We’ve never had to institute this policy before, mostly because we didn’t expect it to come up. But it did come up, and we’ll have to deal with it.
The new policy:
If a player, by their own actions, is deemed to be unable to continue, or present a physical danger to other players, they will be removed from the tournament, and their chips will be evenly distributed among the players of the table where they were playing. No refunds shall be given. The call will be made by at least two founding members of the club (Hunter, Brian, or Will) or one founding member and the event host.
If a player is unable to continue due to events beyond their control, (birth/death of a family member, emergency medical situation, etc.), they will be removed from the tournament, and their chips will be evenly distributed among the players of the table where they were playing. No refund will be given, but at the judgement of at least two founding members of the club (Hunter, Brian, or Will) they may be offered a free buy-in into the next tournament they attend, though this is not guaranteed.
Or, long story short: If you get so drunk, you cannot understand the very concept of “posting your blind” – then you’re going to be kicked out of the tournament. It doesn’t mean we don’t like you, or think you are dangerous or whatever. But if your inability to function slows down the game, or creates a hazard, it is not fair to the other players, especially in a multi-table situation.
This does not mean that you can’t drink. Hell, it doesn’t even mean that you can’t get drunk. We love drunk players, because they’re easier to play against, and we have a few players that love to get sloshed. But when you get so drunk that you delay the game because you are unable to understand the concept of posting a blind, I think it’s time to sit out.
One of the reasons that we do some of the things we do “like the casinos” (racing for chips, drawing for seats,) despite those solutions being more complicated than simple ones (rounding up, letting people sit wherever) is because when it comes times to make a judgment call, and a situation hasn’t come up before, we can then use the casinos as guides. If we can ask ourselves: “What would the floor manager at Aria or Bellagio do?” then we have a very good guideline as to what would be a fair and correct decision.