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Doyle Brunson becomes latest Poker Shot Clock Proponent

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed how some poker media members and players are interested in a tournament shot clock. The reasoning is that they’re tired of certain grinders abusing the generous time given to make decisions. WSOP Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia is an oft-cited example since he had no qualms about taking his time during each play.

In any case, the idea of a poker shot clock seems to be catching on as Doyle Brunson recently threw his support behind the concept. The 10-time WSOP champion blogged about it at his site, and here’s one particularly interesting thought where he agrees with Daniel Negreanu’s shot clock stance:

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.

If you’re interested in reading Doyle’s entire post – where he talks about everything from bad sportsmanship in college basketball to a recent cancer scare – you can check out the blog here. While reading the post, it’s hard for me not to agree with everything Doyle says regarding the shot clock. Speedier tournaments would certainly be a good way to boost interest from casual viewers. And by getting more people to watch poker, it’d definitely help the game out from an overall perspective.

Of course, there are a few things that need to be ironed out before the shot clock becomes a reality. But if it does come to fruition, most players would probably find out that the clock is a good thing.