WPT tournament players will have 30 seconds to make decisions for the first time in the WPT history. The winners of all tournaments in this season, and those players who won the main event in prior seasons, will automatically receive the right to play. In order to take part, they will have to pay the entry fee – $15,000.
The tournament will be broadcast on American TV and social networks. What is more, the organizers decided to take a chance and enter the time limit.
It was announced that this competition would be the first major WPT event to utilize a 30-second shot clock. Each player will receive five 30-second time extensions, being able to use them at any time leading up to the final table. The players will have an opportunity to take additional 30 seconds five times during the tournament.
The dealer will start the Action Clock as soon as the last card is dealt and reset it when the action is complete on part of each player. Furthermore, if a player requests a count, the Action Clock "may" be paused. The dealer will then count out the bet (total amount), announce it, and then restart the Action Clock.
This move has been met with support from some and protest from others.
The legendary principal founders of the WPT series, Daniel Negreanu and Mike Sexton, strongly supported the poker shot clock. Negreanu has been standing for shot clock for a long time. He believes that this move will give an additional impetus to the poker development, making the game more dynamic and "watchable".
Mike Sexton also voiced his support for this change: "…no secret I’ve long been for Action Clock. Glad WPT is trying it. I believe majority of players will like it."
However, Jordan Cristos has become one of the most vocal opponents and characterized this type change.
The World Poker Tour (WPT) is a series of international poker tournaments and associated television series broadcasting the final table of each tournament. Attorney/television producer Steven Lipscomb, who served as CEO of WPT Enterprises (WPTE), the firm that controlled the World Poker Tour up to November 2009, initiated this competition in 2002 in the United States.