PartyPoker has introduced “FastForward Poker”. Unfortunately, here in Spain, PartyPoker’s Mac client is unavailable since the introduction of a Spanish law a couple of months ago that regulates online poker. So I can’t try out this “FastForward Poker”.
Can anyone tell me, is that simply an equivalent of PokerStars’ “Zoom Poker”?
More than 50 people have signed up to be notified when SeeingStars (Real Time Odds for PokerStars) is released AND receive 50% off the initial purchase price). That’s good. For me, this is validation that this is a product people are interested in.
If you need to evaluate poker hands on a computer quickly and reliably, you need poker-eval. It is highly-optimised C library to evaluate poker hands. I suspect it is used by most poker software and poker rooms.
I added poker-eval to SeeingStars to evaluate hands that go to the flop, turn, and river. I use the Monte Carlo method for the flop and turn, but once the hand goes to the river, it is quick to evaluate every possible combination.
Once I added poker-eval to SeeingStars, I had real-time odds fully functioning. Here’s a video I made of a heads-up SNG I played today. with real-time odds:
As you can see, I have a proof-of-concept working. That is just the beginning of the required work. There are remaining steps to make this useful more generally, including quality control, packaging, getting a logo, producing a website, working with smaller window sizes, supporting different PokerStars room themes, tables other than heads-up tables. Then I have to decide if I should charge money for this, as a stand-alone product, or whether it belongs in PokerZebra. Can I sell it in the Mac App Store, or do sandbox restrictions get in the way? How much will this add to my workload?
Would you pay money for a fully working SeeingStars? Say 10 dollars/10 euros? Without financial incentive I’m unlikely to spend too much time finishing this proof-of-concept.
My friend Valentina Pokerina is a rare combination: she plays poker well and teaches well – in five or six languages. She lives here in Barcelona and runs regular poker workshops. Mostly in Spanish, but also in English. Heck, ask her, and she’ll teach you poker in Catalan, German, or Portuguese. And French too, I think.