Poker – Shot Clock Debate
Among the most common issues with modern day professional poker is the debate surrounding a shot clock. Professional poker has long been opposed to adding a shot clock, believing that it will spoil the integrity of the play. However, with player tanking becoming a common complaint, it is possible that this could become an official rule within the next 12-18 months.
Advantages of a Shot Clock:
A shot clock would completely eliminate tanking in professional poker. This has been a problem for many years, especially at the biggest events. Players who have been losing throughout the day, or are worried about the last few hands they have been dealt, will try and slow down the play as much as possible. This means that there are less hands played during the day, and less chances for them to be played out of the table.
There have been many attempts to have unofficial policing of tanking, but none of those methods seem to work.
Disadvantages of a Shot Clock:
The best thing about the current format of professional poker is that it is possible for an amateur player to come up against seasoned pros and hold his own. Having a shot clock would give the pros a huge advantage over an inexperienced player. The shot clock will only add to the dilemmas that are going through a novice player’s head, and they are more likely to make a poor decision if they only have a few seconds to make up their mind.
Solution -> Call the Clock:
There is an option in professional poker to “call the clock” if you think that a player is taking too long. However, there is stigma attached to this, because players believe it shows disloyalty towards your fellow professionals. By giving the dealer the power to call the clock, this stigma could be removed. Instead of having a rapid shot clock rule, the dealer could use his judgment to punish any player that is repeatedly slowing the game down.
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