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In the past, a handful of TD's have run their own "special event" game variants. This includes Tag Team tournaments, Omaha or wild-card games, and other similar types of events - both held during Special Event Week and outside of it.


To be as consistent and fair as possible, we've implemented the following for this season and beyond:


-- TD's are asked not to run any 'special event' outside of our normal schedule without written email permission from the WTP Home Office, including any type of event that is not expressly listed on this page during Special Event Week.


-- Running an unsanctioned event without our permission can result in a warning or suspension.


Special Event Weeks are meant to be a fun diversion to spice up your Poker Night. Please work with us to ensure the games you run are within our structures, policies, and procedures - and have fun!


Thanks everyone!


Each season, World Tavern Poker runs two Special Event Weeks at all of our bars to keep things fresh and exciting!


Games include Deep-Stacked tournaments, "No Limp Poker", "Winner Gets The Button", Crazy Pineapple, and All In or Fold.

Special Event Weeks take place during Week 6 and Week 18 during the regular season. Each bar has the option of choosing a Special Event for games on Week 6 and Week 18, or they can run their usual tournaments.


The TD or Bar Owner is responsible for selecting which Special Events they will hold. Generally, they will hold an informal vote among players to see which type of event their poker customers prefer. Some TD's may simply announce which events will take place.


Be sure to scroll below for full details on all of our Special Event Week tournaments!

Double your starting stack!

Deep-Stacked tournaments are popular among players because you get to start the event with more chips! We recommend starting with double your normal complement of chips for Deep-Stacked events.


You can run blinds as you normally would, or run them a bit shorter to make sure the games fit to your bar's schedule. Some bars may even run longer than usual blinds!


During Special Events Week, we recommend that bars running Deep-Stacked tournaments run their 2nd game of the day or night as a Turbo or All in or Fold event. This will ensure that these events generally run as long as they would on a normal night.


All other game play and scoring is precisely the same as it would be for a normal tournament.

You must raise pre-flop!

One of the more interesting games that is increasing in popularity at our Regional Championships is the No Limp Poker tournament. In this game, players can only come into the pot for a 3x raise preflop - no limping allowed!


The play begins as normal. The player first to act after the cards are dealt has two decisions: they can either enter the pot with a minimum bet of at least 3 times the big blind, or fold their cards.


Once the initial 3 times the big blind raise has been made pre-flop, others yet to act can call, raise, or fold.


ONLY EXCEPTION: Pre-flop, if everyone folds to the players in the blinds, the small blind can make a call and the big blind can check. This is the ONLY exception to the no limping rule!


After pre-flop betting is complete, the flop is revealed and it's normal No Limit Texas Hold'em from there.

Win a hand? Win the pot, AND the deal!

The game starts as it normally would. A player aces up for the deal at the start of the tournament, and that player begins the game. The small blind is the first person to the left of the dealer, while the big blind is to the left of the small blind.

Here's where it gets interesting! The person that wins the hand becomes the dealer for the next hand. The blinds always follow the two people left of the deal.

Yes - that means if a player wins two or more hands in a row, the blinds do not move! The player to the right of the dealer shuffles, and if the same person wins more than twice, you can feel free to pass the shuffle to the next player on your right.

Everything else is normal No Limit Texas Hold'em. If a pot is split, meaning more than one person won the hand, the deal simply moves to the left like a regular game.

You have one decision: all-in, or fold?

Made popular at our OPEN and WLPC national events, All In Or Fold is literally one decision: are you all-in, or do you fold?


All players start with 3,000 chips and blinds are 100/200 for the first 30 minutes. Two cards are dealt to each player, and the first player to act, and all subsequent players, can only go all-in or fold their hand when it's their turn.


After all players have acted, anyone who is all in reveals their cards. The dealer deals the flop, turn, and river, and the player with the best hand wins (chopped/split pots are handled just like they normally would be).


After the 30-minute opening blind period, the TD will start a chip-up break. Afterward, blinds are 500/1000 and continue at 10-minute increments per the normal WTP structure. This continues until a winner emerges.


RECOMMENDATION: Run this as a 2nd game with Deep Stack as the first game on Special Event Week, since All In Or Fold will likely end well before a normal game.

Get 3 hole cards instead of 2!

Just as in regular No Limit Texas Hold'em, the two players to the left of the dealer post blinds. The dealer begins dealing the cards. Instead of giving each player 2 hole cards, the dealer gives each player 3 hole cards!


After the 3 hole cards are dealt, a round of betting takes place just as it would normally. After the betting is complete, the flop is dealt (one card down, three cards up).


Another round of betting takes place. Once this round of betting is finished, all players still in the hand choose one of their 3 hole cards to discard. Now all remaining players have 2 hole cards left, just as they would normally.


From here (the turn and river), the game is identical to No Limit Texas Hold'em. Once the hand is done, the process repeats for every remaining hand in the tournament.

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