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DESCRIPTION

PLAYER
INFORMATION

GRAPHS

ALERTS

HAND
HISTORY

TABLE
CONDITIONS

M-VALUE

Description
Poker-Spy Game Tracker

In this section, we cover all the major areas of the Game Tracker. Here you learn the different areas and fields of the Game Tracker and how you can use them to best take advantage of your opponents.

Click on the following 6 key areas to learn more.

  • Player information
  • Graph
  • M-Value
  • Alerts
  • Hand history
  • Table conditions
Player Information

Hands - Number of hands for which you have data collected for a player

Poker-Spy's™ ability to analyze your opponents is based on the data it has collected against those opponents. The more hands you have played against them, the better the analysis.

$$ - Chips you have won or lost against an opponent

As you play, Poker-Spy™ tracks how many chips you have won or loss against each opponent. This allows you to quickly see if an opponent is someone you have dominated in the past or someone you should be running away from.

Now - Chips won or lost in the current poker session

Poker-Spy™ tracks the winnings (and losses) of each player during the current session. This can be very useful information as sometimes players will change their style of play based on their current performance. For example, someone who is losing a lot of chips could be (or go) on tilt, while others will simply tighten up. The LT and PA fields can help you determine how each player is likely to play.

LT - Indicates a Loose (L) or Tight (T) player [Ring Games only]

As Poker-Spy™ collects data on each opponent; it is able to classify them as either Loose or Tight. You will find that Poker-Spy does a very good job at classifying players with as little as 40 hands of data for an opponent.

You can use this indicator to adjust your play against these opponents. Loose players play many hands out of position and then continue to play them too far. Tight players on the other hand will rarely play hands out of position and could be quick to fold.

Poker-Spy indicates how Loose or Tight each player is with the following indicators:

PA - Indicates a Passive (P) or Aggressive (A) player [Ring Games only]

Poker-Spy's™ ability to analyze your opponents is based on the data it has collected against those opponents. The more hands you have played against them, the better the analysis.

Name - The nickname of the player

As you play, Poker-Spy™ tracks how many chips you have won or loss against each opponent. This allows you to quickly see if an opponent is someone you have dominated in the past or someone you should be running away from.

Graphs
Poker-Spy Graphs

The graph area indicates if the player has a winning or losing track record. To see an graphical view of the player's historical performance, click the corresponding gragh icon.

To learn more about alerts see the graphs section.

M-Value
Poker-Spy M-Value

When playing No Limit/Pot Limit Tournaments or No Limit/Pot Limit Ring Games, one of the most important number to be aware of is your M Value and your opponent's M value. The reason this number is important is because it is a large factor in determining how you should play at various stages of a Tournament.

The M Value is the ratio of your current stack to the amount of chips it costs to play a full cycle of the table. Another way to say this is the number of buttons you will see before you go broke if you were to only play your blinds and antes.

How should a player adjust his/her play based on their M Value?

Green (20+)

Play normally. Aggressive, Conservative, Super Aggressive; whatever style suits you best

Yellow (10 - 20)

Blinds are getting more expensive relative to your stack size. You need to play more aggressively. You need to lay off the speculative hands like small pairs and suited connectors when you are in this zone because you don't have enough chips.

In the yellow zone, loosen a little your raising or calling requirements while at the same time tightening your requirements to call someone else's raise.

Orange (6 - 10)

You need to play even more aggressive than in the Yellow Zone. You don't have enough chips to make some complex plays like coming over the top of two players to steal the pot.

Your bread and butter play in this zone is raising first-in (and sometimes all-in) to steal the pot.

Red (0-5)

Your only option is all-in. If you make a small bet, your stack is so small, you are committed anyway - so just go all in. Interestingly, small pairs become powerful again when you do play them all-in.

Alerts
Poker-Spy Alerts

The Alert area notifies you of plays you need to notice to take maximum advantage of your opponents. There are 5 classes of alerts.

To learn more about alerts see the alerts section.

Hand History
Poker-Spy Hand History

The Hand History area provides hand by hand history for each player.

This section is a grid where the columns are identified by headings numbered from 17 to 1. The column identified by the number 1 represents the most recently played hand. As you play, the hands will scroll from the right to left much like the stock ticker on a financial network.

Once a hand is complete, you can review how it was played by clicking the hand number in the header. This allows you to quickly review the action that occurred during a hand.

Under each column, you will discover useful information on how your opponents have played each of the most recent hands. The information uses the following indicators:

Text

If the player showed his cards, Poker-Spy will display them to you. A lower case 's' denotes suited cards. Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten are indicated with A, K, Q, J, T respectively.

Note: At most poker rooms, Poker-Spy displays the hole cards of all players in the showdown, even if they mucked their hand.

Bold Text

If the cards are shown in Bold, this indicates that the player raised or re-raised pre-flop. The letters PFR in Bold, indicate that the player raised pre-flop but that Poker-Spy was unable to determine what the starting cards were.

Color Highlights

Light Blue Player saw flop
Dark Blue Player had the button
Red Border Player won hand
PFR Player raised pre-flop but the hole cards are not known
AQs Player raised preflop with the hole cards shown (in this case: Ace-Queen suited)
Grey Player was not dealt cards for that hand
Table Conditions
Poker-Spy Table Conditions

The Table Conditions area provides an overview and history of the overall play at the table.

This section is a grid which is a continuation of the Hand History area. The columns are identified by headings numbered from 17 to 1. The column identified by the number 1 represents the most recently played hand. As you play, the hands will scroll from the right to left much like the stock ticker on a financial network.

There 5 key sections in this area:

Table Aggression

The table agression has two modes: basic mode and advanced mode.

Basic Mode

Identifies hands raised pre flop. When a hand is raised pre-flop you will see a indicator.

This indicator allows you to quickly see if your table is Aggressive or Passive and to adjust your starting hand requirements accordingly. This is also very useful when you are playing multi-table because it is easy to misjudge how a table is playing when your attention is divided between two or more tables.

For more information on using this indicator see the section Is my table Passive or Aggressive?

Advanced Mode (Registered Users only)

The Advanced Table Aggression Indicator can be enabled from the Poker-Spy Console under Tools | Option (see General Options).

This unique (patent pending) indicator displays the highest level of aggression on each street for each hand.

Poker-Spy Table Aggression Legend

Each indicator is divided into 4 sections and each section represents a street. The streets are represented in the following order:

  • River (top)
  • Turn
  • Flop
  • Pre flop (bottom)

The color in each section identifies the highest level of aggression for that street:

  • Beige: No action occurred on that street. The hand ended on a prior street
  • Green: The action consisted of calls, checks and folds.
    • Pre-flop: each player either folded or called the big blind
    • Flop, turn and river: Hand was checked by all players.
  • Yellow: One player bet, all other players called or folded
  • Red: The action on that street included one or more raises

This indicator allows you to quickly see if your table is Aggressive or Passive and to adjust your starting hand requirements accordingly. This is also very useful when you are playing multi-table because it is easy to misjudge how a table is playing when your attention is divided between two or more tables.

For more information on using this indicator see the section Is my table Passive or Aggressive?

Pot Size

Size of the pot at the end of the hand. This indicator allows you to quickly review the size of the winning pot over the most recent hands.

Players(PLs)

This indicator shows you the number of players that were dealt cards. It will be highlighted in Red when 6 or less players are at the table to indicate that the game is short-handed.

Flop PLs

Number of players that saw the flop. This indicator allows you to quickly review if the table is loose or tight.

Orange Highlight: Table is tight pre-flop.

White Highlight: Table is average pre-flop.

Purple Highlight: Table is loose pre-flop.

If you see lots of orange, you are at a tight table (few people in each hand). If you see a lot of purple, you are at a loose table.

Showdown PLs

Number of players that saw the showdown. This indicator allows you to quickly review how far, on average, the players are playing their hand.

Orange Highlight: Table is tight post-flop.

White Highlight: Table is average post-flop.

Purple Highlight: Table is loose post-flop.

Red Highlight: The Showdown was uncontested (player bet, everyone else folded).

If you see lots of orange, you are at a tight table (few people in each hand). If you see a lot of purple, you are at a loose table.