What is Call the Clock in Poker?

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Last Updated: January 9, 2024

Call The Clock

Calling the clock is a rule in poker that prevents players from taking too much time to act. Although poker players don’t have a fixed timeframe in which they should make a decision, sometimes a player will take too long, and calling the clock is the only way to get them to act.

Once you call the clock on a player, they have to act within a set time, or their hand is dead and goes to the muck.

Call the Clock Poker Example:

You’ve faced your opponent with a tough decision with a big raise, and they’ve been thinking for a couple of minutes without making a decision. You can call the clock on them, and the floor manager will let them know that they have a set amount of time to act. This time limit is not predetermined, but will generally be around 30 seconds up to one minute.

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