TERMS, CONDITIONS AND RULES OF THE European Open Poker Championship (European-OPC)
- GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
1.1. General Terms & Conditions for using the european-opc.com website, for participating, and for tournament entry. In these Conditions, ‘we/us/our’ refers to the European Open Poker Championship (European-OPC).
- INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
2.1. You acknowledge and agree that all copyright, trademarks, and all other intellectual property rights in all material or content supplied as part of the European-OPC shall remain at all times vested in us or our licensors. You are permitted to use this material only as expressly authorised by us.
- COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
3.1. The European-OPC may be used only for lawful purposes and in a lawful manner. You agree to comply with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations regarding the European-OPC.
3.2. You acknowledge and agree that the material and content contained within or provided as part of the European-OPC is made available for your personal non-commercial use only and that you may download such material and content onto only one computer hard drive for such purpose. Any other use of such material and content is strictly prohibited. You agree not to (and agree not to assist or facilitate any third party to) copy, reproduce, transmit, publish, display, distribute, commercially exploit, tamper with, or create derivative works of such material and content.
Participants in the European-OPC tournament events must be aged 18 years or over and proof of identification (driver’s licence or passport) is required at tournament entry. Online registration is not available to individuals residing in the United States of America or in any territory where online gambling is not licensed.
3.2. It is the participant’s responsibility to know the law of their country regarding gambling prohibitions.
- NO WARRANTY
4.1. We will endeavour to provide the European-OPC using our reasonable skill and care.
We make no further warranty or representation, whether expressly or implied, in relation to the European-OPC. All implied warranties or conditions of satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose, completeness, or accuracy are hereby excluded.
4.2. We make no warranty that the European-OPC will meet your requirements or will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, that defects will be corrected, that the european-opc.com website or the server that makes it available are free of viruses or bugs or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials, or as to results or the accuracy of any information obtained by you through the European-OPC.
- LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
5.1. You agree that your use of the European-OPC in any state or form is at your sole risk.
5.2. The European-OPC shall not be liable in contract, tort, negligence, or otherwise for any loss or damage whatsoever arising from or in any way connected to your use of the European-OPC in any connection, whether direct or indirect, including, without limitation, damage to or loss of business, loss of profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other pecuniary or consequential loss (even where we have been notified by you of the possibility of such loss or damage).
5.3. Nothing in these Conditions shall exclude or limit the liability of the European-OPC for death or personal injury resulting from our negligence or that of our servants, agents, or employees.
6.1. You agree fully to indemnify, defend and hold us, and our officers, directors, employees, agents, and suppliers, harmless immediately on demand, from and against all claims, liabilities, damages, losses, costs, and expenses, including legal fees, arising out of any breach of these Conditions by you or any other liabilities arising out of your use of the European-OPC in any way, shape, or form.
7.1. We (the European-OPC management) may terminate your participation if we believe that you have breached any of these Conditions or acted in a manner inconsistent with the spirit of any of them or if, for any reason, we discontinue to provide the European-OPC.
7.2. You acknowledge that we (the European-OPC) do not have to give you prior notice of any such termination.
- REFUNDS & CANCELLATION
8.1. Our goal is to effectively and fairly serve those members registered with the European-OPC. We will not refund registration fees, if there are any.
9.1. We reserve the right to withdraw the European-OPC wholly or in parts at any time, and will not be liable to you as a result of any such action.
9.2. If any part of these Conditions shall be deemed unlawful, void, or, for any reason, unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed to be severable from these Conditions and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any of the remaining provisions of these Conditions.
9.3. No waiver by us of any of these Conditions shall be construed as a waiver of any preceding or succeeding breach of any of these Conditions.
9.4. Unless otherwise expressly stated, nothing in these Conditions shall create or confer any rights or any other benefits whether pursuant to the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise in favour of any person other than you and us.
9.5. Nothing in these Conditions shall be construed as creating any agency, partnership, or any other form of joint enterprise between you and us.
9.6. These Conditions contain the entire agreement between you and us relating to the European-OPC. You, as the participant, confirm that, in agreeing to accept these Conditions, you have not relied on any representation save insofar as the same has expressly been made a representation in these Conditions. You agree that you shall have no remedy in respect of any misrepresentation that has not become a term of these Conditions save that your agreement shall not apply in respect of any fraudulent or negligent misrepresentation whether or not such term has become a term of these Conditions.
9.7. The participant can print out the Terms & Conditions of the European-OPC.
9.8. The sponsor(s) of the European-OPC promotions reserve(s) the right (at any time) to cancel, modify, or suspend a promotion if, in the judgement of the sponsor(s), the promotion cannot be conducted as specified. Further, the sponsor(s) reserve(s) the right to award a monetary prize in equal or greater value than the main prize in place of the main prize, at its sole discretion. The value of the main prize shall be determined on the basis of its actual value and not on any potential value or prize receivable as a consequence of the main prize.
10.1. These Conditions shall be governed by the laws of England where licensing dictates and you irrevocably submit to the jurisdictions of the courts of England.
- TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION
11.1. As used herein, ‘European-OPC’ means European Open Poker Championship. The European-OPC reserves the right to refuse anyone entry into the tournament without explanation.
11.2. Entry into the European-OPC tournament refers to all events in the current season (2023);
Please see the website european-opc.com for details.
Positive proof of age and identification, in the form of a driver’s licence or passport, will need to be provided on the date of a tournament event in line with legal requirements and EU or British Casino Association guidelines.
11.3. The National-OPC will consult with the Country Manager throughout the tournament, ensuring the smooth running of the event and complete adherence to EU or British Casino Association guidelines.
11.4. The National-OPC management shall appoint a Tournament Director, who will take responsibility for the running of the tournament and who will consult with the National-OPC as appropriate throughout all tournament events.
11.5. The tournament will feature one entry per person, per event. We do not accept teams, substitutes, transfers, or assisted play. There shall be no refunds for any reason.
11.6. The European-OPC may limit the number of entries into the European-OPC and may award entries through satellite tournaments, third party marketing arrangements, and/or other promotional activities to make sure multiple options to qualify for the finals are offered in different places and times.
11.7. If winnings are in play, those who win are responsible for any and all taxes, licences, registrations, and other fees that may be applicable.
11.8. Winners must show a valid picture identification in order to collect a prize.
11.9. Employees of the European-OPC, contractors hired for the operation of the European-OPC, or immediate family members of such employees at director level as determined by the European-OPC are not eligible to play in any European-OPC tournament events, unless approved in advance by the European-OPC. Immediate family is defined as: spouse, children, and any relatives or other persons residing in the employee’s place of residence.
11.10. Individuals who are excluded from casino facilities, either through a casino or government initiative or by their own request, are not eligible to participate.
11.11. Each participant must certify their eligibility to participate.
11.12. By submitting an electronic registration form to the European-OPC for registration and/or participation in the European-OPC, such persons agree to these rules in their entirety.
11.13. Participants must register online prior to the start of each event at european-opc.com, subject to availability. Members of the European-OPC must be aged 18 years or over and proof of identification – driver’s licence or passport – will be required upon arrival at a live European-OPC tournament event.
11.14. Registration will be available to anyone who is eligible to participate according to the laws and rules/terms as required by the European-OPC management.
Registration will be available at european-opc.com or at the tournament venue. By registering for a European-OPC tournament event, you agree to allow us to communicate with you.
11.15. Registrations on the European-OPC are subject to a player certifying their player status as participant. A participant is defined as someone who wants to participate in a European-OPC tournament event.
11.16. Entries will be recorded in accordance with EU or British Casino Association guidelines.
- TOURNAMENT SCHEDULING
12.1. The European-OPC tournament start times at venues are to be adhered to strictly.
12.2. The European-OPC may cancel, modify, relocate, or reschedule the European-OPC tournament for any reason with prior notification to the appropriate gaming regulators, where and if required.
12.3. The European-OPC is not responsible for electronic transmission errors or delays resulting in omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorised access to or alterations of entry materials, technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable connections, fraud, incomplete, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by European-OPC’s users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilised in the promotion or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions that may limit, restrict, or prevent a player’s ability to participate in the tournament.
12.4. The European-OPC is not responsible for injuries or losses arising or resulting from participation in the European-OPC and is not liable for any acts or omissions by employees, whether negligent or wilful, in the conduct of the European-OPC, and is not liable in the event of any equipment or software malfunction.
12.5. If the tournament cannot run as planned for any reason, including infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorised intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes within or beyond the control of the European-OPC that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this tournament, the European-OPC reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the tournament.
- TOURNAMENT INTEGRITY
13.1. The European-OPC may impose penalties, but not a financial penalty, upon any person who gives, makes, issues, authorises, or endorses any statement or action having, or designed to have, an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the European-OPC tournament as determined by the European-OPC. This may include but shall not be limited to expulsion from the European-OPC tournament event and venue, forfeiture of a player’s entry fee(s), and/or loss of the right to participate in this or any other tournament conducted by the European-OPC, subject to the authorisation of the Tournament Director.
13.2. The European-OPC may disqualify any person for any prize based upon fraud, dishonesty, violation of promotional rules, or other misconduct while at the tournament venue or otherwise occurring in relation to the European-OPC or as otherwise reasonable or necessary for the European-OPC to comply with applicable regulations.
13.3. Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage any programme or to undermine the legitimate operation of the European-OPC tournament and/or any tournament events may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the European-OPC reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent of the law.
13.4. All decisions regarding the interpretation of player eligibility and the scheduling and staging of European-OPC tournaments lie solely with the European-OPC.
13.5. At the tournament venues, all decisions regarding the interpretation of European-OPC rules and penalties for misconduct lie with the European-OPC, in consultation with the Tournament Director. Decisions are final.
13.6. European-OPC employees will use reasonable commercial efforts in the decision-making process with the Tournament Director, with the understanding that the ‘best interests of the game and fairness’ shall be a priority. Unusual circumstances can, on occasion, dictate that the technical interpretation of the international rules be balanced against the interest of fairness.
13.7. Tournament rules and all changes in the rules and event descriptions for European-OPC tournament events during Season 1 (2023–2024) will be available at tournament venues and at european-opc.com.
13.8. When situations arise that are not covered by these international rules, the European-OPC and the Tournament Director shall have the authority to render a judgement, including the imposition of a penalty, but not a financial penalty, keeping fairness, the best interests of the players, and the flow of the tournament a priority.
- PLAYER LIKENESS AND IMAGE
14.1. Prior to entering and playing in the European Open Poker Championship, each participant must submit a Player Participant Release Form. Failure to do so may, if the European-OPC sees fit to do so, subject the player to immediate disqualification at any point during the tournament. If the player is disqualified, they shall forfeit all entry fees and not be entitled to any, if present, tournament prize monies or any other prize consideration that they may have qualified for at the point of disqualification.
14.2. Tournament participants may wear one item of apparel with a logo no larger than six square inches in size. The European-OPC reserves the right at all times to change the logo size limit, ban the wearing/display of any or all logos, or to ban any apparel or other means of advertising that contains obscene images or words or is otherwise deemed objectionable by the European-OPC. The Tournament Director also reserves the right to exclude any individual(s) acting in a disruptive or inappropriate manner.
14.3. The National-OPC winners and the European-OPC Grand Final winner may qualify to participate in a Millions, World Poker Tour, or World Series of Poker event (the ‘Professional Events’) through the European-OPC. They will be required to wear European-OPC approved branded apparel or the branded apparel of any other company at the European-OPC’s sole discretion, throughout their period of participation in those Professional Events. Failure to abide by this rule may lead to the removal of the Professional Events prize (zero-tolerance policy).
14.4. Those who have qualified for the National-OPC Final will be required to participate in media-related activities wearing European-OPC approved branded apparel or the branded apparel of any other company at the European-OPC’s sole discretion, for a period of six months following their participation in the European-OPC tournament events. Those who win the National-OPC Final, the European-OPC Grand Final, or any of the Professional Events will be similarly required to participate in media-related activities wearing European-OPC approved branded apparel or the branded apparel of any other company at the European-OPC’s sole discretion, for a period of six months following their last game.
- TOURNAMENT PRIZES AND SEATING
15.1. Prizes and entries are non-transferable. The European-OPC tournament events will not support or facilitate any form of dealmaking.
15.2. Prize structures (if available) depend upon the number of entrants and the type of event entered. The European-OPC shall not retain a fee for running the tournament.
15.3. Entrants will be assigned to a table and seat through random computer selection. The European-OPC reserves the right to switch to manual seating and reseating if needed for any reason.
15.4. Players not in their allotted seat when the first hand is dealt shall have their chips put into play and will be eligible to join the tournament at any point providing they still have chips remaining. They will not be able to claim a refund of their entry fee.
15.5. Players who have made the European-OPC aware that they will not be able to participate in a tournament event prior to the start of the event will be removed from the player list and be eligible for a credit of their entry fee, to be taken at one of the next offered European-OPC tournament events.
15.6. The European-OPC will be able to assign seats to alternates during the first two levels of play. Alternates will join the event with the tournament starting chip stack and they will be required to take the first available seat allocated to them. Alternates will be required to post a dead big and small blind on joining their first table.
15.7. Non-value chips are used for tournament play.
15.8. Non-value chips used for the tournament are the exclusive property of the tournament venue and may not be removed from the tournament area.
15.9. The European-OPC reserves the right to cancel, change, or modify the European-OPC tournament or structure 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 participants’ prizes already awarded.
- The European-OPC plays by the International Poker Rules, possibly in combination with the latest international adjustments.
The European-OPC likes to educate players from the start that one can have fun while playing by the rules. For those who would like to go pro in the future, it is important to learn to play by international standards, which is why each European-OPC tournament event will be played according to the International Poker Rules.
- A player must be in or at their seat to have a live hand.
- (Showdown) all cards will be turned face up once a player is all in and all action is complete.
- The one-player-to-a-hand rule will be enforced.
- The English-only rule will be enforced during the play of hands.
- Cards and chips must be visibly displayed at all times.
However, to have fun while playing is the most important rule 😉