Pokerwize Review

What do you make of the actual software?

Please Note: The Pokerwize site is no longer live. Please read our other reviews if you are looking for 3D poker sites to play at.

There is some logic behind the Pokerwize product.

The software enables you to do 3 things:

1. Learn about Poker though a number of tutorials.

These are actually fairly ok and offer an excellent introduction to the game for those that have never played or haven’t played for a while. UK players will be used to the dulcet tones of Helen Chamberlain, a well known TV presenter on the hit program ‘Soccer AM’.

2. Play poker offline.

This is another ok feature of the product. You can improve your skills by playing with the application offline. Ideal for those without broadband or who simply want to practice offline.

3. Play poker online

Pokerwize enables you to play online poker with other players in a multitude of single and multiple table tournaments.

A little background on Pokerwize ?

Despite these guys being new to the online gaming industry their product on first impressions looks ok.

As the technical team at PKR (a rival firm) can testify, producing a game to be played over the internet is somewhat different to producing one for the standard Playstation 2 or X-Box console.


So what’s their strategy then?

By providing tutorials and an environment to learn the game, it is clear that part of Pokerwize’s strategy is to take online poker to the un-initiated in the hope of then converting them into real money players. Their poker tutorials are ok and I’d certainly recommend them to those wanting to learn how to play the game.

There will be an added side effect which should be worth noting. In spite of what you may have heard, poker is ultimately a game of skill, rather than pure luck. It takes time to learn the game and even moderately experienced poker players can make fast easy money against rookie players new to the tables. It’s known in the industry as ‘sharking’ and results in players migrating to the easy money online poker sites. The Prima Poker network and Pokerwize should certainly benefit from this.

My real issue with the software, and it is a fundamental issue, is the functionality that exists between 2D and 3D tables. This is a critical issue and is a major weakness in the Pokerwize product. I very much doubt that the players on the other 2D sites on the Prima network can see that you are using Pokerwize’s 3D functionality (i.e. throwing tantrums at the table, pointing at fellow players, like in the image above). This to me appears to be a major flaw.

There are those that believe Pokerwize could license their product to other gaming networks, including the Microgaming network. This is an interesting option and I’m certainly interested to see how they get on.

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