are spaces for seven players to sit on the outside
are of the table, although I have seen five-, six-
and eight-player tables at some casinos. Opposite
the players, on the inside arc, stands the dealer.
On the table
layout, there is a betting spot marked in front
of each player. The player places his or her own
chips on the spot to make a bet. The seat all the
way to the players' right is "first base";
the first baseman plays his hand first. All the
way to the players' left is "third base,"
or "anchor," and the third baseman plays
last (see Table Layout at the end of this website).
Podner, We'll Draw on the Count of Three"
element common to all poker tournaments is the random
draw. A given number of players choose to enter (for
continuity's sake, we'll assume that number t be 105
for all following examples). The random draw determines
each player's table and seat number.
Poker tournament tables are prenumbered one through
some maximum estimated number. For example, you might
draw Table 4, Seat 6 (seats are numbered clockwise
starting with #1 on the dealer's immediate left).
In an event that happened to draw 105 players, the
tournament director (TD) would probably have been
prepared to handle as many as 200 entrants. With nine
players usually assigned to hold'em ever tables (some
tournaments start with ten, to preserve precious table
space, and then drop the number to nine as players
get knocked out), you would need 12 tables to start.