Poker legend Doyle Brunson and fellow pro Daniel Negreanu never seem to see eye to eye. The two are constantly on opposing sides on a variety of topics from politics to the game of poker. The two have been known to debate openly on Twitter and it was interesting to see that Brunson recently agreed with a statement made by Negreanu about live poker, according to a recent report by PokerNews.
Negreanu has stated for some time that live poker needs a shot clock. The pro claims the game is long, slow and tedious and a clock will speed things up a bit. Negreanu further illustrated his point after the eleven hour session of three handed play for the final table of the World Series of Poker Main Event aired on ESPN. Negreanu stated on Twitter: “If there was any doubt about the need for a clock in poker this is exhibit A. This is painstakingly tilting for casual viewers…”
Brunson took to his blog this past Tuesday and stated that he agrees with Negreanu. The blog post read: “At least we agree that something has to be done about the slow play in the poker tournaments. It makes almost unwatchable TV and is very boring. A shot clock is the answer and the only question is how long can a player wait before he acts? I think one minute is plenty of time. We had a tourney in Lake Tahoe that had a 20 second clock and it was the most fun I’ve ever had in a tournament.”
Many would agree that a clock is just the thing for poker. It will be interesting to see if any organizers take the pros opinion to heart and decide to add a ‘shot clock’ of sorts to live tournament options.
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