Yes. The difference between a legal Online Poker Tool or Poker Software, and an illegal Robot, is the tool does not break any rules set forth by the major Poker Rooms. The Major Poker Rooms are most concerned with a) robot play - play where no human intervention occurs - a 'robot' plays the game, b) data mining - where play is recorded and the player is not present, c) collusion - two or more players at one table communicate un-known to the rest of the table. The legality of software run during play is outlined in the Terms and Conditions of the poker room. For example - Party Poker's T & Cs concerning Robots (opens in a new window). Also Poker Stars has a prohibited and allowed poker tool list that can be seen here.
Online Poker Tools are any Legal assistants that help You play Online Poker.The software assists while playing, or for pre and post play analysis.
An Online Poker Tool Calculator is an additional software program, run during play, that provides additional relevant information such as Hand Probabilities, Pot Odds, Outs, etc.
An Online Poker Tracker is a additional software program, run before/during/after play, that provides information that facilitates trend tracking which may be used to improve play.
At the start of the poker boom, Online Poker Tools, much like poker rooms themselves, were only available for PCs.
However, once the popularity of hand held devices such as smartphones and tablets reached a certain point, most poker rooms as well as online casinos couldn't ignore the trend any longer and started offering their services on Android and iPhone devices, too. Soon thereafter, apps like Poker Manager or Poker Income Tracker started appearing.
Most poker rooms and online casinos are available not only on PCs and Macs, but also on Android and iPhone devices. The same goes for Online Poker Tools.
We've found through over thousands of hands of testing what we feel are the most important features of Online Poker Tools. With this said, comparative ranking is very subjective. Below is a list of what we found to be most important in our opinion. You may or may not agree. However use this list to further understand our rankings so you may better decide what is best for you.
|Player Win Probability||Core|
|Player Hand Improvement||Core|
|Opponent Hand Probability||Core|
|Tie Probability Break Out||Nice|
|Mucked Hand Display||Nice|
|Adjustable Textual Advice||Nice|
|Odds of Best Hand on Flop||Nice|
Calculator Ranking Note - The Calculator category is extremely competitive. Rather then crowding the top 5 with similar software, software was selected to represent outstanding feature differences.
|Ring / Tournament Capability||Mandatory|
|Starting Hand Tracking||Mandatory|
|Play by Position||Mandatory|
|Track All Opponents||Nice|