Poker Software Revealed with PokerStars Pro Randy Lew (Nanonoko)

Date: 2013-04-28
Author: Jason Glatzer

PokerStars Team Online member Randy “Nanonoko” Lew gained his fame by 24-tabling cash games on PokerStars. Not only did he become Supernova Elite four years in a row from 2007 to 2010, but he also is one of the few to surpass $1 million in career cash game earnings multi-tabling primarily mid-stakes games. We are very pleased that Lew took time out of his busy schedule to share his thoughts on poker software with us.

PokerSoftware: What third-party software do you use when playing on PokerStars?

Randy Lew: I use PokerTracker 4 and Table Ninja. However, I must say that the PokerStars hotkeys are quite good as well.

PokerSoftware: Do you use hotkeys or anything else embedded within the PokerStars software?

Randy Lew: I sometimes use the hotkeys in PokerStars. Mainly, it's when I'm playing on the Mac OS X side of my laptop.

PokerSoftware: Describe how each piece of software helps you with multi-tabling.

Randy Lew: PokerTracker 4 is for tracking my results. It's nice to be able to review a session after I've finished playing to fine-tune my skills. It's also great that it easily records each hand you played so you know how you've done for any date range.

Table Ninja is a hotkey program that helps you multi-table. I pre-set a few keys such as a "fold" button that helps me play a little bit faster. I have been messing around with PokerStars hotkeys and, pretty much, they do the same thing too.

PokerSoftware: How easy is each program to set up and use?

Randy Lew: PokerTracker 4 and Table Ninja have some sort of auto-setup to get the easy parts done for you. It takes a little bit of time to get used to, but once you've figured out how to navigate through those programs, you'll be happy you invested time into it. PokerStars' hotkeys are very straightforward and probably the easiest to set up.

PokerSoftware: Have you had any problems with any of your software not working after a PokerStars update? If so, how quick were they to come up with a solution?

Randy Lew: Yeah, I recall some times when there were problems with the software after an update, but these companies are very good at responding to such updates that you should expect a fix within a week at most.

PokerSoftware: What external software do you recommend to someone just learning how to multi-table?

Randy Lew: I definitely recommend some sort of hotkey software so you can at least have a "fold" button; it helps a ton. I didn't use any software when I was first learning to multi-table, but I wasn't playing as many tables back then either. Nowadays, the availability of simple software makes it silly not to use it.

PokerSoftware: What software are you considering using next or would like to see released in the marketplace?

Randy Lew: I'm quite happy with my ability to multi-table with the current software. However, there was this interesting piece of software I tested where you could use your eyes to move the "cursor"on the screen. If that gets perfected, it could be quite a masterpiece.

PokerSoftware: Have you used PokerStars' mobile poker?

Randy Lew: I played it briefly for play money and thought it was amazing. I was quite impressed with how many features were available and how easy it was to play on the app. I was very impressed that you could multi-table on it. I think the four- to five-table limit is fine because typically I imagine that if I'm playing on my mobile device, it's for recreational purposes.

You can follow Randy “nanonoko” Lew on Twitter via his handle, @nanonoko.

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