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   Monday, May 20 2024 
Live poker tournament: Too long and too slow!

After a few years in the dungeon, live tournaments are again implicated. In his blog, Vile Wahlbeck relaunched the debate on the length and slowness of live poker tournament. Other players are also of the same opinion as the champion of the $ 10,000 Mixed Event of the WSOP 2009, concerning the problem met on tables. Daniel Negreanu is one of the players who complain about this slowness to act in each hand. On Twitter, Negreanu took as example the final table of the Main Event of the WSOP 2012 which lasted more than 11 hours. Of course, players themselves are frustrated but it is especially viewers who are the most annoyed. And it is the more understandable when it is needed to remain stuck on his armchair during 11 hours to follow a final table in live streaming.

According to these players, this problem could scare off recreation players in the long term. The idea of a « shot clock » has already been advanced in the past to limit the time of reflection of the players. And as in online poker, the player can ask for a « time bank » for an additional time. Besides the shot clock, Ville Wahlbeck recommends the shortening of departure days and the setting of antes at the beginning of the tournament. This should encourage action without poker players and viewers get tired. He also took Mike Sexton's idea on the problems of live deepstack tournaments. These tournaments are too long given that they are spread over several days and recreation players can not grant a lot of time to participate in it.

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