The introduction of a poker ‘shot clock’ is causing some consternation amongst poker players, with many feeling it is a great idea, but others like back-to-back WPT Champion Marvin Rettenmaier not quite so keen. We’ll take a look at the reasons why below.
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Lastly, we’ll take a salutary lesson from one New Zealand poker fan who gambled a tad more than he should have, and may be living to regret it...
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German poker ace and the only back-to-back WPT Champion ever, Martin Rennemaier, has questioned the wisdom of the unanimously agreed move to introduce a ‘shot clock’ timer to popular WPT events.
The move would mean players would no longer have unlimited time to make their decision and instead would have a stated time frame, believed to be 30 to 60 seconds, to decide their next move.
Rettenmaier wrote on his blog, “I’m not opposed to the shot clock because I take my time, I’m objective and if [I thought it would] improve the game of poker... I’d be in favour of it or at least I wouldn’t speak against it.”
He pointed out that 30 seconds isn’t a great deal of time and that “counting out chips can take longer than that.”
Rettenmaier suggests that an individual time bank, similar to one used in the game of chess, may be a preferable alternative. He argues that shot clocks will detract from the game and make it less appealing to most players, other than the top professionals.
However the results of the survey showed that 80% of WPT players were in favour of the shot clock rule and another poker professional, Mike Sexton, stated that he had long been in favour of a shot clock and remarked that “when it happens everybody will be saying ‘This is great! Why didn’t we implement the shot clock ten years ago?”
Daniel Negreanu, Josh Arieh and Doyle Brunson have also stated they are in favour of the new rule.
While nothing official has been confirmed in terms of a time scale, the new shot clock ruling is expected to come into force sooner, rather than later.
What have you lost that you wished you hadn’t at the poker table? For the majority of us, it is a bad call that has cost us chips or cash.
For one New Zealand man however, it resulted in a completely new identity.
The player lost at the table and as a result was forced to change his name to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova”.
The usually officious New Zealand authorities somewhat surprisingly accepted the change of name and it is now officially used on all his documents.
Just don’t ask him for an autograph, or you’ll be there a while.