Master Pocket Ranks with PokerTableStats

Date: 2013-10-08
Author: Dan Cypra

If you're new to poker, there's an easy way to learn the relative strength of various hole card combinations you're dealt: get PokerTableStats. The program features a special Pocket Rank Meter that will help you discern how your hole cards stack up to all other hole card possibilities.

The Pocket Rank on PokerTableStats is expressed as a percentage. According to text found on PokerTableStats' website, the higher the percentage, the better the hand you have: "Pocket Rank shows current position of your starting hand with regard to this hand's strength against all possibilities of an opponent's starting hands. The better the pocket rank, the higher the probability of winning a pot with this hand when entering all-in against a random opponent."

If you're short-stacked, bored, or feeling the pressure of a game and get the itch to commit your chips, it'll be painfully obvious to see how you stack up. As text on PokerTableStats' website reveals, "It helps you to make a decision whether to push or fold. Moreover, Pocket Rank is useful for establishing tactics. For instance, at the end of a tournament, you might enter a pot with cards above 20% Pocket Rank only, while in other parts of the game, you might enter pots with cards above 35% Pocket Rank only."

When it comes down to the final parts of tournaments, using the Pocket Rank along with your position can give you a leg up on the competition about whether to shove all-in or fold. Regulars at poker might have this information down to a science, but newcomers will likely find PokerTableStats' Pocket Rank useful during the endgame of tournaments.

PokerTableStats also displays the strength of your hand by telling you exactly what you have, what your draws are, and what your pot odds are. All of these are displayed in meters: the easier the text in the meter is to read, the better your hand or draw.

Now, let's get to the pricing. The Basic version of PokerTableStats is $5.99 per month, but does not include a Heads-Up Display, or HUD. The Pro version is $7.99 per month and comes with a HUD, while the Gold version is $9.99 per month and has a HUD and priority support. Visit PokerTableStats' website for more details.

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