Game selection control and bankroll variation

Today we want to show you more about a couple of new features in Poker Analytics 4, two additions to the session screen.

Game selection control

You might have already noticed, but when you create a session, Poker Analytics shows you a micro report at the top of the screen.

Game selection control at the top of each new session

The app shows you two statistics:

On the left, you’ll see the hourly rate for the type of session you are about to start. We’re taking into account:

  • the stakes
  • the game
  • the format
  • whether you’re playing live or online

On the right, you’ll see the hourly rate of all your cash games sessions if you’re about to start a cash game, or the hourly rate of all your tournaments if you’re about to start a tournament.

It’s a great tool to familiarize yourself with the hourly rates of the different kind of games you’re playing, thus making you better at selecting the best games for you.

You’ll also be able to see if you’re taking good decisions when starting a game. If you’re starting to take shots at a higher limit, you’ll quickly be able to see if these games are more profitable than your previous games.

Bankroll variation

In the same fashion, at the end of each of your sessions, you can see your bankroll variation in the first section of the table. Please note that this is only displayed for the last session.

Bankroll variation when finishing a session

This is a great indicator to make yourself aware of how you manage your bankroll.

Heavy variations are an indicator that you might play above reasonable and that your chances of going broke are high. It can also be the results of a great performance in a tournaments, congratulations!

If the line is not showing up, it means your bankroll is in the red. You’ll probably want to learn more about bankroll management as it might be the most important poker skill you need to be a successful poker player.

If you feel some of the numbers you see in these statistics are unusually high, it might be time to take a step back and make some adjustment. Playing one level below might be better both for your hourly rate and your bankroll health!

Tips on conditioning reports

We have a couple of tips explaining how the new reports works and what you can do to use them as best as you can.

Health

First of all, three of the new reports are connected to the Health app of your iOS device:

  • Sleep
  • Calories
  • Workouts

To be able to launch one of these reports, you’ll need to input some data into the Health app.

A number of apps now are helping you doing this. For example, you can use Sleep Cycle to track your sleep, or Runkeeper for running. You may already have one without being aware, so if you’re using some tracking app, check out in your Health app if you have some data.

When launching one of these reports, Poker Analytics 4 searches for sessions with health data and compute the maths to show you the influence of sleep and physical activity on your results.

Poker Analytics 4 needs the access to the Health data to do this. You’ll be automatically asked for this within the app. However, if you refused to give the app access to these data, you’ll have to change that in the Settings of your iPhone.

Samples

We usually like to keep things open to give you maximum control over your data. However, the default reports might require some filtering.

Typically, the duration report is an amazing tool for cash games, as you’ll be able to learn when you start getting tired. The point here is that this report won’t tell you much with your tournament data. When you play a tournament, the longer you last, the more chance you have to win big. So there isn’t much to learn for tournaments with the duration report. Also, mixing tournaments and cash games obviously won’t give great results. So what you need to do is to filter your data on cash games to be able to exploit the results of the report.

The algorithm we use averages your results. In poker, you should know that a small sample size isn’t representative of the reality. This is the same for the conditioning reports. In your data set, you’ll probably find some ranges with only a few results like a couple of sessions with 4 hours of sleep. Make sure that you don’t take results too seriously when the sample size is limited.

In the same fashion, some sessions with unusually good or bad results may have an big impact on the report. For example, you played a long cash game with a whale for 12 hours – whereas you never play sessions longer than 6 hours – and made a huge profit. The duration graph will show a great average result from 6 to 12 hours of play, but it doesn’t mean you should play longer. The purpose of the report is to show you when to stop due to fatigue, so make sure to filter out the sessions that present an exceptional factor.

To summarize, whatever you’re looking out, make sure that the sample size is relevant and take the time to analyze what you see before drawing a quick conclusion. Sleep well!

Conditioning reports

We recently released Poker Analytics 4 and wanted to tell you more about its breakthrough conditioning reports.

In this major version, we’ve added a new set of reports so you can really rock how you prepare for the game. You probably already know that having a healthy lifestyle is important, but now we’re bringing you the tools to optimize how you roll.

We’ve developed four new reports around 3 themes:

  • Sleep
  • Session duration
  • Physical activity

Since iOS8, Apple has given apps a way to exchange various types of data in the Health app. Some apps can write data, like how long you train, and some can read that data for different uses. Poker Analytics can read your sleep and physical activity data that has been recorded by other trackers.

To exploit this data, we’ve built a new engine that correlates your results with these different sources. We’re now able to show your average results depending on the duration of your sleep, sessions and physical activities, as well as the calories you’ve burned.

Sleep report showing the evolution of results (Y-axis) depending on the sleep duration (X-axis)

Sleep

We all know how sleep is important, but what you might not know is that you have a significant win rate drop when you sleep less than 7 hours.

Some of those days, you’ll probably feel good enough to play, and nobody will stop you from doing that. However, while playing, if you’re aware that you perform less in average, you’ll have an easier time to stop your session as soon as the first signs of fatigue will appear, and you’ll be able to get away from a game that might quickly become unprofitable.

Session duration

When you play a tournament, you’re not in control of the duration of your session. Actually, the longer, the better. In cash games, most of the time, it’s the opposite: the longer, the worse, except when you find yourself in a very good game. We all get tired after a certain point and it’s very important to know when to stop. Just last week, Daniel Negreanu reminded us how important it is not to play tired.

Getting tired means thinking less, being less aware at what is going on at the table, and being more subject to tilt. We all want to avoid that. So learning when to stop is a key factor for success. You might think you can play consistently 8 hours at a table, whereas your win rate starts declining after 6 hours. Even if your average profit stays the same when you play 6 hours or 8, it means playing those two extra hours isn’t achieving anything for you. We all love to play, but getting off the table an hour early can get far more profitable than continue playing.

This extra time can be used in various ways that will make your future sessions more profitable. You can take it to study your game and review your hands, you can go out exercise, actually you can use it to do whatever you like outside poker.

Playing a little bit less can also have two positive impacts on you. On one side, you’ll be less tired therefore less subject to tilt. Tilt can have many sources, whether it’s a mistake, a bad beat, or losing to a weak player. The more you play, the more chances you have to get badly affected. And on the other side, it can simply keep your hunger for the game and avoid lassitude.

Physical activity

The goal of the conditioning reports is to make you avoid playing tired, which can be costly. However, having some physical activity before playing can either have a positive or negative impact.

On one hand, having a small workout, or simply having a walk can improve your well-being, clear your mind and in the end make you play better poker. On the other hand, playing soccer for two hours or having a long run can really tire you out and instantly make you a losing player.

It’s important to learn where you stand in order to avoid long term mistakes. To learn more about yourself, we’re bringing in two reports: duration and calories. With these, you’ll be able to know whether you should or should not play after exercising, and maybe help you plan you day differently: light activity before playing and more tiresome sports after playing.

We hope these new kinds of reports will really help you in your preparation and make a big difference on your long term results. We’re always eager to hear from you so please tell us what you’ve learned after using them!

What’s new in Poker Analytics 4?


The app has just been released, and it’s time to show you all the amazing new features we’ve developed for you.

Conditioning reports

We’re really very excited about these new reports. It’s a first in the industry. We’ve developed a new engine to correlate your results with some parameters.

  • The duration of your sessions: now, instead of comparing your results between different duration segments, we are able to precisely trace a curve showing how you perform on average for any duration.
  • Sleep duration: In the same fashion, using your Sleep data from the Health app, you’ll see how much sleep you need to perform at your best.
  • Sport activity: We correlate your results with the calories you’ve burned and how long practiced to show you the impact of your physical activity on your results.

To use the latest two reports, you will need to use a sleep and a sport tracking app that input some data in the Health app. We recommend Sleep Cycle if you are looking to track your sleep. We do not have any recommendation for sport tracking apps as it often depend on the type of sport you are practicing.

Reports and charts

Duration chart

Heavily requested, we’ve added a new duration tab in your net result evolution graph, which will give you the total duration of play in the X-axis.

Chart legends

All legends have been reworked for clarity and better understanding.

Volumes

In most reports, you’ll now have an indication of the number of sessions played.

Filters

Some new filters have been added for tournaments:

  • Number of players
  • Completion percentage
  • Finishing place

Filters name can now be edited.

Sessions

Player notes

It is now possible to add some notes to players. The notes are automatically dated to get maximum relevancy.

A ‘Players’ tab has been added to edit the players and quickly see their profile.

In hand histories, you can also specify which player is playing, and have a look at your hand history with the player in its profile.

Game selection control

When starting a new session, we are now indicating your hourly rate for this particular kind of session, based on the stakes, the game, the format, and whether the game is live or online.

You’ll be able to compare this hourly rate with your overall hourly rate, for cash games or tournaments, and be able to judge if this is the best game for you.

Bankroll variation

At the end of a session, we are indicating the bankroll variation, to make yourself more aware of your bankroll management.

Other

  • We’ve refactored the format keyboard for a quicker selection.
  • The pause state of a session is better indicated

Custom operations and bankroll

Probably the most requested feature, is the ability to create custom operations. You’ll now be able to create operations for expenses, mileage, knockouts and other bonuses.

We’re also adding the ability to add an operation to a session, meaning you’ll be able to calculate your real winnings on the go.

As for all operations, it will be possible to see the total of each operation type in the bankroll tab.

But what if you spent 3 weeks at the WSOP? How much did you really win between your poker winnings, the hotel and the travel? Bankrolls can be filtered by date to get a precise breakdown of your trips or year.

Hand histories

  • The format, action and cards keyboards have been refactored
  • It is now possible to create multi-straddle hands

Aesthetics

  • The app icon has been beautified
  • There a new light graphical theme named Diamond
  • The app uses the San Francisco font
  • We’ve worked on the readability to make your eyes less tired
  • We’ve optimized the graphics for iPhone 6+ and 6s+

Devices

iPad

Finally, we finally support the iPad! Not much to say about that, but you won’t feel lost with the familiar feel of the app.

Apple Watch

Poker Analytics gets a simple Apple Watch extension which will help you manage your sessions directly on your wrist.

Other

  • The comments view have been refactored for better readability.
  • Tapping on a tab makes a table scroll to the top.
  • Your data files can now be directly imported from the Mail app using a long tap on the attachment.
  • Hand histories are now exported in the XML backups, and can be imported.

The road to Nosebleed

Today, while waiting patiently for the release of Poker Analytics 4, we wanted to tell you more about the origins and the direction we took to decide which features to add in Poker Analytics 4 Nosebleed.

Your requests

We are glad to frequently receive great feedback from you guys, and we want to thank you for it again. In this new version, we wanted to address the features that has been requested the most and that makes the more sense in what we want to achieve.

The most requested feature has been the capability to create custom fields that can be added or subtracted to the result of the session. Many wanted to attach some expenses to a single session, so that’s what we did. Operation types are a new type of static data that you can create in the app, and you can attach any operation to a session. You’ll be able to create operations like mileage, food, bad beat jackpots and so on.

One issue came up though. Players going to the WSOP are paying for their travel to Vegas and their hotel, a situation where you cannot attach one expense to a single session, because you might play a bunch of tournaments, and cash sessions on the side. To solve that issue we’ve added bankroll filters, making you able to see the breakdown of your poker trips, or how was your 2015 year.

Relevance

After nearly 4 years riding with Poker Analytics, we had this recurrent feeling that some of the information we were showing was sometimes incomplete. Our charts were a bit lacking in relevance because most of the time we didn’t display the volumes. As a poker tracker, it is essential that the statistics we display makes sense.

We love the comparison charts in Poker Analytics, but you need to know if you have enough data to be able to give a stat some meaning. You can have a crazy hourly rate at one location because you played a tournament once and made the final table, but in the end you cannot make any conclusion about that. That’s why we’ve added volumes indicators by default in most charts, so you can quickly judge if a stat is relevant or not.

Innovation

Our mission is to provide the best tracking app, and by that we want to give you tools that will make you stand apart from the other players. With iOS 8, Apple has offered us a way to use powerful resources to analyze your data and better prepare for the game with the Health app. In Poker Analytics 4, you can give the app access to some of your Health data, in order to correlate your results with some health parameters.

We chose to start with your sleep and physical activity, as they definitely have an huge impact on your game. Conditioning reports give you a way to know the optimal duration of sleep or sport practice, so you can get the best preparation as possible every time you play.

We think that with all these new features, you’ll get new insights on your results, you’ll be able to prepare better than ever and have a great 2016!