World Poker Tour

Puts A Shot Clock On The Ballot

Is this the end of tanking?

Marvin is mad about the idea of not taking one’s time at the table.

Players at the World Poker Tour Los Angeles Poker Classic (LAPC) were asked their opinion on the potential use of a “shot clock” to be put into effect next season. Looking to terminate the tanking in big buy-in tournaments, the WPT have distributed a questionnaire about whether or not a shot clock, like in the new PokerStars TV show the Shark Cage, should be put into effect.

According to Rich Ryan and PokerNews, the players were asked if they were in favor of the shot clock or not and, if so, to what extent? The proposal has the clock giving players 30 seconds to act on their hand otherwise it would be dead. In addition, players are given “time buttons” where they can utilize them to get an additional 60 seconds to act (those can be combined in the case where someone has multiple).

“In The Money”, “FInal Three Tables” or “Final Table Only” were the instances.

One pro who was polled was German phenom “Mad” Marvin Rettenmaier who went against the grain and emphatically voted “NO”.

Poker author Jonathan Little is in complete agreement with Rettenmaier.

But it looks like the pair are in the distinct minority as WPT’s Mike Sexton indicated that when the ballots were tallied, roughly 80% of the players were on board with speeding up the game.

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