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PokerWize Review

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In February 2008, Pokerwize officially closed its doors.  For an alternative 3D Poker site, we reccomend players visit PKR Poker.com.  There you will receive 30% rakeback + bonuses up to $2000!!!

Dear Pokerwize Player,

It is with great regret that I write to you on behalf of the Pokerwize team to advise you that the Pokerwize poker room will cease to operate as of 15th February 2009.

I am however pleased to let you know that you can still enjoy the 3D poker experience provided by the Pokerwize software at Ladbrokespoker.com.

To download Ladbrokes3D poker go to.

http://poker.ladbrokes.com/en/3d-poker-install

We would advise that you withdraw any money from your account before the closure occurs.

On behalf of the Pokerwize team I would like to thank you for playing Pokerwize and wish you the best of luck with your poker.

David,
Pokerwize Team.

Review of PokerWize.com

PokerWize is one of the coolest, most advanced poker sites that I have probably ever seen.  I have to admit when I first saw the site I thought it was another 3D Poker site just like PKR Poker.  Anyway I finally decided to download it last night to see what all the hype was about.  When I saw the download was roughly 350MB (for the full version... there is also a light version available that is roughly 150MB) I became a little hesitant, but decided to let it download while I did something else.  It took just over 20 minutes to download on my DSL connection, so dial-up-users (if you still exist out there) BEWARE!  Once the download completed and I completed the installation I started the program up to see something that I had never seen on a poker site before, video and interactive instructions and poker training. 

First let me give you a little background about PokerWize for those of you that know nothing about this site.  PokerWize is owned by Playwize PLC an AIM listed company.  Playwize is a UK developer of several popular video games for consoles such as XBOX, PS2 and Nintendo Gamecube (including Constantine, Rogue Ops and Die Hard Vendetta).  The Playwize poker client runs on the Microgaming Network (Formerly Prima Network), which is currently the 15th largest poker network (averaging over 1000 players) according to PokerSiteScout.  Since they are on the Microgaming network, they are also licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission, ensuring your security.  Anyway, back to the review...

PokerWize really caters to all types of players from your beginner player who has never even played poker before to advanced players looking to play on the poker tables with some style.  After you watch the instructional videos (should you choose), its now time to practice your poker skills.  They have practice games where you can get a feel for the software before making that first deposit as well as Single Player game, which is like playing a poker video game.  Once you feel your game is up to par and you are ready to go win some money return to the main lobby and click Play Online.  The first thing you will need to do is set up your profile, then create your character.  PokerWize allows you to create your own player and customize everything including hair, facial structure, glasses, clothing and much more.  Here is a screenshot of the player customization interface:

Now that you have your player ready, its time to hit the poker tables.  I know a lot of you could care less what your player looks like, so if you aren't interested you can skip this step and you will get a random player.

The lobby was a little confusing for me at first, but once I got the hang of it, it wasn't too bad.  Here is a screenshot of one of two different view choices that you have for the lobby (as you can see there are a variety of different stats views, but the headings did not display properly for me which I found kind of annoying):


Once you pick the table you want, it will load in roughly 2 seconds (very fast compared to other 3D Poker Sites).  The tables have a pretty clean look, though the graphics are probably not as advanced as some other 3D Poker Sites.  This might be a good thing though, because PokerWize designed this with the poker player in mind.  The window sizes are fully adjustable, and you can run several tables at once if you like to multi-table.  One of the nicest features of this poker software is it is a statistical dream.  The software shows so many statistics that it practically plays the game for you.  It even has a built-in-odds calculator to tell you yours and your opponents odds as the hand plays on!  These calculators usually sell for around $50-$100, but they include it on the standard installation.  Here are some screenshots of the software:

PokerWize Table InterfaceBuilt In Odds Calculator

PokerWize has the following games all playable in 3D: Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Seven Card Stud, and Five Card Stud.  They offer a variety of sit-n-gos, multi-table tournaments and even have a cool feature where you can play poker ON TV!  The games on these tables are broadcast on SkyTV so your friends can watch you play poker from the comfort of their couches.

In Conclusion, if I were to rate PokerWize on a scale of 1 to 10, I think it would get a 7.8.  This site has more functionality than any other poker site out there and the best statistical tracking that I have ever seen from a poker site.  The tables have quite a bit of action as they are on an already established network, so finding a game should not be much of a problem.  I like some of the goodies included and think this is the best poker site out there for someone who is trying to learn more about the game or has never played poker before in their life.  This game not only provides the classroom to teach you the game, but it also has the playground to put your new found skills to practice.  If you are a very basic plain kind of person, you probably won't enjoy this site.  I found at times for there to be a lot going on that it got even a little confusing.  The graphics are really cool, but nothing to really blow you out of the water.  All in all I definitely think the site is worth checking out, and I am glad that I did.

PokerWize accepts the following methods for deposit and withdrawal:
Neteller, Mastercard, Visa, Diners Club, Switch, Solo, Click2Pay, Firepay, ECO, UseMyBank, Moneybookers, Ukash, Direct Bank Transfer and EZIpay


How To Earn WizePoints

Fixed Limit Ring Games
Blinds WizePoints™ earned per raked hand WizePoints™ earned per dollar raked
$0.05/$0.10 0.20 0.25
$0.10/$0.20      to       $0.25/$0.50 0.25 0.50
$0.50/$1.00      to       $2.00/$4.00 0.50 0.75
$3.00/$6.00      to       $10.00/$20.00 0.75 1.00
$15.00/$30.00 and up 1.00 1.25
Pot Limit and No Limit Ring Games
Blinds WizePoints™ earned per raked hand WizePoints™ earned per dollar raked
$0.05/$0.10      to       $0.25/$0.50 0.20 0.50
$0.50/$1.00      to       $2.00/$4.00 0.50 0.75
$3.00/$6.00      to       $10.00/$20.00 0.75 1.00
$15.00/$30.00 and up 1.00 1.25

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Pokerwize.com has ceased operations as of February, 2009.