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Poker Odds Calculator

Monday, September 27th, 2010 | Poker software | No Comments

The calculator below presents the odds for Omaha, Stud, Razz and Texas Hold’em poker. Simply choose your desired form of poker and then the number of players. You pick the cards for each hand in the field below the poker table. Then click "Calculate" and the odds appear. When you’re ready, start polishing your game at free online poker sites, this way you can practice for free before putting real money in the game. May the odds be with you!

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My personal experiences with Holdem Genius

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 | Poker software | 6 Comments

In this post I will tell you about my experiences with the poker analysis software Holdem Genius.

First a few words about the software. What is the sense of Holdem Genius? How could it help to improve your game?

Generally speaking, Holdem Genius is an odds calculator which gives you real-time betting advice based on the strength of your hand, your outs, the community cards, and what your opponents likely have.

I bought Holdem Genius at the beginning of September 2008. As you can see in the graph below, I lost a little money in the first 250 hands I played with the software (click on the image to enlarge it). How could that be?

Graph Holdem Genius report

Before you can use this software profitably, most time you will have to adjust the settings of Holdem Genius to match your personal playing style: making it e.g. more aggressive in late position or tighter pre-flop. Between hand 1200 and 1600, I tried another adjustment which cost me a little more money. But after that, I found the perfect setting for me.

Screenshot Adjust Holdem Genius

After I found the right adjustment, the software really helped me playing winning poker. In the screenshot below you can see a normal situation in a poker game: You have a flush and an inside straight draw on the turn and want to know your odds and outs. Holdem Genius shows you all that facts in a second, so you can concentrate on your opponents and not on the math.

Screenshot Holdem Genius

On the right side you see that you have overall 12 outs: 3 for a straight and 9 for a flush. You can also see, that your percentage of winning this hand on the river is only 19%. Therefore Holdem Genius gives you the advise to check this hand or, if the turn is bet, to fold. Your holecards, the betting advice and the strength of your hand is also shown in the middle of the table. A feature, which helps a lot if you are multitabling.

But there is one thing, that you must always keep in your mind: Holdem Genius is only an advanced odds calculator, not a “magic software” or a “miracle pill” that wins all hands for you.

There are a few limitations:

  • Holdem Genius can’t tell you if your opponent is bluffing or not. The software will only show you your outs, odds and winning percentages, but its on you to decide if your opponent has a hand or not.
  • Holdem Genius doesn’t track your opponents playing behavior. If you want to track your opponents playing style, you have to use a software like Poker Tracker or Poker Office.
  • Holdem Genius won’t tell you exactly how much to bet or raise on a strong hand. It will usually just say something like “Raise or Re-Raise” or “Check or call one small raise”. It’s on you to decide how much you will bet or raise.

In my opinion, these are just minor limitations of the software, which are in fact obvious. The benefits are much greater. Playing winning poker is much easier since I use this software.

Holdem Genius is for free. All you have to do is opening a new account at one of their partner poker rooms. You can get a free license on the Holdem Genius website.

If you use another software or if you have a different opinion, please let me know. Criticism and comments are welcome.

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Auto-Rate function now available in Poker Tracker 3

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 | Poker software | 4 Comments

In the new Beta 18 of Poker Tracker 3 the developers added a sadly missed feature from Poker Tracker 2, the auto-rate function.

Now Poker Tracker can automatically mark your opponents with an icon that let you easily identify them with one look as maniacs, bullys, sharks, calling stations, rocks or fish in the HUD-overlay at the table. That helps you to concentrate on the game and make your decisions easier. The auto-rate rules are thereby freely configurable. You could find many rules posted in poker forums such as 2+2.

Here you can see a table with a few players and their auto-rate icons. There are e.g. a rock and a calling station (the telephone) at the table (click on the image to enlarge).

Screenshot Poker Tracker Auto-Rate Icons

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Poker Tracker 3 Review

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008 | Poker software | 3 Comments

Finding your online card room and game of choice has never been easier than it is today. You can easily open an account and practice your cash game or play a tournament. But if you want to make money with online-poker you have to analyze your play and the play of your opponents. Most online card rooms offer the option of keeping hand histories stored on your hard drive, allowing you to analyze and improve your play. To analyze your play manually is very time-consuming and difficult. The easier way is to use an analyzing software.

One of the most popular analyzing software is Poker Tracker 3. Before you can begin you have to import your hand history files. There are two ways to do this:

  • Poker Tracker can import your hand history files directly off your hard drive as you play
  • For poker-sites that can’t be imported directly you can manually import them in the Poker Tracker database from hand history files you request by e-mail from the site.

You can automaticly import hand histories from PartyPoker, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Everest Poker, the iPoker Network and the OnGame Network. Once you’ve imported your hand history files and are ready to analyze your play.

You can view how loose, aggressive or tight you’ve been playing and keep track of how much money you’ve won. All of this information can also be broken down by individual session, individual month or day allowing you to find times when you’ve played particularly well or made big mistakes that cost you a lot of money. You also can analyzing your positional statistics. Do you fold your blinds too often to steal attempts or are you playing to many hands? You can easily find out these things with Poker Tracker.

You can also track how often you hit different poker hands and how often they are the winning hand, giving you a wider knowledge of how the game works if you’re just getting started with poker. If you have a question about any facet of your game, Poker Tracker can help you answer it.

One of the most useful functions of Poker Tracker is its ability to track your opponents’ play and show the statistics in realtime as a HUD-overlay at the table. Every player who ever sits at your table will tracked and stored in your Poker Tracker database, with all the same information available to you that you have on your own play. Poker Tracker will identify the maniacs, the bullys, the sharks, the calling stations, the rocks and the fish for you. You can individually choose which statistics will be displayed.

A fully functional 30-days trial-version of Poker Tracker is available at the official homepage. If you decide that the program is useful enough to you, the registration fee to unlock Poker Tracker is only $89.99.

At the beginning there where few problems with the HUD-Display and the hand history import, but in the latest release this problems are nearly resolved. The tool will be continually being updated. So, buying Poker Tracker will help you fixing leaks in your bankroll and as times goes by will help you to grow your bankroll and play higher limits.

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