How TableNinja Can Change Your Poker Life

Published On: 7 January 2010 / Modified: 22 May 2018
Created By: Sean Lind

Regardless of how often you play online poker, installing TableNinja might be the greatest thing you can do for yourself.

And by greatest, I mean it’s pretty sweet - and you’ll at least be happy you did.

TableNinja is a Poker Shortcuts App

TableNinja is a poker shortcuts app similar to the “Poker Shortcuts” app used for the Rock Band Wireless Poker Controller video.

The idea is simple: Instead of having to use your mouse or type out the amount of your bet, you can hit one key and have the program do the rest.

When you think about it, you only typically make a small number of actions at a poker table:

  • Fold
  • Check/Call
  • Raise min
  • Raise 3bb
  • Bet Pot
  • Bet ¾ pot
  • Bet All in

For most of the poker players in the world, this list is almost 100% of all the actions you’ll ever make.

When it comes down to it, using your mouse is always going to be a lot slower than using your keyboard.

Even if you have no real need for such a program, as soon as you start playing a large number of tables or play poker from your iPhone you’ll begin to really appreciate the shortcuts.

There are two main packaged software options to choose from:

  • Poker Shortcuts
  • TableNinja

Since real ninjas are totally sweet, TableNinja wins from name alone. But here’s what you need to know about each program:

Poker Shortcuts works for both Full Tilt and PokerStars. It’s a free program and works pretty darn well, but being a free program it has more bugs and is slower to adapt the code every time a poker room updates its software.

TableNinja has two versions: TableNinja FT (Full Tilt) and regular (PokerStars)

The Full Tilt version is currently in Beta and you can download it (at the time of publication) for free. If you’re a Stars player, you’re going to have to pay $35 to get the software.

The advantage to paying for this software over the free Poker Shortcuts is that it’s easier to use, easier to set-up, has far fewer bugs and you can expect updates and improvements as time goes on.

Here’s a little video from the TableNinja site:

Since I assume most of you are familiar with some sort of gaming or another, the most obvious setup for this program would be to use your WASD cluster. I have my TableNinja set up as follows:

Left button – A

Middle button – S

Right button – D

Bet 70% of the pot – Q

Bet 3bb – W

Bet the pot – E

All-in – Z

That’s all I use. Now you have two options with all the betting.

You can have it so hitting your key will input the bet amount, making you have to click “Bet” with your mouse to complete the action, or you can have the software automatically make the bet once the button is pressed.

Using this feature increases your chances of misclick mistakes but also greatly speeds up the betting process.

By default, the software will only input a command to the table your mouse is hovering over. To keep things simple, it highlights the current table with a red border, a table needing your attention with a green border and the next table in line with a purple border.

There are options to automatically move your mouse to the next table needing action, but this feature can prove disastrous if you are trying to check email or chat on Skype while you play.

There’s nothing worse than trying to figure out why you can’t type in your Skype msg box only to see you’ve just shipped it all in pre-flop with 10 5.

You can also have the software automatically have you take a seat, buy-in and post your blinds upon opening a new table. This feature is highly recommended for all players using an iPhone or any other mobile device.

One of my favorite features of the software is its ability to register you into a tournament. It has always bugged me that once I click the “Register” button for a tournament in the lobby, it opens up a second page asking me if I want to register.

By the time I click Register again for a heads-up SNG, the seat has been filled. With TableNinja you can click register in the lobby and the software will do the rest.

The whole idea with TableNinja is to minimize the total amount of time you need to spend clicking and maximize the time you can spend playing.

If you’re lazy, play a large number of tables or are playing via an iPhone, chances are TableNinja will change your life.

If you’re none of the above, it’s still a pretty neat program.



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Sean Lind 2010-02-25 20:56:45


I have the same issue on my end. TableNinjaFT is still in beta, meaning it's not actually finished yet, so this might be a known bug they're working out.

I'll wait until the final product is out before making any calls on this one.

Thomas 2010-02-24 16:21:22

The table wont even highlight itself

Sean Lind 2010-02-24 00:39:02


What do you mean by not working? Obviously any buttons you have configured to "bet pot" or "all in" won't work, since stud is a limit game.

What exactly doesn't work for you in Stud?

Thomas 2010-02-24 00:25:08

I started using table ninja FT and found that it works well for the most part but when i play any stud games it doesn't work. At first I thought it wasn't working for H.O.R.S.E games but then i realized that during the horse games it was working when we switched to holdem or omaha but when we went to stud it wasnt working. If you have any ideas as to why this problem is occuring please let me know

Sweetcheese 2010-01-20 10:49:14

I have also found the program works with Horse & Omaha h/l games as well as the new Rush games at Full Tilt. Gives the odd error message & may fail rarely but just have to close and restart and works fine again. Sweeeet !

Sweetcheese 2010-01-12 11:07:34

This program rocks !! I was at my wits end, 8 tabling while nursing RSI symptoms from mouse use. Easy to get frustrated.
I have set up the Space Bar as the Check/Fold as it is the most used action otherwise the settings recommended are great. Already notice a difference in my results. After watching the 5 minute youtube lesson I had it sorted.
I have noticed you need to sort your tables out at Full Tilt before you turn Table Ninja on if you want to position yourself where you want at each table. Then start up table Ninja after your tables are sorted as you cannot change positions with it on.

sam 2010-01-09 07:46:39

thanks for the response, I'll check that site out!

Sean Lind 2010-01-08 19:59:51

Hey, I've experienced no lag running on a notebook Core 2 Duo 2GHz, with 2gig of ram (on XP Pro)

If you're lagging, it's most likely the computer. Chances are you have some spyware or viruses on your computer slowing things down.

head to:

Free online scanner, should fix stuff. Also, since you're on windows you might want to backup, format and re-install everything. Windows seems to need this every year or so (well, maybe not with Win7, we shall see).

Hope that helps


sam 2010-01-08 07:18:49

I currently use the full tilt version of tableninja, but it causes my pc to get laggy when I'm using borders and default bets. Is there a way of overcoming this? (without turning off borders and default bets)

Sean Lind 2010-01-08 00:13:24


There's a link in the article, but you can find everything you need to know about poker on the iPhone here:


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