The Poker Series

Sat, 31 Jul 2021


Sun, 26 Sep 2021

We’re postponing our #MontePokerSeries as our focus is on the health and well-being of our guests. 

Montecasino partnered with ShuffleUp Poker present to you a never-before-seen poker extravaganza, The Poker Series – you could win your share of the estimated prize pool of R10 Million!

Satellites from 31 July

Series 1 from 13 – 26 September

ShuffleUp Poker has hosted prestigious events for over 15 years around South Africa and abroad. They have successfully run 3 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and 17 World Poker Tour (WPT) tournaments.

With stats like that, this tournament will prove to be no different, bringing in the numbers at their newly established home, Montecasino.

ShuffleUp Poker CEO, Gary Lentin had this to say:

“This first start-up series will be held in the Poker Room on the casino floor, the follow-up series, taking place later in the year, will be held in a newly dedicated poker area which will be even more exciting, bigger and better than anything that’s ever been seen in South Africa before.

Satellites run daily from 5 July – 22 August 2021 where you will have the opportunity to win your way into the main tournament with events catering to all players with buy-ins ranging from FREE – R3,000.

The tournament itself has magnificent events that are sure to get you excited to be back at the poker table. Event buy-ins will range from R1,000 – R50,000.”

We aim to bring an exciting new look and feel to the poker scene, will you be a winner at The Poker Series?

TOURNAMENTS (all to be held in Montecasino Poker Lounge)


  • All buy-ins for Satellites events from the 5th of July 2021 will be in South African Rand and players will win seats into the specified events. Similarly, all buy-ins into the Series of Poker will be in South African Rand.
  • All players wishing to enter a Montecasino event, will go to the designated cash desk and follow the registration process.
  • All Prize Pools will be shown in ZAR; if an international player wins a prize, they will be paid in ZAR.

1) Event #1: SEMI-FREEZE Lifeline

  • Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Date: 16 August 2021
  • Starting Time: 14:00
  • Duration: Four days
  • Buy-In + Entry: R5,000 for 50,000 in tournament chips
  • Lifeline: R5,000 for 50,000 in tournament chips  (one only & must be used prior to the start of level 10 on Day 1)
  • Late Registration: Up until the start of level 10 on Day 1

2) Event #2: RE-BUY

  • Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Date: 19 August 2021
  • Starting Time: 15h00
  • Duration: Two days
  • Buy-In + Entry: R1,000 for 20,000 in tournament chips
  • Re-Buy: R500 for 30,000 in tournament chips
    Unlimited Re-Buys for first 12 levels
  • Add-On: R1,000 for 50,000 in tournament chips (one only, prior to start of level 13)
  • Late Registration: Up until the start of level 13 on Day 1


  • Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Date: 20 August 2021
  • Starting Time: 18:00
  • Duration: Three days
  • Buy-In + Entry: R50,000 for 500,000 in tournament chips
  • Re-Entry: R50,000 for 500,000 in tournament chips
  • Late Registration: Up until the start of level 7 on Day 1

4) Event #4: HIGH ROLLER

  • Format:               No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Date: 23 August 2021
  • Starting Time: 18h00
  • Duration: Three days
  • Buy-In + Entry: R25,000 for 200,000 in tournament chips
  • Re-Entry: R25,000 for 200,000 in tournament chips
  • Late Registration: Up until the start of level 7 on Day 1                            

5) Event #5: MAIN EVENT

  • Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Date: 25 August 2021
  • Starting Time: 14h00
  • Duration: Four days
  • Buy-In + Entry: R12,500 for 30,000 in tournament chips
  • Re-Entry: R12,500 for 30,000 in tournament chips
    Unlimited up to the start of level 10 on Day 1
  • Late Registration: Up until the start of level 10 on Day 1

6) Event #6: TURBO

  • Format: No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Date: 28 August 2021
  • Starting Time: 19h00
  • Duration: Two days
  • Buy-In + Entry: R2,500 for 25,000 in tournament chips
  • Re-Buy: R2,500 for 25,000 in tournament chips
    Unlimited Re-Buys for first 12 levels
  • Add-On: R2,500 for 100,000 in tournament chips (one only, prior to the start of level 13
  • Late Registration: Up until the start of level 13 on Day 1

All stipulated buy in amounts for the various tournaments and satellites, are inclusive of a 10% rake and 3% gratuity/staffing fee.

Satellite Tournaments:

  • Format:                                           No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
  • Date:                                                From 05 July 2021
  • Venue:                                             Montecasino Poker Lounge

Satellites Terms and Conditions:

The amount of seats given to the advertised event will depend on the prize pool; any remaining prize pool will be broken down so as to give as many seats as possible to less expensive events. All remaining money not equalling a seat, will be allocated as tournament credit whereby players can add to that amount to buy in to any given event.

Seats won at the satellites are NOT TRANSFERABLE FOR CASH / ANOTHER PLAYER. Should a player not be able to attend the tournament after winning a seat in a satellite, a 75% refund will be given at the end of the poker series, on or before 29 September 2021.

Should a player win multiple seats to the same event in official Montecasino satellites, they will be allowed to change the extra seats free of charge.


The rules are the same as No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker as per the Rules of the Poker Handbook.


1) Floor Decisions: the best interest of the game and fairness are top priorities in decision-making. Unusual circumstances occasionally dictate that decisions in the interest of fairness take priority over technical rules. Floor decisions are final.

2) Player Responsibilities: players should verify registration data and seat assignments, protect their hands, make their intentions clear, follow the action, act in turn, defend their right to act, keep cards visible and chips correctly stacked, remain at the table with a live hand, speak up if they see a mistake, call for a clock when warranted, transfer tables promptly, follow one player to a hand, know and comply with the rules, practice proper etiquette, and generally contribute to an orderly event.

3) Official Terminology of Tournament Poker: Official betting terms are simple, unmistakable, time-honoured declarations like: bet, raise, call, fold, check, all-in, complete, and pot (pot-limit only). Regional terms may also meet this test. Also, players must use gestures with caution when facing action; tapping the table is a check. It is the responsibility of players to make their intentions clear: using non-standard terms or gestures is at player’s risk and may result in a ruling other than what the player intended.

4) Electronic Devices and Communication: Players may not talk on a phone at the table. Ring tones, music, etc. should be inaudible to others. House rules apply to other types of electronic devices and communication.

5) Official Language: English-only will be enforced during play of hands in all satellites and tournaments.

6) Players will generally be sent to the cash desk to enter satellites and tournaments, although under certain circumstances, e.g. rebuys, players may buy in at the table; upon receiving the money / chips, the Dealer will issue the Player with Poker Chips. All entry fees collected at the tables must be taken to cash desk by Gaming Security to receipt them in.

7) Players can also register and secure a seat in any of the satellites or tournament events, should there be seats available, by contacting Montecasino and depositing the buy-in and entry fee into the company’s bank account.

8) All chips must remain on the table throughout the playing period.

9) If a player who has qualified for the any of the tournament events is excluded or self-excluded at the time that the event is being played, he / she will not be allowed to participate and his entry fee will be forfeit.

10) No person under the age of 18 may enter these tournaments.

11) The decision of the Tournament Director (or his Delegate) in all matters is final.

12) In the unlikely event that we are requested / ordered to cancel the Tournament by the Gaming Authorities, we reserve the right to do so and all entry fees will be returned.


By participating in any satellite or tournament, players are required to abide by the rules and behave in a courteous manner. A violator may be verbally warned, suspended from play for a specified length of time, or disqualified from the tournament. Chips from a disqualified participant will be removed from play.

1) Whenever possible, all rules are the same as those that apply to live games.

2) Initial seating is determined by assignment.

3) A change of seat is not allowed after play starts, except as assigned by the director.

4) The appropriate starting stack of chips will be placed on the table for each paid entrant when the player takes his seat at the table.

5) If a paid entrant is absent at the start of an event, at some point an effort will be made to locate and contact the player. If the player cannot be contacted by the time that the late registration period has ended, the entry may be withdrawn and the entry fee forfeit.

6) If a paid entrant, who has already taken his seat in the tournament, is absent from the table for an extended period of time or fails to show up after a break, at some point an effort will be made to locate and contact the player. If the player cannot be contacted, the chips may be removed from play at the discretion of the tournament director any time after a new betting level has begun.

7) A player must be at his seat when the last card is dealt on the initial deal in order to have a live hand. A player not then at his seat is dealt in, he may not look at his cards, and the hand is immediately killed after the initial deal. This includes situations in which a live blind is not present to act, since an absent player cannot exercise the option to raise.

8) “At your seat” means within reach of your chair. This rule is not intended to encourage players being out of their seats while in a hand.

9) Absent players will always be dealt in and all chips necessary for antes and blinds will be posted.

10) A player must be at his seat to call time.

11) Blinds and Antes are raised at regularly scheduled intervals. There will be a Big Blind and a Small Blind. Depending on the Blind and Ante structure, each player may be required to put in an Ante every hand or a total Ante may only be required from the player in the Big Blind position who will put in an amount equal to the Big Blind.

12) If there is a signal designating the end of a betting level, the new limits apply on the next deal. (A deal begins with the first riffle of the shuffle.)

13) The lowest denomination of chip in play will be removed from the table when it is no longer needed in the blind or ante structure. All lower-denomination chips that are of sufficient quantity for a new chip will be changed up directly.

14) As players are eliminated, tables are broken in a pre-set order, with players from the broken tables assigned to empty seats at other tables.

15) The number of players at each table will be kept reasonably balanced by the transfer of a player as needed.

16) There will be a redraw for seating as per the structure for each tournament – this is generally at the beginning of a new day and for the final table.

17) A player who declares all in and loses the pot, then discovers that one or more chips were hidden, is not entitled to benefit from this. That player is eliminated from the tournament if the opponent had sufficient chips to cover the hidden ones. If another deal has not yet started, the director may rule the chips belong to the opponent who won that pot, if that obviously would have happened with the chips out in plain view. If the next deal has started, the discovered chips are removed from the tournament.

18) If a player lacks sufficient chips for a blind or a forced bet, the player is entitled to get action on whatever amount of money remains. A player who posts a short blind and wins does not need to make up the blind.

19) All players must leave their seat immediately after being eliminated from an event.

20) Showing cards from a live hand during the action injures the rights of other players still competing in an event, who wish to see contestants eliminated. A player may not show any cards during a deal. If a player deliberately shows a card, that hand may be ruled dead and the player penalized.

21) Inappropriate behaviour like throwing cards that go off the table may be punished with a penalty such as being dealt out for a length of time. A severe infraction such as abusive or disruptive behaviour may be punished by eviction from the tournament.

22) The deck is not changed on request. Decks will be changed when there is a damaged card or some other problem noticed by the dealer.

23) The starting position of the dealer button is determined by dealing for the high card.

24) The dealer button remains in position until the appropriate blinds are taken. Players must post all blinds every round. Because of this, the button may stay in front of the same player for two consecutive hands. The big blind is posted by the player due for it, and the small blind and button are positioned accordingly, even if this means the small blind or the button is placed in front of an empty seat (due to players in the big / small blind positions being knocked out), giving the same player the privilege of last action on consecutive hands.

25) New players are dealt in immediately unless they sit down in between the small blind and the button. In this case, they must wait until the button passes.

26) In heads-up play with two blinds, the small blind is on the button.

27) Misdeals include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following occurring provided attention is called to the error before substantial action occurs – see below. Once substantial action occurs, a misdeal can longer be declared; the hand will be played to conclusion and no money will be returned to any player whose hand is fouled.

i) The first or second card of the hand has been dealt face up or exposed through dealer error

ii) Two or more cards have been exposed by the dealer

iii) Two or more boxed cards are found

iv) Two or more extra cards have been dealt in the starting hands of a game

v) An incorrect number of cards has been dealt to a player, except the top card may be dealt if it goes to the player in proper sequence

vi) Any card has been dealt out of the proper sequence (except an exposed card may be replaced by the burn card)

vii) The button was out of position

viii) The first card was dealt to the wrong position

ix) Cards have been dealt to an empty seat or a player not entitled to a hand

x) A player has been dealt out who is entitled to a hand; this player must be present at the table or have posted a blind

28) Substantial Action is either A) any 2 actions in turn, at least one of which puts chips in the pot (i.e. any 2 actions except 2 checks or 2 folds) or B) any combination of 3 actions in turn (check, bet, raise, call, fold).

29) If cards are turned by the dealer prematurely before betting has been completed, the following will apply:

i) If the flop is turned prematurely or contains too many cards, the board-cards are mixed with the remainder of the deck; the burn card remains on the table. After shuffling, the dealer cuts the deck and deals a new flop without a burn card.

ii) If the dealer turns the forth card (the Turn) before betting is complete, the card is taken out of play for that round, even if subsequent players elect to fold. The betting is then completed and the dealer burns and turns what would have been the fifth card (the River) in the fourth card’s place. After this round of play, the dealer reshuffles the deck, including the card that was taken out of play, but not including the burn-cards or discards. The dealer then cuts the deck and turns the final card (the River) without burning a card.

iii) If the fifth card (the River) is turned up prematurely, the deck is reshuffled including the card that was turned prematurely but excluding burn-cards and discards. The dealer then cuts the deck and turns the final card (the River) without burning a card.

30) Raise Amounts: A raise must be at least equal to the largest prior bet or raise of the current betting round. If a player raises 50% or more of the largest prior bet but less than a minimum raise, he must make a full minimum raise. If less than 50% it is a call unless “raise” is first declared. Declaring an amount or pushing out the same amount of chips is the same

31) Action Out of Turn (OOT): A: Any action out of turn (check, call, or raise) is subject to penalty and is binding if action to the OOT player does not change.  A check, call or fold by the rightful player does not change action. If action changes, the OOT action is not binding; any bet or raise is returned to the OOT player who has all options including: calling, raising, or folding. An OOT fold is binding.
B: A player skipped by OOT action must defend his right to act. If there is reasonable time and the skipped player does not speak up before substantial action (Rule 29) OOT occurs to his left, the OOT action is binding. The floor will rule on how to treat the skipped hand.


32) All hands will be tabled (turned face-up) without delay once a player is all-in and all betting action by all other players in the hand is complete. No player who is either all-in or has called all betting action may muck his hand without tabling. All hands in both the main and side pot(s) must be tabled and are live.

33) At Showdowns, the following applies:

i) Cards speak to determine the winner. Verbal declarations of hand value are not binding at showdown but deliberately miscalling a hand may be penalized. Any player in the hand or not, should speak up if he thinks a mistake is being made in reading hands or awarding the pot.

ii) Proper tabling is both 1) turning all cards face up on the table and 2) allowing the dealer and players to read the hand clearly. “All cards” means both hole cards in Hold’em and all four hole cards in Omaha.

iii) A player must protect his hand while waiting for it to be read. If a player does not fully table his cards, then mucks thinking he has won, he does so at his risk. If the cards are not 100% identifiable, and the Tournament Director’s ruling is that the hand was not clearly read, the player has no claim to the pot. The Tournament Directors decision on whether a hand was sufficiently tabled is final.

iv) Dealers cannot kill a hand that was properly tabled and obviously the winner.

v) Discarding non-tabled cards face down does not automatically kill them; a player may change his mind and table his cards if they remain 100% identifiable. Cards are killed by the dealer when pushed into the muck.

34) If two (or more) players go broke during the same hand, the player starting the hand with the larger amount of money finishes in the higher tournament place for point and cash awards.

35) Management is not required to rule on any private deals, side bets or redistribution of the prize pool among finalists.

36) Private agreements by remaining players in an event regarding distribution of the prize pool are not condoned. (However, if such an agreement is made, the director has the option of ensuring that it is carried out by paying those amounts.) Any private agreement that excludes one or more active competitors is improper by definition.

37) The tournament is expected to be played until completion. A private agreement that removes all prize money from being at stake in the competition is unethical.

38) Management retains the right to cancel any event or alter it in a manner fair to the players.

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