New 'Time to Act' settings to be trialled

One of the most frustrating aspects of playing cash games can be making a disciplined fold and then having to wait for your opposition to play out a painfully slow hand before you get to make your next decision. Unsurprisingly one of the most common complaints we receive is about opponents taking forever over the simplest decisions... even going into their time-bank just to fold pre-flop!

With player experience in mind we simulated a variety of different Time to Act settings and have come up with numbers which will still allow plenty of time for the key decisions that require true brain power and thinking time, but will also significantly speed up the game.

This is the first change to our Time to Act settings for ring games since 2013 and for that reason the changes will initially be trialled at the $0.01/$0.02 NLHE and PLO ring games. There are no changes being implemented to the Time to Act settings for Zoom games.


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

Current Settings

Trial Settings: $0.01/0.02 NLHE and PLO

Pre flop not facing a raise

18 seconds

12 seconds

Pre flop facing a raise and post flop

25 seconds

15 seconds

The Timebank settings once you've run out of the Time to Act remain the same: 30 seconds initially, with an extra 10 seconds added for every 50 hands played up to a maximum of 600 seconds.

The new settings will be implemented on July 31st. We will monitor the impact that these changes have on the games and will, as always, listen closely to the feedback of our players. We seek to keep our games fun, exciting and engaging for all players but appreciate that there may be some players who are upset with the new pace of the game. However, we are confident that this is a big step in the right direction for the vast majority of players.

Dan Price is the PokerStars Ring Games Manager

Dan Price
@PokerStars in Inside PokerStars