Genie: Professional Edition
Poker Genie is a great tool for home tournaments,
not only will it keep track of the round times
and blinds (which would be enough) but it also
goes above and beyond. Let me explain by harkening
back to the dark ages of home tourney poker. You
had several choices to track your tournament.
You could use your microwave oven, an egg timer,
or somebody's watch; in addition to posting your
blinds on a piece of paper that was taped to the
Those days are gone my friend! With
the Poker Genie you can easily track time, blinds,
and antes. The digital readout is so clear, my
blind as a bat wife could read them from across
our living room (about 25 feet) without squinting.
The Poker Genie is so cool it can even customize
the tournament based on your set of poker chips,
you tell it how many of each color chip you have
and it tells you the values of each chip. The
Genie then tells you how many of each chip to
give each player based on how long you want the
tourney to last. There is no more guess work resulting
in 12 hour tournaments and your wife screaming
at you at 3 am to...and I quote "get those
losers out of here". The Genie also allows
you the flexibility to set up your own customized
tournament for up to 30 rounds, you can even program
in breaks. Every time I take the Poker
Genie to a friend's house for a tournament
people always ask where to get one...and usually
ask if they can have mine...bunch of deadbeats!
If you don't like the Genie's suggestions you
can set up your own customized tournament; including
breaks, for up to 30 rounds of play.
Genie's signal when a round is over is loud
enough for the entire tournament to hear, which
is also great if you have several tables going
in different areas of your home. The Poker Genie
is also pretty durable, I intentionally knocked
it off my poker table to the tile floor, and the
Genie didn't even get a scratch...although I don't
recommend dropping it too many times due to the
There are some other similar products
on the market, but this one is the best of this
"hardware" niche of tournament clocks/managers.
There are also other software tournament manager
solutions that can be found that do an excellent
job, but if you don't want to lug your laptop
around with you everywhere, this is a great alternative.
Poker Genie is truly a fantastic product for
anyone who runs home tournaments. You can buy
The Poker Genie at ThePokerGenie.com
Review by Donald Key.
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