in chips to his/her starting stack. This add-on costs $50 and is only available prior to the first round of play at the start of the tournament.
    • A Regular Add-On allows a player to add $1,000 in chips to his/her stack. This add-on costs $100 and is only available during the first break.
  • There are two types of Re-Buys: Regular Re-Buy & Tie-It-UP Re-buy
    • A Regular Re-Buy allows a player who has less than $1,000 in chips re-buy for $100 and receive an additional $1,000 in chips. There are no limits to the number of Regular Re-Buys a person can make, but all Re-Buys must occur prior to the first break.
    • The Tie-it-UP rebuy is a special rebuy that players can make prior to the first break. A player who loses all of his/her chips may purchase a $200 Tie-It-UP rebuy that will get the player chips equaling (or tying) the player at the table with the most chips. Additionally, in making this type of rebuy, the player will receive an Urban prep tie and sponsor the tie an Urban Prep senior will receive for gaining admission to college. There are no limits to the number of Tie-It-UP Re-Buys a player can make but all Tie-It-UP Re-Buys must occur prior to the first break.
  • Players who have below $1,000 in chips at the start of the first break may re-buy for $100 AND add-on for an additional $100 to receive $2,000 in chips.

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Prizes will be awarded to the top 5 finishers. Once a player is knocked-out in a prize position, they must complete a winner's form. All prizes will be distributed within 30 days of the end of the tournament.

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We highly encourage people who are not playing in the tournament come and partake in the festivities. A crowded house makes it more fun and exciting for everyone. In addition to watching you and the other guests play, spectators can enjoy the wide array of food and beverages available. Spectator tickets are $100 each.


All celebrity participants will have a “bounty” put on them. The tournament player who knocks out a celebrity for the first time will win a prize.

Aces UP! Rules & Etiquette

We ask that all guests remember that this is a poker event for charity, so have fun and remember you're playing for a good cause. Since the dealers are volunteers and all players may not have the same skill level, some mistakes may be made, so players should be patient and cordial at all times. Here are some additional rules that will be in effect for Aces UP!:

  • Cursing, swearing, verbal abuse will not be tolerated. Players engaging in such behavior will be removed from the tournament.
  • Refrain from criticizing another player's play.
  • Be nice to the dealers. Remember they are volunteers.
  • Keep your chips on the table and visible at all times—with larger denominations on top and/or in front of your chip stack.
  • Do not handle another player's chips. While you may give another player change for chips, you may not give chips to another player.
  • Protect your cards so that no one else can see them. Keep your cards on the table at all times (holding cards against your shirt or putting them in your pocket or lap is not allowed).
  • You may leave the table at any time (e.g., top get a drink, go to the restroom, etc.). During your absence, cards will be dealt to your seat and folded. Your blinds will be put into the pot during your absence.
  • Speaking on mobile phones is not allowed while sitting at the table. If you need to use the phone, you must get up from the table.
  • It is each player's responsibility to follow the flow of the game. Play in turn. Do not act out of turn.
  • At no time should any player or spectator make statements that could unfairly influence the play of a hand. This includes commenting on mucked cards and discussing possible hands.
  • Do not splash the pot. When making a bet, announce your bet and place the chips in front of your cards towards the center of the table. Do NOT throw the chips into the pot.
  • String bets are not allowed. If your intention is to bet $100, then you must either announce your bet OR move enough chips to cover the bet into the pot in one motion. You may NOT take $50 and put it in the pot and then go back into your chip stack for another $50 to complete your bet without announcing your bet.
  • Verbally announce your action—call, raise, fold, check, bet.
  • You may not say "I call your bet and raise you..." You must announce your raise or intention to raise.
  • Do not expose any cards until the showdown.
  • In a showdown situation when there are no more opportunities for betting (this happens most often when it's heads-up play and one of the players is all-in), the players in the hand must turn their cards over immediately.
  • Rabbit hunting (asking to see what cards would have appeared, had you bet) is not allowed, unless a Rabbit-Hunting chip is played.
  • Agreeing to "check-down" a hand after a player has gone all-in is not allowed.
  • If a player decides to muck (discard) his/her cards, that player is allowed to do so without his/her opponent seeing the cards. Once the cards hit the muck, that player is no longer in the hand and cannot win the pot. The remaining player does not have to show his/her hand in order to win the pot.
  • If the dealer exposes a card while dealing, dealing continues in order with the last card being dealt going to the person whose card was exposed. The exposed card becomes the burn card. In instances where two cards are exposed by the dealer while the cards are being dealt, a misdeal is declared and the cards are reshuffled and re-dealt. If a player accidentally exposes his/her cards during a hand, the entire table must be shown the cards and play continues.

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