Poker Copilot 2.16 Released

Poker Copilot 2.16 is now ready for download.

What’s new?

  • Mucked cards are shown directly on the poker table, a few seconds after a hand is completed. You can disable this in the HUD preferences.
  • The cash/play money toggle is now only shown on the toolbar if you have play money hands in your Poker Copilot database.

Known issues

  • For some people some of the time (including me), Poker Copilot takes a loooong time to open the database. If this happens to you, the best thing to do is simply wait. It could take a few seconds or a few minutes, depending on the size of your database. Work is in progress in fixing this.

Update Instructions:

  1. Download the latest version from
  2. Open the downloaded file.
  3. Drag the Poker Copilot icon to the Applications icon.
  4. If prompted to replace an existing version, confirm that you do want to replace.

Now you’re done and ready to hit the tables.

An "I’m on Tilt" Detector Bracelet

Imagine a device that tells you when you have too much emotional intensity to make rational decisions. This emotion-detecting bracelet from Philips is designed for day traders, but it might functionally equally well for online poker players:

It acts as an ’emotion mirror’ in which the intensity of the user’s feelings is reflected. Research shows that home investors do not act purely rationally: their behavior is influenced by emotions, most notably fear and greed, which can compromise their ability to take an objective, factual stance. This insight led to the Rationalizer concept in which online traders are alerted when it may be wise to take a time-out, wind down and re-consider their actions.

Can I import into Poker Copilot hands that I purchased?

I’ve been asked this question via e-mail at least once a day lately. So I’ve made the position very clear in a FAQ entry:

The official answer from Full Tilt Support:

“We can confirm with you that Poker Copilot is allowed to be used as long as it contains only hand histories from hands in which you yourself have participated.”


“The bottom line is that you are not permitted to view hand histories that you did not participate in.”

The official answer from PokerStars:

“The practice of datamining (observing games without playing in order to build up a database of hand histories for future reference) is prohibited.”

Our position:

We don’t want Poker Copilot banned. And we don’t want our customers’ accounts frozen. Therefore we don’t allow importing of purchased, observed, or datamined hands.

A Good Poker Player is…

When I started playing poker and scoured books and websites for info, I read over and again that a good poker player is…

tight. Only put money in the pot when you have a good combination of hand and position.

aggressive. Once you decide to play, play hard.

not driven by emotion. Don’t let normal human emotion dictate how you play. When you lose big when playing pockets aces, shrug it off.

calculating. It helps to have a strong understanding of probability.

A calculating, aggressive, emotionless person? I’m not sure I want to be a calculating psychopath.

psychopath: noun. A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse.

(Yes, this is supposed to be tongue-in-cheek!)

Interactive Feature Design

A popular request for Poker Copilot is to show the table’s VPiP (voluntarily put $ in pot). It’s time for me to do something about this. It’s also time for an experiment: interactive feature design.

Here’s what I’ve mocked up so far:


Here’s what I propose:
* the nature of a table can change quickly as players come and go, so only the last 25 hands should be included in the stats.
* less than 25 hands of data will show the table stats in grey, to indicate the uncertainty, just like with the player HUDs
* VPiP, for example, will be calculated by adding up for each player the number of times that a player has put money in the pot. That total will be divided by the sum of each player’s “times seen”. Alternatively, I could take an average for each player, but I think the first approach is more sound.
* displaying this is optional and can be toggled on/off in the HUD preferences.

I haven’t written a lick of code yet. So please send me your feedback.


In my rush to update the broken update of Poker Copilot two days ago, I made a mistake and released another broken update. I accidentally included a half-finished, hitherto-unannounced feature. Mucked cards from the previous hand on a table are now shown briefly for a few seconds next to each player after the hand is complete. That’s the aim, anyway. I had been concentrating on the process of detecting, revealing, and hiding the cards, and not concentrating on the small details. Like making sure the cards show next to the right person.

The secret is out. This will be included – in a full working version – in the next update.

I should be angry at my quality assurance team for letting this get through pre-release testing. But I don’t have a quality assurance team. So I’m not angry. Just apologetic.

Unexpected Consequences

I recently changed a pair of toggle buttons on the Poker Copilot toolbar into one toggle button. From this:

to this:

The reason: to free up some toolbar space. Seemed reasonable. Unfortunately this change caused a spate of support e-mails asking, “Where’d my stats go? Everything is always zero.” New users are not really sure what the dollar sign means, so they click it, unaware they’ve turned on “play money” mode.

I’m going to do two things about this. First, the cash/play money toggle will only show if you have play money. Second, when in play money mode, I’ll prominently indicate this, through text or colour.

Why support play money?, you might ask. Who’d spend $59.95 on a Poker tracking product if they are not playing for cash? You’d be surprised. Before I added play money support I received many e-mails from people asking for it.

Poker Copilot 2.14 Released

Poker Copilot 2.14 is now ready for download.

The major difference is that I’ve had to disable tournament filtering by buy-in. For obscure reasons, making this feature available leads to horrid hand importing performance in some cases. This removal is temporary, until I find a high-performance solution.

What’s new?

  • Support for the PokerStars client in German
  • A huge improvement in hand loading time compared to 2.13
  • Use Poker Copilot just for the HUD? Clicking on the red circle in top-right hand corner of the main Poker Copilot now hides the window instead of closing Poker Copilot
  • HotKey ⌘+1 to hide/show the main Poker Copilot window
  • Hand history folders for all Ongame Network poker rooms should be automatically detected (although this is somewhat difficult for me to test exhaustively)
  • Right-click on any hand in the “Recent Hands” screen to view the raw hand history text.

What’s fixed?

  • Some custom chart stats by hand were causing graphing problems. But no longer.
  • PokerStars cancelled hands are now detected correctly.
  • Poker Copilot no longer crashes when you exceed $22 million in summed tournament chips) in the summary screens.

Update Instructions:

  1. Download the latest version from
  2. Open the downloaded file.
  3. Drag the Poker Copilot icon to the Applications icon.
  4. If prompted to replace an existing version, confirm that you do want to replace.

Now you’re done and ready to hit the tables.

UPDATE: If you don’t have Winamax or another Ongame Network app installed, 2.14 won’t work. You want the second update for the day, 2.15.