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: PokerTracker is the first tracking program and HUD (stats on your screen) that I started out with many years ago. This is an essential tool for any serious online poker player.

With PokerTracker 4 You Can:

  • Track your opponents and their results
  • Get their HUD stats (% of hands they play, % they bet, % they fold and so on)
  • Put their stats right on your poker table! (allows you to get much better reads)
  • Track your own play and graph your results
  • Find out what hands you are winning and losing with
  • Use filters to find your leaks and plug them

And much, much more.

The PokerTracker HUD stats alone have easily helped me win tens of thousands of dollars more over the years at the poker tables. PokerTracker essentially pays for itself in about a week if you take poker seriously at all.

You can try it out yourself for free though first with the 30 day free trial.

Bonus: You can download the custom HUD that I created and personally use for free right here.

How to Setup PokerTracker in Less Than 5 Minutes (Complete Video Walkthrough)

In the video below I show you how to setup PokerTracker 4 and have it up and running on your poker table 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

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    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

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      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? 

      Poker Blog

      blackrain79 poker blog
      I attribute a lot of my success in poker to blogging consistently

      Starting a poker blog is one of the absolute best ways to keep track of your results and get feedback from other poker players. In fact, this website was started 11 years ago for exactly that reason.

      "BlackRain79" is my online poker screen name by the way.

      This blog allowed me to publicly state my monthly and yearly poker goals and chart my progress each day. This helped tremendously in keeping me accountable.

      Writing this blog also led to many opportunities to make money away from the poker tables as well. For instance, through advertising and offering private coaching.

      Much bigger websites also contacted me to write for them (paid position) because they saw my blog. For example, I have been a regular contributor over at for many years now.

      Getting started with blogging is easier than ever these days. You don't even need to know anything about computers.

      You can get a free web domain address and hosting for as little as $3 a month and be ready to write your first post in 5 minutes.

      Poker Videos

      There are a ton of great YouTube and Twitch streams these days that you can watch to help improve your poker skills.

      However, if I had to recommend one, it would of course be my own.

      On my YouTube channel (subscribe here), I release several new poker strategy videos every single week. And what's more, is that unlike most others, I focus 100% on the stakes that you actually play.

      All of my videos are made for people who play at stakes like NL2, NL5, NL10 and NL25 online (zoom or regular) and $1/$2 or $2/$5 live.

      Once again, you can subscribe to my Youtube channel right now by clicking here.

      And make sure you hit the little notification bell so that you never miss a single video!

      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 Strategy Guide

      The last resource that I would recommend is my free poker strategy guide. 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