PKR Launches Online Poker Encyclopaedia The Poker Wiki

The Poker WikiUnited Kingdom-based 3D online poker room PKR have launched a free “online poker encyclopaedia created by players, for players”, The Poker Wiki, which allows people from anywhere in the world to access a vast array of content on the world’s greatest game.

As with Wikipedia – the world-famous free, collaborative and multilingual online encyclopaedia – The Poker Wiki (www.thepokerwiki.com) will take its content from volunteers throughout the globe, while users can edit and update articles, as well as add their own, in what is a collaborative effort.

The website’s welcome page invites visitors to become “part of poker history today by uploading an article of your own”, so allowing poker players “everywhere to share their knowledge of the game with the world”.

Poker Room to Maintain ‘Hands-Off’ Approach

While PKR Poker have backed the creation of the site with funds, Dan Grant – the poker room’s media manager – emphasised that The Poker Wiki will run as a separate project as PKR maintains a hands-off approach to ensure that the encyclopaedia retains its independence and impartiality.

Grant also stated that the poker room collaborated with “a team of writers” so The Poker Wiki could get “up and running”, while adding that, “from now on, our involvement will be very hands-off” so that the website’s “future is now in the hands of the poker community”.

The PKR representative concluded by stating that he hopes the poker community at large “will pick up the baton and contribute content to help create the world’s foremost repository for all things related to poker”.

Numerous Poker Pro Biographies Already Available

Of course, poker pros can access their biographies – with ones already available on the likes of Doyle Brunson, Joe Hachem, Team PokerStars Pros Victoria Coren, Dario Minieri, Daniel Negeanu and Liv Boeree, Team Party Poker Pros Mike Sexton and Kara Scott, Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan and Phil Hellmuth – to make an edit, update or even create their own page.

As you would expect by now, the website has links to pages dedicated to all six members of Team PKR Pro – Sascha Walter, Scott Shelley, Marc Bariller, Sofia Lövgren, Vladimir Geshkenbein and James Sudworth.

Additionally, poker bloggers can supply stories related to their websites, event organisers can offer details on upcoming tournaments – as well as provide information and articles on past events – and even casinos can post tournament calendars, contact information and much more.

Several online poker sites  – including PokerStars, 888 Poker, Party Poker, Full Tilt Poker and, of course, PKR – already have pages on The Poker Wiki, while tours such as the World Poker Tour (WPT), Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) and Asian Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) also have dedicated entries.

World Series of Poker (WSOP) Page Sure to Develop

The World Series of Poker (WSOP) also has a basic page available already, but will – as with all the listings mentioned above – no doubt develop and expand over time as more and more visitors, and therefore editors, visit the website.

So far, as of 10:30 GMT today, there are 123 pages available in English, but expect that to increase dramatically over the coming days, weeks and months as further poker players, casinos, poker rooms, bloggers, journalists and fans make use of what should be a fantastic tool – no matter how skilled and knowledgeable you are.

Poker language, terms, strategies and rules can also be found at the soon-to-be indispensable website, with advice on how to play certain situations – such as the flop – sure to be vital to novices, as well as those with greater experience.

Website’s Future Will be Interesting

So, even if you do know your Texas Hold’em Poker from your Omaha Poker or Razz Poker from Stud, The Poker Wiki could still be the place for you.

I know I’ll be visiting often to see how the website develops as we at Poker News Report like to stay well informed on any new poker ventures…and maybe I’ll even add a few pages of my own, once I’ve take down the big one in Vegas!

Seriously, though, it will be very interesting to view this website’s hoped-for expansion over the years. Could it also follow in the wake of Wikipedia by becoming the leading poker information website in the world? Let’s just wait and see, huh.

The Poker Wiki’s complete main page greeting reads:

Welcome to The Poker Wiki – the online poker encyclopedia created by players, for players. If you are here to brush up on your poker knowledge, we have a great range of articles covering all aspects of the game – from history to strategy, players to poker rooms – with more being added every week. What’s more, you can be a part of poker history today by uploading an article of your own. Our aim is to become the number one poker info site on the web, by allowing players everywhere to share their knowledge of the game with the world. Just check out our User Guide to get started.