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Poker Strategy: Poker Tools

Improve your game by learning how to use the tools of the trade.

Poker Tools

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

Hand Converter

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!

Hand Converter Database

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.

Bankroll Management Calculator

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.

Bankroll Management Spreadsheet

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.

Poker Odds Calculator

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!

Tournament Trimmer

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 Videos

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!

Featured Poker Tools Articles

Bankroll Management 101

Bankroll Management Calculator Current Bankroll: Show Clear Cash — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 40 BUY-INS Recommended — 20 BUY-INS Risky MTT — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 75 BUY-INS Recommended — 40 BUY-INS Risky SnG — 75...
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Study Poker With Spreadsheets (Part 1): The Basics

The math involved in poker analysis turns a lot of people off, but using spreadsheets can make life much easier.

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How to Review Your Sessions

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.

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Poker Notes Live Premium Review

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...
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Most Recent Poker Tools Articles

Texas Calculatem Odds Calculator

Below is a nice write-up provided by Texas Calculatem that explains the benefits of using a poker odds calculator while playing online Texas Holdem poker. How To Use An Odds Calculator To Win More Money At Online Poker Do you use a poker odds calculator? I sure hope...

Optimizing Your Sessions With Simple Routines

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.

How to Review Your Sessions

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.

Do You Need Poker Tracking Software to Make Money?

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.”

Hand History Converter

You can use our hand history converter to make your hands easier to view and share with other players. Poorly formatted walls of text make for difficult reading, but our converter will take your hand histories from a number of leading online poker rooms and improve their appearance.

Pocket Pairs and Over Cards Chart

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...

Bankroll Management 101

Bankroll Management Calculator Current Bankroll: Show Clear Cash — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 40 BUY-INS Recommended — 20 BUY-INS Risky MTT — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 75 BUY-INS Recommended — 40 BUY-INS Risky SnG — 75...

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 10 Players

Below is a table of Texas Holdem starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 10 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...

SNG/Sit & Go Shark

Sit N Go tournaments offer more excitement than traditional ring games. But the strategies required to successfully win are different than in other forms of poker. Learn how to use Sit & Go Shark to improve your game and start taking down the top prizes.

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 8 Players

While you should choose your ranges based upon game dynamics and your personal playing style, it’s sometimes helpful to see the average value of different starting hands. In this chart, we’ve compiled the EV of different cards across millions of hands in 8-player games.

Mac Supported Poker Rooms

Mac users don’t have it easy when it comes to online poker. But before you begin to weep uncontrollably into your ergonomic keyboard, pause for a moment and take stock. We may not be afforded the attention lavished on our Windows-using compatriots, but things aren’t...

iPhone Online Poker How-To

You can easily play poker on your iPhone or other iOS device. Despite the fact that Apple doesn’t like gambling apps in its app store, you can use three simple techniques to start playing almost immediately. Remember to use a reliable connection when playing for real money.

Poker Notes Live Premium Review

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...