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What are some good poker-related software programs?
Author: Hans Ruegg 1994; John Salmon 1996;
Zbigniew 2002; Michael Maurer 2004
Last updated: Apr 2004
Copyright © 2004 Hans Ruegg 1994; John Salmon 1996; Zbigniew
2002; Michael Maurer 2004
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Editor's note: Ken's Poker Page has a comprehensive
listing of poker-related software. The Beginners' Guide to
Online Poker has a special section on online
tracking software for yourself and your opponents.
There are many poker programs available but the quality of them
ranges from terrible to fairly good. The following are worth
- Poki's Poker
Academy This is the first commercially available
computer program to incorporate both game theory and recent
advancements in machine learning. Its use of game theory makes it a
challenging heads-up opponent that is not afraid to bluff you with
just the right frequency. The machine learning techniques include
statistical opponent modeling that help it adapt to your game and
exploit your weaknesses. This program is a strong learning tool,
especially for heads-up play.
- Wilson Software Turbo
Series Separate games are available for Texas Holdem,
7-card stud, Omaha-8 and Omaha High. There are both ring-game and
tournament versions. Computer players are driven by large tables
describing each decision point. These tables can be modified by the
user to create new players. Play against the computer or let the
computer players play each other in a fast mode. Check resulting
statistics for the various strategies.
- Masque World Series of
Poker Adventure Plays Texas Holdem, 7-card stud and
Omaha. Also plays blackjack and other casino games. Runs under DOS.
This is more of a fun simulation of playing in the World Series at
Binions. Play ring games or other casino games to get enough money
to enter a satellite. Win the satellite to get into the no-limit
finals. Poker opponent play is pretty good, but not exactly World
Shareware for Macintosh, with nice graphics and GUI.
Exact Enumeration Calculators
Several people have written software that computes exact
showdown probabilities for poker matchups:
Pokersource (Source Code)
If you want to write some of your own poker software, a fast
poker hand evaluator is available as part of the Pokersource.
package It is in C but uses some Gnu C extensions; it also has a
Java interface. You can see it in action at Two Dimes Pokenum, which lets
you enter multiple-hand matchups and computes exact win percentages
for each hand.
Hotpoker (formerly Netpoker)
Hotpoker is a suite of
programs for multi-player hold'em over the internet. C source for
Netpoker used to be available; I'm not sure about Hotpoker.
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