Real Talk: Not all Software is cheating the Game

Over the years of being active in real life poker and online poker, I’ve come across the same discussions every now and then. No matter how much time has passed, it’s always the same thing: Is the use of software cheating?

While I will admit that there are some pretty shady software programs out there, not all software should be lumped together as a way to cheat the game and other players. As there is money involved in playing online poker, most people want to make sure that they are on their A-game every time. You can check out if you’re looking for poker software, they have a pretty good selection of the most popular versions of software.

Realistically this can’t really happen so software comes in handy to try to keep your instincts and gameplay sharp in the duration of not playing.  Software can even help you while you are playing the game.

Why use software?

Proper poker software is designed to help players keep track of their progress. It also helps to refine their process and method of playing. There are training software specifically made to help new players to truly get to know the game, the rules, and its different methods.

Software can help connect people together. Sites like Advanced Poker Trainer have a community wherein other players can discuss their concerns. I’m not going to lie—sometimes, playing online poker can be pretty lonely. It doesn’t quite have the interaction that you get when you’re face to face with other players. What is does offer is convenience.

Convenience is also what software brings.

Battling the Negative Stigma

I’m not quite sure just when the association of “software equals cheating” started. It’s frankly kind of silly. A lot of online poker sites that hold games are now quite strict in their detection of banned poker software. So even if there was some unethical toe nail out there that tried to run unethical software, the website will be able to zero in on whoever is using the program.

I’ve personally had friends who tried to get past the system and end up getting banned. They tried to get me on their side but no dice. Cheating is something that shouldn’t ever be condoned. Especially: in a game that a lot of people pride themselves in. There are thousands of players out there that take the time to make use of legitimate and helpful software to really improve their playing.

Then they get lumped together with those people who try to cheat. It’s rather unfair but it’s a part of life.

What we should do then is to enhance the awareness regarding proper software. That is actually also one of the primary goals of this blog. I want to blow away the notion that just because you use software you’re automatically trying to one up the system.

With every post I hope more and more people come to realize that when poker software is used ethically and properly, it can really enhance the poker experience. Not only will you get to see charts of your progress but you’ll also get to improve your game and win more money in the end.…

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Under the Microscope: Smart Buddy

Welcome back to another review of useful poker room software! Today, I will be discussing Smart Buddy!


This software is pretty much a social application of sorts. It lets users create a buddy list that encompasses a lot of the major poker rooms you can find online. Users will be able to jot down the screen names of their buddies across multiple platforms.

What does it do?

In a previous article, I’ve mentioned that playing poker online can sometimes be a lonely experience. When you go to a poker room and meet some good people, you’re going to want to hold on to those friends. The old problem used to be that the poker room can die but the users are still there.

This software helps you keep track of all your friends through different rooms. If you’ve ever been one to use Yahoo! Messenger, this is pretty much like that.

Most poker rooms do have a friend list feature. However, you’re limited to only adding people from that room. If you have other friends who are already established in other rooms, it can be hard to have them port over to your room and vice versa. It is thanks to this software that users will no longer have to open up multiple clients simply to keep in touch with friends or rivals.

Smart Buddy has simple and customizable filters that can really help maximize your searching capabilities. The filters also help in keeping in check that friend that you’d rather not talk to or see you online. This helps those that aren’t all that comfortable with being so accessible all the time.

My Findings

I really liked how there was a notification at the task bar. This meant that I could minimize the program and still keep it running. So I could be in the middle of the game and still receive messages from friends on other clients.

I really appreciate the search field. Not to brag but my friend list is fairly extensive. So when I want to catch up with a particular individual, all I needed to do what to type out their username and poof! There they would be. All I would need to do is to double click their name and we could begin talking.

Smart Buddy’s cost for lifetime usage is pretty decent. What I kind of don’t like about Smart Buddy is the fact that they only work for those who sit at cash ring games. However, I see the wisdom in not working for scheduled tournaments. This would be a temptation for those who wish to collude.

So it’s pretty simple yet effective software. Don’t ever think that you have to play this game alone. Smart Buddy will help you keep in touch. Who knows, you might even find your great friendly rival in one of those clients and will want to keep in touch.

I’ve found that there is nothing comparable to the drive that a rival gives you when you fight.…

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Under the Microscope: LeakBuster

Hey everyone! So glad you can join me for the first review. Without any further ado, let’s get to it!


LeakBuster, if you are not familiar with it, is an add-on item for hold-em manager one or two. It has a free and a paid version.

What can it do?

Leakbuster is software that can help you analyze any and all online poker hand history. These are some of the features that LeakBuster is quite proud of:

  • Ideal Stat Range Analysis
  • Stat Analysis by Position
  • Video Lessons regarding Stat corrections
  • Hierarch Ranks
  • Trouble hand analysis
  • 3/4 –bet hand analysis
  • Post flop leak analysis
  • Opponent Leak Analysis
  • Massive video and article resource

There are others but these are the ones I remember out of hand. It’s quite an impressive set and it can really be helpful for those just starting out. What I appreciate about LeakBuster is the fact that they will give you a free trial before having you buy the software.

My findings

What I personally like about it is that it draws statistics from your actual play history. I liked how it was able to give me a clear graph on where my own play style differentiates from actual big-time pros. Of course, not everything is perfect.


  • If you’re really truly just starting out playing poker online, chances are you will not have hand samples that LeakBuster can draw its analysis from.
  • If you’re not particularly enthusiastic about having to set-up the software in order to use it fully, it may not be a good fit. Sorry to say but lazy people will hate this software.
  • At the time that I tried this out, it only worked with NLHE and LHE cash games. If you want to try this out, try to see what upgrades they’ve done since then.


  • It works really well as a resource guide for Holdem Manager.
  • As I talked about earlier, this software provides extensive data you can utilize.
  • It is user-friendly. You don’t have to be a total computer nut to make use of this well.
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