Review of the Preflop Advantage Odds Calculator
This past week I got a copy of the Pre Flop Advantage calculator to review. I love poker tools and stats/number crunching about as much as I love poker, so this was right down my alley.
It's about the size of the calculator that I keep on my desk, though a tad bit heavier once you put the 4 AAA batteries inside. The batteries are included. Yes, you read that right. Included. That makes it a novel little device right there.
It's simple to use, and I count that as a plus. If you plan to use this while playing online poker, the last thing you need is a complicated device. The calculations are instant, so even a multi-tabler could afford the time to double check a hand's preflop strength.
What are the pros and cons? I believe the biggest "pro" is the ability to calculate a hand's strength based on total opponents. Most of the percentages we all memorize are based on full 9 and 10 player tables, and I believe one of the biggest weaknesses among even good players is not adjusting their hand selections as the total number of players at the table begins to drop.
Take for example AKs vs. a pair of 9's. Most players would take the AKs over the pair of nines, preflop and they'd be right. Using the calculator, AKs rates as #4 out of 169 possible hands, while 99 rates #15 out of 169. But what about heads up? The pair of nines is rated #6 out of 169, while AKs drops to #9. Another "favorite hand" is JTs, which rates quite well at #17 / 169 at a full 10-seat table, but heads up drops to #40! Finally, one last comparison, suited vs. offsuit. Looking at Jack Ten again, JTs = #17 at a full table, as we mentioned out of 169 possible hands, while JT offsuit comes in at a lowly #50. Suited does matter!
I digress. So what are the cons? I really couldn't find any. The product preforms as advertised. It's a preflop odds calculator, so if your post flop game needs help, you'll obviously not find it here. While it's not something you're going to want to lug to a brick and mortar casino, it's a handy tool to have on your desk playing online at home. For folks like me, it's also another way to think, study and analyze the game when I'm not actually playing.
If you do buy the preflop odds calculator, I would strongly suggest taking the time to play with it so that you will be able to put the win percentages into perspective. In fact, that's something the folks who created the product might want to consider. A small chart insert that helps players understand that a hand with roughly a 31% win percentage at a full table of 10 is a great hand. That's Aces by the way!
Whatever you do, at least tinker around with it until the new wears off before you use it while playing poker. Otherwise you'll end up timing out and ticking off the other players at the table because you're comparing hands and such on the calculator instead of paying attention to your table. Voice of experience here....voice of experience.
You can order your own directly from their website: PreFlopAdvantage.Com
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