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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Here we will present some basic scenarios so you can see what your poker odds are of getting dealt certain cards or making certain hands. If you’re interested in some online poker calculators, visit our Poker Tools section where we have our own FTR Poker Odds...
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.”
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.
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...
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...
The scenario that we’re looking at this week is much more complicated with a lot of different moving parts.
Being able to calculate two or more EV equations at the same time is the focus of this week’s poker spreadsheet tutorial.
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...
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...
This week, we look at even more complicated scenarios and strategies on how to keep your poker spreadsheets organized and mistake-free.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...