Poker-Spy Poker-Spy faq

What poker rooms are supported?

Poker-Spy™ supports the popular poker rooms including PokerStars, Party Poker, Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker. You can see the complete list here.

What do I have to do to configure the software?

3 Easy Steps:

  • Configure your online poker room software to log the hand history to your hard drive and play one hand at that poker room. Make sure the files are logged in English if your poker rooms supports logging in multiple languages.
  • Start Poker-Spy™. It will detect what poker rooms have been installed on your computer and prompt you for the one you want to use.
  • Start playing poker!

Poker-Spy™ will begin monitoring the action as soon as you sit down at a table. Once Poker-Spy™ detects a completed hand (from the deal to the showdown), it will display the relevant information for each player in the hand.

Why doesn't the Game Tracker window appear when I am playing?

The Game Tracker uses hand history files generated by the poker room do analyse the players. Without those files the game tracker will not appear. Here are some things to check:

  • Did you start Poker-Spy™? (OK - We had to ask!). If not, you can do so by clicking Start | All Programs | Poker-Spy | Poker-Spy
  • Are you playing Texas Hold'em? Poker-Spy™ does not support other forms of poker such as 7 card stud and Omaha.
  • Is logging configured correctly for your poker room client? Follow the step by step instructions in the Poker-Spy™: Poker Room Selection dialog to verify your settings. You can also verify your settings from Poker-Spy™ by selecting View | System Information from the Poker-Spy™ Console window. Make sure the Logging Folder path is the same as the path configured in the poker room client.
  • Is the poker room logging the current game to disk? Some poker rooms do not log all games to disk. For example, Party Poker does not log WSOP tournaments. Check your poker room hand history folder to see if your table is being logged.

The Game Tracker window comes up but I do not get any detailed information on each hand. What's wrong?

  • Did you enter or select your Nickname correctly? If you do not enter your Nickname exactly like it is displayed at the poker table, Poker-Spy™ will not know who you are.
  • Are you playing any hands? Poker-Spy™ provides detailed hand information only for hands in which you are dealt cards.
  • Did you select the correct game type? When you start Poker-Spy™ make sure you select the game type you are playing (play or real money).
  • Note for PokerStars play money tournaments and Sit&Go’s: PokerStars does not provide enough information to determine if a Tournament or Sit & Go is real or play money. Poker-Spy™ therefore treats all tournaments and Sit&Go’s at PokerStars (Real and Play money) as real money games. To get around this problem when playing at play money tournaments and Sit&Go’s, select Real Money from the Poker-Spy™ Poker Room Selection window when playing in these types of games.

Why is the Automatic Calculator not appearing?

The Automatic Calculator window appears at the same time as the Game Tracker. If the Game Tracker is displayed but not the calculator, click the Calculator icon in the Game Tracker window to reopen the automatic calculator.

Why is the Automatic Calculator not picking up the cards?

In order for the Poker-Spy™ Calculator to pick up the cards the poker room table window needs to be at the default size. Here are the steps to reset the poker size for the different poker rooms:

PokerStars: Click on the Windows icon on the Dealer Chip Rack and select Reset to Default Size.

Reseting the table size at full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker: Click Layout then Back to Default Size in the top right corner of the Full Tilt Poker table window.

Reseting the table size at full Tilt Poker

Absolute Poker: Click the D button below the Options chip tray in the Top View. Note: The Poker-Spy™ Calculator only supports the Absolute Poker Top View.

Reseting the table size at full Tilt Poker

Party Poker: To ensure the Party Poker table is set to the default size please follow these steps:

  • Close the Party Poker table window (if one is opened).
  • From the Party Poker Lobby, select Preferences (This menu item is located in the vertical menu on the left side of the Lobby).
  • Select the General tab.
  • In the General Options section make sure the option Open tables in large sizes is NOT selected.
  • Click Save.

Also, the Poker-Spy™ Calculator only supports the Classic table theme at Party Poker. Please follow these steps to change the table theme:

  • From the Party Poker Lobby, select Preferences (This menu item is located in the vertical menu on the left side of the Lobby).
  • Select the Themes tab then select Switch Table just below the tab names.
  • Make sure the PartyPoker classic radio button is selected.
  • Click Save.

What are Poker-Spy Alerts™?

Poker-Spy Alerts™ notify you of possible playing errors by your opponents. These alerts are based on the number of hands played by your opponents, preflop raising pattern and hands played out of position. See Poker-Spy Alerts™ Window for more information.

Are reports included?

Yes. You can review hands played in previous sessions and compare your statistical performance against all the players you have played against. See Reports for more information.

Does Poker-Spy™ provide player statistics?

Yes. You can view player statistics and compare your statistical performance against all the players you have played against. See Reports for more information.

Is tournament play supported?

Yes. Tournament, Sit & Go and No Limit play are supported.

During these types of games, Poker-Spy™ will provide you with the information you need to play poker competitively. Poker-Spy™ will provide a history of the most recent hands played as well as allow you to graph the performance of each player. Poker-Spy™ will not classify the players as Loose/Tight and Passive/Aggressive.

Note for PokerStars play money tournaments and Sit&Go’s:

PokerStars does not provide enough information to determine if a Tournament or Sit & Go is real or play money. Poker-Spy™ therefore treats all tournaments and Sit&Go’s at PokerStars (Real and Play money) as real money games. To get around this problem when playing at play money tournaments and Sit&Go’s, select Real Money from the Poker-Spy™ Poker Room Selection window when playing in these types of games.

Does Poker-Spy™ work at "play money" tables?

Yes. This functionality is only available if the poker room logs "play money" hands.

Poker-Spy™ gives me a lot of useful information - how can I best use it?

Review 'Getting the most out of...' in the different screenshot sections on this site.

There are several books available on poker strategy. We recommend the following:

  • Hold'em Poker for advanced players by David Sklansky
  • The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky
  • Small Stakes Hold'em by David Sklansky
  • Cash Games Volume 1 by Dan Harrington
  • Cash Games Volume 2 by Dan Harrington
  • Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments by Dan Harrington Volume 1
  • Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments by Dan Harrington Volume 2
  • Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments by Dan Harrington Volume 3

Is this cheating?

Poker-Spy™ performs its analysis using the same information you receive while sitting at the poker table. Poker-Spy™ does this by reading the log files supplied by the online poker rooms themselves. The major difference is that Poker-Spy™ actually remembers the action and automatically recalls it for you. Top professionals have amazing card memory - so can you.

Does Poker-Spy™ send hand information over the internet?

Poker-Spy™ does not send any information about your or your opponents hands over the internet. For full details check our Privacy Statement.

Administrator Configuration

Poker-Spy needs to run in Administrator mode in order to intergrate with your poker room. To configure Poker-Spy to run in administrator mode:

  1. Click the Start menu then select Computer.

  2. Navigate to C:\Program Files\Poker-Spy

  3. Right-click on the Application file Poker-Spy.exe and select Properties.

  4. In the Compatibility Tab check "Run this program as an administrator."

  5. Click OK.

  6. Start Poker-Spy.

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