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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

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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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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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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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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Most Recent Poker Tools Articles

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 2 Players

Below is a table of Texas Holdem starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 2 player holdem game. These statistics were produced by using millions of hand histories to compute the following results. The unit for EV is average profit in big...

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.

The Proven Best Poker Training Books of All Time

Learning how to play poker correctly is a tough enterprise. Fortunately, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel — by reading the tips and advice of players who have gone before you, your own learning curve can be significantly accelerated.

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.

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...

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 4 Players

Below is a table of Texas Holdem starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 4 player holdem game. These statistics were produced by using millions of hand histories to compute the following results. Position Cards SB BB 3 D AA 1.99 1.97 1.92 2.10 KK...

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 9 Players

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...

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 3 Players

Below is a table of Texas Holdem starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 3 player holdem game. These statistics were produced by using millions of hand histories to compute the following results. Position Cards SB BB D AA 1.65 1.64 1.73 KK 1.37 1.32...

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...

Calculating Pot Odds in Texas Holdem

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.

Texas Hold’em Flop Odds

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...

Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 5 Players

Below is a table of Texas Hold’em starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 5 player Hold’em game. These statistics were produced by using millions of hand histories to compute the following results. Position Cards SB BB 3 4 D AA 2.20 2.26...

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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