Why no live pot odds in Poker Copilot?

Loyal Poker Copilot customer Fabrizio asks

Why in this beautiful software is there not a function for odds and pot odds?

Fabrizio knows how to ask a question in a flattering way!

This question has been coming up frequently in recent support emails. Here’s why Poker Copilot doesn’t calculate pot odds for you automatically while you play:

The online poker rooms like Full Tilt ban software that does this live while you play. You can read Full Tilt’s policy here.

This sentence is specifically relevant:

For example, poker calculators that automatically extract the current situation from a live game and compute hand probabilities and odds are not permitted.

Instead you need to manually enter your situation into a program like PokerZebra.

Poker Copilot 2.83 Now Available

Poker Copilot 2.83 is now available to download.

What’s changed:

  • All-in EV calculations now treat capped hands as all-in situations
  • The status bar info now defaults to not showing, due to crashes this causes for some people

What’s fixed:

  • Winamax preferred seat for 6-max tables are now recognised
  • The HUD now works on PokerStars home game tournaments that have the word “tournament” in their title

Update Instructions:

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

Now you are done and ready to hit the tables.

Betfair Poker for Mac OS X Reviewed

A comprehensive review of Betfair’s Mac OS X poker software is on my macpokersoftware.com site:

Betfair has one of the biggest and most flexible sign-up bonuses. You get to pick if you would like a $50, $250, $500, $1000 or $2500 bonus. Unlike some other sites located on the Ongame network, Betfair pays out the bonus in rates. This means that no matter which bonus you pick you dont have to clear the whole amount! This is great as not all of us are born as grinders.

The Inside Story of the HBGary Hack

If you have any interest in keeping your various online accounts secure; or the computers in your company secure, then read this account of how a high-profile firm that specialises in IT security failed big time to practice IT industry security recommendations.

HBGary’s servers were broken into, its e-mails pillaged and published to the world, its data destroyed, and its website defaced. As an added bonus, a second site owned and operated by Greg Hoglund, owner of HBGary, was taken offline and the user registration database published.


Most frustrating for HBGary must be the knowledge that they know what they did wrong, and they were perfectly aware of best practices; they just didn’t actually use them. Everybody knows you don’t use easy-to-crack passwords, but some employees did. Everybody knows you don’t re-use passwords, but some of them did. Everybody knows that you should patch servers to keep them free of known security flaws, but they didn’t.

Fascinating throughout.


PokerZebra now in the Mac OS X App Store

Almost a year ago I spent a couple of weekends putting together something like PokerStove for Mac OS X. For obscure reasons, I called it PokerZebra. In January I submitted it to the Mac OS X App Store. At first it was rejected. After a three-line alteration I re-submitted it. This time is was accepted. That was a few days ago.

At US$4.99/€3.99, It is priced for impulse purchases. I’ve sold three copies so far in the first few days. This is only coffee money but I’m happy with it. It took me six weeks to get my first Poker Copilot sale when I launched in July 2008.

I find this Mac OS X App Store experiment intriguing. That a small hobby app like PokerZebra can be available for purchase with Apple handling all the e-commerce, online storage, and downloading opens up a new world of software sales.

If you are a software developer and have an idea for a small Mac OS X app, I encourage you to put together a minimum viable product and submit to to the App Store. Price it low enough for impulse purchases and you may even sell some copies. There’s nothing like the first sale or two to motivate you to further product development.

Visit PokerZebra’s App Store page.


CarbonPoker for Mac OS X Reviewed

A comprehensive review of CarbonPoker’s Mac OS X software is on my macpokersoftware.com site:

The software is great, and compared to other smaller networks which supports Mac, CarbonPoker really comes out on the top, due to the almost endless possibilities provided in the lobby and at the table. But if you are looking for a place which has a lot of players and action you might want to look for another site.

Getting players to join a new online poker site must be a chicken-and-egg problem: “I won’t play there because there are not enough players”, people tell themselves.

One Free Poker Copilot License still to be won

Congratulations to Alvis who won the first Poker Copilot tournament on PokerStars Home Games. Alvis wins a free Poker Copilot license. Alvis had to beat only six other players, one of whom was me.

As I write this, a second tournament is due to start in 1 hour and 22 minutes. Again, the winner will get a free Poker Copilot license, either for themselves or for a frriend.

Here’s how to join the Poker Copilot club on PokerStars – so that you can enter the tournament:

  • If you don’t already have it, download the free PokerStars software from www.pokerstars.com
  • Open the main poker lobby, then click on the Home Games tab
  • Click the ‘Join a Poker Club’ button
  • Enter my Club ID number: 109376
  • Enter my Invitation Code: Let me in the Copilot Club
  • That’s it! Once I’ve approved your membership request, we’ll be ready to start playing Home Games online together.


Win a free copy of Poker Copilot: PokerStars Home Game Tournament This Sunday

A few days ago I announced the Poker Copilot Club on PokerStars. There will be two $1+$0.10 tournaments on PokerStars on Sunday in the Poker Copilot Club.

  • Tournament #1 starts at 12 noon ET, (5pm in the UK, and 6pm in Western Europe).
  • Tournament #2 starts at 6pm ET, which should suit Americans and Canadians.

I’ve decided to give a free license of Poker Copilot to the winner of each tournament. Using Poker Copilot’s trial version? Here’s your chance to get a free full version. Already have the full version? Win and you can give your prize to a friend.

Instructions for joining the Poker Copilot club on PokerStars are here.