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Would You Play Poker With A Play Clock?

November 8, 2012 at 2:46 PM | by | ()

The Final Table at the World Series of Poker's Main Event last week brought mixed feelings to many viewers and possibly a change in how poker is played in the future. It wasn't that the play at the final table was poor. In fact, there were many compliments on the play. The game moved a bit too slow, though, for television. Amateur and professional poker players lamented the slow play alike.

The idea brought up the most often to speed the game up on television is a play clock a la basketball and chess. The loudest voice on this, purely because of his professional name, seemed to be by professional player Daniel Negreanu:

This idea may be good for live poker on television but, perhaps, the game isn't meant to be played up-tempo. Does it really make sense to change how the game is played? Here are some questions we have:

Would a play clock just be for the WSOP?
Will a play clock become a part of all tournament poker?
Will a play clock become a part of our poker games at home the way we use a clock in chess?

Many professional sports have different rules than the amateur game. Having different rules when playing tournaments for money versus playing cash games at home may not be too far off base. There are a lot of questions of which the answers will potentially change how poker is played in the future.

Would you play poker with a play clock? Let us know in the comments.

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Archived Comments:


It's way past time for tournament poker. All the information a player needs to make a decision is known. It shouldn't take 5 - 10 minutes to decide. Sometimes I think that slow players just enjoy the attention. Plus, the rounds of blinds are timed. A slow player or two at one table can effect the outcome through the number of hands played at various tables. It's unfair to the players who can be decisive.


With millions of $ on the line. instituting a time clock will effect the game too much. There has always been the option to "Call the clock" on players if they really slow. So why make this drastic change now? I feel it is just so Harrah's can make more TV $ and the players who pay to play get screwed