Pokeit HUD reaches version 1.0

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When we launched the Pokeit HUD beta early last year, we did so with a roadmap for getting it to version 1.0. Two of the milestones have already been met. These include the integration of the legacy Pokeit app and the ability to manage multiple HUD profiles. With this new release, we can mark the rest of features off the list and call version 1.0 complete:

  • Player Notes & Tags: Keep track of player notes and tags and write new ones on the fly. Star players and hands for later without having to visit the Pokeit website
  • Mucked cards: The mucked card display saves you the effort of going back through your hand histories to see what your opponent folded. After the hand is over, the mucked cards will be displayed on top of the table
  • Loading individual visualizations on your desktop: Visualizations of your tournaments, sessions and players will be accessible directly from the Pokeit Client

Let’s take a look at what’s new in version 1.0:

Player Notes

You can now take notes, star or create tags for the players at your table. All of this can be done from the new Notes popup which can be opened by clicking on a player’s HUD box and selecting “Show Player Notes”. Just start typing your note and it will save automatically. Tags can be created, added, or removed by clicking on the pencil icon. A star feature is also available for keeping track of important opponents.

Once added, notes, tags and stars will appear as icons alongside the stats in each player’s HUD box. Hovering over this section of the HUD box will display the information in a tooltip and clicking on it will re-open the Notes popup.

Visualizations

One of the coolest new features available in version 1.0 provides you with 1-click access to visualizations covering your current table, session, tournament, and opponents. Options available from the new Pokeit table widget include:

  • View Hands: Loads a list of hands from your current table, tournament or session
  • View Tournaments: View a report showing results from all your tournaments this session
  • Graph Results: Graph results from your current table, cash or tournament session
  • Plot Player Stacks: Shows a streamgraph of stack sizes at your current table over time
  • Winners and Losers: View results from all the players in your current session sorted by profit

Options available from the context menu of each HUD box include:

  • View Hands: Loads all the hands you’ve seen this player play
  • Graph Results: Lifetime graph of results for this player
  • Hero Results vs: Lifetime graph of your own results when this player is at the table

These visualizations will update automatically as new data comes in and make it easier to get the information you need.

Mucked Cards

You no longer have to go back through your hand histories to see what a player was holding. The new mucked cards display overlays boardcards and holecard on top of the table after each showdown. That way you can keep your focus on the table. Green background indicates a winner, red a loser.

What’s Next?

The roadmap beyond version 1.0 remains more or less unchanged from when we announced the HUD beta. Priorities for 2018 and beyond include:

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

We’re excited to have you try out version 1.0 and look forward to hearing your feedback!

The Pokeit Team
Chaz & Bryon

New Client, HUD and Sounds

Dynamic HUD

The old Pokeit syncing client has been retired and replaced with a new version that incorporates the Pokeit HUD beta. The next time you restart the Pokeit client, this update will install automatically. If you had been using the HUD beta, we’ll save your settings and remove the separate HUD program from your computer. The new program, called Pokeit Client, will upload your hand histories, display a configurable HUD, and give you quick access to your dashboard and visualizations saved in your Pokeit account.

Client improvements

In addition to combining the two functions of syncing and HUD, we’ve made several improvements to the client. With the old client, the delay between finishing a hand and seeing it show up in your account could be up to 5 seconds or more. With this new update, we’ve cut the delay time down to a second or less.

HUD Updates

Another major improvement to this new version is the ability to save and manage multiple HUD profiles. New profiles, with their own unique stats and filters, can be created, and saved for later. You can opt to switch between your profiles manually, or you can use the new Dynamic HUD feature to create rules for when to show your different profiles. This feature is helpful if you’ve created profiles with particular games, limits or stakes in mind and want to switch between those profiles automatically. You can find out more about how to set up different profiles on our Help Center.

New Sounds

We’ve also created brand new sounds for the Pokeit replayer. These new sounds replace the old 8-bit style effects we included with the replayer when we launched it in 2013. We styled these more realistic sound effects off the ones you’re likely to hear on your favorite poker site. If you happen to have your sounds turned off you can re-enable them from replayer by clicking the speaker icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

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