WSOP To Change The Clock Rules
Stalling in live games has always been super annoying. Some people just don’t know when enough is enough. Calling the clock on them can be too slow sometimes and the poker world is changing that. Major tournaments like WPT, for example, have already implemented new rules when it comes to the clock. Now, the WSOP is about to follow and try new measures against stalling as well.
New Rules In WSOP 2017
For ages, it required a player to call a tournament official after some time has already passed so the clock feature can be activated. From this yea,r participants will be able to do this at any given moment if they feel the opponent is being too slow.
The tournament supervisors also have the right to engage without being alarmed. On top of that, the time of the clock is now reduced significantly. The stalling player had 2 minutes to make a decision up to this year. From now on, the period is from 10 to 40 seconds, depending on the decision of the tournament official.
The Pros React
Most professional players have reacted positively when the news spread. Daniel Negreanu, for example, has been one of the most vocal enemies of stalling. He believes that something must be done in this regard and has expressed his satisfaction with the new rules.
Other players like Allen Kessler and Greg Himmelbrand have also stated their approval. It seems that most of the professionals will embrace the changes.
Our Two Scents
The new WSOP 2017 rules are certainly a step in the right direction. The endless tanking by some players has been an issue for a while. However, there are some concerns with this specific approach. Some people might abuse it and call the clock too fast in situations where it’s legit to think for at least a minute or two. Let’s hope the common sense of the tournament officials will be enough to find the right balance.
Also, the biggest problem usually is when plenty of people start stalling around the bubble of each tournament. Will the WSOP have enough staff to cover all the tables? It remains to be seen, but the will to solve the problem is admirable.