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Doyle Brunson Calls for Poker Shot Clock

Siding with his pal Daniel Negreanu, 10-time WSOP bracelet winner Doyle Brunson also believes that live poker tournaments have been moving too slowly and that a poker shot clock would help to alleviate the problem.

Although the two poker legends don’t often agree, they are of the same mind on the shot clock issue. Brunson’s latest blog notes that for fans watching live events on television, “It makes almost unwatchable TV and is very boring.”

Brunson suggests a one-minute shot clock for players to act and remarks that a recent tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, instituted a 20-second shot clock “and it was the most fun I’ve ever had in a tournament.”

The need for a shot clock was magnified when the WSOP Main Event final table of three-handed play took 11 hours before Greg Merson emerged as the champion.


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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.