I was fortunate enough to get a seat in the audience at the Commerce Casino PPT Invitational where Daniel, Erik Lindgren, Chris Bigler, Asher Derei, Dennis Waterman, and Allen Krell faced off at the final table. The top 3 places paid. Krell went home within minutes of the start of the event and it was clear that Asher and Dennis, the two shortest stacks were just trying to sneak into the money. Both played very tight and went home 5th and 4th. Then the real excitement began. --back to the topic.The biggest hand of the whole event was when daniel and erik faced off while bigler sat back and watched. Below is how Mike Paulle of pokerpages.com wrote about the event---Three handed, Erick made it 45k to go from the button [2,000 ante; 8,000sb; 16,000bb if i remember correctly]. Chris called from the small blind. Daniel asked the crowd if he should call from the big blind, as well. Of course, they said yes. ďItís your fault if I go broke,Ē Daniel thought he was joking. The flop is J 8 2 rainbow. Daniel and Chris check from the blinds. Erick makes it 80k from the button. Chris folds. Daniel checkraises another 150k. Erick takes very little time to go all-in covering Daniel. Negreanu canít decide what to do in the two minutes allotted to him. His hand is killed, as are his chances to win this event.--- (http://www.pokerpage....php?itemid=153
).The shot clock he is referring to is a 90second timer and players are allotted one 30second extension of it. Daniel used his on this hand. But when the action was initially passed to him after erik's big re-reraise, I looked up at the clock and it was already down in the low-mid 70s (it should have started at 90). I'm pretty sure
he was screwed out of a good 10-15 seconds or more in making this decision. The person running the clock had made a small mistake or two earlier in the tournament that had no effect on the game. The person on the microphone just had to remind them to reset the clock. But this time it went unnoticed.When Daniel was knocked out on the next hand, Erik told him he had bluffed the big pot before. We'll have to wait until it's televised to see if that's true.Would the extra few seconds have been enough for daniel to make his decision? Probably not. But if the PPT/WPT want to use the clock, they need to be VERY sure the person running the timer is awake. As Mike Paulle said, when that time ran out, so did Daniel's chances of winning. Anyone else have an opinion of the shotclock in tournament poker?