Basic Tutorial

Pokerini Poker Hand Calculator was designed to be easy to use, allowing you to analyze many scenarios very quickly and compare how small changes affect hand strength. This basic tutorial will get you started.

Select cards

Each hand has several card fields that can be filled with cards or left blank.

card fields

Clicking a card button enters that card into the highlighted card field. The card button becomes darker to indicate that card is currently selected (dead), and the next card field becomes highlighted. The currently highlighted card field can be changed by clicking a different card field.

click a card button

Evaluate the scenario

Click the evaluate button to start the evaluation and show the results.


View the results

The results area displays the hands, pot equity, win/lose/tie percent, and other information depending on the game type, options and which columns are shown. Columns can be moved by dragging the column header, resized by dragging the border between column headers, or shown/hidden using the Columns menu.


The Info column shows the game type, whether the evaluation was exact or a random simulation, and the number of combinations (exact) or games (random).

Remove and change cards

There are several ways to remove/change cards. When a card field is highlighted, clicking it will remove the current card. Clicking again will restore the previous card. Clicking a live card button will overwrite the current card in the highlighted card field. Clicking a dead card button removes the card from its current location (making it live).

remove a card

The card field where the removed card was located becomes highlighted (allowing the next card clicked to be placed where the previous one was removed).

add a card

Add more hands

Click the check marks to add/remove hands to the scenario.

add a hand

Add additional dead cards

Click the Additional dead cards field to highlight it, then click card buttons to add dead cards. Click individual cards in the additional dead card field to remove them. Click the disable button to make the currently selected dead cards live in evaluations (without permanently clearing all the dead cards).

dead cards

Select a range of starting hands

Select the menu Options...Allow hand ranges. A range button appears next to each hand. Click the range button, then enter a lower and upper percent limit for a range of starting hands. (Lower percents are better starting hands.) Ranges can also be quickly changed with the mouse wheel, up/down arrows, or page up/down keys (after the text area is selected).

range buttons

Change range ranking criteria

Using the Range criterion drop down, select how the starting hands are ranked (for hands specifying a range of hands).

range criterion drop down

View and compare range ranking criteria

Select the menu Options...View hand ranges table to view and compare the various starting hand range criteria. Each starting hand is classified into a group represented by one hand. For example, A♠K♠ represents four starting hand combinations, one for each ace-king-suited combination, while A♠K♥ represents 12 starting hands combinations, one for each ace-king-unsuited combination.

Starting hand range table

Hands can be sorted by clicking the column headers. Columns can be moved by dragging the column header, or resized by dragging the border between column headers.

View range results

After evaluating, range hands are displayed with the percent range in the results area.

range results