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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2006
Very Convenient for home tourneys. I love my genie. Pros and Cons lists I find help others the best instead of a paragraph full of nonsense. Straigh to the point.

-Pros-

- Bright lED lights, can seriously be seen from

40 feet away (I've tried)

- New Genie can be stood up and places anywhere,

or can be hung on a wall

- 2 options on a tourney: customization, and preset

- Easily arranges tournament schedual and chip distribution

- Small enough to take with you anywhere

-Cons-

- Alarm is way to loud

- No on and off switch

- A bit expensive

Overall I think it's a good machine. Not a bad gift for the poker player who has it all. Way better than a kitchen timer. I think the price is a little too high. It should be $20 less than the adverstised price. I've seen alarm clocks that do way more and cost a fourth of the price. It's like a calculator and a clock put together. The best thing about this is the peace of mind everyone gets because there is no one asking about the blinds and how much time is left. Shuffle up and deal and don't splash the pot. Adios
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2009
We got this for my husband. He loves it, all his poker buddies love it. They all want one. We saw it on a few other websites, Amazon had the best deal. Great purchase!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2009
I love this timer, it's easy to use and to read. I only wish it could run on batteries as well so that it would be a little more portable. Another nice feature would be an on/off button, so you don't have to unplug it to re-set the timer for another tournament. Other than that, I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to add a little something to their home poker games!
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on March 3, 2010
It's unfortunate that I have to give this product such a low rating, because there are good aspects to this product. We used it in custom tournament mode rather than letting it set up a tournament for us, although I did test that a bit in a non-game setting. Mostly, it did seem to work as advertised. However, there were several issues we found.

On the good side, it does have a good, bright easily-read display. Also it remembers whatever custom tournament settings you put into it after you unplug it, at least for a few days (haven't tested this over weeks or months).

The main issue is that the clock ran very slow. We discovered this by accident during our first round when a clock in the house with a chime "beat" the poker timer to the top of the hour, and not by a small amount. A timing test using a stopwatch on a smartphone during the second round showed that when 30 minutes elapsed, the poker timer was still showing 1 minute and 20 seconds left in the round. Some jokes were made about being on "poker time" (think "tropical island time"), the clock moving near lightspeed, or suggesting we break it open and try to figure out to overclock it to get it back on pace. We did continue to use the clock by mutual agreement through the rest of the tournament, but it was disturbing that a modern digital timer would be that far off. Maybe I got sent a bad poker timer, but it made us question the quality of the product , considering what I'd paid for it.

Other issues were less serious, but are noted below.

As other reviewers have pointed out, the alarm sound is loud and annoying, although fortunately it only lasts about 5 seconds when it goes off and it would be nice if it had a volume control. Also people have pointed out the lack of an on-off switch -- you pull out the power plug. You do have to hold a button down when powering up to set up a custom tournament, and also to erase those settings.

An annoyance in custom tournament mode is setting up the big blind. When you program the small blind and then move to the big blind, it defaults the big blind to the value of the *small* blind, meaning that you'd generally have to change it. It would make more sense to default the big blind value to double the small blind (the typical value) to make the setup of a custom tournament much quicker.

The manual is understandable, although there are a few places where there were supposed to be symbols (indicating buttons and such) which were replaced with gibberish (accented letters) and you would have to figure out the intended symbol.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2009
very nice product. only bad thing is no volume control and no on/off switch. A bit expensive but amazon has it a best cost. All in all very satisfied with the product.
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on March 2, 2012
First of all, Amazon has the best price by far and whatever you do, not purchase itmes from poker gaming products.com They have a 15% restocking fee and have outrageous prices for their products.

Con: I find the Genie cumbersome to setup and yes I read and reread the instructions. First time customized setup and run the Genie, after the third level the big blind for some reason was equal to the samll blind. In order to edit it had to reset factory defalut and start over. Found this to be true antytime I wanted to make a change to the custom setup. Had to customize the Genie three times to get it to run the tourney schedule we use each week.
Why would anyone design an electonic product with no on and off switch? Craze!

Pro: We used the Genie last night at our weekly poker group tourney and it worked as it should and evryone thought it was great. All the numbers very visible at a good distance, don't know about 40 fee. Did not find the buzzer to loud as some have said. It needs to be rather loud to hear it above other noises unless you are in your own home.

If you do by one of these, get it from Amazon.
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on May 16, 2012
The timer has certain limitations which affect its usefulness. The main problem is that it will not allow you make a starting chip stack which contains fewer than 10 of any single color. My poker group likes to start with 1 blue, 4 black, 8 green and 20 red, so we couldn't use the chip function on the timer. The other significant problem is that it limits the number of players based on the amounts of starting chips and length of tournament when using the built-in schedule. In our case, it limited us to 5 players, when we often get 8 to 10. So, we had to ignore this function as well.

On the other hand, it does have a custom timer feature which allows us to create our own blind structure (based on big blind/small blind value, not chip color) and round lengths which works out pretty well for us. Considering the moderate cost of the timer, it is well worth it even though we only use the custom feature.
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on November 21, 2011
I recently purchased the Poker Genie for the home tourneys my friends and I play.

I have to say we could not have been more pleased.

Programing is SIMPLE. I don't understand the couple of reviews about programming being difficult or unintuitive. I felt it was really straight forward.

And if you don't want to program a custom tourney, you can simply input some variables about your game (number of players, number of chips etc) and it will set up a tourney schedule for you.

The alarm was not NEARLY as loud as I read in one review. It is fine and it only last 5 seconds.

The rounds can be paused and started easily .. it works perfectly.

If you are on the fence .. this is the timer for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2009
We have only used it a few times but the times we have it's been a nice product.
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on March 26, 2014
I use mainly the custome mode. I programmed it over a year ago and still works great. Haven't verified the slow clock issue but if it does run a little slow then just set the round timer to end sooner. Using this timer instead of manually using a stop watch type timer has reduced the game time significantly because there is no human error...timer just keeps on going. The tournament time is way way way more consistent which is great for those nights we have to be at work in the morning. I would recommend this timer to anyone who want to run a home tournament.
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