The Poker Genie Pro Edition Review
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The Poker Genie is an electronic poker tournament clock that displays the time remaining in the current blinds level, the ante,
and the small and big blinds. It is a blinds timer that will also help you set up your poker tournament. The Poker Genie will
automatically calculate your blinds schedule and tell you how many poker chips of each color to issue each player. It will estimate
how long your tournament should last and ... it does all this within a minute or two!
This is the third generation of The Poker Genie that I have reviewed. It is still the most useful poker tool
that I own and I have used it for every poker tournament that I have hosted since receiving it. I have my own custom
blinds schedule programmed into The Genie which means that I can plug in the unit and press one button to start my poker tournament!
After that, I never have to touch The Genie again. It shows the time remaining in the current blinds level, the ante, the small blind,
and the big blind. Most of all, it puts an end to all those "How much time is left?" and "What are the blinds at?"
questions from my players!
The latest improvements to The Poker Genie are ...
- Built-in feet on the bottom of the unit.
- Eyelets on the back of the unit to assist in mounting on a wall.
- Small improvements to the software.
- Better packaging.
The Poker Genie comes in a display package inside a cardboard shipping box. The Poker Genie measures 6 inches wide x 4 inches tall x
1.75 inches deep. The construction of the unit is excellent, it does not feel flimsy. The digital display seems water-tight enough so
that any minor beer spills should not be a problem. I have personally used The Poker Genie for numerous tournaments over the past
couple years - it has fallen on the floor (1970's shag rug!) three times from about 4 feet high. It hasn't come close to breaking
or cracking - it has never missed a beat.
The AC/DC power adapter has a cord that is six feet long. The second generation Genie came with an adapter with four sockets,
but the Pro Edition comes with only the one standard adapter. You will probably require an extension cord if you want to place
the Poker Genie on your poker table. The option to use batteries would be a nice feature, and has been requested from many users,
but is apparently not possible due to the amount of power consumed by the unit.
Setting Up a Poker Genie Tournament
Step 1: Enter Your Poker Chip Set Information
Input how many chips of each color you have in your set. You may have up to five starting
chip colors. Denominations may range in value from 0.01 to 50,000. I could enter the following denominations - 0.01, 0.05, 0.10,
0.20, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00, 2.50, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 200, 250, 500, 1000, 2000, 2500, etc..
Step 2: Enter the Number of Players in Your Tournament
The Genie will not allow you to input more players than your chips can accommodate.
I input what I consider to be a fairly common 3-color set of 500 chips (200/200/100) and the Genie let me play with
up to 28 players. I input a 4-color set of 500 chips (200/200/50/50) and the Genie let me play with up to 20 players.
Step 3: Enter the Starting Chip Amount for Each Player
The starting chip amount is limited only by the number of chips you have in your poker chip set.
Step 4: Select Tournament Length
You choose the length of your tournament by entering the length, in minutes, of the blinds
levels. The default length is 20 minutes. Each level must be the same length of time (this limitation does not apply in custom mode).
Levels may be set to any minute from 5 to 15 minutes and then in 5 minute increments up to 90 minutes. The total length of your
tourney is then automatically displayed, depending on the length of your blinds levels. The estimated tournament length does not
Step 5: Divide Chips Per Player as Instructed
The Genie will display how many chips, of each denomination, to issue each player to start the tournament.
Entering the information for all five of the above steps takes a minute or two. There is a
four-page help booklet included with The Poker Genie but after you've read it once, the help on the unit itself is all you'll ever
need. The 5 steps listed above are printed on the front of the unit and a colorful guide is printed on the back. The push-button
controls work well. The numbers increase rapidly if you hold the button down and it takes a matter of a couple seconds to input any
number. It's not finicky and the +/- buttons make it easy to input data. You can press the cancel button to alter the previous data
I entered the data that I use for my home tourneys - 18 players each issued 1,000 starting chips with
blinds levels of 20 minutes. The Genie displayed a tournament length of 3h40m which is the same result as the formulas on my
Poker Blinds page. It showed that a tournament with 5 minute levels will last 55m and
a tournament with 90 minute levels will last 16h30m! The Poker Genie seems to like a 15/9/7 T1000 chip distribution (15x$5, 9x$25,
7x$100 = 1000) but will use a 10/10/7 distribution if you have few poker chips. If you play a 1,500 chip tournament, the Genie
will simply add one $500 chip to that same 15/9/7 distribution.
The blinds levels it produces are very acceptable. My 18-player T1000 tournament results in blinds levels (small/big/ante) of 10/20,
15/30, 25/50, 50/100, 75/150, 100/200, 100/200/25, 200/400/25, 300/600/50, 400/800/50, 600/1200/75, 1000/2000/100,1500/3000/150,
2000/4000/200, 3000/6000/300, 5000/10000/500, 6000/12000/600, 10000/20000/1000, 15000/30000/1000, and 20000/40000/2000.
A good structure that is very similar to my own blinds schedules and the Foxwoods Casino schedules.
I use The Poker Genie with my own
custom blinds schedule, the T1000 schedule suggested on this website. The Genie remembers my previous settings which means that
I can plug in The Genie and press one button to begin my poker tournament! All my desired blinds, antes, and the time lengths of each
individual blinds level are preset and ready to go! In my opinion, the custom mode is the best way to make use of The Poker Genie.
To program my own blinds schedule, I simply plugged in The Genie and entered the time length, the ante, the small
blind, and the big blind for each level. It took me about 5 minutes to enter the data for each of my 15 blinds levels. Each level can
have a different time length. I like to make the first blinds levels of my tournament a bit longer than normal - this creates a
relaxed pace for any new players. I then decrease the length of the blinds a bit, later in the tournament, when I want to speed
things up. You can schedule breaks in your tournament by entering a blinds level with your desired time length but antes and blinds of
zero. You may enter up to 30 custom blinds levels and The Genie remembers your data, even when unplugged, so you never have to program
Blinds may range from:
- 0.01 to 1.00 in increments of 1¢
- from 1.00 to 10.00 in increments of 5¢
- from 11 to 100 in increments of 1
- from 105 to 1,000 in increments of 5
- from 1,100 to 10,000 in increments of 100
- from 11,000 to 100,000 in increments of 1,000
- from 110,000 to 1,000,000 in increments of 10,000
I stopped checking at this point, but it goes even higher
The display is easy to read in either high or low lighting levels. The timer display is
large enough to be seen by anyone in the room. My 45 year old eyes could differentiate the numbers from thirty feet away, the
maximum distance within my room. The timer display is red in color and just under one inch high (14/16"). The ante and blinds
displays are 10/16" high and green in color. After using The Genie for over a year, I have never had a complaint that the display
was unreadable, even by the most senior of eyes.
You can pause and restart the timer by pressing the Play button. The display flashes to indicate that it has been paused. At
the end of a level, the timer beeps and then immediately proceeds to the next level and restarts. You can view future (and past) blinds
levels by pressing the +/- (up and down) buttons. You can manually change levels by pressing pause and then using +/- to choose a higher
(or lower) level.
The beeper on the first generation Genie was not quite loud enough. The beeper on the second
generation Genie was louder and it seems as though the third generation beeper might be even a little bit louder. There should
be no problems hearing The Poker Genie beeper within your poker room. The beeper sounds and the display flashes for 5 seconds at the end
of each blinds level and then automatically restarts the timer for the next level - there is no need to press any buttons.
The newest version of The Poker Genie, the Pro Edition, has feet on the bottom of the unit so that it will stand upright on a
table or shelf. The feet are built into the base of the unit and do a good job of keeping it upright. There is little justification for
placing The Poker Genie on top of your poker table because the 6 foot power cord would probably get in the way of your players. The
display is large and very readable and the feet on the Pro Edition make it much more convenient to stand the Poker Genie on a
nearby shelf or piece of furniture, close to a power outlet.
There are new eyelets on the back of the Pro Edition to help mount the unit on a wall. The eyelets protrude from the back of the
unit, but do not face the wall, they face sideways. This means that you cannot simply hook the eyelets onto a nail in the wall. You
should probably connect wire from one eyelet to the other eyelet and then hook the wire on a nail or wall-hanger, much like hanging
a painting. The Poker Genie is very light and any small nail should work just fine.
The price of The Poker Genie is $69.95. The Pro Edition of The Poker Genie comes in much nicer
packaging than the previous versions. The cardboard box includes a six-foot AC/DC power adapter and a four-page instructions manual.
My manual had a printing error (reversed pages) but I have been sent a corrected version and all present shipments contain the
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You may return The Poker Genie within 10 days of delivery if not fully satisfied with the product. There is a 30-day
warranty against manufacturer's defects.
I use The Poker Genie with my own custom blinds schedule and it works fantastic! The Genie
remembers all my settings and I simply plug it into a power outlet and push the Play button to start my poker tournament. The
Poker Genie sounds an alarm and automatically advances from one blinds level to the next, meaning that I never have to touch it again
for the duration of my poker tournament. It works exactly as expected and my home players think it is very cool and very convenient.
The display is large enough to be seen by anyone in the room, even at a sharp viewing angle, and The Poker Genie will stop all those
"How much time is left?" and "What are the blinds?" questions. I highly recommend The Poker Genie to all poker
The Poker Genie is a quick and easy way for new players to set up a poker tournament. Experienced players will
appreciate the ability to use their own customized blinds schedules but for new players, it only takes a couple minutes to enter the
information needed for The Genie to set up a proper blinds schedule and determine how many poker chips to issue each player. The
suggested blinds are fine and the tournament length estimations seem accurate. Overall, The Poker Genie is very easy to use and can
get your tournament going in a matter of minutes.
Overall, the Poker Genie does an excellent job and I highly recommend it as a great addition to any poker room!
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The Poker Genie was out of production at the beginning of 2008
but is now available through various TradeMarkPoker affiliates.