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The Table

There usually 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).

Okay, Podner, We'll Draw on the Count of Three"
Another 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.
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