Cash game information: time bank, sitting out and disconnections

If you need to make a hard decision in a cash game, you can request additional time to think about your next move. This extra time will be deducted from your time bank.

What is a time bank?

A time bank is the amount of extra time given to a player to make a decision. When the normal time to act is close to the end, a 'TIME' button will appear. If the player has money in the pot and is connected to the server, the time bank will activate automatically. If the player doesn’t have money invested in the pot, they must manually click the 'TIME' button to activate the time bank.

Here's how it works:

  • Every player receives a time bank of 15 seconds pre-flop and 15 seconds post-flop.
  • For every 10 hands played at the same table, the player receives an additional 5 seconds in the time bank.
  • Pre-flop and post-flop time banks are independent of each other.

For example, if you've used 7 seconds of your pre-flop time bank during the first 8 hands of a cash game session, you would have 8 seconds remaining. After the 10th hand, another 5 seconds will be added to your time bank, making your time bank balance 13 seconds.

What happens to my time bank if I'm disconnected?

If you're disconnected, your time bank won't activate. Instead, you’ll receive extra time to re-connect. The exact time allotted depends on the situation and varies depending on the size of the pot in relation to the blinds. It can be as little as 30 seconds for a pot with only a few blinds equivalent and go up to 240 seconds for pots that are very large in relation to the blinds.

The amount of extra time allowed is chosen to ensure that the more important the decision, the more time the player has to return to the game. When the allocated time expires, the disconnected player’s hand will be folded.

What happens if I'm disconnected for a long time?

If you're disconnected for a long time, the system will automatically sit you out until you reconnect again.

There are three major rules for sitting out hands:

  • In a 9-handed Hold’em or Omaha game, the sitting-out player will be removed from the table after missing three opportunities to post the blinds.
  • In a 6-handed table, the sitting-out player will be removed after missing four opportunities to post the blinds.
  • In a Stud game, the sitting-out player will be removed from the table after missing 20 opportunities to post ante.

However, these kinds of removals only take place if there is a waiting list for the game and the sitting-out player is occupying a seat that someone else has indicated they want.

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