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Poker Tournament Rule Book

The HomePokerTourney Poker Tournament Rule Book, Robert's Rules of Poker, the TDA Rules, and the HPT Poker Tournaments rules ... all the poker rules you'll ever need to officiate almost any poker game! The poker tournament rules are Adobe Acrobat pdf files that you may view, save, print, copy and distribute for free. Use your computer printer to print the poker tournament rule book and keep one or two near the poker table while playing. You can open one of the full-size poker rule books on your laptop and use it live during your game. You can even use the search feature of the Adobe Reader to search for words or phrases within the poker rules. The end result is a very professional looking printable poker rule book and a computerized poker rules reference that will be the envy of your friends and neighbors!

HPT Poker Tournament Rule Book

HPT Poker Tournament Rules  ♦  How to Play Hold'em  ♦  How to Deal Hold'em
Robert's Rules of Poker (Version 11 Condensed Hold'em version)  ♦  Button Help  ♦  Chips Needed  ♦  Dealer Errors

Poker rule book
Full-size
8.5" x 11" portrait printing mode
1 page per sheet, 2 pages if double-sided
Staple in the top left corner
Poker rule book
Booklet
8.5" x 11" landscape printing mode
2 pages per sheet, 4 pages if double-sided
Fold in half and staple to form a booklet

The full-size poker rule book is best for using on a laptop during live play. Use the Abode bookmark and search functions to easily find specific rules very quickly. The full-size rule book is also best if you want to print a larger version of the rule book, for those with poor eyesight.

The booklet-size poker rule book is meant to be printed in a book format. You print four pages on one sheet of paper and then fold and staple to create a very handy booklet to leave lying around during your games. A Dealer Errors chart is included on the back page for easy reference.

Poker Rule Books

Full-sizeBooklet
Robert's Rules of Poker  Version 11
Version 11 of Robert's Rules of Poker.
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Poker Tournament Directors Association Version 2013
The 2013 Poker TDA Rules.
Poker rule book Poker rule book
HPT Poker Tournament Rules
Buyin, Payout, Seating, Moving Players, Ties, Late Players, Dead Button Rule, Blinds Schedule, Dealer Errors. 4 pages.
Poker rule book Poker rule book
How To Play Hold'em Guide
How to deal and play no-limit hold'em.
  Poker rule book
HPT Poker Charts
Poker Hand Rank, Blinds Schedule, Payout, Chips Needed, Odds Charts, Dealer Errors.
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Mobile Poker Rule Books

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Mobile Poker TDA Rules
34KB
Mobile poker rules menu
Mobile Poker Rules Menu
12KB
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Mobile Robert's Rules of Poker
127KB

Full-size (portrait) single-sided printing

Open a full-size rule book and click on the print icon. Select a Print Range of "All" and print "Even and Odd Pages". Ensure that both 'Expand small pages to paper size' and 'Auto-rotate and center pages' have been check marked.

Full-size (portrait) double-sided printing

This assumes that your printer does not support double-sided printing (most don't). Open a full-size rule book and click on the print icon. Select a Print Range of "All" and print "Odd Pages Only". Ensure that both 'Expand small pages to paper size' and 'Auto-rotate and center pages' have been check marked. After printing all the odd pages, place those same sheets of paper back into your printer tray so that the reverse side of the paper will be properly printed upon. Print again using Print 'Even Pages Only'.

Booklet (landscape) printing (This is the recommended printing method)

Open a booklet (not full-size) and click on the print icon. Select a Print Range of "All" and print 'Odd Pages Only'. Ensure that both 'Expand small pages to paper size' and 'Auto-rotate and center pages' have been check marked. After printing all the odd pages, place those same sheets of paper back into your printer tray so that the reverse side of the paper will be properly printed upon. Print again using Print 'Even Pages Only'. Collate the sheets, fold each paper in half and then staple the booklet down the spine in two spots about 2 1/4 inches from the top and bottom. You might also want to trim the inner pages using a paper cutter.

Printer page orientation and order (double-sided printing)

Almost any printer can print double-sided, you simply print one side of a sheet of paper and then put that same sheet of paper back into your printer paper feed tray and print it again on the reverse side. The tricky part is knowing how to place the paper back into the printer tray so that it prints on the opposite side with the correct orientation (top/bottom). In addition, you will probably also have to re-order the page stack before printing again - the page at the top of the stack should now become the page at the bottom of the stack.

Follow these instructions to test your printer for how to correctly print double-sided:

  • Open a full-size rule book
  • Print only page 1 by choosing a Print Range of "Pages from 1 to 1"
  • Take note of how the printed sheet of paper is orientated when it exits your printer
  • Place that same printed sheet of paper back into your printer tray, taking note of how the paper is orientated
  • Print only page 2 by choosing a Print Range of "Pages from 2 to 2"

Did your page print correctly? Is page 2 on the reverse side of page 1? Are both pages face-up? It may take you two or three attempts before you are successful.

On my HP LaserJet 1012 I can simply print the odd pages, reverse the sheet order from top to bottom, and slip the sheets back into the printer with the print facing down.

Using a 1-sided to 2-sided photocopier (instead of double-sided printing)

This option may be the most convenient, especially if you are going to make several copies of the rule book. It's also good for those of you who get confused with the orientation of paper and running paper twice through printers.

Photocopying tips (Thanks to William I. Johnston)

  1. Print out the entire booklet (print ALL pages in the natural order)
  2. Find a photocopier that has the 1-sided to 2-sided option
  3. Before feeding the pages, turn every other page 180 degrees (Rotate it so that its right edge becomes its left edge but the pages are all still facing up. Do not flip the pages so that half are facing up and half are facing down)
  4. Copy with the 1-sided to 2-sided option
  5. Fold, trim and staple if desired

    Note: These steps work if the paper tray is set in vertical (portrait) orientation, as most 8.5 x 11 copiers are. If the paper feed and paper tray are horizontal (landscape) orientation, then step 3 is not necessary.

Booklet printing tips

  • Use cardstock (heavier, greeting card paper) for the outside cover. You can buy cardstock at most office supply stores.
  • You might want to trim the inner pages of the booklet with a paper cutter since they will stick out further when folded.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Reader These files may be viewed, saved, copied or printed using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7 or higher. The Adobe Reader should already be installed on your computer but you can download it here if needed ...

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