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APL Player Rules and Etiquette

The APL currently operates off an amended version of the TDA Rule Book - APL Rule Book 2019

For first time players and beginners the rules of the game may seem slightly daunting, don't worry our players always welcome new players and our Tournament Directors are on hand whenever you need assistance.  Remember everyone was new to the game once.

We ask that our players conduct themselves in accordance with our Code of Conduct and Player Rules and Etiquette.  These codes have been designed to ensure that all of our players are able to enjoy the game in an environment that is conducive to fun and fair play.


APL Tournament Directors will endeavour to maintain a pleasant environment for all our customers, but are not responsible for the conduct of any player. We have established a code of conduct, and may deny the use of our venues and competition to repeat offenders.

The following are not permitted:

  • Collusion with another player or any other form of cheating
  • Verbally or physically threatening any patron or employee
  • Using profane or obscene language
  • Creating a disturbance by arguing, shouting, or making excessive noise
  • Throwing, tearing, bending, or crumpling cards
  • Destroying or defacing property
  • Using an illegal substance
  • Carrying a weapon
  • If a player is responsible for a minor under the age of 13 at the venue, they must have a suitable and willing guardian in order to play.


The following actions are improper, and grounds for warning, suspension, or barring a repeat offender:

  • Deliberately acting out of turn
  • Deliberately splashing chips into the pot
  • Removing cards from the muck pile
  • No player is to touch chips or cards that are not theirs, only the dealer of that hand is permitted to handle the chips in the pot
  • Taking change for a bet before the completion of a round of betting
  • Agreeing to check a hand out when a third player is all-in
  • Reading a hand for another player at the showdown before it has been placed face up on the table
  • Revealing the contents of a live hand in a multi handed pot before the betting is complete
  • Revealing the contents of a folded hand before the betting is complete. Do not divulge the contents of a hand during a deal even to someone not in the pot, so you do not leave any possibility of the information being transmitted to an active player
  • Needlessly stalling the action of a game.
  • Deliberately discarding hands away from the muck. Cards should be released in a low line of flight directly at the muck pile
  • Stacking chips in a manner that interferes with dealing or viewing cards
  • Making statements or taking action that could unfairly influence the course of play, whether or not the offender is involved in the pot
  • Using a cell phone at the table.
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