If you play online poker for more than an hour or two, or if you
play multiple tables at a time, you may get tired of using the
mouse whenever you need to fold, check, bet, call or raise. Most of
the poker clients don't provide keyboard shortcuts for playing. But
there is a way to set up your Windows computer so that when you
type a particular key it behaves as though you had moved the mouse
to a specific place and, if you want, clicked. It takes a few
minutes to set up, but with our step-by-step guide it's easy to do.
Once you get accustomed to using the keyboard you'll never go back
to the mouse!
(Optional) Step 1: Install AutoHotKey
AutoHotKey is a small utility that translates keystrokes into mouse
movements (and can do a lot more too, but we just use this one
aspect). Download it from here and install it on
If you would rather not bother with the AutoHotKey installation,
then in the next step you can download the standalone .exe version
of each keymap rather than the .ahk script. The .exe version
does not require an AutoHotKey installation to run. However, you
can't customize the behavior of the keymap because the .exe file
cannot be edited by hand.
Step 2: Download Keymap Definitions
We've developed a few different keymaps. Choose the one you prefer
and save it to your computer. The files are plain text and can be
viewed in your favorite editor; you can even change the keys used
if you want. Also, you can change the coordinates to match the
button positions in any poker client. The examples we give here are
for Party Poker, Poker Stars and Paradise Poker.
If you chose not to install AutoHotKey in step 1, then you will need
to download the standalone .exe version of the keymap you want.
Two Hands Keymap
This keymap uses the left hand for betting and the right hand for
navigating between windows. It is a good choice if you play
multiple tables and are afraid you might accidentally hit one of
the betting keys when you are trying to switch tables. Download the
keymap and save it to disk:
(However, if you use the Poker Tracker utility to automatically
request hand history emails, you must choose a number of hands to
request that doesn't contain the numbers 1 through 5. We recommend
requesting 90 hands each time.) The keymap is: