Time bank (tournaments & cash games)

When you sit at a poker table, you have a set amount of time to act, depending on the game you're playing:

  • Cash games: 10 seconds
  • Regular tournaments: 18 seconds
  • Turbo tournaments: 14 seconds
  • Hyper Turbo tournaments: 12 seconds

If you have a difficult decision to make, you can request additional time to think about your move. This extra time is known as the time bank.

How does the time bank work in tournaments?

In tournaments, the time bank available varies according to tournament type. It ranges from 90 seconds for a standard multi-table event to 10 seconds for a Hyper Turbo Sit & Go. You can find this information by opening the tournament lobby and selecting the 'Structure' tab.

How does the time bank work in cash games?

For cash games, the time bank on each table is 15 seconds pre-flop and 15 seconds post-flop. This will then increase by 5 seconds for every 10 hands you're dealt at that table. The pre-flop and post-flop time banks are independent of each other.

How does the TIME button work?

Whenever your normal time to act is about to finish, the TIME bank button will appear, and you can choose to activate your time bank:

  • If you have money invested in the pot (including antes and blinds) and do not act in the normal time, the time bank gets started automatically.
  • If you don't have any money invested in the pot and do not act in the normal time, your hand is automatically folded, and you're forced to sit out.

Keep in mind that the time bank only allows for more thinking time, it's not a protection against disconnections.


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