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I'd like to recommend a similar software to PokerStove, which is also free, it's called HoldemViewer, it's interface looks similar to PokerStove, it cannot calculate equiy with board cards, however it has other very useful functions like it can show the odds for all preflop hands one by one in a window vs. It's funny to me now how things started to move better when I started taking table selection more seriously, out of those 19 things you talked about last week there aren't as many as I'd thought I'd have to work on. To de-select a yellow hand, click it again. It is also free. Jorge Volante 30 September.
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The first one, "Cards," lets you select two specific cards for the player. If you dislike keyboards or feel more comfortable picking them from a list, this is where you do it. You can only pick two cards in this first tab. If you want to select a specific range, you can switch to the "Pre-flop" tab in Poker Stove.
This tab, unlike the last one, is extremely useful for everyone. It lets you do two things: It lets you easily input specific ranges, and it lets you play with the slider and see more specifically which hands get included as you increase someone's range. So you have someone at your table who plays half of his hands.
Now you can select specific starting hands to add to your opponent's range. The cards included in your selected range are marked yellow, plus the specific hand that you've currently selected is purple. To de-select a yellow hand, click it again. If you want to undo your current selection, press "shift" and click it again.
This will make it yellow. Now release shift and click on the hand one more time to remove it from your selected range.
Hold down the Alt-key and press any hand. This means any 8 with an offsuit kicker better than 4 but lower than 8 , i. If I raise, he calls and he checkraises an A flop - which he would with any pair - how good are my pocket kings likely to be? This is done by putting in your opponent's standard range, and from there select your own cards in a way that makes your hand just one step weaker than the hand you're interested in.
Let's look at an example. Input your opponent's range, and that board into Stove. Then invent a turn and a river that would give him a flush, but give yourself the second best hand.
Here, I've given myself QJ, which would make the nut straight, and then filled the board in a way that the only way my opponent can beat me is if he has a flush. Be careful that you don't accidently make some other hand the nut, other than the one you want to check if he's drawing to. In the example I used above, be careful not to pair the board! When you're using this technique, be careful not to "waste" too many of your opponent's outs in the process of filling out the board; it will skew the results.
With flushdraws and such, it doesn't affect the outcome very much, but it will definitely have an impact on draws with few outs. If you want to know how often your opponent holds specifically AA, it's prudent to use a board that doesn't otherwise interfere with his holdings.
For instance, removing all hands that contain deuces, and also specifically from his range which shouldn't change the percentages much allows you to compose a board of and then give yourself KK, and then run the simulation. If you have KK on a board if he has no deuce and not , it's only specifically AA that can beat you. How often does my opponent have two-pair or better on a Kh-9d-5d flop?
This is trickier than it might look, since you need to dodge the possibility of him "improving" when you add your dummy turn and river cards. This is somewhat similar to the trick of checking for AA, in that you remove cards from your opponent's range to make the simulation work. On a K flop, you could again remove all hands containing deuces and treys which should rarely be a big part of an opponent's range anyway , then make the turn and river be a deuce and a trey.
Then, give yourself TPTK, and run the simulation. In closing, this "trick" with PokerStove is very powerful in that you can start building an idea of how likely a flushdraw given a certain starting range is. One of the things you may notice if you start playing around is that given a tight starting range, a flushdraw is only about half as likely on a broadway flop as it is on a rag flop! The reason for this is that if your opponent is tight, he's likely to play only the big suited cards.
It really is a wonderful tool. It's common human error to think that our power of estimation is good, when in fact it often sucks.
We look at a situation and we try to gauge how likely we are to win and often we're wrong. One way to sharpen how well we estimate these things is to use PokerStove to get a feeling for different situations. In terms of hand analysis, especially in a poker forum like CardsChat or others, being able to reduce a certain problem to just a matter of what we think our opponent's range is, is invaluable.
Advice is often given by people who guess what the villain in the hand has, and then guesses what our chances of winning are, and then guesses what the best course of action is. Since the margin of error grows exponentially with every new operation that has an innate error, doing three operations with large margins of error means that the end result probably isn't too reliable.
Being able to reduce the margin of error for some of these operations is awesome. Being able to almost completely remove it is spectacular.
It's very rare I think it's happened twice that I've used Poker Stove while playing to solve a hand that I'm currently on the clock in. In other words, I use it exclusively for offline analysis and study. I often look something up and find that I'm surprised by the outcome.
Every time that happens, I've become a stronger player as I am now armed with a new piece of information. I expect that it will be quite a while before I stop being surprised by outcomes in PokerStove, despite having worked with it quite a lot in the last year. There's no doubt in my mind that it's one of the best tools available for learning to play solid poker. The only thing you need to have in order to run it is a PC, some spare time and a healthy dose of curiosity.
Then start running simulations. How good IS jack-ten suited versus AA? What if you flop a pair? The percentage that you're inputting is the top number of hand combinations. Suited connectors such as AKs and pocket pairs are more rare combinations than offsuit hands like AJo, taking the 17 best starting hands would actually only constitute about 7. For most applications, this is not that useful to keep track of, but it is worth being aware of. Odds are you'll love this poker calculator.
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CardsChat is an online poker community of , members in countries. Why more than , poker players have joined CardsChat Quickly improve your game. I have heard good things about Equilab before and I just tried it out myself. It looks great and I have added a link to it in this article. Hey Nathan, have you tried StarsHelper? Hey Andres, I used StarsHelper many years ago when it was free. I didn't even know that they went to a paid model.
I really would not want to comment on it since I haven't used it in so long. But if it has all of the options that you want and is updated promptly when poker sites change their software, then it sounds like a good alternative and cheaper.
I recommend Table Optimizer. Its like TN2 but itse cheaper and gets the job done. On another subject, Nathan your posts seems more frequent theses last days. Glad to see you sharing with us your thoughts, recommentations and I hope you keep up with it. I think you have hit the golden balance between volume of info, frequency of messages and depth of ccontent.
I actually am thinking of taking your posts and creating a book of them, having it in my tablet to read like a book or so. That is how good I think your posts are. By the way, PokerStove has long been discontinued. I also have seen Equilab nice one , but if you or anyone else has any good alternative recommendation, please share it with us. Hey Thanos, thank you so much for the kind words! I have had a few other people suggest putting my posts together into a book.
I may get around to doing that one day and offer it for free or as newsletter signup gift. I have updated the link to PokerStove in this article. Hopefully this one works for you. I have also included a link to Equilab. I agree that it is a good alternative. I'd like to recommend a similar software to PokerStove, which is also free, it's called HoldemViewer, it's interface looks similar to PokerStove, it cannot calculate equiy with board cards, however it has other very useful functions like it can show the odds for all preflop hands one by one in a window vs.
I wish I could use table ninja on Bovada even though it's 4 tables max. At least I can use pokertracker, but the stats only last until the sessions end so never a big enough sample size for anything other than the basics.
Heyo Nathan long time Reader big time Fan great read, I would just like to say that maybe you should add the new jivaro Hud with it's seamless design and functionality it truly looks like the future for what a Hud could be. Anyways hope Thailand is still going well I myself and considering moving there as poker is more of a hoby for me but I work online and can work anywhere in the world.
Thanks and good to hear from you David! I have heard about this HUD a few times now. I will have to look into it at some point. Thanks for the suggestion. Hey Nathan, do you recommend a table selecting software? I use PT4 now as well and I don't do use any table selection software anymore. Table selection is all about finding the specific bad players these days and much less about table averages so many programs are behind the curve. I discuss many of my current table selection methods in this article.
All discussion of poker tools will always begin and end with a tracking program and HUD heads up display. And these two companies actually merged together last year. What a poker tracking program essentially does is process the raw hand history files that you receive from the poker room after every hand that you play.
A hand history file by the way is a small text file that provides information about absolutely everything that happened in a particular hand from the time, date, player names, stack sizes and the action in the hand. What a poker tracking program does is read each of these hand histories and create useful information to help you study the game and learn more about your opponents.
Say you have hand histories where you played against Player A. The poker tracking program reads those hand histories and is able to tell you that Player A decided to play their hand on 20 occasions. Now when you look up that player inside PokerTracker or Hold'em Manager you will be able to see that the percentage of hands that they play is This is very useful in determining player type for instance.
This allows you to place this information along with many other stats right beside their name at the poker table. Here is what it looks like on my screen:. The other great thing about having all of this information is the ability to study your game and your opponents away from the tables. And this really is the greatest feature of these tracking programs, the ability to use filters. This allows you to look at specific scenarios i.
Having the ability to break down the game into such tiny little chunks and analyze your results as well, as that of your opponents, is an invaluable tool to improve your own game and study more efficiently. I already wrote a complete guide on how to do this by the way: How to study your poker hands and fix your leaks. It is still the most popular post in the history of this website.
PokerTracker or Hold'em Manager? So the question is, which one, PokerTracker or Hold'em Manager? I personally started with PokerTracker many, many years ago when they were the only game in town. I then switched over to Hold'em Manager for a few years. The reason why I think that Pokertracker 4 is currently the best tracking program and HUD on the market today really boils down to how easy it is to use.