Minor Rule Changes for the WSOP
The 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) starts in just a couple of weeks and in preparation for the year’s most anticipated live poker event, the WSOP has made a few adjustments to the rules. Nothing here is revolutionary or significantly game-changing, but those planning on throwing down a buy-in or two this summer will still want to be aware of what’s going on.
Arguably the most notable rule change is to how calling the clock works. Previously, players must have been given a “reasonable amount of time,” defined as at least two minutes, to make a decision in hand. If, after that, another player calls clock, the floor person would give the ruminating player a minute to make a move with the final ten seconds counted down aloud. The clock could be sped up if it is determined the player was intentionally stalling.
Here is the new rule:
Calling-for-clock: Once a reasonable amount of time has passed and a clock is called, Floor People, in their sole discretion, may give the participant an additional 0 up to 30 seconds to make a decision. If action has not been taken when prompted by the Floor Person, there will be a 10-second countdown followed by a declaration or stopwatch alarm. If a participant has not acted before the declaration or alarm sounds, the hand will be dead. Rio, in its sole and absolute discretion, reserves the right, at any time, to invoke a clock or speed up the amount of time allotted for a clock. Any participant intentionally stalling the progress of the game or unnecessarily calling the clock will incur a penalty in accordance with Rules 40, 113, and 114.
As you can see, the two-minute guideline has been deleted. It is unlikely that there will be many clocks called quickly, but it is now possible for players to get the clock called on them if opponents feel that they are stalling on purpose or, say, thinking way too long unnecessarily.
The amount of time given to the player by the floor person has also been reduced, from one minute to anywhere from ten to forty seconds. Floor people have the flexibility now to call clock on someone themselves without waiting for a player to do so.
Other minor rule changes this year include:
- If a player makes an unclear declaration of how much they are betting, “the bet will be valued at the largest amount possible that does not exceed the value of the pot.” Previously, it was the lowest possible value that the bet could reasonably mean.
- Rule #109 was added to define the situations in which a player’s hand can be declared dead. No need to really list them out here, though there is one that involves what happens with a joker as a hole-card. Bet you didn’t know there was a game played at the WSOP with jokers!
- Rule #110 was added to give the floor leeway to retrieve mucked cards and make them live if management feels it would be in the best interest of the game, as long as those cards are obviously identifiable.
There are some other rules, but those are probably the ones that are of the most interest, even if they won’t come into play for most people. Happy WSOP, everyone!
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