Poker Strategy: Poker Tools
Improve your game by learning how to use the tools of the trade.
Gone are the days when grizzled road gamblers would deal out hundreds of flops to try to calculate what the percentages were. Today, there are plenty of sophisticated tools that allow you to improve your game away from the tables without having to do all the calculations yourself. Some of them are indeed software products, but there’s a lot of info to be gleaned from books, charts, and other physical media. The more time you put into studying and educating yourself, the better your long-term results will be, just like in almost any other field of human endeavor. The proper use of some of these resources is self-evident, but with others, you might be a bit confused at first. Fortunately, our articles will demonstrate the right way to get the most out of these tools. Making money is fun, and we’re here to help you have as much fun as possible.
Popular Poker Tools
If you’re playing poker online, be sure to use our Hand History Converter to produce friendly output for our poker forum or other forums on the internet!
There have been nearly 2 million hands converted using the FTR Hand Converter! This hand database will allow you to search through every single one of them!
Note: This feature is still in development.
We’ve developed a simple tool where all you need to do is enter your current bankroll, and we will recommend which level you should play. It will calculate conservative, recommended, and risky stakes for cash games, SNG, and tournaments.
This Excel spreadsheet was put together by one of our members to help you manage and monitor your poker bankroll and keep track of your balances.
This free online calculator is very versatile, allowing you to choose one of several differ poker game variations, assign cards to multiple players, specify the cards on the board (flop, turn, etc.), set aside dead cards and then post the results in any forum or blog. Our new graphical interface allows you to simply click on the card images and have the odds of any scenario in seconds!
Reviewing the hand histories for an entire tournament, or even Sit-n-Go, is extremely tedious, particularly because you aren’t even involved in 75% of the hands! The FTR Tournament Trimmer rectifies this problem by condensing all the hands that are folded pre-flop into a single line of text describing the action and the hero’s chip stack to initial pot ratio. In essence, this poker tool trims the tournament hand history to actually make it useful!
Poker strategies demonstrated in audio-video format. Our video library is free and shows some of our senior members in action, narrating as they play!
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Poker tracking software has become increasingly common lately. This leads to the question: Can a player succeed at higher levels without using a HUD or other software? What if the player is only playing a single table? The answer, as it should always be, is “it depends.”
This article explains the relationship between iPhone/iDevices and online poker. It also explains the current problems with playing poker on your iPhone. If you would like to read our detailed how-to article explaining how to play poker through your iPhone, please...
Working on preflop ranges can be difficult because you’ll almost never have a valid sample size. Check out these results from millions of 7-handed Texas Hold’em tables to see what hands are profitable for other players and what hands lose money.
Have you ever wondered what the percentage and odds are of certain poker hands? How much of a favorite are you with Aces against Kings? How often will the flush draw hit and crack your Queens? Is the best hand on the flop ever an underdog? We answer all of these...
Establishing a set of routines to perform before you begin playing poker will produce long-term, positive results. By properly training your body, you’ll be able to condition your involuntary responses to make you calm, focused and ready to play whenever you want to.
Pot odds are something that every poker player must become familiar with. You need to learn how to use the size of the pot, the size of the bet facing you and the number of outs you have to determine if you can profitably call. After you’ve mastered pot odds, move on to implied odds.
By using PokerTracker or Hold’em manager to review your play, you can make valuable improvements to your poker game. Interpreting statistics, reviewing hand histories and analyzing your opponents’ leaks are just three of the ways to use these tools to your advantage.
Below is a table of Texas Holdem starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 9 player holdem game. These statistics were produced by using millions of hand histories to compute the following results. The below chart is very interesting because you can...
Pocket pairs can be great hands in Texas Hold’em. High pairs like AA and KK can win pots without improving. Lower pairs like 22 and 33 often need help but when it arrives the hand can be dominant. For example if you hold 22 then the odds of flopping a set are...
It is often said that poker is a game of partial information. As the betting commences pre-flop, we gain information on our opponents hand. However, in reality, we have no true way of knowing the cards that our opponent holds, except that he cannot hold the cards that...
You need to learn the odds of completing common drawing hands in order to have any chance at the poker tables. Memorize the chart contained in this article or at least learn how to approximate your chances by applying a simple formula. There are also software tools that allow precise calculation.
This week, we look at even more complicated scenarios and strategies on how to keep your poker spreadsheets organized and mistake-free.
FTR recently gave the app Poker Notes Live a closer look to see if it would be worth recommending for live poker players. To sum it up in one short sentence, yes we do recommend the app and find it to be useful for live grinders. For the longer version, read our...
If you’re interested in some online poker odds calculators, check out our Poker Tools section where we have our own FTR Poker Odds Calculator and some recommendations of great online poker tools that can help you on the fly while playing online! Pyroxene’s...