This page lists several types of software for playing or analysing poker games.
It does not cover online poker rooms where poker is played for money. 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.
- Free online poker - sites where you can play online against other live players for fun only, without money.
- Poker servers - software you can use to set up your own server where others can play.
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.
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.
NewPokerSoft offers a range of programs for calculating probabilities, equity and expected values, managing your bankroll and other useful functions.
Poker Calculator Report provides reviews and ratings of the most popular poker odds calculators.
Derek Lazenby has written a Starting Hands program for Windows, which ranks the 169 Texas Hold'em starting hands and displays the probability of winning, given the number of players.
Software that provides assistance while playing online
SharkyScanner is an automated table selection tool for SnG (Sit and Go) players. This application can automatically find a suitable tournament and register you in it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blind Valet is a free web-based tournament management application including player registration, blind structure calculator, tournament clock and payout calculator.
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.
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.
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.
Free Online Poker
Triple Jack Poker is a free, family friendly online poker room. The game is Texas Hold'em for play money only with animated cartoon players, side bets, and the opportunity to throw tomatoes and pies at your opponents.
OwnTheCards.com is a free server on which you can set up a password protected game of Texas Hold'em to play with your friends over the Internet. Play is for chips - it is up to the players whether to play for fun or to settle up in real money afterwards. There is no charge to download and use the software and no rake.