Updated on March 18, 2020
What Are Poker Software Tools
The term poker software tools can have a variety of meanings, depending on the context in which it is used.
The common usage of poker tools is, of course, in reference to software programs that are made with the aim – or at least the promise – of helping poker player to improve their game. Now a poker player might want to improve their game just for kicks (as it feels nice to win in any game anyway), or for more pointed financial reasons, as poker is also a betting game commonly played in casinos.
The poker application tools aimed at helping players improve their game can be seen as falling into two major categories, namely poker tools aimed at helping players improve their playing strategies (which effectively makes them ‘poker educational’ software programs) and poker application tools – also called ‘cheating software’ aimed at somehow influencing the odds of the person using them winning the poker games he or she plays.
To understand the workings of both the previously mentioned poker softwares tools, it would help to first have a basic understanding of what it takes to win a game of poker. And as it turns out, to win a game of poker, it takes both skill (also called strategy) and luck. So it is the skill/strategy aspect of poker that the ‘educational’ poker software tools aim to improve, with many actually having simulated playing capabilities programmed into them to further improve the poker playing strategy of the person using them. On the other hand, the ‘cheating’ poker tools aim at influencing the ‘luck’ element of poker playing, so that both the ‘skill’ and ‘luck’ elements that go into winning a game of poker are well addressed by one or another poker application tool.
But beyond these poker softwares tools aimed at helping poker players improve their game, the term ‘poker software tools’ can also be seen as referring to the various computer programs that make automated poker (like the variety nowadays available online) possible. Unknown to the players of the online poker is the fact that behind the simple interface on which they play their online poker lies a very sturdy software programming which makes their moves and counter-moves possible – and which is able to define who the winner of a given online poker game is with absolutely no human intervention whatsoever.
And further behind the poker application tools that make online poker a possibility is yet another set of poker software tools, these being the supportive poker software tools – like the software that is able to track deposits and expenditure of money put into online poker accounts, software that credits players’ accounts with winnings and so on. Now while these programs play no direct role in a game of poker, they are still considered poker software tools out of their fact that they exist for the sole purpose of making online poker possible, which therefore – strictly speaking – qualifies them for the term ‘poker software tool’