When it comes to the game of Poker, every IDN Play player is well versed about the Poker Tools/Software. Online Poker is no more a luck or skill game, now poker games has turned into war of poker tools. Every poker player wants to arm him/herself with best poker software in order to stay ahead of the opponents. Poker software is a tool that is used for online poker game. Players use the poker tool for their numerous advantages like knowing the opponent hand’s history, the strength and weakness of a particular table etc-etc.
Today, poker software like pot odds tools, calculators, stalking tools and general tracking tools have brought a complete new dimension for online poker game. It is just like having the assistance of a perfect poker player that gives 100% winning advice to you while you play online poker. Every game of online poker has poker software all with new key components and special features.
When a player plays poker, he has limited knowledge of the opponents like what happened before and what is going to happen. The primary reason behind this is that one cannot know about the opponent players and their playing strategies, betting patterns etc-etc. So, it depends all on your brain; how many things you can learn about the opponents. It means you need to calculate everything by yourself besides playing the game at the same time. This goes for both the online and offline poker. Poker players whether they are online or offline, they have the same knowledge limitations.
The reason is clear behind the knowledge limitation of a human being – mostly the knowledge is not all that accurate. The brain of a human being is capable of storing a certain amount of knowledge at a time. A human being cannot keep EVERYTHING with full details in the brain. And the brain cannot also calculate the odds with 100% accuracy. Also the accuracy of all the gathered information becomes less accurate as and when emotions arise. This is the reason why the most players who play the game ‘texas holdem’ play literally in the dark when they do not use the poker software/tools.
On the opposite side, online poker players who win most of the times, do not win because they are skilled (of course they are), but their plus point is that they use poker software or poker tools. Playing online poker with poker software just makes it easy to win the game. Smart players who use these software to analyze the innumerable percentages for winning chances, odds and expected value etc-etc.
Poker software is also used to show the hand strength as well as to receive playing advice from others. Players use the poker tools for identifying the tables in the lobby and then to know the weakness and strength of each table, this way the players can pre-select the tables before starting the game. Poker software is also used to track down one’s own play in order to find the leaks and then after improve their own game.
Below mentioned are the forms of poker tools that are very popular among the poker players –
Hand Converters – Poker hand converters enables the poker players to get the hand’s history files from online poker rooms. Hand converters can convert these files into eye-friendly formats. Poker players often use the Hand converters to see the played hands for analysis purposes. A Hand Converter can also affect the stack sizes, seating order, blind level and pot size per betting round. Mostly all the online casinos store the history of player hands on the player’s computer.
This way the players can analyze and also keep the track of their own and other’s performance and they can also discuss the game strategy with others. Major online poker rooms like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and PartyPoker give their players an option to see the hand’s history, while others like Playtech online gaming network offers this facility of hand history but in not in the text format.
Apart from the above useful things, a Hand Converter can also be used to gather the opponent’s statistical information, both for the players one has played against and the players one has never played against. Though, access to the hand history files is considered a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and some online poker rooms do not offer their players the hand history files, but one can generally request a transcript through email.
In the world of online Poker game, PokerStat was introduced in the year of 2001 as the first ‘Hand History Converter’. Now a number of poker soft wares and other online tools offer this useful functionality.
Odd Calculators – Poker Odd Calculator is a medium that is used to derive a poker player’s winning chances, losing chances or tying chances. As the game of poker involves various complexities and also the rules constantly changes, the odd calculators are the statistical machines and the card counting and probabilities is very rare. The Poker Calculators are of three different types – poker odds calculators, poker advantage calculators and the last one is poker relative calculators.
A poker odds calculator is used for calculating the winning ratio of a player. The winning ratio of a player is calculated by dividing the number of games won by the total number of games for a player.
A poker advantage calculator is used for calculating the winning ratio and also to normalize the winning ratio in relation with the number of players. With this poker calculator a normalized value between -100% and +100% describes the winning change of a player in a locked domain. So, if a player’s result is -100%, then the player looses the game with no regard to the number of players in the game. On the other hand, if a player’s result is +100%, then with no regard to the game players, the player wins the game.
Both these poker calculators provide results for a particular game scenario. The game scenario variables are – the game being played, the hand available for the player and the number of players in the game. Then there are poker relative calculators that are used to display the winning chance of a player in relation with the chance of winning of another player.
Poker relative calculators are displayed on the poker tournaments and shows as these poker calculators provide more close winning chances of a player. However, the poker professional do not use this poker calculator.