Poker Software and Tools

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Published: 13/12/2010

To assist online Poker players in their games, software developers have been coming out with new applications, one after another. They run the gamut from simple programs that compute Poker odds to tutorials and highly sophisticated technology that virtually plays hands all by itself. Representative of this ever-growing line-up of Poker software and tools are the following products, offered here without specific endorsement or recommendation.

Cardplayer.com Odds Calculator – Calculates the odds for both Texas Hold’em and Omaha, available for free on the Cardplayer.com website. Hand information is entered into the calculator manually to receive exact poker odds for all hands involved.

  • Holdem Genius – This odds calculator attaches to the online table and offers not only pot odds but also hand strength advice. Its default settings are for Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, but it can also be used with more than 250 poker rooms. There are settings for how tight or loose the player wants the game to be, too, along with specific hand ranges for specific positions.
  • Holdem Indicator – This automated Poker calculator features the ability to view mucked cards. It also keeps track of opponents through an Opponent Stats display, recalling historical tendencies and categorizes your opponents based upon player styles.
  • Holdem Manager – This fully featured hand history program for Texas Hold’em provides game play statistics not only on opponents but also on the on the player. It offers analysis, graphing features, and dozens of filters for any conceivable scenario. An add-on allows it to be used for Omaha hands, too.
  • Holdem Manager Table Scanner – This add-on for the Holdem Manager (above) scans the lobby of an online poker site and reports detailed table and player statistics. This information can then be referenced from the Holdem Manager database to select tables where the winning opportunities are highest.
  • Poker Edge – This Texas Holdem tool tracks the player’s own statistics and reports when play is too loose or tight. It also monitors opponents and identifies their playing styles based upon the number of hands they play. Some initial manual input of data is required, but once set up, the process is mostly automated.
  • Poker Office – Consistently rated among the top online Poker tools, this graphical software tracks opponents’ actions and displays icons to help visualise their style of poker play. It also calculates odds. There are numerous filters available, too, for application to statistics for generating information on how players defend their blinds and other common situations. Mucked cards are displayed where possible.
  • Poker Pal – For those who play more than Texas Hold’em, this software offers odds calculations for Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7-Card Stud, and 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, It also provides potential winning hand and opponent strength analyses.
  • PokerStove – This Texas Hold’em calculator uses a highly advanced algorithm to fully enumerate complex pre-flop situations. It is said to be about 100 times faster than next fastest tool available.
  • Poker Tracker – This is another product with multiple uses, for Texas Hold’em, Omaha Poker, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7-Card Stud, 7-Card Stud Hi/Lo, and Razz. It can track, store, and summarise hand history data across multiple sites, offering useful statistics on raises made, flops seen, hand results, and opponent strength by position. Among add-ons available are Poker Ace to import stats and visually represent them as screen graphics and Sixth Sense, a form of table selection software similar to Holdem Manager Table Scanner (above). .
  • SitNGo Wizard – Also known as the SNG Wizard, this tournament software belongs to a new class of training tools that combine odds calculators with automation to help players select the correct play. The player’s hand history files are analysed so that any mathematical mistakes made can be quickly identified.

Published on: 13/12/2010

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