Poker Tools

BlackRain79 poker software and poker tools for 2018
I decided to make this page to provide a list of all the poker software and educational resources that have helped me the most over the years.

I will be adding to this page in the future from time to time so feel free to bookmark it.

Disclosure: Just a quick heads up that a couple of the links below are affiliate links. This means that at no cost to you I may receive a small commission if you decide to purchase that product. I have personally used all of the resources below for many years though to improve my poker game and that is why I recommend them.

Poker Tracking Program and HUD

Pokertracker 4: This is the first tracking program and HUD that I started out with many years ago. With their latest release, Pokertracker 4, they still have the best product on the market. An essential tool for any serious online poker player.

With Pokertracker 4 You Can:

  • Track your opponents and their results
  • Put their stats right on your poker table (allows you to get much better reads)
  • Track your own play and results
  • Find out what hands you are winning and losing with

And much, much more.

Using the HUD alone has easily saved me thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars over the years at the poker tables.

Click here to check out the free 30 day trial.

Bonus: Download my free custom Pokertracker 4 HUD setup right here.

Video: I show you how to setup Pokertracker 4 and use it at the poker tables in under 5 minutes.

Poker Books

Crushing the Microstakes Nathan BlackRain79 WilliamsCrushing the Microstakes: Written by me! CTM has helped thousands of people turn their results around at the micros now. As the author I have the highest winnings in the history of online poker at the stakes discussed in this book. If you are struggling to beat NL2, NL4 or NL5 online ($1/$2 or $2/$5 live), then CTM is the answer. Click here to learn more.

Modern Small Stakes Nathan BlackRain79 WilliamsModern Small Stakes: Also written by me. MSS is a massive work that tackles every aspect of modern poker theory at higher limits than CTM. Specific emphasis is placed upon beating the regulars (good players) who will be your main competition at these stakes. If you are struggling to win at NL10, NL25, NL50 or NL100 online (5/10 or 10/20 live), then Modern Small Stakes is for you. Click here to learn more.

The Micro Stakes Playbook Nathan BlackRain79 WilliamsThe Micro Stakes Playbook: My brand new (and final) poker book is the ultimate "playbook" on how to crush all levels at the micro stakes. You will learn every single strategy that I have used to create some of the highest winnings ever recorded in online poker history in these games. Click here to learn more.

    Poker Courses

    The Upswing Poker Lab: The #1 poker course available today in my opinion. Taught by some of the best poker players in the world like 3-time WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk. Hundreds of lessons, charts and tools to get you winning big. This course is a must have for any serious poker player. You can check out my full review of The Upswing Poker Lab right here.

    Elite Cash Game Mastery: This course is only for ultra-serious poker players looking to take their game to a world class level. This course is taught by Andres "educa-p0ker" Artinano who is one of the biggest winners online in the last few years with over 2,000,000 (yes million) in profit. If you want to learn from the very best, it doesn't get any better than this. You can learn more about the Elite Cash Game Mastery course right here.

    Poker Equity Tools

    BlackRain79 pokerstove
    Pokerstove: This free simple little program allows you to quickly compare common poker situations and find the exact equity (Note: I put this link up myself for you guys because the developer no longer supports this product).

      Poker Sites

      poker rooms
      I have an entire page dedicated to all of the fishiest poker sites that I recommend for 2018:

      My Top 5 Recommended Online Poker Sites

      There are many different factors that go into choosing which poker site is right for you though. So I have written another article which is all about that:

      Which Poker Site Should You Play At? 

      Another great source of information when choosing an online poker site is They provide a comprehensive listing of all major online poker rooms including traffic numbers, game type availability and whether or not they accept US based players.

      Poker Forums

      BlackRain79 Forum: Free to join for anyone who has purchased one of my poker strategy books. I personally respond to almost every post that gets made. Post your own poker hands and get private feedback from myself and several other pros.

      CardsChat Forum: An excellent forum for beginner and recreational poker players in particular. CC has a friendly welcoming environment unlike some other big poker forums out there. I frequently post there myself.

      PokerVIP Forum: New up and coming forum. Includes several coaches discussing strategy and hand history analysis. Well worth checking out.

      My Free Poker Ebook

      The last resource that I would recommend is my free poker ebook. In "Massive Profit at the Micros" I give you the exact strategies that I used to create some of the highest winnings ever recorded in online poker at the lower stakes.

      You will also receive a free 10 week email based poker strategy course on a variety of topics such as TAG play, 3Betting, table selection, tilt control and more.

      I hope this collection of poker tools and resources was helpful for you. If there is anything that I missed, feel free to leave me a comment below.

      BlackRain79 poker software and poker tools for 2018


      1. I am using an excellent poker simulation program to learn and refine my skill set for Texas Holdem. It is Poker Genius.

        It has many features and is most impressive. I wanted to bring this to your attention for your consideration in listing this as a resource for others.

        I am in NO WAY connected with this company. I bought their system online several months ago after researching poker training aides.

        Thanks for considering this. Love your blog!!

        1. Hi Chris,

          Thanks for the suggestion. I only recommend stuff that I have used. I have not used this product so I won't be recommending it on this page. It very well may be a good product though.

      2. Do I need a kindle or anything to purchase this?

        1. Which book are you referring to?

        2. thanks for the reply.
          I am after the microstakes at the moment with the hopes of getting the small stakes at a later date. however I do not have a kindles or any reading applications of any sort.

        3. Hey Damian,

          You don't need a Kindle in order to read either of my books. You will also receive the book in pdf and epub formats. This means that you can read it on any computer, notebook, iPad, tablet, smart phone etc.

        4. You do not need a Kindle to read a book formatted for Kindle (.PRC or .MOBI). At the Kindle site on you can get a FREE reader for your Phone, Tablet, or PC. It will even allow you to read .PDF files. NOOK (from Barnes & Noble) provides a great FREE epub (.PUB) reader for your Phone, Tablet, or PC.

      3. Are these videos, books and every thing else suitable for sit & go and MTTs or is it only useful for cash games?
        Thanks in advance

        1. Yes, most of what I recommend above is useful for low stakes sngs and mtts too.

      4. No credit card payment option to by the book. How can I get it if i dont use paypal? Does the refund option apply to CTM and videos pack or only if you by the book?

        1. You can buy any of my books with a credit card. Paypal is just the payment processor. Every single one of my products is backed by a refund option.

      5. Hello there, have a question: Just saw in some of your youTube videos that you have a pot odds calculator in the tables, does this come with the pokerTraker or it is a different program?

        Love all your videos I think you are amazing at what you do.

        Thank you for all the info you are giving it made me see poker in a different way!!.

        1. Hi,

          Yes, I think that is a component of Pokertracker that you are referring to. In the Pokertracker replayer it gives you the pot odds. Thanks so much for the kind words, I really appreciate it :)

      6. hello, blackrain is this your book would be translated into french, please

        1. Hi Ginko,

          Sorry but none of my books are available in French. English only, although Crushing the Microstakes is also available in Spanish and Russian too.

      7. Hello. I installed pokertraker4 just after your video and I'm not going. I tried to modify my profile for the tournament and after I apply .. I'm defending cash and when I'm in the game does not show me the program .. what I could do to work. thank you

        1. Hey gabi, there are different settings for tournaments. Make sure you choose a tournament HUD profile in Pokertracker.

      8. i play to buy poker tracker soon what do i need to do so you get a few pennies.? have your videos and they are the best al

        1. Hey Al,

          If you go through my PokerTracker link above I will receive a commission. Thank you very much. Also, I am glad that my videos have helped you!