Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to attend your first Chicago charitable poker game? Great! Bring a friend, we’d love to host you. If this is your first charity poker event, you probably have a few questions.  So, we’ve put together a list of our frequently asked questions just for you; also knows as Charity Poker FAQ.

How do I know where the next $25 SnG will be?

Just look for the cluster of Red Balloons, that is where the next $25 SnG (Sit and Go Single table Tournament) will be!

I am unsure of the rules that you play by, where can I find a copy of the rules that you follow?

Under the games offered tab you will find the CCG General Rules of Poker.

How old do I have to be to play in a Chicago Charitable Games event?

All our patrons must be 18 years or older to participate. Photo ID may be required.

I am a beginner poker player, what games will I feel comfortable playing in?

The $1/$1 NO Limit Hold’em table is a perfect place for new players to learn how to play no limit poker cash games. The $25 Sit & Go Tournament is a great tournament for beginner players to learn all the in and outs of a No Limit Tournament, or you could try the $20 Early Bird Multi Table Tournament that takes place at 2pm every Friday and Sunday’s charity poker event (Saturday we offer a $40 BIG BIRD).

Can I register for a tournament prior to the day of the event?

There is no pre-registration for our events. However, once a month month and on special occasions we do offer pre-registration. In order to pre-register you must purchase your seat online under the Purchase Seats tab at the top of the website. The Stack 3.0 Tournament is sold online once a month, and special events would include the $20 Early Bird on Black Friday.

Where do I sign up for a tournament or a cash game?

A volunteer will be at the charity bank area signing players up for the respective multi table tournaments. Registration typically opens 1/2 hour prior to the start of any Multi Table Tournament. Sit and Go tournaments start up roughly every 20 to 40 minutes, to play in a sit and go please sit at the designated table that is called out (look for the red balloons for the $25 SNG and the green balloons for the $55), each sit and go is limited to 10 players on a first come first serve basis. Cash games will be opened based on the demand for that game, you can always ask a volunteer at the charity bank where the next cash game will be, and how you can get a seat, or go to the Cash Game Registration Area.

What are the blind structures for a sit and go tournament?

Please go to for information on all our Single Table Tournaments (SNG’S)

What time does registration start at a CCG event?

The doors will open and registration will be available for all games played a half hour before the scheduled start of the charitable event.

Are there dealers at the table? or do players deal themselves?

Every table will have a trained volunteer dealer to keep the games moving and deal the cards. You will never have to deal at a CCG Charity Poker Event, just sit back and play poker. Do you want to be a Volunteer Dealer? Please come by any event to get signed up for the next dealer training session.

What are the payouts on an average tournament?

There is no average payout on a tournament, each tournament payout depends on how many players participated. When a tournament is posted you will see the following: $100 ($80+$20). This means that in a $100 tournament (you pay $100 to enter) the hosting charity is keeping $20, and the prize pool receives $80. Every CCG Tournament is posted this way for all to see what the hosting charity is taking from the prize pool. Typically one person per table plus 1 spot will be paid out for every tournament. 10 table tournament = 11 poker players paid out.

What are the different tournaments that are run at each event?

Players start multi-table tournaments with a fixed number of chips and play until one player has all the chips. Blinds and antes increase as the tournament progresses, and as players are eliminated tables are consolidated together. The number of tables is eventually reduced to one final table which is composed of the top table winners of the field. The total sum of all the entry fees is divided up and awarded to the top players in accordance to the total amount of entries for the tournament.

A Freeroll tournament is a multi-table tournament in which there is no entry fee. Many freerolls have prizes either in terms of money, or entries to other tournaments. Keep in mind, Freeroll tournaments usually have a restricted number of entries, so early registration is suggested.

Qualifiers, sometimes referred to as ‘Satellites’, are tournaments designed to allow players to win seats in a bigger tournament at a fraction of the buy-in. A multi-table tournament can have several Qualifiers that players may enter to win a seat at the bigger event. Qualifying events for various multi-table tournaments can be found under the Calendar of Events tab on the website. Qualifier tournaments will payout in Tournament Prize Packages and not real money. Tournament Prize Packages cannot be converted to real money.

Shootouts are a form of multi-table tournament in which players do not move seats and tables are not consolidated together. Players play at the same table until only two players remain. In Shootouts, players may be required to win a number of stages in order to be declared the overall winner. Single, double, and triple shootouts are common and indicate how many tables a player must place in to be the overall winner.

A typical multi-table tournament has only one buy-in and once a player is out of chips they are eliminated from the tournament. Re-Buy tournaments are different from traditional multi-table tournaments in that they allow players to purchase additional chips during the course of the tournament.

Players will be offered a Re-Buy option whenever they run out of chips, although they may choose to Re-Buy at anytime their chip stack falls below the designated amount.

Most Re-Buy tournaments have a set period of time in which re-buys may be purchased and there may be a limit to the number of re-buys a player may purchase during the course of a tournament.

Re-Buy tournaments typically offer a last opportunity to purchase chips known as the ‘Add-On’. The Add-On is offered at the end of the re-buy period and is normally available to all players regardless of their stack size. The amount of a re-buy or Add-On is usually the same as the original buy-in.

The prize pool and payouts will not be announced until after the Re-Buy and Add-On period is finished, as the prize pool will be increased by the additional Re-buys and Add-ons.

A Sit and Go is a mini-tournament that does not begin at a designated time, but rather when all the seats are filled. Blind levels go up in predetermined levels on a timer; with a $50 10-player Sit and Go, blinds go up every 15 minutes. The payouts are displayed in the Games Offered section of the website.

A Sit and Go Turbo is a variation where blinds increase faster. Instead of blinds moving up every fifteen minutes blinds go up every 10 hands.

Sit and Go Short Handed Tournaments will be played with 6 players. In this variation payouts are altered to payout 2 players in a 6 handed game. These tournaments are generally very fast paced and can provide some exciting action.

I think I have a gambling problem who can I turn to for help?

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