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Bicycle Casino tries out Action Clock in Cash Game for the First Time Ever

Tags: action clock, Andrew Neeme, Bicycle Casino, Ryan Feldman.
Posted on 20 August 2018 by "T".


On August 17 Friday, the Bicycle Casino made poker history by becoming the first casino venue to use an action clock in a live-streamed cash game.

The Live at the Bike $100/$200 NLHE with a $200 big blind ante game featured players such as Dan Zack, Garrett Adelstein, Gary Raina and Nick Vertucci.

The poker world is excited to know if an action clock, an item that has become popular in poker tournaments which gives players only 30 seconds to act, can successfully be applied in a cash game.

Poker Life Podcast host Joey Ingram said, "This might be a really big game changer for cash games if the action clock goes well."

He's not the only poker personality to give his thoughts on this one.

Poker pro Phil Galfond said, "Shot clocks in tournaments are fantastic, so I love the idea of trying them in cash games. "I wonder if a clock would make an otherwise casual cash game feel too serious, but I think it's well worth exploring.

Johnnie Moreno, who was slated to commentate the game, said, "I'm excited to see it. I think it will be great for the viewers. More hands equate to more potential action. I think the players will be fine. It may add a level of pressure to their decision-making process which could lead to some big mistakes. I'm hoping it becomes a mainstay on all televised productions.

Poker vlogger Andrew Neeme said, "Absolutely love that they're trying it and really interested to see how well it works out in a cash game. I wouldn't mind it being even quicker, like 20 seconds. 30 seconds is much longer than the vast majority of decisions but it's a reasonable starting point. Somebody at one of my tables this week was relaying a story from a player who plays home games in South Korea and said they use a five-second decision clock. That sounds fun to me. I've played in a couple shot clock tournaments and have yet to use a single time bank chip."

The Cash Game Action Clock
The debut of the action clock, ran by Protection Poker, is something that is not being forced on players. As a matter of fact, Live at The Bike producer and co-owner Ryan Feldman said that it was the players themselves who asked for it.

He explained, "The players brought it up and I thought it would be pretty cool. I went to our casino management to see if it was something that could be approved. The players really wanted it so I pushed it and got it done. Once it was approved, I went to Protection Poker and we made a contract and here we are. It will be a work in progress, we'll adapt and update rules as needed to keep the best interest of the players in mind. Right now, it will only be for Friday games. If it goes well, we will consider using it in other stream games. It is a different player base in this game as opposed to the smaller games and we want to make sure it is not something that will scare away players. It's something we are open to in the future. If it does go well, then down the road, it could be something that is used in the regular poker room as well."

Feldman said he believes the friendly ambience on Live at the Bike should help avoid any problems. The goal is simple: to encourage players to play faster. The plan is to give each player five 1-minute chips to use during the first five hours of the stream. Afterwards, they will reload them with five more.

Feldman finally said, "We would love to be the industry pioneers for this in cash games, the trend setters essentially."



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16 comments on "Bicycle Casino tries out Action Clock in Cash Game for the First Time Ever"

 Gerimantas20/08/2018 10:54:00 GMT
I personally think it is giod idea to use time clock, because like in on-line tournaments you play it is help to have no such situations when players are using too many time to make some decisions and it is too slow to opay some games
 shokaku20/08/2018 13:36:53 GMT
But this is a cash game, where there are more decisions on later streets to be made, and actually: if i would have to face a check-raise on turn or river, i would like to have more than 30 seconds to think it through.
 Mober20/08/2018 14:19:46 GMT
Live play differs from the online one.
Having a clock in a live game is like they are trying to equalize some things.
We may see players wearing masks later on, trying to block the :face reading" Smile

But if you are going to put timer on live put more time. Thirty seconds is not enough...
 Calmplay20/08/2018 15:13:31 GMT
As shokaku mentioned above, you want to have at least 30 seconds to think about your next action is such case as we are talking about live cash games. I don't think this is necessary to be introduced in the casino.
 CALICUL20/08/2018 16:28:48 GMT
that means you are allowed to think just how much you want to lose important time and the other players at the table to sleep because one players will play and think much more. An absurd decision. There must be a clock and in important cases more time but not so much.
 bowie198420/08/2018 23:29:14 GMT
The reason they want a clock and timing in the first place because many players use the usual 'I need a moment to think this through' excuse to disrupt the flow of the game. No, they not gonna be able to check for signs in their opponents body language but if thirty secounds is not enough for them to make the necessary calculations about their odds in light of their position then they should stop playing live poker already.
 erru910720/08/2018 23:37:16 GMT
This is a really interesting aspect that I think should be implemented in a lot of live poker games, and not just cash games. It adds another level to the strategy that you can use and you can feel the pressure after someone has raised you and you need to make a decision quickly.
 doubletop77721/08/2018 07:38:51 GMT
This has got to be a good idea and it should get the games moving along nicely. I think that if you take too long to make a decision, it is probably going to be the wrong decision most of the time
 Mober21/08/2018 15:18:20 GMT
Almost all of the players are playing online also.
But them playing live tournaments is because they need something different besides the live interaction.
How much slower a game can be in a live tournament. or ring game, with no timer?
You have to take in mind also that the live games usually are highers in "stakes"
buy ins, prizes etc, so they cant be compared with online ones.
 bowie198422/08/2018 00:56:26 GMT
It's not that the game is slower but when you are on a live tourney with 20-30 minute blinds and one player takes two-three-five minutes every time he cannot decide to fold or raise it's a real bummer. Now if you have more than one player like this at the table it takes away any kind of enjoyment of the game altogether.
 pochui22/08/2018 18:26:45 GMT
well yeah I have to agree with the latest burst of amazing thoughts from bowie's head that it is a major bum when a drunk dude with piles of cash sitting there waiting to be invested into poker pros bank accounts takes a few mins every hand or making every decision just to try to understand where he is and what he is doing... major bummer
 bowie198423/08/2018 13:01:15 GMT
No I am serious. Altough I'm usually not playing live games at casinos but when we do it with friends there are many occurrences - especially if we gotten through a couple case of beers already - that somebody meditates on his decisions for long-long minutes. It's just killing the flow, makes you see/play less hands before the blinds could eat you etc. It's not fun.
 Gerimantas23/08/2018 13:05:08 GMT
Yes i too agree that what bowie and pochui say, because when i with my friends go to our local casino to play some blackjack it is same situation- drunk people take very long time to say what do next and also make stupid decisions
 misteriopj23/08/2018 15:28:40 GMT

It can be well taken by some players, while others when playing for cash there to make good decisions, there to put it to the test to see how it goes to the casino if its players see it profitable.
 Mober23/08/2018 17:14:39 GMT
If i am not mistaken in live tournaments, there are supervisors besides the dealers, that one
can ask to take some actions against a specific player.
I have watched live tournaments online, that this has happened.
When that happened, the supervisor, or floor manager, however they are called,
timed the player.

How many times is it that someone stalls in a live tournament in every single hand?
In other words i dont find this a good addition to live games.
 Tony_MON7ANA12/09/2018 14:25:08 GMT
It has been a long time since I played live poker.
Now I play only online poker and I am used to short thinking time (less than 30 seconds). People can sometimes unnecessarily overcomplicate things and make a decision that leads to an unfavorable outcome, no matter what.

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