The number of poker training software programs on offer has been on the increase in the recent past, perhaps in response to the great demand for such software. The great demand for poker learning software is itself probably a result of the surge in poker’s popularity in recent past, as the automation of the game through online playing platforms takes it to new places it had been unheard of or unpopular before.
The popularity of the poker training software can also be attributed to the fact that poker is a game where ‘strategy meets luck’ so that a given player’s knowledge of the mechanics of the game plays as great a role (if not more) as the player’s luck in determining whether or not they win a particular game or not.
Most of the available poker training software is typically designed in a modular manner, starting with modules teaching the most basic of poker rules and moving onto modules teaching what can be termed as ‘intermediate’ poker rules, and onto what can only be termed as advanced poker strategies which only the pros can relate to. Such modular approach to poker training dewapoker aligns the poker training with best practice in education, where training is supposed to move from the learner from the ‘known to the unknown’ in a gradual manner. This way, the learner does not get overwhelmed with the learning, and neither is there opportunity for the learner to miss out on some important elements of the game – as advancement to the next module requires one to have knowledge of previous modules.
Another common feature with most of the available poker training software is opportunity for simulated playing, which introduces the practical element into poker training. What happens in such simulated playing is that the (potential) poker player using the poker learning software is made to play against some bots (software robots) that have been programmed to understand the logic of poker – and which, perhaps in a show of just how advanced artificial intelligence has become – have been known to win against some of the people we consider the best poker players. Of course, for the sake of learning, the bots employed in the learning versions of poker software tend to be programmed to play at a lower (but still quite challenging) skill level, so that the person trying to learn poker through their aid does not end up losing every game they play against the bots – and giving up on poker altogether; or on the other extreme, end up winning every game they play against the bot which could see them get bored, in case they are people who love a challenge – as most poker players do.
In spite of the considerable effort that goes into developing it, a good number of the programs that make poker training software are actually downloadable for free from the Internet. Even the poker learning software programs that are for sale typically go for what can only be described as nominal amounts, so anyone who is keen to undergo software-based poker training can do so without worrying too much about the cost.