How To run PokerStove on your Mac

Poker Stove running on MacIn this article I’ll show Mac users how to run Pokerstove right on their Mac desktop using an application called  Winebottler!

Winebottler is software that runs Windows programs on your Mac. It does this by wrapping the software into a package that can run natively on OS X. In other words, it turns a Windows application into a Mac application. Winebottler works perfectly for programs like Pokerstove, and I’m going to show you how:

Step 1

You can download WineBottler here.

Step 2

Once you have the downloaded the WineBottler DMG file, open it. From there, click and drag the Wine and Winebottler app icons into your applications folder.

Step 3

Download Pokerstove here. (Hint: On that page, right-click on the “PokerStoveSetup124.exe” link and select “Save link as” to download it.) Once the .exe file for Pokerstove has been downloaded, the .exe icon will appear as the same box icon as Winebottler. This means the file will be executed using the Winebottler software.

Step 4

Double click to start the .exe file, and then click OK to “Run Directly In:”. If you want, you can change the directory it uses, but it really doesn’t matter where you run this.

Step 5

Go through the normal, windows-like installation screen.

Step 6

Once it has installed, Pokerstove should open up on your desktop! Place the Pokerstove.exe into your applications folder, and whenever you go to open it, just hit OK on “Run Directly In”. It will only install the first time.

After clicking OK, Winebottler will work for a few seconds (so be patient), and then open up your Pokerstove software, and Voila! You can now do all the crazy equity calculations you want with ease, enjoy!


Try clicking on “Convert to Simple OS X…” and running it. What this does is creates an application icon for you to open your program directly as if it were a real functioning OS X application. Unfortunately, this has yet to work for me with Pokerstove, as it can only locate the .exe to run, and not the actual Pokerstove software. This can work on other applications too, so if you are savvy with PCs/Macs, try it on other poker software.

Brad is a Small Stakes No Limit cash game grinder and long time Mac user. He is an aspiring professional poker player, coach and writer.

One Response to “How To run PokerStove on your Mac”

  1. chris September 3, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    This doesn’t work for me, it does the install steps fine but never opens the program, i can’t open slice on my mac either. Any ideas on a fix for this? Running version 10.6.8 atm sorry for lack of details just don’t have any/know what would be of use.