Leading professional poker player Daniel Negreanu has led calls for a ‘shot clock’ to be added to live poker tournaments.
The calls come after the live stream of the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event final table was plagued by players taking a long time to make their decisions.
The three-handed battle lasted over eleven hours with the majority of that time taken up by Jesse Sylvia, Greg Merson and Jake Balsiger tanking when thinking about even the most of decisions.
Negreanu was one of many professional poker players who took to twitter during the final table to express his boredom at the slow pace of the play.
“Poker needs a shot clock of some kind. It’s become silly at this point how long each hand takes, often in mundane situations,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.
“If there was any doubt about the need for a clock in poker this is exhibit A. This is painstakingly tilting for casual viewers.”
Negreanu even went as far to propose how he feels the shot clock rules should be implemented.
“Each subsequent tank will be clocked 15 seconds earlier. 1st offense= warning 2nd= clock at 2 min 3rd= clock at 1:45 and so on,” he said.
“As players we CAN police habitual tankers on our own as its in our rights to do so. I think 3 minutes for a decision is MORE than enough.”
Respected poker veteran Mike Sexton, known as the ambassador of poker, supports Negreanu and believes slow play is becoming a significant problem.
“Guys take too long to act on their hand now,” Sexton said.
“It’s just too slow; it’s too boring so we have to get a shot clock in poker.”
Some events, like the Aussie Millions, have experimented with shot clock tournaments but it appears unlikely that this issue will have a universal solution anytime soon.
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