If your home games are like mine
you track round levels with a small kitchen "egg"
timer or your microwave oven clock. The
Ultimate Dealer Button (UDB) is the solution
to the problems with these methods, not only does
it keep track of time it also tracks the blinds
and antes for up to 10 rounds of tournament play!
Dealer Button takes the place of your regular
dealer button and can be customized for your tournament
for up to 10 rounds. Each round can be independently
set to last from 1 second to 99 hours/99 minutes
and the blinds and antes can be set from 1 to
999k chips. If you can set a digital clock, you
can setup the UDB, the entire process for a 10
round tournament took me approximately 5 minutes.
The tourney setup is also saved if you want to
run the same tournament structure again. I tested
it out in two 7 person Sit-N-Goes and it worked
great. The beeping when a round ends was audible
over people talking at the table and all you have
to do to start the next round of blinds is push
the start button twice (once to turn off the alert
and once to start the next round). You don't have
to setup each round when the previous round ends,
which was a major weakness in the older version
of the button.
The UDB is also very durable, I pretended I was
Hellmuth and took a bad beat; I flung the button
against a wall then took it outside and punted
it into the street. The only negative that happened
was my neighbor's calling the police and I spent
the night in jail; however, the button still worked
fine and only had a couple tiny scratches in the
plastic. The only thing missing from the UDB is
a sticker for the back of the button that explains
how to set up the tourney since there is a very
slight learning curve when getting it set up.
Also, when I press the red on/off button using
my entire thumbprint, the button sometimes doesn't
turn on; I guess the pad of my thumb doesn't press
the button down far enough; this is easily rectified
by pressing the button with your thumbnail.
The UDB is ideal for small home tournaments or
impromptu sit-n-go's with your poker buddies.
It easily fits inside my poker chip case and can
be used anywhere since it runs on battery power.
It isn't a great solution if you run a large multi-table
tournament since the screen obviously cannot be
seen by everyone in the tourney and you can only
preset 10 rounds, but for the vast majority of
home games the button does it's job extremely
The Ultimate Dealer Button retails for $29.99
and can be purchased at UltimateDealerButton.com
Review by Donald Key.
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