Online Poker Tools to help you win more playing online poker if you are serious about online poker, owning online poker tools such as a statistics tracker and an odds calculator are essential. Almost every winning online professional poker player has both of these tools running at a given time.
Even though they are well worth their modest cost (roughly $70), it is possible to get these online poker tools for free! All you have to do is to sign up to a new poker room, deposit some money, possibly play a few hands, and the poker tool is yours for free!
Do not make the mistake of getting the wrong poker tools. I have paid hundreds of dollars trying out every poker tool available. Read my reviews to make the best decision.
I recommend running at least three tools when you play poker. I run Poker Edge and Poker Office always in the background; they provide immensely useful information on your play and your opponent’s play. I always have a poker calculator working, Holdem Indicator is my favorite for general use, but when I can I also use Holdem Hawk (when the poker room allows me!
Poker Office is a sophisticated online poker tool that I use instead of Poker Tracker. Used in conjunction with Poker Edge, I have a very powerful online poker statistics set up. It allows you to view the other player’s betting patterns and their statistics, as well as analyze your own play (like in Poker Tracker) so you can find weaknesses in your game. There are win rates, statistics reports and graphs and the ability to replay any hand, tournament or session. As far as I am concerned it is absolutely essential for online poker playing.
Poker Edge: There are a number of different tools which do a broadly similar job, but this is my favorite. The others are too difficult to set up and not reliable enough. Poker Edge tracks the play of a huge number of players so you can see statistics of everyone on their enormous database. This can tell you which players you want to avoid and who you want to play against – very important factors in making money at the table. I run this software every time I play poker and it has been very very helpful. Almost every poker professional has software like this set up! You are giving away a huge advantage if you do not have it. Like the others its free if you sign up for a new poker room!
Holdem Indicator: This is one of the very best tools out there. I recommend this completely. The free license is available when you sign up to many poker rooms listed below. The HUGE benefit of this program is that it enables you to see your opponent’s mucked cards at showdown! This is not illegal and you are entitled to see you opponents mucked cards at showdown, but some rooms choose not to allow this. This is very useful information as it can tell you what your opponents are willing to call you down with. It has made me a lot of money! Holdem Indicator also has a basic players tracking guide for classifying player that you are playing with. All in all this is probably the best poker odds calculator on the market.
Poker Bots: As well as being illegal in poker rooms, these are very easily detected. Once the poker rooms find out that you have been using a poker bot, they will ban you for life!
Hole Card Predictors: These are just plain scams. They do not work. Whatever the makers claim, there is no way to beat the random number generators that the poker rooms set up as the billion pound poker rooms hire the best mathematicians in the world to set them up and they are constantly changing!
View Your Opponent’s Hole Cards: In this scam, they send you software (for a large fee!) that you have to install on your opponent’s computer without them knowing, and have running whilst you both play. Then you have to dodge the poker room as they have tracking software and this tool is VERY illegal!
The aim of each book varies with its audience. Common types of poker books are illustrated below.
Poker books for beginners are a very popular form of poker book. These books are sometimes known as the poker handbook for all variety of players. These books tend to cover the history of poker, basic ground rules on dealing of cards and different varieties of the game. These books for beginners cover the common forms of poker and illustrate the “textbook” rules of playing the games along with common facts, practices and mistakes.
Another type of poker books is a book on the game techniques. This game is essentially a game of strategy and skill. Such books cover the theatrics of playing the game. They teach the player how to mask his emotions, handle situations, react to conditions and carefully manipulate the circumstances to his benefit. It preaches patience, self control and a great deal of bargaining with luck. Such books edge on the psychology of a player and are aimed at seasoned players.
Poker books on tournaments are another variant of the type of poker books. These are written by the “superstars” of the poker tournament realm. These books are aimed at poker tournament players and aspirants. They cover the different forms of tournament types for example multi player tournaments and the rules and trends of the different major tournament leagues of the world. These books tend to also be partially auto-biographical as the writers tend to elaborate heavily on their own experiences, wins and defeats.