It can be a great help for beginner players if they do not have to test the strength of the starting cards by risking their own poker bankroll, but if they can learn well in advance what hands are worth entering the game. As poker is nothing else, but making bets after bets on the rapidly changing strength of our cards, it is important to be aware of the odds of the basic situations. PokerStove is a free poked odds calculator.

PokerStove – Odds

The number of card combinations occurring in poker is limited (1326 kinds of starting cards are possible), so after a while, we are surely going to notice that we find ourselves in similar situations again and again. We can save a lot of time and money, if in identical situations, we choose the most promising solution, or in the case of more solutions, we vary them appropriately.

For this, however, we need to treat winning odds self-confidently, in the calculation of which PokerStove can help us. The calculator plays the current hand several million times, which thus provides a reliable result for the user in the long run.

What is PokerStove Good for?

By using this odds calculator, we are going to be able to consider which cards mean an advantageous or disadvantageous start, and we can better understand the mathematical principle behind such tactical steps as set-mining. The percentage indicators of the most frequently occurring pre-flop ties become transparent fast.

Although the odds shown by the program do not guarantee that we will turn into winning players, they can prove to be good guidelines for learning the strength of the starting cards, for the post-analysis of games or for improving our play.

PokerStove – Cards and Hand Ranges

We can analyse particular hands if we wish: we can attach different cards to players on the Cards tab (this can even happen at random by clicking on RD); moreover, we can even select cards out of the game (Dead Cards) and open cards (in the Board, we can even follow how the odds of a flush draw change from street to street).

However, if we are interested in how a hand performs against a particular hand range, say, in a blind fight, it can also be set on the Pre-flop tab, where we can further restrict or expand the range of cards. A further specification of different hand ranges can be done using the slider under the chart, entering the required percentage number or selecting the fields of the chart one by one.

The Interface of PokerStove

Having entered the parameters of the situation, we can launch the simulation by clicking on the Evaluate button. By selecting the Enumerate All option, we can get an immediate result, while by ticking Monte Carlo, we can get a slower, but more precise result.

If we wish, we can even save the results. To simulate another situation, use the Clear All button. We can test more hands simultaneously; arrange the separate windows at the Window menu item choosing between the Cascade (the windows overlap) and the Tile options (the windows are under each other).


On PokerStove, we cannot analyse such complicated situations in which the stack size or position or the effect of earlier steps and reads could be examined (with these two latter ones, we cannot really calculate with in mathematical terms anyway). However, we can apply other utility programs for these, the use of which PokerStove prepares to some extent. On top of all that, the program can be downloaded free of charge.