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goofyballer 11-29-2007 06:20 PM

What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
When mulling over a decision in a live game sometimes I hear a player say "time," and the dealer will usually acknowledge it by saying "time" or "player requests time." What's the official meaning of this? Is the player just saying "hey, I might be thinking about this for a bit?" If so, why does the dealer need to acknowledge this?

franknagaijr 11-29-2007 06:24 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
The decider has either 30 or 60 seconds to act or their hand will be declared dead.

whorasaurus 11-29-2007 06:25 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
it means the floor is coming over shortly to sic the clock on yo' ass.

dizzle98 11-29-2007 06:28 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
It does not mean the player is calling the clock. I believe OP is saying the person who's action it is is saying "time" which is an indication they are thinking. They are saying it and the dealer is repeating it so that everyone is clear on where the action is and what's going on.

that_pope 11-29-2007 06:29 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
When it happens in limit games at Casino AZ, it usually means a player has a tough decision, and is just being polite to the table by acknowledging that it is on them, and they are pondering their options. It isn't them calling a clock on themselves or anything dumb, just a courtesy that they are figuring out what to do, and not dumbly wasting peoples time.

Edit: Dizzle was more to the point than my rambling.

goofyballer 11-29-2007 06:38 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
[ QUOTE ]
I believe OP is saying the person who's action it is is saying "time" which is an indication they are thinking.

[/ QUOTE ]

Yeah, sorry I didn't word that more clearly. It's the player whose turn it is to act saying it.

DJ Sensei 11-29-2007 06:52 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
I think it has something to do with running and running to catch up with the sun. Unfortunately, its sinking.

pfapfap 11-29-2007 07:29 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
As was stated, it's a quick way for a player to say, "yes, I know the action is on me, I'm thinking for a second, please bear with me," without distracting the player or being unnecessarily verbose. The dealer repeats it as an acknowledgment to the player that it was heard, and to let the rest of the table know that action is paused and they shouldn't all start to act out of turn.

Keeping a low stakes game running smoothly can sometimes be like herding a bunch of 4-year-olds while chasing after housecats. Since nobody is sure who hears what, if you're taking time to make your decision, please say "time"... especially if you find the dealer is constantly staring at you or reminding you that it's your action, or if people are frequently skipping your action. And ESPECIALLY if you're wearing sunglasses and are prone to use those subtle balla hand-gestures.

Gonso 11-29-2007 07:38 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
It's also to prevent problems when people start acting after you by accident

I.Rowboat 11-29-2007 09:17 PM

Re: What exactly does \"time\" mean?
 
[ QUOTE ]
It's also to prevent problems when people start acting after you by accident

[/ QUOTE ]

This is precisely the reason why people say "time." AFAIK, it goes back to the original Gardena card rooms, and is insurance against people angleshooting you by mucking their hands out of turn before you have a chance to act, and thus killing your action. Many of the games used to be player-dealt (!), and with no professional center dealer to keep things in line and a bunch of rough characters, all sorts of things are possible.


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