Expansion of new Time to Act settings

After a successful trial of reduced Time to Act at $0.01/$0.02 we are happy to announce a wider roll out of new Time to Act settings at stakes up to and including $0.10/$0.25 for NLHE and PLO ring games. There are no changes to Zoom settings.

As mentioned in the previous blog post the $0.01/0.02 NL/PLO trial represented the first change in cash game Time to Act settings since 2013, and for that reason we were quite conservative in opting for a 12 second clock when pre-flop and not facing a raise. After analysing the results of this setting we are confident that reducing this to 10 seconds will have a further positive impact on speeding up the game without inconveniencing the vast majority of players.

The below table shows the difference between the current settings and the new settings:

Current Settings

New Settings: $0.01/0.02 - $0.10/$0.25 NLHE and PLO

Pre flop not facing a raise

18 seconds

(12 seconds at $0.01/0.02)

10 seconds

Pre flop facing a raise and post flop

25 seconds

15 seconds

The Timebank settings once the Time to Act has been used remains the same: 30 seconds initially, with 10 seconds added for every 50 hands played up to a maximum of 600 seconds.

The new settings will be applied on January 8th and we will closely monitor both player feedback and the impact that the change has on the games. Based on the results of the $0.01/$0.02 trial we are confident that this is a positive change which will result in a more enjoyable playing experience.


Dan Price
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