This page lists several types of poker software that can be run on a home computer. It does not cover servers for playing poker online against other live players - for these please refer to the online poker pages. On this page you can find:
- Analysis software - which can be used for off line analysis poker probabilities and strategies.
- Online assistants - programs that you can run locally to provide help while you play online.
- Performance trackers - programs to help you record and keep track of your poker results.
- League and tournament software - programs for organisers of home poker leagues and tournaments.
- Computer poker - programs with which you can play poker against a computer.
Probability and Hand Analysis
The following programs allow you to analyse probabilities in various situations, or input hands to obtain a recommendation on how they should be played.
From the Turning River site you can download free software for calculating the odds of winning or splitting the pot in various Texas Holdem and Omaha situations.
The Texas Holdem Calculator calculates winning odds, probabilities and optimal bets at pre-flop, flop, and river stages, and helps you to determine winning starting hands depending on the number of players in the pot. Available for Windows, Palm OS and Pocket PC PDAs.
Poker Drill Master is a shareware poker training program that calculates pot odds and winning probabilities and outs, and enables you to test various pre-flop decision methodologies.
Poker Calculator Report provides reviews and ratings of the most popular poker odds calculators.
Software that provides assistance while playing online.
Poker Edge is a subscription service which tracks the behaviour of numerous players in a number of online poker rooms. Access to an analysis of your prospective opponents' past behaviour can help you to select a table and to exploit their weaknesses.
Poker Office is a software package automatically tracks and displays player statisitics and betting patterns as you play Texas Hold'em online, and calculates and displays pot odds, outs and probabilities. Poker Office is free if you sign up through the Poker Office site with one of a selection of major poker rooms.
Magic Holdem is an odds calculator that detects the state of your online Texas Holdem game and displays odds and game statistics in real time.
The Royal Flush Club's Poker Sidekick is a Texas Holdem Poker expert system that teaches how to win at Texas Holdem poker by monitoring your online play (at Poker Stars, Party Poker, etc.), and guiding you through how best to play each hand. Includes the relative strength of starting hands, statistical odds of hands, yours and opponents potential hands and probabilities, recommendations on how to bet and play to win the most. Full version or one year trial subscription available.
Texas Calculatem and Texas Claculatem Pro are poker odds calculators that watches you play poker online, reading the hands and position automatically, and offers instant odds and advice throughout the game. Works automatically with over 100 online poker rooms. From the Super Poker Affiliates site you can earn commission by selling this and a range of other poker software tools.
Holdem Genius is a poker odds calculator which is free if you open a new account with one of their partner poker rooms. It watches your hand, instantly calculates your hand odds and pot odds, gives real-time betting advice and can be used for multiple simultaneous games.
Holdem Indicator automatically tracks your cards and your opponents' actions while you play Texas Holdem on line and indicates the strength of your starting hand, pot odds, outs and probabilities of hitting specific hands. The same company also produces indicator products for Omaha and Stud poker.
Table Droid is a suite of toools that facilitates playing multiple tables at popular online poker rooms. It allows hotkeys to be set for betting actions, enabling a USB connected controller to be used for play, and provides facilities to manage table layout on the screen.
Poker Sharpener is an online poker odds calculator and hand tracking tool which provides real time statistics and gives you the tools to analyze and improve your Texas Holdem game.
Poker Prophecy is a subscription service that collects players' results statistics from Sit and Go tournaments on Party Poker, Full Tilt, Poker Stars and Ultimate Bet, so that you can know in advance the strength and playing styles of your opponents.
Pokulator is a poker odds calculator. In single hand mode it calculates your chances of winning based on your hand and the number of players; the Pro version automatically detects cards and tracks odds while you play on line. It is free but displays advertisements between hands.
Free Poker Tools is another site providing reviews of tools to help online poker players, including odds trackers, calculators and indicators.
Performance Tracking Software
The following software allows you to record various aspects of your own poker performance, to track your winnings and analyse various features of the sessions you have played.
The Edge Poker Software allows you to develop your Hold'Em strategy by tracking preflop poker stats and betting tendencies of your Hold'Em opponents.
The Check Your Bets site provides a facility for players to track their performance, recording and analysing details of time, place and results of each session they play.
PokerLedger is a free online poker recording tool with which players can track their earnings over time, write comments on each session, and find out how much they make per hour on average.
Poker @ VCFrontline offers 'pokerstats', a free web-based poker tracker, plus various other on line poker resources.
Software for Home Poker Players and League Organisers.
The Poker2night Tournament Clock is a Poker Tournament Clock and Blinds Manager utility for PC specifically designed for Home Poker Players.
Home Poker Tour have published free web-based software to help organize your own poker league, schedule games, record results and keep track of statistics.
Home Poker System is an online poker software allows poker players to schedule their home games and poker tournaments, issue invitations, record stats, post news, update results and so on. There is a fully functional free version, or by paying a monthly subscription you have access to extra features such as forums and photo galleries.
Playing poker against the computer
With the following programs you play poker against computer (AI) opponents.
The collection HOYLE Card Games for Windows or Mac OS X includes severeal poker variants that can be played against the computer.
Master Poker is a Windows program with which you can play No Limit Texas Holdem against computer opponents. Ring games and several tournament formats are available, and the computer players have varying playing styles for extra realism. The program can be configured to give advice on play with reasons for its recommendations. A free demonstration version is available for download.
With the DD Tournament Poker program you can play No Limit Texas Hold'em against computer opponents; it can also be used to manage the blinds, levels, buy-ins, rebuys, add-ons and payouts in a live tournament.
On the Wrigley's Candystand web site you can play Good Ol' Poker - a Draw Poker game against cartoon computer opponents with limited cheating allowed.
You can download Maareyes Solomon's free Texas Holdem Video Poker tutor, in which you see the flop and choose which of five pairs of hole cards to play against the other four.
The computer program Fat Cat Poker and Pete's Poker are available from Accidental Software
A Texas Hold'em game is included in the Favorite Games Ltd. package: it can be played against the computer or against other players.
At Liza Xu's Poker Practice site you can play Texas Hold'em online against the computer for fun.