Find answers to your questions in our new Help Center

High stakes hand!

Pokeit now has an official Help Center. There you’ll find documentation on everything you can do in Pokeit, and a new community section so you can ask your own questions and discuss with other users. The Help Center can be accessed from any page on the website by clicking on the “Help Center” link in the header.

The Help Center is split up into 4 sections:

  • Documentation: Get a complete picture of all the components of Pokeit and how they fit together. Here you can find guides on everything from setting up Pokeit with your poker sites, building visualizations, using the HUD, and more
  • Community Discussion: Post your own questions and feature requests publicly to get feedback from us and other users in the comments
  • FAQ: Answers to the most common questions and issues can be found here
  • How-to Videos: If you prefer to watch rather than read, be sure to check out this section for instructional videos on how to use Pokeit.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can take advantage of our new chat widget and start a conversation with us. The chat widget will show up at the bottom of any page on the Help Center. Simply click on the widget, type your message and hit send. We’ll respond as long as we’re not asleep or occupied.

Additionally, if English isn’t the easiest for you to read, you can browse the Help Center in whatever language you want! You can switch languages through a dropdown in the footer of any Help Center page. The translations are powered by Google Translate, so there may be some imperfections in the results.

Thanks,
The Pokeit Team

Convert your poker hands with Pokeit’s free public converter

High stakes hand!

Poker players have been posting hands online since the dawn of internet poker. Whether it’s players looking for feedback on their game, or fans sharing big hands from the high stakes rail, much of the activity on the internet forums revolves around these posted hands. Over time, tools were developed for prettifying and condensing down the information in these raw hand histories so they’re easier to read.

Last week we launched our own free hand converter that anyone can use even if they aren’t a Pokeit member. The web address for the converter is:

https://pokeit.co/convert/

When designing the converter we took a look at all the other hand converters being used by players today. While there was a lot to like, none of them combined all of the features of the Pokeit converter into one:

  • Works with all games including Hold’em, Omaha (5-card too), Draw and Stud
  • 19 different sites are supported including PokerStars, 888Poker, partypoker, iPoker, Ignition, and more
  • Run-it-Twice compatible
  • Multiple hands can be pasted in at once
  • Converted hands include a web-link to a replayable version
  • Uses the formatting popularized by the railhand converter

The Pokeit converter can return formatted text in addition to forum code and there’s also a replayer only option. Web-links are generated for hands by default but this can be toggled off if you prefer to keep your hands private.

We hope you enjoy this new free tool and good luck at the tables!

Thanks,
The Pokeit Team

Live streaming with Pokeit

Pokeitbot helping out in a twitch stream!

Today we’re proud to announce the launch of Live streaming with Pokeit. Live streaming with Pokeit makes it easy to share information about a poker session with an audience. This new service includes two major components: a chatbot for Twitch called Pokeitbot that will respond to commands regarding your current session of online poker, and a live homepage where you can publish graphs and reports to the web. Both products are now available for all Pokeit members at no additional cost.

We begin this blog post with a brief overview of poker streaming on Twitch. Next, we identify how the lack of poker-specific tools for live streaming is limiting audience engagement. We then introduce the solution, Live streaming with Pokeit, which includes the Pokeitbot chatbot, and the live homepage. Finally we wrap things up with a new mission: helping players communicate using their poker data.

Live streaming and online poker

Live streaming has become a major part of the online poker community over the past few years. Poker fans have enjoyed watching their favorite poker players as they make deep runs in online tournaments or mix it up in the the world of high stakes cash games. Hosted primarily on the gaming website Twitch.tv, poker streaming routinely cracks the “Top 10” in viewership and has introduced thousands of new players to the game.

Before streaming on Twitch became a popular pastime, following online poker came with a steep learning curve. Even knowing who was playing required encyclopedic knowledge of hundreds of faceless usernames and the ability to decode arcane jargon and statistics. Live streaming on Twitch changed all this by introducing the human element to the online game.

Showing the game from the perspective of a streamer gave people someone to root for and a community of followers to share in the excitement. The interaction between the viewers and the streamer conducted through chat is key to this experience. This conversation between viewers and streamers and among the viewers themselves builds trust in the community and helps to educate the audience about what’s happening on-stream. Monitoring chat and answering the same questions over and over can often take a lot of time and attention. To help streamers manage, programs called “chatbots” can be added to any channel. 

Chatbots (such as Nightbot) let you program in responses to any number of commands. For example, you can find out how long a stream has been going with the !uptime command, or ask what song is playing with the !song command. However, these “general purpose” chatbots aren’t able to tell you anything about the poker being played. This limitation means that many questions go unanswered. Five months ago, we started work on a solution for this problem and today we’re proud to announce the launch of Live streaming with Pokeit

Pokeitbot: A chatbot designed for internet poker

The first component of Live streaming with Pokeit is a poker-specific chatbot called Pokeitbot. Pokeitbot feeds off the data stored in your Pokeit database, which is updated automatically every time you finish playing a hand or tournament. Pokeitbot can operate in real-time, or on a delay of your choosing. Some sample commands include:

  • !session – Returns the number of hands, net profit/loss and other stats for this session
  • !hand {id} – Returns the result of the hand with the given id along with a link to a hand history and re-player
  • !tourney {id} – Returns your results for the tournament with the given id
  • !player {player name} – Returns the stats you have on this player for the current session
  • !visualizations – Provides a list of all the visualizations you’re currently streaming live along with a link to your live page

Pokeitbot can also be configured to automatically post new hands and tournaments to chat after they finish. Check out the bot commands page for the full list of commands along with example responses.

Pokeitbot commands can also be accessed directly from our live streaming API. After enabling the API through your account page, commands can be run directly from your browser by visiting a web address. The API is helpful if you’re already using a chatbot such as Nightbot and don’t want to add a second bot to your stream. For a full list of API endpoints, as well as instructions for adding custom Pokeit commands to Nightbot, visit the bot API page.

A live homepage for your visualizations

The Pokeit web application is a powerful tool for gaining insight from your poker data through fully-customizable graphs and reports. We focus on graphs and reports, or visualizations as we call them, because seeing your data visually is often the best way to understand it. 

The second component of Live streaming with Pokeit is a live homepage allowing you to share the visualizations you create with your audience. Visualizations shared this way will update automatically as new data comes in. Timeframes can be added to limit the data displayed to a single session, week or year and other options include the ability to hide holecards, player names, and the hand histories themselves. That way, only the information you want out there will be shared. Live visualizations run off the same delay as Pokeitbot so everything you share remains in sync.

For example, if you wanted give your followers access to all the hands you played this session, as well as a graph of your results, you’d share the “Hand Browser” and “Hands Graph” visualizations. Anyone with your Live streaming link will be able to view these visualizations while you’re streaming. We’ve also included several commands in Pokeitbot which provide information on what’s streaming on your page, along with links to the live content.

Helping players communicate with data

When we started Pokeit, one of our original goals was to give poker players a better way integrate their own poker data into the conversations they were already having online. We wanted players to be able to share the insights they were gaining from their data with others just as easily as they swapped tips and strategy on poker forums.

It’s this promise we deliver on with the launch of Live streaming with Pokeit and we look forward to hearing your feedback.

The Pokeit Team
Chaz & Bryon

Introducing Pokeit HUD beta!

It's the Pokeit HUD, Finally!!

We’re thrilled to announce the beta release of Pokeit HUD! With Pokeit HUD, real-time statistics detailing your opponents’ betting patterns and playing style are displayed directly over their seats at the poker table. Pokeit subscribers can visit this page to download the Pokeit HUD standalone program.

We’re releasing Pokeit HUD in beta with the following features:

  • Cash & tournament support for 19 games across 9 sites & networks: Hold’em, Omaha, Stud, and Draw variants of poker are supported making Pokeit HUD the first commercial product compatible with mixed games. The nine sites & networks include PokerStars, 888Poker, Winamax, PartyPoker, iPoker, Winning Poker, Merge Network, Boss Media, and SwC Poker
  • An editable HUD profile: Select from 64 pre-built stats or create your own using the Pokeit Formula builder. A color palette is available for styling, and filters can be applied allowing you to see only the data that’s relevant to you
  • Favorite seat picker: Right-click on a HUD box to assign it as your preferred seat for a given site and table size
  • OSX & Windows compatible: Installers are available for OSX version 10.6+ and Windows 7+
  • Regular tables only: The beta version is not compatible with fast fold tables

Right now, the beta version of Pokeit HUD requires also running the existing Pokeit app you’ve been using for uploading hands.

Throughout the beta program we’ll be focusing on fixing bugs and adding functionality. Here’s what’s on our roadmap for version 1.0:

  • Integrating the legacy Pokeit app: Pokeit HUD beta requires the existing Pokeit app to be installed in order to sync your poker data with your online database. We will be incorporating the syncing functionality into the Pokeit HUD app in version 1.0 so only one program will be required
  • Multiple HUD profiles: Want to display different stats for the different games you play? In version 1.0 we’ll be adding the ability to create multiple HUD profiles, which can be assigned to individual game types
  • Mucked cards: Mucked card display saves you the effort of going back through the hand histories to see what your opponent folded. After the hand is over, the mucked cards will be displayed on top of the table
  • Helpful widgets: Star hands for later without having to visit the Pokeit website. Keep track of player notes and write new ones on the fly
  • Loading individual visualizations on your desktop: Your favorite visualizations will be accessible directly from the Pokeit HUD tray menu

All versions of Pokeit HUD (beta and beyond) will be available to Pokeit users at no additional cost. We expect to release version 1.0 in the first quarter of 2017. Several other features stand out as must-haves to be added later in 2017:

  • Player detail: Curious about your history against an individual player? Simply right click on their HUD box and open up a detail window with loads of additional statistics and analysis options
  • Population statistics: See where a player lies along the population distribution. Determine the significance of newly-observed data given what you’ve seen before
  • Fast fold support: PokerStars Zoom poker is a priority and we’ll turn our attention to other sites once that’s complete

With all that said, go ahead and download Pokeit HUD beta. We’re looking forward to your feedback.

Thanks,
The Pokeit Team

Introducing visualization and database sharing

This post is about sharing, and these people are sharing Nachos.

We’ve introduced two new ways for you to share your poker hands, stats, and graphs. The first, called Snapshots, lets you share a single visualization. The second, Secure Share, is for granting access to your entire database.

Snapshots

Many of you have asked for a way to share whole reports and graphs instead of just single hands. After you finish a tournament you may want to send the hands you played to a friend or coach to help you review. With the new Snapshots feature, all you would have to do is open Hand Browser, add a filter for the tournament, and then click on the new sharing button in the top right corner of the toolbar. Other visualizations can be shared just as easily.

You may not always want to share everything about your poker data when you make a snapshot, so we’ve included three privacy options for your convenience. Hide Player Names obscures the player aliases at the table and replaces them with their seat number. Hide Holecards only reveals holecards if they’re shown or mucked at the end of the hand. Hide Hand Details disables the detail side panel so hand histories and the replayer cannot be seen. By default, the snapshot name will be the name of the visualization but it can be changed as you see fit. This is useful if you’ve added a filter to the visualization and want a distinct title to reflect that.

Visualizations shared via Snapshots do not update when new data is added to your database. You can remove or alter the privacy options of your shared snapshots at any time by visiting the “Snapshots” section of the Account page.

Secure Share

With other poker programs you would have to use a screen sharing application or share your own password if you wanted to show someone else your database. This can be cumbersome, time consuming and is most of all insecure. We’ve solved this problem with a new feature that lets you securely share your entire Pokeit database.

We built Secure Share with coaches and backers in mind, but you can share your database with anyone as long as they are a Pokeit user. You can grant access to another user from the “Secure Share” section of the Account page and that access can be revoked by you at any time. All they have to do is accept your invitation for access and then they can switch between their own database and yours by clicking on the Account icon in the main header of the app.

Up next

We’ve been fairly quiet over the past few months. Two new yet-to-be-released features are in the final stages of development. We’re really excited about what’s in store and we look forward to telling you all about these features in the coming weeks.

Thanks,
The Pokeit Team