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Poker Tournament Clock Reviews

Here are reviews of poker tournament clocks and timers. Some are simple poker blinds timers that do little more than beep when the timer expires. Others are full-featured poker tournament managers that will assist you with the buyin, seating and moving players at multiple tables, time the blinds, calculate the payout, and keep league stats. Some clocks can be run over a network on multiple computers and/or television screens.

You need to decide what level of features you want in your poker clock. Some hosts want a simple timer that their players can see while playing the game. They want to start the clock at the beginning of their game and then forget about it until the game is over. Other hosts want to track the buyins and rebuys of each player, they are constantly entering information into a computer about which player purchased a rebuy/add-on or was eliminated.

Using a poker tournament manager/clock is almost a necessity if you are going to run a poker league. Several of the programs reviewed here will track the results of each game and assign points to each player depending on their finish. You can also track the winnings, and loses, of each player. You can use all this information for a championship at the end of the year.

Some of these programs will suggest a blinds schedule to use and all programs have pre-set formats for various Hold'em, Stud, Omaha, Limit, No-limit, and Pot-limit games. You can also set up your own customized blinds schedules and tournament formats and then re-use the same formats at a later date.

Please be advised that some of these programs can be a bit challenging to set up and use for the first time. You have to do a bit of work, entering player data and tournament data (buyin, rebuy, blinds, etc.) before you can start your game. Make sure you run through a test tournament before you actually use the program in a live game.

The clocks that are reviewed here range from full-featured stand-alone programs to simple little timers. Some of these programs have been written for local poker leagues and then released on the internet by the author. Most of these timers run in 1024x768 screen size.

The Poker Genie

The Poker Genie

The Poker Genie is a hardware based tournament clock that will help set up your poker tournament. The Poker Genie will set up your blinds schedule and tell you how many chips to issue each player. It will also estimate how long your tournament should last and it does all this within a minute or two. It is a blinds timer that also displays the current blinds and ante.
Read the full review of The Poker Genie ...

 
The Tournament Director

The Tournament Director

The Tournament Director is a full-featured donation-ware poker tournament clock and tournament manager. It is almost free and will probably meet all your needs in a poker clock. It has a fully customizable timer screen and also tracks players' seating, buyins, and add-ons.
Read the full review of The Tournament Director ...

 
Dr. Neau's Tournament Manager

Dr. Neau's Tournament Manager

Dr. Neau's Tournament Manager is a full-featured Java based poker blinds timer and tournament manager. Tournament Manager takes a bit longer to install and set up but it is well worth the effort. You can think of Tournament Manager as a beefed up version of The Tournament Director, with additional poker league and computer networking capabilities.
Read the full review of Dr. Neau's Tournament Manager ...

 
The Clock

The Clock

The Clock (Home Edition) is a poker tournament manager that is used in many professional card rooms and casinos. You might have heard of the author, Paul 'Great Brit' Westley. You might see him playing in the World Series of Poker and ... you might even notice that his poker clock is being used at that event!
Read the full review of The Clock ...

 
The Poker Planner

The Poker Planner

The Poker Planner will help you run your No Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament and is specifically designed to manage poker leagues. This program does very well at tracking players over numerous tournaments and printing league reports about those players.
Read the full review of The Poker Planner ...

 
Poker Tournament Manager

The Poker Tournament Manager

Poker Tournament Manager (PTM) is a full-featured poker clock and poker tournament management system. Even though it is full-featured, it is also one of the easier poker clocks to use. The program has excellent data entry screens that walk you through the steps needed to set up your poker tournament from start to finish.
Read the full review of The Poker Tournament Manager ...

 
All-in Tournament Organizer & Timer

All-in Tournament Organizer & Timer

The All-in Tournament Organizer and Timer consists of a poker timer and an erasable white board where you can write your blinds, antes, tournament notes, and final places. The box includes the timer, an erasable pen, an eraser, two buttons, and one page of written instructions. This is a timer and whiteboard only, it will not assist you in seating or moving players or any other tournament ...
Read the full review of the All-in Tournament Organizer & Timer ...

 
The PokerTimer.com

PokerTimer.com

PokerTimer.com is a talking internet-based program that runs on Internet Explorer for Windows. You run the program by visiting PokerTimer.com - there is nothing to download or install on your computer. It is very easy to use but includes all of the essentials for running your poker ...
Read the full review of The PokerTimer.com ...

 
DD Tournament Poker

DD Tournament Poker

DD Tournament Poker is a poker tournament clock and poker hand simulator. It will time your home poker tournaments but it will also allow you to play limit, no-limit, and pot limit poker tournaments against computer players and ... you can set up your own online poker tournament that other players can join in! That's right, you can host your own online poker tournament and invite your friends and family to play. You can then use the tools in DD Poker to analyze ...
Read the full review of DD Tournament Poker ...

 
Visage 300XT review

Visage 300XT

The Visage 300XT is a poker tournament blinds timer and message display. It is very sleek and sturdy and will certainly be the talk of the town at any poker tournament! The Visage will display your blinds information, the time of the day, and several customizable messages ...
Read the full review of the Visage 300XT ...

 
DB Dealer

DB Dealer Digital Dealer Button

The DB Dealer Digital Dealer Button is a poker tournament dealer button with a built-in blinds timer. It is meant to replace the kitchen timer or wrist-watch that you might presently be using to time your poker tournaments. It will certainly be the talk of the table as it moves from player to player. It's a dealer button, it's a blinds timer, it's a nifty little poker gadget!  ...
Read the full review of the DB Digital Dealer Button ...

 
Ultimate Dealer Button

Ultimate Dealer Button

The Ultimate Dealer Button is a poker tournament dealer button with a timer that also displays the blinds and antes. It will replace the plain old dealer button that you might currently use. The newest version of the UDB (Ultimate Dealer Button) is pre-programmable meaning that you can enter your blinds information and it will remember the information from one poker tournament to the next ...
Read the full review of the Ultimate Dealer Button ...

 
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ESPN Texas Hold'em Tournament Director

The ESPN Texas Hold'em Tournament Director is an electronic timer that is very similar to The Poker Genie. It looks almost exactly the same and has many of the same functions. Unfortunately, it lacks some of the more advanced features of The Poker Genie ...
Read the full review of the ESPN Texas Hold'em Tournament Director ...

 
Poker Ace

Poker Ace PTD

The Poker Ace PTD (Portable Tournament Director) is a small poker timer that is somewhat similar to The Poker Genie, except much smaller and more portable. The unit is operated by two AA batteries and measures 3.5 inches wide, 2.5 inches tall, and 1.25 inches deep ...
Read the full review of the Poker Ace Portable Poker Timer ...

 
EDB

Electronic Dealer Button

The Electronic Dealer Button is a poker tournament dealer button that incorporates a count down timer. It is about the same diameter as a normal dealer puck, but much thicker and somewhat resembles a flying saucer. It has an audible beeper plus flashing lights along the rolling edge ...
Read the full review of the Electronic Dealer Button ...

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