Aces Up
Rules and Policies
The Ranking System!

MyLeague has one of the simplest ranking systems ever used for competitive play. The concept was adopted from the ranking system used on the official Case's Ladders. We call it a "Ladder" because each member holds a unique rank or "rung" that represents their standing among other members. The highest-ranked member holds the #1 Ladder position; for example, someone ranked #2 is ranked below the #1 member. The goal is to "climb" the Ladder all the way to the top!

  • When you first join, you are placed in an "Unranked" category on the League.
  • You become "Ranked" after winning your first League match. (Unranked members may play each other, and the winner becomes ranked at the bottom of the League.)
  • When you defeat a higher-ranked member, you move up in rank 60% the distance between their rank and your own.
    • Example: If you are ranked #50 and you beat the #1 ranked member, then your new rank would be 30.
  • Your rank on the League does not go down if you lose a match unless your opponent is ranked DIRECTLY below you.
    • Example: If you are ranked #5 and the #6 ranked member defeats you, then your new rank would be #6.
  • When members ranked below you are victorious against members ranked above you, it's possible the member will jump over you in rank and you will move down one rung. This depends on the ranks involved.
    • Example(per 50% rank gain): You are currently ranked #7. If the #10 ranked member defeats the #1 ranked member, then #10 will advance to the #5 rung and you will fall to the #8 rung.

Account Rules

  • League Names
    • If your League name is deemed offensive or contains profanity, your account may be removed.
    • If your League name is deemed abusive towards another member, your account may be removed.
    • You can edit your League name by using the 'My Account' tab and choosing the 'Edit Username' option. If you have problems changing your League name, please use the 'Contact Admin' link, located on the 'Support' tab.
  • E-mail Address
    • Your E-mail address must be kept current at all times, in case you need to be contacted. You can use the 'Edit E-mail Address' link on the 'My Account' tab to edit your E-mail address.
  • Password Security
    • You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password.
    • You are not permitted to share your password with anyone for any reason.
  • Inactivity
    • In order to keep the League as dynamic as possible, your account will be automatically deleted if you are inactive for 365 days. However, one of the features of our Premium Membership Program is never being deleted for inactivity. Information regarding our Premium Membership Program can be found here.
  • Multiple Accounts
    • Only one account is allowed per person. There are no exceptions to this rule.
    • It is forbidden for more than one person to use or share the same account.
    • Multiple accounts from the same location will be investigated and possibly removed.

Challenges

Note: Please consult the Admin staff regarding whether or not League challenges are permitted for this League.

A challenge is defined as a request for a match with a higher-ranked member. Whether you are the challenger or the one being challenged, there are some rules that must be followed. Violating these rules may result in penalties. If you notice anyone violating these rules, please contact the Admin staff.

  • Chat
    • The best way to find League matches is to announce in chat that you are looking for a League match so that other members will know you are interested in League-play. You can also directly challenge a specific member in chat.
  • Formal Challenges
    • Most Leagues permit the use of Formal Challenges. A complete overview of the Formal Challenge system can be found here.
  • 50 time(s) Per Day
    • You may play the same member 50 time(s) per day. However, you may play as many different members as you would like on any given day. A "MyLeague" day begins at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time.
  • Verify Information
    • We recommend you ensure a potential opponent is also a member of the League before starting your match. You can do this very easily by searching for your opponent using the 'Search for Players' tool.

Playing a Match

Once you are ready to start playing a League match, there are some guidelines governing game play that you should keep in mind.

  • Opponents
    • You are not allowed to report losses to another member that also plays from the same computer as you. Our security software will detect this activity if it is attempted, and participating accounts may be penalized or removed.
  • Sportsmanship
    • The same rules that apply to behavior in chat (covered in a later section) also apply during matches.

Reporting the Match

Once your match is completed, the loser of the match is responsible for reporting the loss immediately. You can report your matches using the 'Report Loss' button located on the 'Standings' tab. Please note the 'Report Loss' link should only be used for League matches and not for tournament matches; you should consult the TD with any questions regarding reporting tournament matches. If you have any problems reporting a loss, you should contact the Admin staff and request assistance.

  • Reporting the Loss
    • In one-on-one matches, the loser of the match reports the loss to the winner.
    • In partner matches, each member of the losing team reports a loss to both partners of the winning team. At the end of the match, you would either gain two wins or report two losses.
    • In "free for all" matches (matches in which multiple opponents are competing against each other without partners), each loser of the match must report a loss to one overall winner.
    • When playing matches with more than one opponent, it is important for losses to be reported in the proper order if rank will be affected by the order of report. You must report to the better-ranked opponent first in those cases. It is your responsibility to make sure you report in the correct order when necessary. Not doing so may result in penalty.
  • Unreported Matches
    • If your opponent does not report their loss within one hour after completing the match or prior to starting another match, you should click on the "Contact Admin" link and then use the "Unreported Match" form.

Tournaments

The rules for a Tournament are determined by the Tournament Director hosting the event. You will find a summary of each individual Tournament, including a Rules page, if you follow the link for that specific Tournament.

League-Specific Rules

  • Removal From The League: Aces Up Admin reserves the right to remove any member considered to be detrimental, disruptive or conducting themselves in any manner not in the best interest of the league including but not limited to TD's and Admin's of Aces Up and other leagues.

  • Showing up for Tourneys: Players who register and do not show will be left in the tourney no matter what rank they are in standings. If a player registers then fails show they will forfeit the tourney match (pairing),it's up to the player to remove himself/herself if they do not intend to play or they may request the Hosting TD to remove them prior to the tourney starting.

  • Start times for tournaments : All tournaments will start on time. There will be no waiting for players to arrive to the lobby before a tournament begins. It is unfair to the players who are on time. It is the responsibility of the player to be in the lobby before the tournament starts. TD's will no longer be allowed to wait for late players because waiting for one member and not another member poses issues of favoritism, players who qualify for a final table must also adhere to this rule and if they miss the final table will forfeit the tourney .

  • Penalty Box : When a player is placed in the Penalty Box the player is prohibited from playing ANY matches or tourneys and will not be able to receive nor report a loss to another player for a pre-determined number of days.

  • Failure to Report Loss : Players who fail to report a loss will be placed in the penalty box for 3 days on the first offense. Players who fail to report a second lost match will be removed from the league. No exceptions. This is to insure fair play and honesty among our members. Players must report their loss within 24 hours of the ladder match.

  • Behavior : Aces Up members are expected to treat fellow members with respect. If you are found to be harassing or abusive to fellow members you will be either removed from Aces Up and banned from returning or receive up to 7 days in the penalty box depending on the severity of the abuse. Your behavior reflects on the league as well as CasesLadder and as such should be appropriate at all times when in the lobby and at the tables. If you have a dispute take it to IM or otherwise in private. Foul language and or drama in the lobby or at the tables will not be tolerated and will draw a penalty for the offending player.

  • Returning to a game in progress: If a player leaves a game because of program failure and is forced out of the room or offline and returns to the table while a match is still in progress he/she will be allowed to return to the game as long as he/she has chips left and the game program allows his/her return.

  • TD Positions : TD's are as all staff, volunteers and deserve respect and gratitude for giving of their time so members may enjoy the poker experience. Tournament Directors reserve the right to remove any member from their tournaments before the tournament begins if a valid reason exist. TD's may also combine tables to avoid players having to wait long periods of time to play.

  • Unsanctioned Teams Matches: Under NO circumstances are players to play team matches outside of a scheduled hosted teams tourney. This will be considered taking advantage of other players and the offending players will receive 7 days in the penalty box.

  • Side Bets and Matches Reported Not Actually Played: "Side Betting" for reports will not be allowed. This practice places an unfair advantage to other members by giving wins for matches not actually played. First offense 7 days in the penalty box and a drop of 5 rungs in standings or removal from the league.

  • Tournament Restarts: Restarting a tourney may be called for by the Hosting TD under the following circumstance. A player joining the table BEFORE the first hand is completed. Restarts are at the digression of the hosting TD. Host TD may not however pick and chose who they will restart for or not. There shall be no favoritism shown to any player or lack there of. * If the Hosting TD fails to appear any TD registered for the tourney should take said tourney over and if the original TD enters he or she may resume hosting but may NOT restart for themselves.

  • Tournament All In Situation :In a tournament situation where players go all in the player with the most chips invested will be given the match (pairing) win.

  • Rank Hounding: Players in the Top Ten are expected to be as active after they reach the top ranks as they were before. In other words, if you are playing 20 games a day to make it to the Top Ten and then only play once a week to hold your rank you may be penalized. Just registering in a tourney,showing up and leaving does NOT constitute league play.Continuing use of this practice will result in the player losing rank and or otherwise being penalized. This practice shows a lack of sportsmanship and fair play.

  • Formal Challenges: . Players who are challenging or being challenged must be in contact with one another to set a date and time to complete the challenge. If the two players are paired or matched against one another in a league tournament that result will satisfy the challenge. In any formal challenge by it's nature the two players MUST be paired aka matched against one another. Simply being in a tournament together does not constitute the challenge satisfied. Players MUST be paired in this situation for the formal challenge to be met and complete. Failure to complete a formal challenge will place a failure on both players records. Admin of Aces Up reserves the right to penalize both or either player for the failure depending on the circumstances surrounding the failure to complete. One or both players may be placed in the penalty box or lose rungs.Players have 3 days to complete the challenge


    Top Ten

    The purpose of the League is to climb to the top and the competition for the rungs in the Top Ten is high. As such, we have special rules that apply for members in the Top Ten.

    • Inactivity
      • Members in the Top Ten must play a League match at least once every 2 days; otherwise, you will be automatically dropped five rungs and your inactivity counter is reset. There are no exceptions to this rule.

    Expected Behavior

    As a member of MyLeague, you are representing the League, the Admin staff, and all other members when you are participating on a MyLeague. It's part of your responsibility as a member to act in a respectable manner within your League community.

    • Avatars
      • The rules of common decency should be followed when uploading images to use as avatars. Inappropriate avatars may be removed without warning or notification.
    • Cheating
      • If you believe your opponent is cheating, then you should contact the Admin staff.
    • Abuse
      • It is forbidden to abuse or harass another League member.
      • It is important to remember that two wrongs do not make a right. If you are being harassed by another League member, contact the Admin staff for assistance. Do not take matters into your own hands or return the abuse, or you could be penalized as well.
    • Nice Guy Rule
      • Please note that behavior guidelines govern all methods of communication. This includes chat, E-mail, message forums, instant messenger services, etc. Treat other members with respect!

    Fill in the Blank

    Although we have tried to be as detailed as possible, we can't cover every aspect of gaming in our rules. Please be advised that just because something is not stated in our rules and policies, then that does not mean it is allowed. Use common sense. If it is something that will adversely affect other members and you might think twice about it, then it's probably against the rules. The Admin staff will have the final say in such matters. If you have a specific question please feel free to contact us via E-mail.
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