Entry into any World Spades Tournament Event is limited to persons 21 years of age and older, with proof of age, that the venue, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, deems appropriate. For most WST Events, only one (1) entry is allowed per person (each, a “Participant”). Certain WST Events may have age or other requirements. Review each WST Event’s structure sheet for complete details before registering. Management reserves the right to refuse anyone entry into any or all WST Events, in its sole and absolute discretion, at any time, including before or during the registration process or after a WST Event has started.
Participants may register for any scheduled WST Event (a) in person at the WST registration area located within the designated tournament location, or (b) online at the World Spades Tournament website. For in-person registration, Participants may only use the following methods of payment to pay the required buy-in for a WST Event: (1) cash, (2) credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express), (3) or cashier’s checks drawn from accredited banks and made out to Participant or World Spades Tournament. Additional fees will be incurred on all credit card transactions (see Rule 5). Participants using credit cards must have a valid ID that matches the cardholder name present on the credit card used for the transaction.
Credit Card Authorization. First time credit card registration requires an in-person verification process. After registering online, Participants must present the credit card used for registration payments along with a valid ID at the WST registration area. The name on the ID must match the name on the credit card. Please allow at least one hour prior to the WST Event start time for first-time credit card registrations. Once a Participant (i) has completed their initial online registration and paid via credit card and (ii) has completed their initial in-person identification and credit card verification at the designated venue, the Participant may register for additional WST Events online using the same previously-verified credit card. Once registered, a Participant may pick up their ticket at the WST registration area. Credit card registrations have a $10,000.00 maximum per Event.
All online registrants must finalize their registration on site at the WST registration area. Complete instructions can be found at http://www.worldspadestournament.com/2020-tournament-season.html. Online-registered Participants must present current valid and unexpired photo identification (passport, driver’s license, state identification card, or military identification card) acceptable to WST in person at the WST registration area to complete the registration process and to obtain their table and seat assignments (see identification requirements below). For first time online registrations, Participant must arrive at least one hour prior to the WST Event start time to verify identity and complete the registration process. Participants wishing to apply the payment to a WST Event other than what was selected during online-registration must do so in person at the respective venue or must follow the cancellation process described ,then register for desired Event. 5. Fees: The payment required for participation in any WST Event is the full amount of the Event’s entry.
Participants must show their current, valid, and unexpired photo identification (passport, driver’s license, state identification card, or military identification card) acceptable to World Spades Tournament at the WST registration area and Will Call/WST FasTrac. If a Participant is not a U.S. citizen, Participant must have one of the following that is current, valid, and unexpired: passport, foreign government issued Driver’s License (License must have a photograph, date of birth, and a valid expiration date), Consular ID or Matrícula Consular Card (Mexico only), or alien registration card is required. If the current, valid, and unexpired photo identification does not include a physical address, a second form of ID that indicates physical address will be required. This second form of ID can be a driver’s license, utility bill, credit card statement, etc. For persons registering via the online registration process using a credit card, they must present the credit card they used for payment when they complete the in-person verification.
Fees: The payment required for participation in any WST Event is the full amount of the Event’s entry fee, which includes an administrative fee to cover necessary WST staffing, materials and related administrative costs. There are additional fees applicable to online registration and the chosen method of payment. If using a credit card to register in-person, there will be a $5 fee. In addition, there will be a 5.5% fee if Participant uses a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover card to register. Fees are subject to change. In addition, anyone who uses a wire-transfer or cashier’s check is subject to any fees their bank imposes. None of these above mentioned additional fees are paid to the WST or participating venue. These are typical fees used in the payment processing industry for online transactions of this nature, by the vendors and providers of these services. Participant is responsible for payment of full registration amount and all registrations fees.
Subject to the restrictions described in these rules, online registrations can be initiated by completing the registration process at the secure and encrypted http://www.worldspadestournament.com/2020-tournament-season.html. To begin online registration, Participant must have an active and valid World Spades Tournament account. Participants have the options to become members or can register as nonmembers. The cost of a membership varies depending on the selected method of becoming a member; a) monthly installments of $5.99 or (b) a lump sum of $49.95. Members will receive discounts on WST events. A participant does not have to be a member to participate in WST Events.
Participants are responsible for checking their Event entry receipts before they leave the registration window/table. All changes by Participants must be made before the start of any Event. 12. Late registration is open until the end of the level specified on the structure sheet for that applicable Event.
Late registration will result in participants being disqualified from the tournament. The participant can roll over their registration fee to another tournament excluding the Grand Finale.
No Show Policy: Any participant that does not show will not receive a refund. Participants who show up late will be given the opportunity to roll over their entry fee to another tournament with the exception of the Grand Finale.
Cancellations or voids must be completed one week prior to the start of the applicable Event. Participants must visit the WST registration area or contact the WST by email at www.worldspadestourney.com, Email notification is acceptable provided such notification is received and approved by the WST one week prior to the start of the Event. For third-party registrations, the WST will only issue refunds related to the third party that paid WST the registration fee. Only the 5 Event registration amount will be refunded. Any service charges incurred during the registration process will not be refunded for cancellations.
Any Participant who registers in person, submits an online registration, authorizes an approved third-party to submit an online registration on Participant’s behalf, or otherwise participates in any Event accepts all terms and conditions of these WST Official Tournament Rules.
Entries will be retained for record-keeping purposes in accordance with local legal requirements.
Participant acknowledges that WSOP Events will be recorded and published in and through various mediums and media and that such publication shall include, but shall not be limited to, publication of Participants’ “hand” and other elements of strategic information. When and immediately upon request of personnel, WST Participants shall be required to display cards to cameras and/or WST personnel. Any Participant who delays or refuses to display said hole cards or otherwise interferes with said request shall be subject to penalties up but not limited to the forfeiture of books/tricks and potentially disqualification.
WST Event times are approximate. The site director reserves the right to change Event times in its sole and absolute discretion.
WST may cancel, modify, relocate or reschedule the WSOP Tournament or any individual Event for any reason with prior notification to the appropriate gaming regulators (if required).
WST is not responsible for electronic transmission errors or delays resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by WST, users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the promotion or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions, any of which may limit, restrict, or prevent a Participant’s ability to participate in the Event.
WST is not responsible for injuries or losses arising or resulting from participation in the WST and is not liable for any acts or omissions by employees, whether negligent or willful, in the conduct of the WST, and is not liable in the event of any equipment or software malfunction. This includes, but is not limited to, any loss of any personal belonging that Participants leave at playing tables during Event play.
If for any reason an Event is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, weather, or any other causes within or beyond the control of WST that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the WST or any Event, the WST reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the WSOP Tournament or Event.
Prizes and entries are non-transferable. Prize structures depend on the number of entrants and type of Event. Prizes are paid out as posted. If a prize pool is posted and contains erroneous information, management reserves the right to correct the prize pool at any time during an Event. Approximate prize pools for Tournament prizes can be viewed at http://www.worldspadestournament.com/2020-tournament-season.html.
Winners are responsible for payment of any and all taxes, licenses, registrations and other fees associated with WSOP Event prizes. Winners must show their current valid and unexpired photo identification (passport, driver’s license, state identification Winners must show their current valid and unexpired photo identification (passport, driver’s license, state identification card, or military identification card) acceptable to WST in order to collect prizes. If a Participant is not a U.S. citizen, a current valid and unexpired photo identification passport, foreign government issued Driver’s License (must have a photograph, date of birth, and valid expiration date), consular identification, or alien registration card is required. If the 6 current valid and unexpired photo identification does not include a physical address, a second form of ID that indicates physical address will be required, i.e. driver’s license, utility bill, credit card statement, etc.
Entrants will be assigned to a table and seat through a random computer selection.
A random seating draw for an Event will be determined based on expected participation. WST Tournament management reserves the right to allow additional table seating beyond expected capacity. In the event tables are added to an Event to accommodate unexpected registrations, those tables will be the first ones to break when consolidating tables.
The WST reserves the right to cancel, change or modify the WSOP at any time, for any reason, subject to all applicable regulatory approval, provided that such modification shall not, as of the date of such modification, materially alter or change any Participant’s prize already awarded.
PARTICIPANT CONDUCT AND TOURNAMENT INTEGRITY
The competitive integrity of the World Spades Tournament is paramount. All Participants must adhere to the spirit and letter of these WSOP Official Tournament Rules that forbid play or any action that is illegal, unethical or constitutes cheating or collusion in any form.
Cheating is defined as any such act engaged in by a Participant to break the established rules of play to gain an advantage. Cheating includes, but is not limited to, acts such as: collusion; card stealing; card revealing, using signals, talking across the board, intentionally playing out of turn, introducing cards not intended for an Event into that Event; card marking; card substitution; or the use of any kind of cheating device.
b. Collusion is defined as any agreement between or among two (2) or more Participants to engage in illegal or unethical acts against other Participants. Collusion includes, but is not limited to, acts such as; sharing card information with another Participant; sending or receiving signals from or to another Participant; the use of electronic communication with the intent to facilitate collusion; and any other act that WST deems inappropriate.
All Participants are entitled to expect civility and courtesy from one another at every table and throughout the WST area. Any individual who encounters behavior that is not civil or courteous -- or is abusive in any way -- is encouraged to immediately contact a World Spades Tournament official. Participants who violate this rule are subject to tournament disqualification.
This rule shall include, but is not limited to, any Participant whose personal hygiene has become disruptive to the other Participants seated at their table. The determination as to whether an individual’s personal hygiene is disruptive to other Participants shall be determined by the World Spades Tournament Staff which may, in its discretion, implement sanctions upon any such Participant who refuses to remedy the situation in a manner satisfactory to the WST.
The Tournament Director will penalize any act that, in the sole and absolute discretion of WST, is inconsistent with these World Spades Official Tournament Rules or the best interests of the World Spades Tournament.
Anyone found to have engaged in or attempted to engage in any act that WST officials believe in their sole and absolute discretion compromises or could compromise the competitive integrity of the WST will be subject to sanctions imposed by the WST. The nature and extent of the sanctions imposed shall be in the sole and absolute discretion of the WST and may include, but shall not be limited to, the following:
FORFEITURE OF BOOKS
FORFEITURE OF PRIZE MONEY
EJECTION FROM AN EVENT OR THE ENTIRE WS TOURNAMENT
LOSS OF PRIVILEGE TO PARTICIPATE IN FUTURE WSOP EVENTS
EXCLUSION FROM ENTERING THE PREMISES OF EVENTS AND/OR ALL DESIGNATED AFFILIATES OF THE WST
Any and all violations of this Section or any other violation of the WST Official Tournament rules, as determined by the WST in its sole discretion, may be publicly disclosed in an effort to deter future violations and to assist other spades tournaments in identifying Participants who engage in play or any action that is illegal, unethical, or constitutes cheating or collusion in any form.
The WST may impose penalties of any kind or nature upon any person who gives, makes, issues, authorizes or endorses any statement or action having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interest of the WST as determined by the WST, acting in its sole and absolute discretion. This may include, but shall not be limited to, expulsion from the Event and property, forfeiture of a Participant’s entry fee(s) and/or loss of the right to participate in this and/or any other tournament conducted by WST or its affiliates. Additionally, Rio may in its sole and absolute discretion impose penalties of any kind or nature upon any person who, in WST view engages in inappropriate conduct during Event play.
The WST in its sole and absolute discretion, may also disqualify any person from receiving any prize based upon fraud, dishonesty, violation of promotional rules or other misconduct while on the property, for acts otherwise occurring in relation to the WST, or as otherwise reasonable or necessary for the tournament Director to comply with applicable statutes and regulations. The WST also reserves the right to exclude any individual(s) acting in a disruptive or inappropriate manner or counter to the best interests of the WST. Participant agrees that if Participant files a lawsuit against the venue or any other individual or entity, involving these Official Rules or related to Participant’s removal from one or more Events, but Participant does not prevail against each defendant, Participant shall pay each prevailing defendant the costs, expenses, and reasonable attorney’s fees, it/he/she incurred in defending Participant’s lawsuit. Any Participant who initiates a credit card dispute seeking reimbursement of any amount paid to register for any WST Event is subject to permanent exclusion from the venue and all other affiliated venue properties.
Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage, corrupt or undermine the operation of the WS Tournament may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, The WST reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law.
All decisions regarding the interpretation of the WSOP Official Tournament Rules, Event rules, Participant eligibility, scheduling and staging of the World Spades Tournament, and penalties for misconduct lie solely with WST, whose decisions are final.
Rio employees will use reasonable efforts to consider the best interests of the World Spades Tournament and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process, with the understanding that “best interests of the World Spades Tournament and fairness” shall be determined by the tournament Director, acting in its sole and absolute discretion. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that the technical interpretation of the rules be balanced against the interest of fairness. The WST decisions are final and cannot be appealed and shall not give rise to any claim for monetary damages, as each Participant understands that, while spades is primarily and largely a game of skill, the outcome of any particular hand or Event is dependent on many factors, including, but not limited to, the cards dealt, the cards retained, and the actions of other Participants.
World Spades Tournament prohibits the use of obscene or foul language in any public area of the venue at any time. Any Participant who uses such language or makes a foul, profane, obscene or vulgar statement, or speaks abusively or in an intimidating manner to another Participant, a dealer or a WSOP Tournament staff member, will be penalized up to but not limited to disqualification and removal from the tournament.
Participant or staff abuse will not be tolerated. A Participant will incur a penalty up to and including disqualification for any abuse towards another Participant or staff member, and the Participant could be asked to leave the property. Repeated etiquette violations, including, but not limited to, touching another Participant’s cards or , body, or clothing, delay of game and excessive chatter will result in penalties up to but not limited to disqualification and removal from the tournament.
The WST is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, including gaming, and all aspects of the WST are subject to the approval of appropriate regulatory authorities.
Where a situation arises that is not covered by these rules, WST shall have the sole authority to render a judgment, including the imposition of a penalty, in accordance with the best interests of the Tournament and the maintenance of its integrity and public confidence.
PARTICIPANT LIKENESS AND IMAGE
Prior to entering and playing in the Tournament, each Participant must execute a Participant release form. Failure to do so may, at the option of WST acting in its sole and absolute discretion, subject the Participant to immediate disqualification at any point in the Tournament. If the Participant is disqualified, he or she shall forfeit all entry fees paid and not be entitled to receive any Tournament prize monies or any other prize.
For all Tournaments taped for television, Participants may wear apparel with multiple logos, patches or promotional language. WST reserves the right at all times to impose a ban on any apparel deemed objectionable by WST, in its sole and absolute discretion, including, but not limited to, apparel with images or logos associated with crypto-currency or entities in this lines of business.
The following are deemed acceptable sizes and placements for Events taped for television. a. Primary Garment. No single company name, brand, or affiliated and similar name or brand is to be represented more than twice on any individual article of clothing. Three total placements per Participant are deemed acceptable.
Front or Back. One placement per side is deemed acceptable. The logo, patch or block of promotional language may not be larger than twelve square inches.
Sleeves and/or Shoulder. One placement on each side is acceptable. No individual logo, patch or block of promotional language in these areas is to be larger than six square inches b. Hats may be worn at tables intended for television taping but may not display any logo or promotional language except for those logoed items (e.g., sports teams) sold to the general public through traditional commercial retail outlets and not deemed by WST to be an advertising message; a decision that WST will make in its sole and absolute discretion. Temporary tattoos, adhesive strips for the skin, and “band-aids” with logos or promotional language are not permitted at any time.
At the start of each television taping day, no more than two (2) Participants at the Final Table – and all other tables Featured for television coverage (“Feature Tables”) – will be allowed to wear apparel with logos, patches or promotional language from the same entity.
Tables designated as Feature Tables will be relocated to the production area until the filming segment is completed. Participants at such Feature Tables will be advised of the table’s designation during the relocation.
After the draw of the high card, the affected Participant(s) must either cover the relevant logo(s) or change their apparel.
Under no circumstances may Participants seated at televised Final or Feature tables add logos, patches or promotional language to their apparel after the beginning of that day’s session of play.
Under no circumstances will WST permit any Participant to wear any logo, slogan or promotional language of any organization (or any parent, affiliate or subsidiary of any organization) that WST, acting in its sole discretion, determines:
1. Contains any false, unsubstantiated, or unwarranted claims for any product or service, or make any testimonials that Rio, in its sole and absolute discretion, considers unethical.
2. Advertises any non-prescription or non “over the counter” drug, tobacco product, firearm or firearm ammunition.
3. Contains any material constituting or relating to a lottery, a contest of any kind in which the public is unfairly treated or any enterprise, service or product that abets, assists or promotes illegal gambling.
4. Contains any material that is defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, repulsive or offensive, either in theme or in treatment or that describes or depicts repellently any internal bodily functions or symptomatic results of internal conditions, or refers to matters that are not considered socially acceptable topics.
5. Advertises any pornographic products.
6. Includes any element of intellectual property without the owner’s consent to such use or that may give rise to any claim of infringement, misappropriation, or other form of unfair competition.
7. Disparages or libels any person or product.
8. Is engaged in (or is alleged to have been engaged in) conduct that WST deems inappropriate, or which WST determines could or does negatively impact the business or privileged license of WST, its parent or any of its affiliates.
9. Is or might be injurious or prejudicial to the interests of the WST or is otherwise contrary to honest advertising and reputable business in general. This includes, but is not limited to, the name or logo of any person or entity that uses or has used the trademarks, trade names or logos of WST or its affiliated companies without written authorization from an authorized officer of WST.
10. WST reserves the right at all times to impose a ban on any apparel deemed objectionable by WST, in its sole and absolute discretion. WST reserves the right to refuse entry or continued participation in an Event to any Participant who does not comply with the aforementioned apparel rules.
Participants may not cover or conceal their facial identity. Tournament officials must be able to distinguish the identity of each Participant at all times and may instruct Participants to remove any material that inhibits their identification or is a distraction to other Participants or Tournament officials. Participants may wear sunglasses and sweat shirts with hoods, but may be asked to remove them if Tournament officials cannot identify them.
The Event Tournament Director, Managers, and Supervisors are to consider the best interest of the game and fairness as the top priority in the decision-making process. Unusual circumstances can on occasion dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over the technical rules. The World Spades Tournament Director reserves the right to overrule any floor decision.
WST reserves the right to cancel or alter any Event at its sole discretion in the best interest of the location or its Participants.
Official Language: The English-only rule will be enforced at all WST tables during Tournament play. Participants who violate this rule are subject to penalty up to but not limited to disqualification.
Communication: All cell phones and other voice-enabled and “ringing” electronic devices must be silenced during Tournament play. Participants not involved in a hand (cards in muck) shall be permitted to text/email at the table, but shall not be permitted to text/email any other Participant at the table. If WST, acting in its sole and absolute discretion, believes a Participant is communicating with another Participant at the table, both parties will be immediately disqualified from the Tournament and face imposition of additional penalties. All Participants desiring to talk on a cell phone must be at least one table length away from their assigned table during all said communication. Those individuals who talk on a cell phone not at least one table length away from their assigned table shall be subject to a penalty to be determined by Tournament Staff. Participants at Televised Final and Feature tables must leave the tournament area to text, email or talk on a cell phone. No cell phones or other electronic communication device can be placed on a spades table.
Approved Electronic Devices;
Prohibited Filming and Streaming:
a. Participants are allowed to use approved electronic devices, iPods, MP3 players and other music playing or noise-reduction headsets during Tournament play until the Participants have reached the final table in any Tournament; so long as the approved electronic devices are not used to collude or cheat in any way. Once Participants have reached the final table in any Tournament, all approved electronic devices must be removed. An announcement will be made to Participants once they have reached the final table to remove all 11 such electronic devices. Failure to do so will results in penalties up to and including disqualification. Participants are also not allowed to use approved electronic devices if their table has been deemed a Feature Table for production purposes.
b. Participants are prohibited from using any electronic or other devices to record or capture video or audio footage at any time during Tournament play, whether or not the Participant is involved in a hand or not. Recording, capturing and/or live streaming video or audio footage of the Tournament, and any attempt to use such recorded, captured or streamed video or audio by a Participant, whether involved in a hand or not, will subject the Participant to penalties and potential disqualification, in the sole and absolute discretion of WST.
Cards speak to determine the winner. Verbal declarations of hand value are not binding at showdown. However, deliberately miscalling a hand may be penalized. Any Participant, in the hand or not, should speak up if he or she thinks a mistake is being made in the reading of hands. However, at WST's discretion, any Participant deliberately miscalling his or her hand will be subject to penalty.
Deck changes will be on the dealer push or limit changes or as prescribed by WST. Participants may not ask for deck changes unless a card is damaged.
Action Pending: Participants must remain at the table if they still have action pending on a live hand. If a Participant leaves the table before they have acted on their hand, a penalty, will be enforced when the Participant in violation returns to the table.
Exposing Cards: A Participant exposing his or her cards with action pending will incur a penalty, but will not have a dead hand. The penalty will begin at the end of the hand. All Participants at the table are entitled to see the exposed card(s).
TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Dinner breaks for Events are listed on their respective structure sheet. 120. The duration of Play for day one of all Events is noted on each Event’s structure sheet.
Play on Day 2 and beyond may be suspended prior to the end of scheduled play, and will resume the following day even if noted otherwise in the structure sheet for the Event.
If an Event has not reached a winner and is heads up after the completion of play on its final scheduled day, play may be extended in order to complete the Event.
The Tournament Director may modify the schedule of play for any Event for any reason.
WST and its affiliates respect the right of Participants to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages and accommodations of the WSOP Tournament without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of gender identity or expression.