Patrik Antonius wants to Ban Hoodies, Use Shot Clocks in his Poker Event

The Estonian capital of Tallinn is the place where the first-ever Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge (PAPC) was held, at the Olympic Park Casino and the Hilton Tallinn Park from April 1 to 7, 2019. The event was sponsored by Antonius’ brand new poker social media app called First Land of Poker (FLOP), which was launched during the festival.

Now that event has been etched in poker history, what did Patrik Antonius learn about hosting poker tourneys, and what things would he like to change about poker tournaments?

In an interview by a PokerNews reporter, he straightforwardly enumerated two problems he saw in poker and what he wants to do to change them for the better.

Shot Clock
The first problem he pointed out was the pace of the gameflow.

A shot clock (or action clock) is an item popular in live poker tournaments which allows players only 30 seconds to act. Antonius said the new and advanced shot clock allows players only 10 seconds preflop and 20 seconds postflop, but they get to have more timebanks.

Hoodie Ban
The second thing that Antonius would like to change in the live poker tournament scene is the use of hoodies and other apparel. A hoodie is simply a jacket with a hood commonly worn by many poker players. The jackets of course are not the problem, but when a player covers up their entire face with their hood so as not to give away tells, the thing is, it doesn’t make the game look fun anymore and it doesn’t look good for the audience when it’s aired on TV.

He strongly wants to ban the use of hoodies, scarves, sunglasses and other stuff, so he imposed penalties to players using such items to cover their faces. He emphasized players can still wear hoodies but they should not use them for covering facial tells.

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Here’s what some people think about Antonius’ ideas:

  • “I think he’s right there should be a dress code where you can’t cover your face and go in there looking like a clown or an armed robbery or a burglar or some kind of stupid outfit it’s a shame that people have to dress like that it’s a Series game there’s a lot of money involved in it and people want to be serious I think there should be a dress coat people shouldn’t dress covering their faces their heads all kinds of outfits on so forth they should ban that.”
  • “So no freedom in poker anymore, no freedom to protect your tells which I think every player has the right to do, since they rely on these tells makes the game harder, poker players don’t play for other people entertainment, they play for their own enjoyment and to make money, so i totally 100% disagree with him on this one.”
  • “He’s just being RIDICULOUS now! Who cares what players wear and how they control revealing tells. If you can’t read a player, then maybe you need to revise your methods. IMHO, I LOVE seeing players that have scarves, etc. that tells me with LITTLE to no history their bluff frequency is HIGH!”
  • “If you can’t control your tells, stick with online poker.”
  • “No one cares if you’re afraid of players you can’t read.. all part of the game, if you can’t handle it go play blackjack or something.”
  • “I agree. It’s his event, his rules. My home games have similar rules. My turf, my say.”


What do you think?

Do you agree using a shot clock in a cash game?

Do you disagree or agree with Antonius banning the use of hoodies and other items that cover faces?

Let us know in the comments below!



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