Action Clock a hit at the WPT Tournament of Champions. Must see sessions at GiGse 2016. California horseracing industry is cool with millions in free money. And more.

Action Clock debuts to rave reviews

Those of us who have long called for shot clocks in poker may finally be getting our wish, thanks to a relatively issue-free debut of the “Action Clock” by Protection Poker during the World Poker Tour Tournament of Champions. The clock certainly needs a little more tweaking, but so far it has been very well received, evidenced by this column at by Lance Bradley, and this column by Donnie Peters.

The Action Clock gives each player 30 seconds to act on their hand, and each player is also given a predetermined number of “TIME” buttons they can use whenever they need to think about their decision a bit longer.

It’s a good start to speeding up the game, but unfortunately, it does little to hinder the real problem, which is people taking 30 seconds to make every decision.

Quick Hitters

– If you’re headed to San Francisco for GiGse this week I’ve handpicked six panels and discussion sessions you simply can’t miss. Over at, Becky Liggerio (who is always in attendance at these gaming conferences) has picked five panels of her own.

– With a hearing scheduled for later this week, the California Horseracing industry has come out in support of the state’s plan to give the racing industry a annual subsidy, worth up to $60 million a year. The millions in risk-free money is apparently enough for the racing to forego their previously held desire to operate their own online poker rooms.

– The latest installment of John Mehaffey’s  offshore online poker payment processing report has been posted, and if you haven’t checked this in a while you really should, as there are several significant changes.

– The Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma is now planning on an August launch for their online poker site. We’ll have to wait and see if they run into anymore resistance before then.