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Using an Online Tournament Clock in Your Home Games - Live Poker Articles

21 April 2008, By:
In the past, a home poker game meant a cash game. For years, very few poker players had even heard of the concept of tournament poker. Modern poker is a whole different game.

Amateur poker tournaments are run all over the country at all times, both casually and more seriously. A tournament clock comes very handy.

Why Play a Home Poker Tournament?

In a live poker game, it's hard to control how much someone wins or loses. You can have a low stakes game, but if a player wants to keep pulling money out of his wallet, it's hard to say no. When you have a poker tournament, everyone is in for a fixed amount, an amount everyone can agree is reasonable. Furthermore, playing tournament style poker makes poker feel more like a "game," rather than just an attempt to get everyone else's money. Finally, it's fun to play the kind of poker that you see on TV.

Why Use a Clock?

In a poker tournament, blinds rise periodically. They have to, or else players could constantly fold until they picked up a monster hand and the tournament could go on for weeks. There needs to be a way to determine when the blinds get raised, which is where the clock comes in.

Why Use an Online Tournament Clock?

An online tournament clock can be found at various online poker sites. These clocks look just like the clocks used in real tournaments all over the country, only instead of being posted on big television screens in a card room, the clock is posted on your computer. Why use the online tournament clock instead of say, a stopwatch? For one thing, it looks cool. For another, it's free. And finally, it is the perfect touch to give your home game that professional tournament feel.

Next time you set up a home poker tournament, bring your laptop and try an online poker tournament clock. You have nothing to lose, and you just might find that your poker tournaments are more fun than ever before.


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  • Klaus Terman 29/09/2009 12:39pm (12 years ago)

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  • ali_immunology 14/12/2008 12:14pm (12 years ago)

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