The decision to drop, concede, or agree to an intentional draw cannot be made in exchange for or influenced by the offer of any reward or incentive, nor may any in-game decision be influenced in this manner. Making such an offer or enticing someone into making an offer is prohibited and is considered bribery.
Basically if the exchange can be summarized by an “if X, then Y” discussion, we are in bribery territory. The “if/then” exchange does not have to be explicit. Implied exchanges are still offers.
Players may not make any offers to tournament officials in an attempt to influence the outcome of a ruling.
It is not bribery when players share prizes they have not yet received in the current tournament and they may agree to such before or during their match, as long as any such sharing does not occur in exchange for any game or match result or the dropping of a player from the tournament.
It is not bribery when players in the announced last round of the single-elimination portion of a tournament agree to a winner and how to divide the subsequent tournament prizes. In that case, one of the players at each table must agree to drop from the tournament. Players receive the prizes according to their final ranking.
It skirts around the issue of altering the results of the match by having one player dropping from the event, so technically the results weren’t affected by the split because there was not match played.
The result of a match or game may not be randomly or arbitrarily determined through any means other than the normal progress of the game in play. Examples include (but are not limited to) rolling a die, flipping a coin, arm wrestling, or playing any other game.
For example, if a judge sees two players who are about to draw without any obvious win conditions on the board, they might simply remind the players that they cannot flip a coin or make any offers to their opponents to induce a concession. The judge might also remind them that they must report the game as a draw unless one of them wins or concedes. This proactive approach provides a better player experience than waiting for a player to say something unfortunate and avoids an unpleasant outcome for everyone.
Players may not reach an agreement in conjunction with other matches. Players can make use of information regarding match or game scores of other tables. However, players are not allowed to leave their seats during their match or go to great lengths to obtain this information.
For instance, players may play their match until the match next to them finishes and agree to draw because that result favors their chances at making Top 8. But they cannot make any extraordinary effort to get the information they want, like pausing the match to recheck the standings or pairings or to find out the results of the match three tables over. Players may not play slowly to wait on relevant matches to finish.
Some Head Judges and Tournament Organizers like to seat the final round’s matches randomly so that the top matches are not clumped together at the first few tables. Random seating makes it harder for players to observe the results of matches near them in standing.
Players in the single-elimination rounds of a tournament offering only cash, store credit, prize tickets, and/or unopened product as prizes may, with the permission of the Tournament Organizer, agree to split the prizes evenly. The players may end the tournament at that point or continue to play. All players still in the tournament must agree to the arrangement.
Example: Before the semifinals of a tournament (in which first place gets 12 packs, second place gets 8 packs and 3rd and 4th get 4 packs each) begins, the players may get permission from the Tournament Organizer to end the tournament, with each player receiving 7 packs.
Example: In the finals of a 1-slot Players Tour Qualifier that offers a travel award and an invitation to the winner, the two finalists may agree to split the tournament prizes, but this agreement cannot alter the results of the match. One player must drop from the tournament, leaving the travel award and the invitation to the player who did not drop from the tournament. That player is then free to split the remainder of the prizes as agreed upon. The travel award and invitation are a single item and may not be split.