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.