Poker Copilot Updated for PartyPoker Changes

As of October 5th, 2016, PartyPoker is making cash game hand history files anonymized. We released a Poker Copilot update with the following changes:

  • Anonymized PartyPoker cash game hand history files are imported.
  • You can view your own PartyPoker stats in Poker Copilot’s charts and tables.
  • You can replay PartyPoker hands.
  • The HUD will show accurate info for the hero player (that’s you).
  • The HUD will not show accurate info for PartyPoker cash game villains (your opponents). That’s because Poker Copilot can no longer determine from hand history files the actual name of the player sitting in each seat.

These changes only apply to cash games. PartyPoker tournament hand history files still identify all players as before.


Winamax Incognito Hands

Winamax offers “incognito” tables. They are like any other table except you don’t see the names of your opponents. They are listed as “Incognito 1”, “Incognito 2”, etc. This is also how players are shown in the hand history files.

This limits Poker Copilot’s HUD somewhat. However it is still useful, if you set Opponent HUD to  Current Session and Table/Tournament. You can set this in Poker Copilot’s preferences, or directly from the HUD, using the HUD control menu.

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Using this setting makes it less likely that the HUD mixes your opponent data with other opponents you previously played on Incognito tables.

Your own player name is not shown incognito, so you can track your own stats and hands as usual.

(By the way, I think this is a clever way that Winamax has dealt with certain problems with online poker. And best of all, it is optional.)


Coming changes to PartyPoker cash games and Poker Copilot

PartyPoker announced yesterday that as of October 5th, they’ll be making cash game hand histories anonymous. What this probably means for Poker Copilot:

  • The HUD probably won’t work with PartyPoker cash games
  • The HUD will still work with PartyPoker tournaments
  • Hand tracking will still show accurate statistics for you, the hero, as your player name won’t be replaced in the hand history with an anonymous replacement.
  • The hand replayer and leak detectors will still work fully on Party Poker.
  • There will (still) be no HUD on Fast Forward, which is PartyPoker’s “fast fold” variant.
  • PartyPoker says Fast Forward hands won’t be anonymous, which means hand tracking will still work with Fast Forward hands
  • This probably will affect all PartyPoker skins, such as PMU Poker, bwin, GiocoDigitale, Premium, and all the country specific versions of PartyPoker and bwin such as and

We can’t be be certain that this is correct until PartyPoker releases the update with these changes. We’ll endeavour to have a Poker Copilot update released within 24 hours of PartyPoker’s release, accommodating these changes as much as possible.

In my opinion, it is possible that PartyPoker will reverse these changes if they prove to be unpopular and cause an exodus of many regulars. We saw a similar reversal last year from Merge Network, who turned hand histories off altogether, only to reverse their decision soon after.


macOS Sierra is Here – and Poker Copilot loves it

Apple’s newest Mac operating system update, nicknamed macOS Sierra, was released two days ago. Poker Copilot works fully on macoS Sierra, completely, with no known issues.

What’s new in Sierra? Not much really. The most notable change is in the name. We used to run “Mac OS X” on our computers. A few years ago the word “Mac” was dropped, leaving us with “OS X”. Now, to fit the pattern of Apple’s iOS, watchOS, and tvOS, Apple has done something straight out of 1984’s “Ministry of Information”, and changed the name, both now and historically, to “macOS”.

A couple of other changes:

  • Siri, well known and inspirer of awe and awful frustration, is now present via a click on the menu bar. I turned Siri off pretty quickly, and she (it?) seemed unable to understand just about any request I posed. Put this in the category of “software released before it is ready”. This is the marquee feature for Sierra and, for me at least, it really doesn’t work.
  • Get help freeing up disk space on your Mac. This is nifty, but somewhat hidden.  Click on the Apple icon on the menu bar, select “About This Mac”, click on “Storage”, and finally “Manage…” This opens the tool:

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I like the “Empty Trash Automatically” option; files that have been in the trash for more than 30 days are removed forever.

Other than a few small tweaks to apps like Photos, that’s just about it for noticeable changes in Sierra. Really.

But update anyway. It is a free update for all Mac users.

Poker Copilot’ first exposure to Java 9

(Poker players, you probably won’t find anything interesting here, unless you are also a programmer).

Poker Copilot is written in Java. The first version of Poker Copilot used Java 5. Over time we used Java 6, 7, and now 8. Each time we upgrade to a major version of Java, we get either improved performance, decreased memory usage, or both. It always feels like a free Poker Copilot enhancement for me. I upgrade Java, now my product seems better to my customers.

Java 9 is available in early access, and is due for release next year. It is stable enough to use experimentally. Today, I downloaded and installed Java 9 and tried to run Poker Copilot. At first, it didn’t work. I had to make some minor code changes for it to run. Now it runs.

This sounds unremarkable. But it isn’t inside the world of Java. I’ve been programming in Java since Java version 1.1, in the 1990’s, and I think this is the first time I’ve upgraded to a new Java version and my code didn’t compile and run. The Java team aim for backward compatibility, and now, 20 years in, for the first time, backward compatibility is broken.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The changes were needed for a major change to Java, the so called “module system”.

For now, Poker Copilot will stay with Java 8. But when Java 9 is released, we’ll switch pretty quickly. This will let our Windows users with HiDPI displays have a better experience, it will decrease the size of Poker Copilot’s download, and it will let Poker Copilot start up faster.


Histograms of VPIP Distribution

I’ve got a collection of 3 million poker hands, from a number of poker rooms, different types of games, different hero players, and different table sizes. I did some analysis of these hands to find out how VPIP is distributed.

All these charts are histograms, with the x-axis showing all VPIP possible values from 0 to 100. They should how many people have a VPIP of 1, 2, 3, etc. VPIP is always rounded to the closest integer. I’ve filtered out players for whom I have less than 25 hands. In chart-speak, there are 101 buckets, ranging from 0 to 100.

You can see marked differences between tournaments and ring games, between 6-max and 9-max tables, and between No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Spin’n’goes are really loose.

Click each chart to see a full-sized version.

No Limit Hold’em 6-max Ring Game



No Limit Hold’em 9-max Ring Game


Pot Limit Omaha 6-max Ring Game

I don’t have a lot of data here; there seems to be no clear typical VPIP range here, but that would possibly change with more data.


No Limit Hold’em 6-max Tournaments


No Limit Hold’em 9-max Tournaments


No Limit Hold’em 3-max Tournaments

These are mostly PokerStars Spin’n’goes. Hyperturbo, short-stacked, three player – you’d expect a high VPIP here and the charts show that to be the case.



(Note: each chart shows a dip exactly at 50%; I think there’s some rounding problem somewhere in the process of making these charts.)



Poker Copilot 4 and macOS Sierra

The latest Poker Copilot (version 5) works on the upcoming macOS Sierra without problem.

However, if you are using Poker Copilot 4 on macOS Sierra, you may find that it crashes at startup. The solution is to download and install Apple’s “legacy Java 6 runtime”. You can download it here. At the time of writing, you’ll need to do this, even if you have already installed Apple’s legacy Java 7 runtime before upgrading to macOS Sierra.

Once you’ve done that, Poker Copilot 4 should work without problem.

This problem is affecting many OS X apps, so I expect Apple to have resolved it by the time they officially launch macOS Sierra later this year.



Buy Poker Copilot with Neteller, Bitcoin, and more

We’ve added a new payment option to Poker Copilot’s online store. You can now pay with Neteller. Via Neteller, there are now many other payment options, such as Bitcoin, Sofort, and Giropay.

The exact options available to you depend on your country. For example, if you are in Brazil, you can now pay for Poker Copilot with Neteller, Bitcoin, Itaú, Banco do Brasil, and Bradesco:

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I’m looking forward to our first-ever sale made with Bitcoin!




Poker Copilot Affiliate Program

Got a poker-related website, newsletter, or Twitch stream? Want to earn some money from it? Consider joining our affiliate program. The basics:

  • Promote our software on your website or other property and earn 30% commission on every sale you refer.
  • Monthly payouts via PayPal.
  • If the visitor buys Poker Copilot within 180 days, you earn commission.

We often get asked if we have an affiliate program. Until now, the answer has sometimes been “no”, and sometimes “not yet”. We tried an informal approach via FastSpring, our previous payment processor, but that didn’t work out very well.

We’ve now added an affiliate program. Anyone can sign up. When you’ve earned at least €50 in commissions, you’ll receive a payout on the 15th of the month. We’ve tried to make it as simple as possible for you to use and for you to keep track of your referrals, sales, and commissions.

Join our affiliate program here.


Poker Copilot on Twitch this week

This week I’ll be streaming live demos of using Poker Copilot’s HUD while playing online poker:

  • Tuesday 8pm CEST (Barcelona time), 7pm London, 2pm NYC – Poker Copilot with PartyPoker
  • Thursday 8pm CEST (Barcelona time), 7pm London, 2pm NYC- Poker Copilot with 888poker