Is 10 seconds enough to make your preflop decision? That is what Patrik Antonius thinks should be the new standard in live poker.

The game has come a long way in the respect that not too long ago shot clocks seemed like a fad but now they are mainstream. Are they quick enough, however? With most of them being just a flat 30 seconds per decision. 

Patrik Antonius has developed a new shot clock that is being showcased this weekend at the Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge in Tallinn this weekend. 

The new clock is 10 seconds preflop, 20 seconds if there is a preflop 3-bet and 20 seconds on the flop, turn and river. They also have 15 timebanks each of 20 seconds, which is much more than the usual five you get in most MTTs. 

The main purpose of the clock is to stop stalling and establish a fast playing rhythm. 10 seconds might not seem much but there is a sound logic to it, at this point in the game most people know their preflop opening and flatting/3-betting ranges automatically. As Patrik suggests it is the post flop and 3-bet decisions that take the most time, which is why the additional timebanks are in use. 

The early response seems to be quite positive and if you want to see the shot clock in action, the PAPC is being live streamed this weekend.

Is this the right amount of time for live poker? Let us know in the comments:





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