WSOP now has shot clock
- Under the previous rule, participants were permitted to call the clock after a “reasonable amount of time” had passed, and two minutes was defined as the minimum reasonable amount of time.
- That two-minute guideline has been removed.
- Participants may now call the clock at any point if they feel a participant at the table is taking longer than is reasonable for the game situation.
- When a floor person initiates a clock, the participant will be given anywhere from 0 to 30 seconds, plus a 10- second countdown. The exact amount of time will be up to the discretion of the floor person. This is a reduction in the amount of time given for a called clock.
- If a participant requests a clock, floor persons have the right not to initiate a clock at that time, based on game situation. (This is intended to prevent abuse of calling the clock.) The floor person may then initiate a clock once he/she deems an appropriate amount of time has passed.
- Floor persons have the authority to issue a clock without prompting from a participant.
- Participants who appear to be deliberately stalling the progress of the game or who frequently call for a clock unnecessarily will be subject to penalty.
- This rule is intended to discourage stalling or taking an unreasonable amount of time for straightforward decisions.
- Participants are encouraged to be respectful of opponents who are involved in a hand.
- Participants are also encouraged to call the clock if another participant is habitually or repeatedly slowing down the game.
What do you think?
Does it favor amateurs or professionals?