Poker Analytics 5.4.2

We’ve made some small UI improvements in this version, but it also has a slightly hidden new feature that might help you organize your data!

We’ve added a mass edit feature. It’s truly a rudimentary tool for now but we’ve wanted to help you massively change values of your sessions.

We’ve kept it simple: you’ll be able to change either the game, the location or the bankroll of the sessions of your choice.

So how does that work? Start by going in the Feed tab, and then filter out the sessions you want to change. Once your filter set, tap on filter again, and tap on Mass Edit. Select the field you want to change, and after that the value you want to set on all filtered sessions. That’s it!

If you’re interested in editing other kind of fields, let us know!

Poker Analytics 5.4

A new release is available on the stores!

Hands count

We’re adding two ways for you to get your perfect hand count per session:

  • By setting the count in your session
  • By setting a per hour setting

Per session

Now, after finishing a session, you’ll get a new Hands count row at the bottom of your session screen, where you can set the precise count of hands played in the session.

Total dealt hands per hour

Inside More > Settings > Preferences, you can now change the dealt hands per hour settings.

But wait before putting any value! Read below!

But what are these strange values? The numbers you can change here are the total number of dealt hands to all players at the table for one hour.

Let’s jump to an example:

Let’s say your average live game deals 25 hands per hour at a 10-max table, you’ll want to enter 25 x 10 = 250 in the live box. If you’re more like playing 30 hands per hour at a 9-max table, enter 9 x 30 = 270.

We’re using one value for live, and one for online to estimate the hand count, whatever the number of players at the table.

Another example for you to understand how it works. Let’s say you have 200 in the box. If you play a 10-handed game, the rate we will calculate is 200 / 10 = 20 hands per hour, but if you play an 8-handed game, it will be 200 / 8 = 25 hands per hour. If you have any question about this, contact us!

ITM Ratio

We’re adding a new stat! The ITM ratio is now available. In Stats, under the tournament section, we’ve replaced the Win Ratio stat by ITM Ratio.

What’s the difference? A session with a positive net amount counts as a win for the ratio, where a strictly positive cashed out amount counts as an ITM for the ITM ratio.

Note that the stat is also available in the custom reports if you want to do more with it.

App tips

You’ll also see a new button in your feed to access app tips. We’ll be adding tips on our blog and will give you the ability to see when new ones are posted.

Tap on the red globe for tips!

The button disappears if you tap on it so it doesn’t get too intrusive, but you’ll still be able to access them in More > Settings > Follow us. If you prefer not seeing this button, we’re giving you the ability to remove it entirely by switching it off, also under the Follow us section.

Custom Report [iOS]

We’ve redesigned the custom reports to make them easier to understand!

Just tap on the kind of report of your choice and let yourself guided! We’ve tried to make these as clear as possible, but if you need some more explanation you can contact us any time.

Also, note that you can save these reports once they’re displayed by tapping on the top right button. Saved reports can be launched again in the Reports tab!

Note: This is the new 5.4 content for iOS. If you’re an Android user, we’ve also added the calendar features of iOS version 5.3.

Note #2: On iOS, we’ve changed the calculation behind the average duration stat that you get in Stats > Total. The previous calculation was dividing the time played by the total number of games played instead of dividing by the number of sessions played, which was not clear and not the intention behind the name of the stat. We’ve now fixed this, so expect a significant change in this statistic if you’re multi-tabling.

Poker Analytics 5.3

Some new stuff in this very cool release!

The release is currently only for iOS but Android will come later.

We have a couple of new features inside the Calendar:

Grid calendar

You can now easily have a look at your poker winning and losing days, or months, and better analyze where your winning, or losing streaks come from. You might also understand that taking a break might be beneficial as you play most days. There is lots to learn from the new grid calendar!

Calendar new data sets

Also in the “traditional” calendar will you see new buttons and row:

  • Now you get to look at all your data if you want to, using the new All tab at the top of the screen
  • Inside the Month and Year tabs, you’ll get a new line at the top to see your current last timespan

Feed: new, new buttons!

Once again, We’ve decided to change the way you add data, for two reasons:

One, to give more space to data inside the feed.

Two, we wanted to stop managing two ways of displaying add buttons, and wanted to add more data types to make important stuff easier to access.

We hope you won’t mind this new change!

That’s pretty much it for the major changes, but we’ve also updated most images used inside the app! You can already see the some changes in the screenshots above. We hope you’ll love them as we believe they look better and/or have a better meaning.

Please give us your feedback through our various channels, and please go crush the tables!

Last note: We’re very fond of seeing our app used so we encourage you to post whatever you’re comfortable with and tag us on the platform of your choice!

A professional player hindsight post lockdown

A couple of days ago, we asked some of our users a couple of questions about their poker life during these extraordinary times. One of them kindly accepted to spend his personal time to answer all of them. Let’s dive in!

Just to set the context of this interview, what’s your living place and since when you are playing poker for a living?

I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Been playing professionally for almost 10 years now.

Do you remember your last poker night before the outbreak?

Yes I remember my last night before the outbreak shut everything down. I was playing cash game at one of the local casinos in my city. I didn’t know it at the time that that particular session would be my last, but we all knew the shutdown was coming soon. I spent the last week up to that point just trying to grind in as many hours as I could at the tables. Monday night March 16th into the early Tuesday morning of the 17th was my last session….hours later it was officially announced that all casinos were shutting down.

Is your poker life back to normal?

Yes and no. The casino poker rooms in my local area have finally been given the green light to reopen. September 12th (Saturday) was day 1, so it’s been almost 2 weeks now. That said, it’s going to be awhile till things actually feel back to normal again. It’s all about adjusting to the new environment, accepting it for the time being and trying to adapt and roll with it as best as possible. This whole process for me has been like nothing I could have ever imagined as a poker player. It’s all about weathering the storm. If ever there was the test of a lifetime, where a large numbers of macro variables are out of ones control, this is it!

What did you do related to poker during the outbreak and lockdown?

So I actually did play underground private cash games for the first couple weeks of COVID (last half of March into the first week of April) but decided to take a step back. Many reasons: 

The unregulated nature of these games must always be considered. e.g. overall safety, over-raking, conflicts of interest with game hosts playing in the games they are accumulating revenue off of, collusion, and “free” booze making for poor decisions at the table and life. 

That said I took up streaming poker on twitch in the summer of 2019 pre-COVID. I had always split my time about 25% streaming and 75% live poker. But with COVID, after I left the private home games I decided to put 100% of my time and energy into my stream, and channel that positive energy there! Looking back now, I’m glad I made this decision, it allowed me to productively and creatively grow my stream which is always a work in progress. But I’ve embraced it and actually see the streaming for myself as my future long term plan going forward. The transition will and has been gradual, but I’ve made great strides from when I first started which I’m proud of, and look forward to what the future has in store!

Did you return to your casino?

Looks like this question was answered above already. Entering day 14 with rooms reopened now, and 2nd full weekend with poker at the casinos! Weekends have and always will be prime time for poker. It’s even more important for me and any other professional to capitalize and not take for granted the weekends especially during COVID! Table selection, table selection, table selection!

What are you looking for when playing in a room now?

Traffic is number one! I need to be playing in the busiest room possible, busy room brings more players, more players means more tables, all translates into greater opportunities for action games, which again goes back to the ability to table select with an increased variety of games! In the long run it equates to more money in my pocket! 

8max vs 6max: I prefer 8max games. With the new dividers in place the traditional 9-10max games are on hold. 6max is a little frustrating when 1 or 2 players take a break and suddenly you are playing 4-5 handed, factor in the rake, and one casino in my area doesn’t even short rake ever, in an average game this makes it near unbeatable! 

Short rake is necessary, for 5-6 players or less, any poker room that doesn’t do this will be hard pressed to get my business. I find it insulting, and shows they don’t care about the players! 

Bad Beats, although not required, it’s nice to know there is the ability to win a promotion from time to time. I actually got one small table share for $1300 upon the first week returning. Every little bit helps, and it’s always even more appreciated when received when least expected!

How does it feel to play against players surrounded by protective windows? Is it changing the way you detect their tells? 

So this is definitely a learning curve and adjustment for me! Tells are definitely tougher to spot, but more so with the plexiglass I find myself having to really be conscious of what’s going on at the table! Specifically for example, player stack sizes! With the plexiglass it’ll often give off reflections or glares, so sometimes it’ll look like a player has more and/or less chips in front of them than they actually do, which can be deceiving and could prove costly if day dreaming. Same thing goes with the button. The button could be in seat 2, but a reflective glare shows it in seat 7. Kind of trippy, but all the more reason to pay attention at all times! Another factor is that players have to wear masks at the tables. There have been a few times now since returning that players I’ve played against in the past, I didn’t even realize who the individual was until later in the session! With visual distortion caused by the plexiglass, a player wearing a ball cap and a mask…sometimes it’s as if I’m playing in the dark as to who my opponent is until they actually open their mouth and speak! Lastly, as for tells, based on everything I’ve mentioned, you can imagine how much harder it would be to pick up on visual tells now! I mostly observe tells in the form of betting patterns, always have to some extent, and even more so now!

Your hopes and thoughts for our beloved game?

This is truly a time never experienced or witnessed ever in the history of poker and life in general. It’s going to hurt a lot for the time being. Best advice I give and tell myself is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst! The scary part is that it might actually get worse before it gets better. Truth of the matter is no one really knows, but a lot of damage has been done in the last 6 months, that has and will leave a ripple for some time yet. To any professional poker player out there, create a budget for yourself if you haven’t already. It’s really important. Money saved is money made! The game ultimately will rebound and make a comeback, however as far as any definite timeline as to when things will actually return to normal is uncertain. Poker is my passion and livelihood, whatever it takes to get through these times, just got to do it, and know that if one can get through this, going forward most other speed bumps from time to time should be a walk in the park!

Did the the skill level of the games you are playing has changed ? if so, is it easier or harder?

The skill level of players overall are improving, making table selection very important. That said though, the live cash games will always be softer than online cash games. Since I stream online, MTTs + cash games, I’ve decided to focus my energies during the weekdays for streaming online, and reserve the weekends for live cash at the casinos. I feel this will be the most optimal approach for myself!

Thank you very much for the time you spend on this interview!

Welcome, and thanks!

Android 5.0

Hello dear players, we’re glad to announce the release of a new amazing major version of Poker Analytics for Android.

A release very much oriented around hand histories, but not entirely! Here is what’s new:

  • Hand history recording
  • Hand history replayer
  • Hand history video export
  • Cash game stop notifications

Hand Recording

To develop the recorder, we started with the much loved iOS equivalent and focused on making it even better! We’ve added position shortcuts so you can avoid making N players fold, for example you just tap on the cut-off to make him bet if everyone folded before him.

We’ve also added a lot of flexibility around straddles, so Mississippi straddles are handled, and you can even straddle from any position if that’s how you play!

Lightning fast hand recorder

And once your hand is saved, you can look at it in the replayer, or export it as text or video!

The lovely replayer

Stop Notifications

So what’s that? That’s a pretty unique feature of Poker Analytics. If you’re cash game player, you’d probably be happy if I told you that your optimal session duration is 5 hours, because that’s the duration where you make the most money, and your win rate starts decreasing after that. That’s exactly what the feature does! Requiring a history of about 50 sessions, the app computes your optimal cash game duration and notifies you when you’ve played enough!

You have nothing to do to “use” this feature as you’ll be automatically notified when the time has come.

Just a few things worth mentioning: If you’re a losing player, the app won’t calculate the duration as your priority should probably be on the technical side.

Also, please keep in mind that as poker results are subject to variance, so is the optimal duration. Please use this feature as a reminder that playing the longest you can every time you sit at a table is probably never a good idea. You can read the post we made on the subject.

That’s it! We can’t wait for your feedback on version 5. Please send us a message on how you feel with this new features in your hands. We want to know what you like and what we can do better!

Enjoy and please play safe!