Tools and Resources All Poker Players
If you look back on any job that you’ve had in the past, or have now, you’ll recall that there were tools and resources for you to use. For example, in construction you might have backhoes and tractors that will help you dig and push dirt faster than if you were to use shovels and rakes. Mechanics have air tools to loosen bolts instead of doing it with ratchets. These tools and resources are available to help these professionals become more efficient at their jobs.
Poker isn’t any different. There are hundreds of tools and resources that will help you improve your skill set and become more efficient. You don’t need all of them (not even close), but there are several that I recommend, which I’ve listed below. Some are free, while others do require that you to pay for them. All are worth checking out.
There are many kinds of poker calculators. Some just tell you your pot odds, while others are more in-depth, telling you how much equity you have and what plays you should make. That said, there are only two poker calculators that I recommend.
Poker Stove: Poker Stove (free) is an odds/equity calculator for hold’em that tells you how good your hand is verses another hand, or an entire range of hands. This can be done for all situations, including preflop, flop, turn and river and against multiple players.
SNG Wizard: SNG Wizard ($100 with a 30-day free trial) is an equity calculator that focuses on the late game of sit and go tournaments. This program will help you figure out when you should shove, fold or isolate based on the number of players in the tournament, payouts, stack sizes, position and ranges.
Hand History Replayers
Hand history replayers are programs that take the hard to read .txt files that all poker sites save hands too, and converts it to an easy to watch replay. Using a hand history replayer, you can cycle through hundreds of hands per hour.
Universal Replayer: The Universal Replayer (also known as the Popopop Replayer) is the only replayer I recommend. It provides pot odds, as well as color coded hands so you can see which hands you lose/won money on for faster reviewing.
Poker Heads Up Displays (HUD)
A poker HUD is a program that collects hands, stores them to a database and provides this data to a popup that sits over your table(s) as you play. You can filter for data including how often someone raises preflop, how many hands you’ve played with that person and much, much more. A poker HUD is an absolute must, as it’ll help you to multi table with ease.
Hold’em Manager: I used HEM ($55-$150), and can recommend it. Also has a hand history replayer that allows you to have stats up while reviewing hands.
Poker Tracker: I only used Poker Tracker ($45-$150) during a trial (I already owned HEM at the time), and I liked it. I also have friends that have used it and were/are happy with it.
Player databases give you information on your opponents including what games they play, stakes, volume, ROI, etc. Use this information to help you adjust your strategy, as well as table select.