Poker-Edge is a subscription-based product where all users share a central database of player statistics. The program is very powerful for those who know how to use the statistics, but it is banned on many poker rooms and somewhat controversial. You should only use Poker-Edge on sites where it is allowed.
Poker-Edge Full Review
While some players believe programs like Poker-Edge are cheating, there are sites where its use is allowed. On those sites, it can be invaluable. We don't condone its use on sites where it is banned.
On sites where Poker-Edge is allowed, it is a very powerful tool that will more than pay for itself if used correctly. Poker-Edge is a central database maintained by the company, but created by the subscribers. Whenever you have the program running, it is compiling statistics and adding them to the database for all of your fellow subscribers. Sitting down at a table and immediately having a set of statistics on your opponents, while they may know nothing at all about you, is a big advantage.
Poker-Edge displays those statistics on your table with a Heads Up Display, or HUD, much like PokerTracker 3 or Holdem Manager, although the system is not as clean as those programs and the HUD cannot be customized nearly as well. Those who play short-handed, giving them more space on the table to display multiple sets of statistics, find that using PokerTracker or Holdem Manager alongside Poker-Edge gives them the best results. Here is a quick look at the table view while using Poker-Edge:
AutoLookup Window helps you find profitable tables. Green are weak players and red are tough. Here is a sneak peek at what that looks like:
One of the biggest negatives to Poker-Edge is the stats you give on yourself. While you are a subscriber, your stats won't show up, but should you choose to let your subscription lapse, all of the hands you have played are in the database and available for other subscribers to use against you. This can be a problem when you have had a subscription for a few months and played thousands of hands, giving Poker-Edge users a large advantage over you.
We would love to see the sites that choose to ban the program find ways to stop its use or just allow it. Anything would be better than the current status of a banned program that thousands of players use anyway, often without consequence. We would also love to see the creators of this program stop offering ways to work around the rules of the sites that have banned it, effectively encouraging cheating, but the majority of the program's use is on sites that have banned it.
The creators of Poker-Edge told us, "If you ask your fried how somebody at your table plays, and he tells you, is it cheating? Even if you have never played a hand with that person and now you know about his style? All of the information compiled is publicly available simply by watching the tables. Overall, Poker-Edge is a solid product and does exactly what it is designed to do. Give it a shot and see what you think."
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Constantly crashes. Stat boxes fail to update for new players, so soon you are playing against a table full of players with a different players stats under each. This actually cost me money until I realized what was going on. I have tried multiple versions of PE (incl. PE5) over many months and all had the same problems.