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Twitter banned from the 2009 WSOP

Tags: Rules, Twitter, World Series of Poker, WSOP.
Posted on 22 June 2009 by "M".

During the 2008 World Series of Poker there were a lot of poker players who were using Twitter while playing in a tournament.

As of this year it will no longer be allowed to use Twitter or any other blogging tools for that matter as a new rule has been implemented this year.

This is the rule that was implemented to stop players from Twittering while sitting at the poker tables:

"all cell phones and other voice-enabled and 'ringing' electronic devices must be silenced during tournament play. A player who wants to use a cell phone must be at least one table length away from their assigned table or be subject to penalty." 

According to rule number 88 players are however still allowed to use MP3 players such as iPods etc:

"players are allowed to use approved electronic devices (iPods, MP3 and other music players or noise reduction headsets during tournament play until they have reached the money in any tournament, so long as the approved electronic devices can not access the Internet, send or receive SMS text and are not equipped with any type of communication device." 

Is it good or bad that the people behind WSOP banned the use of Twitter at this years WSOP? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

 


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16 comments for "Twitter banned from the 2009 WSOP"

 MickLR22/06/2009 15:38:52 GMT
I Think this is a good idea, people are playing poker, not discussing with other people!

If they can't leave Twitter for some hours, so they can't play correctly poker hehe!
 jevo22/06/2009 16:13:29 GMT
It's definitely a good thing, it should be a rule for all live games!
 Administrator22/06/2009 16:26:14 GMT
I think it should be like this:
* Talking in your phone while sitting at the table, forbidden at all times.
* Texting while playing (in a hand), forbidden at all times.
* Texting (or tweeting) while NOT in a hand - allowed.

I really don't see why you should not be allowed to use your phone, silently, when no one depends on your ability to react (as you're not playing the hand).
 shokaku22/06/2009 16:37:03 GMT
Posted by Administrator:
I really don't see why you should not be allowed to use your phone, silently, when no one depends on your ability to react (as you're not playing the hand).


Even if a player is no longer in a hand he can give info about his hole cards.
 jevo22/06/2009 16:49:15 GMT
Posted by shokaku:
Posted by Administrator:
I really don't see why you should not be allowed to use your phone, silently, when no one depends on your ability to react (as you're not playing the hand).


Even if a player is no longer in a hand he can give info about his hole cards.


yup, there will always be people who try to corrupt the system...
 Administrator22/06/2009 16:58:45 GMT
True that. The only thing the other players in the hand could benefit from, is if they have eye contact with someone in the audience, so they can signal "good hand mucked" or something. I didn't think that one through Big Smile
 GeneYuss22/06/2009 20:04:02 GMT
Gus Hansen used a voice recorder and talked about all the hands he played in Danish into it at the Aussie Millions..Is that allowed?
 fochizza22/06/2009 21:50:13 GMT
I cant use my mobile phone during exams becouse i could use it to cheat.
So pro's not being alowed to use communication devises during a game makes sense to me.
 d0ink23/06/2009 09:40:19 GMT
Are they there to play poker or to write a blog ? How many times a dealer must warn a player the didnt ear a raise or a all-in because he had some ears muffs playing music. Play poker
 Davoodoo23/06/2009 16:19:08 GMT
Play real poker ... ban sunglasses and electronics at the table , the only thing the players should be allowed to touch is the cards and a water bottle during play Big Smile
 Fakiry23/06/2009 20:21:22 GMT
This a nice rule. We have got to have in mind that, as twitter could work as a matter of distraction of the players, other sites could work as tools helping players during the game, wich would be considered as using methods beyound the game to get successful, wich is not legal. This should be the main difference bettween online gaming and real table gaming!
 xxxbchxxx24/06/2009 10:19:26 GMT
Well that seems a bit odd as it would surly do a disadvantage to be twittering whilst playing?
I suppose you could gain info from other tables but is that against the rules? if so why?
I wouldn't like to be sat at a table where someone kept tapping away at a pc or blackberry.
 Nocively24/06/2009 12:48:12 GMT
Well i agree with prohibitting of any sort of comunications while on tournments because they player must be playing just alone and not getting info or using any sort of tools it´s player to play game and not player to player(comunity... etc...)
 MoxLotus24/06/2009 12:57:29 GMT
I agree with Nocively. You shouldn't be allowed to use any electronics tools .. your brain should do just fine.
 GeneYuss14/07/2009 05:04:53 GMT
I was watching poker after dark and Phil Laak pulled his hood over his head and Kenny Tran said if it was a real tournament he could get the tournament directer to make him take it off lol.
 scl197515/07/2009 13:45:08 GMT
i think the general rule should be no electronics at the table.esspecially in big tournament,you could cheat with your pro mates and take it down.corruption is everywhere.

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