PIOsolver is the most popular GTO poker solver on the market today. If you are reading this PIOsolver review you are probably trying to decide if its worth the investment. After its release, it quickly became a sensation within the poker community and for good reason. Never before had there been a poker training tool with the ability to provide such clarity and insight into a postflop situation for learning purposes. However, after my extensive experience using the software I can say that it is important that it is used correctly.
If you are serious about improving your fundamental understanding and skill at the poker table then I would strongly suggest reading this article and considering using the product.
In this PIOsolver review, I will provide you with extensive information and understanding of the software so that you can make a well informed decision.
In the image below you can view an example of how PIOsolver displays the strategy for you to learn. In this situation we are looking at the correct continuation betting strategy on the flop after a single raise preflop by the button and a call from the big blind. The flop in this simulation has been set to 6 of spades, 6 of diamonds and 5 of clubs.
PIOsolver Review Outline
In this blog post I will write a PioSOLVER review and answer the following questions:
What is Piosolver?
PioSolver is a very fast, fully functional GTO solver. The aim of this poker software is to allow poker players to study gto poker strategy and learn game theory optimal strategies for no limit holdem.
Piosolver as an iterative gto poker solver. The user enters all the variables (arbitrary ranges, stack sizes, bet sizes, etc) for a heads up poker situation and creates a game tree. Piosolver can then solve and output the strategy in visual format. The user will also have access to a huge array of tools and functionality to analyse and understand a poker situation.
When you create a simulation for a poker situation the software outputs a strategy for you to view and understand in a clear visual format. For example, were you to create a simulation of a button raise and a big blind call you could view the optimal continuation bet strategy. It has a variety of tools and features to allow you to understand and learn about the poker situation or hand you have chosen to study.
The reason why it is such a great tool is its accuracy in outputting an excellent strategy. When combined with a subscription on a poker training site such as RunItOnce.com a player can improve very quickly.
I have been working with PioSolver since the software was initially released. I have extensive experience using all features of the software and working with different students. I provide pre made game trees that can be imported containing GTO preflop ranges. I advise on all of the features of the software and how to optimise study through the use of all the features, node locking, help sheets and 2 hours of contact time in my course. I frequently work with online players or live players looking to study effectively and save time.
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Key Features of PioSOLVER
I go into detail on all of these functions in my Advanced PioSOLVER Course which includes my PioSOLVER pack, preflop ranges and 2 hours of contact time.
Key Questions that Piosolver can Answer
What are the biggest mistakes poker players make when studying with Piosolver?
How to study with PioSOLVER
If you have read this PIOsolver review and decided to go ahead with the purchase, you can use this information below to study more effectively with it.
Step 1: Create a game tree
input preflop ranges, stack sizes and bet sizes. Adjust other tree settings such as all in threshold and maximum number of actions on each street. For more info on creating a game tree you can check out my youtube series.
Step 2: Estimate tree size, build tree and solve.
After you have clicked build tree and “Go” the solver will begin. Once complete you are now ready to learn gto poker from piosolver.
Step 3: Analyse the hand
The postflop browser will visually display the solution and allow you to view the different “nodes” of the hand. A node is a decision point in the hand and by navigating through the game tree you can see what the optimal strategy looks like at all decision points in the hand. You also have access to advanced tools such as aggregation reports and range explorer. I go into detail about these on my free youtube series.
How to study with PioSOLVER
There are two key things to understand when studying with PioSOLVER. First is that the solver only provides a strategic output based on the variables that you input. Second is that it outputs very complex strategies. This means that to study effectively with PioSOLVER you need to build accurate models and study them in a way that allows you to take actionable strategic advice onto the poker table.
Generally speaking these are the stages
PioSOLVER Node Locking
One of the most useful features of PioSOLVER is node locking. This allows you to make changes to the strategy and then re run the simulation to model for a scenario where your opponents play differently from the solver. An example might be that you think your opponent does not bluff as much as the solver in a river situation. You could therefore perform a node lock and then outline the specific calling range you need to call against an opponent that is bluffing less often.
There are currently 4 different Piosolver licences that can be purchased on their store, you can upgrade your licence at any time
Piosolver Free - $0 – Try the software for free
Piosolver Basic - $249 – For aspiring poker players learning game theory strategies
Piosolver Pro - $475 – Version of choice for most small-mid stakes players. Fully scriptable
Piosolver Edge - $1099 – For high stakes players who like to have a bit more. Preflop solutions.
The free version of PioSolver has a surprisingly large amount of functionality however it does not allow the calculation of flop solutions which is a key feature of all other versions. I would recommend trying out the free version before upgrading. Piosolver Basic allows the calculation of flop situations and full software functionality, but with a few limitations. You are only able to use up to 4 CPU threads (reducing solver speed), there is just 1 computer activation and the software is not scriptable. Pio Pro is fully scriptable, meaning that you can leave it running on a range of flops whilst you are away from the computer and return to the results. It also uses up to 16 CPU threads and allows for 2 activations. Piosolver edge is the premium product. It still allows for 2 activations but has unlimited CPU capacity and crucially the preflop solver, which allows the calculation of GTO preflop strategies.
To understand more about the differences in the software, you can visit the piosolver website here.
Piosolver Computer Requirements
The team at piosolver have been great with bringing out updates to the software to increase solving speed, but from my experience faster CPUs still yield significantly faster solving times. After speaking with the development team I can confirm that the solving speed should scale linearly following the upgrade of a processor. So you should be able to use benchmarking to predict increases in performance following a hardware upgrade. If you want exceptionally fast solving times then read below on Pio Edge and using a server.
From my experience its fine to solve to 0.5% exploitability, this can be achieved quickly for most trees on a good computer. I have written some example solving times below using my i7 770k processor and 32GB RAM.
Piosolver Basic only solves turn and river situations and has a limitation of 4 CPU threads. Due to the much smaller game tree sizes much less computing power is required than the other versions so you should be fine trialling it with even a low-grade desktop or laptop. However, if you are running a fast PC then you would see much faster solving speeds on the paid versions as most decent computers have more than 4 CPU threads. It’s free so give it a try!
RAM required for Piosolver
If you are less ambitious than Edge and looking to use the solver for postflop solving only, then I would recommend at least 6GB of RAM, although you can certainly easily build trees such as 3-bet pots on as little as 4GB of ram, as these trees are significantly smaller. A tree of big blind vs button with 1 betsize on the flop and 2 on each of the turn and river is around 2GB for a single raised pot and 1GB for a 3-Bet pot, but of course you still need some RAM leftover after building the tree for everything to run smoothly. After discussing this with the developer I can confirm that CPU is the limiting factor of the solver, not RAM. As long as you have enough RAM to build the tree in and some extra for the system to operate smoothly then you will be fine. If,however, you want to solve preflop trees then a large amount of RAM is required, so read below.
As can be seen above, different versions of piosolver have the ability to utilise differing amounts of CPU power. If you are looking to build preflop trees using Edge you will need 64GB of RAM. This is only for serious players and if you want to buy a set of Piosolver generated preflop ranges they are included in my Piosolver packs shown in this article. Building a computer with this much RAM is pricey. A great alternative for players looking to solve preflop trees is to hire a server and run piosolver on there with the huge amount of computing power that can be leveraged. I have used amazon web services for this in the past and it was fantastic. This is the best way to fully utilise the Edge version of the software as there will be a hefty price tag on a computer that can utilise more than the 16 CPU threads that the Pro version can and have 64GB of RAM.
This is the version of choice for many aspiring poker players and uses up to 16 CPU cores which is more than the vast majority of even high end desktop computers. If you are looking to solve situations quickly, multiple different board textures and use a variety of advanced tools then this is the version for you. After the RAM requirements above, you will be wanting to know how much CPU power is required. I would recommend getting an i7 processor and as you increase your spend the performance on piosolver will increase linearly with the benchmarking performance of the processor ( confirmed with developers). I think it’s worth noting at this point that if you email the Pio support team they are very helpful with system requirements and optimisation. You can still run Pio Pro on a decent i5 processor such as an i5-4670k and you can utilise the 16 threads instead of the maximum of 4 on the Basic version
I am running Pio Pro on an Intel Core i7-7700 CPU @ 3.6 GHz with 32Gb of RAM.
Here are a couple of results:
1 GB 3-Bet pot tree solved to 0.5% exploitability – 119 seconds
2.2 GB Single raised pot tree solved to 0.5% exploitability : 336 seconds
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If you are an online player looking to improve your game or an online/live player looking to understand how to maximally exploit your opponents then this software is a fantastic learning tool. The important thing to understand about PioSOLVER is that it only functions based on the variables that are inputted so there is a large benefit to working with an individual with extensive experience in modelling poker situations and maximising the software's capabilities. Included in the lessons are resources such as pre-made PioSOLVER trees and Preflop Ranges derived from PioSOLVER's preflop solving functionality so you can structure a high level strategy both preflop and post flop.
PioSOLVER Review Verdict
I hope you enjoyed this PIOsolver review. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
PioSOLVER is a fantastic piece of software and a must have tool for aspiring poker players and established professionals. If utilised correctly It can yield fantastic learning results and completely change a players game.
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