How’s your positional awareness?

Changing your play according to your position is one of the first things you learn about poker. When you are on the button you can play some hands that you would fold under the gun. The closer you are to the button, the more willing you should be to put chips in the pot. That’s because you get more information when you are on the button – all players except the blinds have had to choose whether to call, fold, or raise, and have therefore given you some info about their hand strength.

But are you actually doing it correctly? Are you correctly adjusting your willingness to put in chips based on your position around the poker table? If your positional awareness is not optimal, you’ve got a leak in your game. A leak in your game means you are losing money you shouldn’t be losing.

Poker Copilot’s “Positional Awareness” leak detector can tell you whether your positional awareness is good. Watch this video to find out how:



Poker Copilot now works with America’s Cardroom

If you play poker online and live in the USA, you may already be using America’s Cardroom. It is a skin for Winning Poker Network. It is currently their only skin that has Mac software.

Today we released Poker Copilot 5.37, which adds support for America’s Cardroom, on both Mac and Windows. It is experimental; sometimes the volume of play is quite low, so we’ve been unable to properly test some scenarios.

Do make sure to set your preferred seat in America’s Cardroom, and in Poker Copilot’s Preferences -> Poker Rooms.

If you play on America’s Cardroom and have found any problems with Poker Copilot’s support for this poker room, please let us know by using our “Report an Issue…” system: within Poker Copilot, from the Help menu, select “Report an Issue…”.

Is there another Winning Poker Network skin you’d like added to Poker Copilot? If so, let us know at


Introduction to Poker HUD (video)

Are you new to Poker Copilot? Not used a poker HUD before? Want to see the HUD in action? Then you’ll want to watch this video:

You’ll see what a poker HUD looks like. You’ll get an explanation of what a poker HUD shows. And you’ll see how easy it is to customise Poker Copilot’s HUD directly from the poker table.

Make sure you subscribe to our YouTube channel. We’ve got more new videos coming soon.

Things you’ll see in this video:

  • what the HUD shows.
  • learn what the numbers labelled VPIP, PFR, Agg mean.
  • how to change the location of a HUD panel
  • how to make the HUD more compact, by turning off player names and turning off labels
  • what “table stats” are and how to turn them off
  • how to temporarily turn the HUD off, and back on again
  • how to access a much larger set of HUD customisation options



Video: How to configure PokerStars for Poker Copilot’s HUD

This is a month of making tutorial videos here in Poker Copilot’s office. I’ve started with a guide to configuring PokerStars to save the hand history files that Poker Copilot needs to be able to track you and your opponents. The video also shows you how to set your preferred seat in PokerStars, which is essential for Poker Copilot’s HUD to know where players are sitting at the table.

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Porting “Poker Copilot for Mac” to Windows: the long story

(I’m writing this in the style of “why use 100 words when 1,000 words will do?”)

“I cannot find available a Windows version of Poker Copilot. Could you please let me know if there is one. If there is not, why?”

That question is from early 2009, less than a year after Poker Copilot’s initial Mac launch.

Poker Copilot for Mac was released in 2008. For Mac has always been my “unique selling proposition”: I create native Mac poker HUD and tracking software.

The first release of Poker Copilot for Mac was in a primitive form. The software industry traditionally calls this version 1.0, although more recently the term of non-endearment is “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP). Poker Copilot quickly got a substantial amount of users, as online poker was in its big boom, and there was no Mac alternative to products like Poker Tracker. My early customers wrote every day with requests for features they wanted, needed, couldn’t live without. Or features they thought would be pretty nifty.

“Why not also a Windows version, too?,” I asked myself. Poker Copilot is mostly written in Java; Java runs on Windows just as well as it does on Mac; porting it seemed like a feasible endeavour. I even amused myself in my then-day-job as a Windows-based freelancer developer by seeing if I could make Poker Copilot compile and run on Windows. It did compile and run, so I knew it was possible. And maybe I’d get some more sales.

In 2009, I mentioned on the Poker Copilot blog that I was considering a Windows version. I was overwhelmed with responses from loyal users, my early adopters, desperately saying, “No! Please don’t! Please add a ton of new features before getting distracted with making a Windows version.”

Listening to users was one of those business things I claimed I was doing. Really listening and not just sending placating answers like, “sure, maybe, could be, sorry.” I listened to what people were requesting. I kept a feature request list in an order of most-demanded to least-demanded. I would regularly weigh up the relative likely workload of each request and my time constraints as a one-person operation. I then implemented the requests in order.

And so, I listened to our Mac customers, and didn’t yet create a Windows version. I sent this response to anyone who asked for a Windows version:

“We’ve only got a Mac version. We started Poker Copilot because there was no Mac software for poker tracking. We might release a Windows version later this year but we have no definite plans at this stage.”

A year later, Poker Copilot was in version 2. I had added most of the high-demand features. Some features were helpful to poker players; some were essential things that I should have done already in version 1, such as the not-too-revolutionary idea of persisting user data to the disk so that hand histories didn’t need to be imported anew each time you started Poker Copilot.

More requests came for a Windows version, and I was thinking again about doing it.

And then came Poker’s Black Friday. Online poker in the USA was switched off.

Overnight 55% of my business – the entire US portion of my customers – could no longer play online poker, and no longer wanted my software. Mac, Windows – it didn’t matter. It was an uncertain time for anyone working in the online poker industry. And so I shelved the Windows plans again, until I could be more certain that there was a future for Poker Copilot.

Poker Copilot version 3 came, and went, still without a Windows version. I continually added more features to the Mac version. And each feature was designed with Mac users in mind. Every feature was made to work the way Mac users would expect. Mac keyboard shortcuts; Mac user interface standards; Mac menu structures. Each new feature meant that making a Windows version would be an ever harder task. And so the Windows version kept slipping in priority.

By the time Poker Copilot 4 was released, any hope of a Windows version had faded away.

And then, in early 2014, came an email that brought the idea of a Windows version back to life. An email with an offer. Not from a poker player, but from a company in the poker field. “Could we,” asked the company, “license a version of your software with our brand on it and with some custom features? A version that runs on Mac and on Windows.”

It was an offer worth investigating. The problem was that there was no Poker Copilot for Windows. So something had to be done.

A big problem – maybe the biggest – was that for years, I no longer used Windows. I barely touched Vista and I missed out on Windows  7 and 8. I had forgotten the look and feel of Windows software.

Luckily a good friend of mine who has his own business and knows Windows very well had some time to spare. He was available to work with me for a while. I gave him a task: “I’m making Poker Copilot work on Windows. Please tell me everything that feels wrong about the Windows port.” And tell me, he did.

My Windows-expert friend found problems in icons, keyboard shortcuts, menu layouts, feature usages, and install procedures. He was savage. He analysed every screen, every button, every mouse click, and told me what wasn’t right for Windows. And one by one, I made these things better.

A nice side benefit: he also found some bugs, broken features, and oddities in Poker Copilot that I wasn’t aware of. As the only person designing, developing, and testing Poker Copilot, I had become blind to some problems; problems like a “Cancel” button that behaved like an “OK” button, a window not behaving well when resized, and a minimise button that sometimes didn’t minimise at all. Or missing translations, or translations that exist but sometimes weren’t used. Or a workflow for a feature that made sense to me, but turned out to be somewhat cryptic to other people.

So our Windows conversion project also became a “make Poker Copilot better” project.

We released Poker Copilot 5 for Mac at the end of 2014. We also made Poker Copilot 5 for Windows available as a long-term private beta, with a different brand and a slightly different feature set.

As I write now, in November 2015, Poker Copilot for Windows has been rigorously tested for a year. Every week, I’ve subsequently hardened Poker Copilot for Windows with reliability and performance improvements.

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And now, when people ask:

“I cannot find available a windows version of Poker Copilot. Could you please let me know if there is one. If there is not, why?”

I can say, “you can download Poker Copilot for Windows from our home page.”

Poker Copilot for Windows Now Available

As of today, you can download Poker Copilot for Windows from our home page. If you are using a Windows computer, you’ll see this  button:

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We’re officially supporting Windows 7, 8, and 10, but we’ve also tested thoroughly on Windows XP and Vista.

What Windows poker rooms are supported?

  • PokerStars (and all country-specific versions, such as PokerStarsFR, PokerStarsES)
  • Full Tilt Poker
  • Winamax
  • Merge Network
  • PartyPoker
  • 888poker
  • iPoker
  • Revolution

Winning Poker Network support will be available later this month. If your favourite skin for one of our supported networks is not recognised, email us and we’ll add it immediately.

User guide

We’ve updated our user guide to be equally applicable to both Windows and Mac. The user guide is also available in PDF format, if you’d like to print it or read it offline.

Reporting problems and requesting features

The best way to contact us is from within the software. In the menu, select “Help” -> “Report an issue…“. This will ensure that when we get your problem report or feature request, we also receive extra information such as your operating system and installed poker rooms, and a list of any problems encountered by Poker Copilot when reading hand history files.

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