posted on November 07, 2012 12:00
Wouldn't it be cool? Doesn't it make too much sense?
If poker had a shot clock, the game would be more interesting to watch live. If poker had a shot clock, the majority would benefit. On Social media outlets last week during live play of the 2012 Main Event, fans that were following the action complained about the excessive tanking by the competitors. This all took place during poker's finest annual moment -- the live coverage of the tournament to name the next Poker World Champion. The biggest offender at the table this week was Jesse Sylvia, and Daniel Negreanu was adamant on Twitter when he tweeted, "If there was any doubt about the need for a clock in poker, this is exhibit A. This is painstakingly tilting for casual viewers.”
I've always acted fast on my hands. When you have played 20,000 hours live and 4 million hands online, I generally know what my play will be before it is my turn -- and there are times I know what I plan to do based on changes in direction of the action. Who we kidding here? Don't good players do a lot of folding? The only time I "Hollywood" is when I get caught with my hand in the cookie jar and have been raised. I usually take my time folding, as not to lead on that my hand was weak (standard).
While I am proposing a shot clock, I have no ideas on how to institute it. And I refuse to spend any time devising a solution. I will leave those details up to the very capable tournament directors across the world. It is nothing these men cannot fix, and my point is this: the game would benefit from limiting time-consuming Hollywooding, "saving face", and trying to get a read. It is this simple: If you're a winning player, you make more money when you get more hands dealt, and you should be smart enough to move the game along. At the very least, players should move the game along out of respect to your fellow players. We're all in this together...."Let's get some hands out!"
The 2012 Main Event Final Table. Greg Merson was the best player in my opinion. Jeremy Ausmus played a short stack exceptionally well. Jake Balsinger played solidly, and at one point, Jake held the chip lead three-handed to become the youngest Poker World Champion in history. Michael Esposito's play was lacking, Russel Thomas played like a champion, Steve Gee made a play that didn't work, and Andras Koroknai was the tightest player at the table until he blew up and donked off his stack with KQ to Merson. Jesse Sylvia? He aggressively dictated the action till nearly the bloody end.
All in all, it was a great show by ESPN and the WSOP, and seven of the nine final tablists played very well. It was a dog fight, it was epic, and the Final Table lasted a WSOP record 398 -- with 197 of those hands played three handed (before the elimination of Balsinger).
This week on the Scotty Clark Poker Show #27. We talked about the The 2012 Main Event, the Venetian Deepstacks, Alabama vs. LSU, Superstorm Sandy, Halloween, politics, and a little bit of poker. We also re-aired our August 19th interview with the next World Champion of Poker....Greg Merson!
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