Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hand Range Pop-ups PokerTracker PT4

Made the decision to test out the new PokerTracker version upgrade of 1.11.6 (custom cache feature). At the time of it's release, I was creating hand range pop-ups with version PT4 1.09.

These are the hand ranges that I have created with the red circles representing short stacked hands for tourneys, and out of position on flop for cash hands. The showdown hands are with varied custom filters applied and sums up the card count for each hand combination.

Preflop Equity is calculated separately for each position for tourneys, with the stack sizes of short and large included separately.


All MTT Tourney / SNG / Satellite Positions & Stack Sizes:
Each position calculates the preflop equity for each all-in by villain. The red circles indicate that the player went all-in short stacked (ss), and placing the mouse over the red dot, the tool tip displays the exact sum.

All MTT Tourney / SNG / Satellite Positions & Stack Sizes

I was still using PT4 version 1.09 because of it's ability to populate stats on previous villains, before the first hand was dealt. I had no plans on upgrading PT4 since latter versions had these feature removed.

PT4 version 1.11.6 was released at the same time as I was creating hand range popups. This version had touted the custom cache feature that would greatly improve performance. The ability to decrease the time of the hand range popups to load was enough to try it out.

The hand range pop-ups was greatly decreased from 5-6 seconds to 2-3 seconds. I noticed a lot of little improvements in PT4 with the jump from 1.09.

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I uploaded the PHD_$_Thiefs Tournament - Mirror HUD vs Hero in the download section. The will track all of your attempts and steals from the HJ, CO, BTN, and SB positions, that would be recorded from other players if they have a HUD on you.

This does not work with the version of PT4 1.11.6 (unless you create a new DB to test or have a small DB of less than 100K hands), I have made mention of it to the PT4 devs in their twoplustwo forum thread.

Load up your PT4 Replayer and test out the values while you give it a try. I did not get a chance to document the stat descriptions, so excuse the mess.

Here is the link for all the zip files that I have available for download on Google Sites:

PHD_$_Thiefs_Zip_Files Link:

PHD_$_Thiefs_Downloads
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HU Version Hand Range Pop-ups:
Hands villain went to showdown with and red circle indicating short stacked.

HU Version Hand Range Pop-ups

If you can get 1.11.6 working properly, it's an exceptional product. The problem is like the horse racing analogy "There is one way to get 1.11.6 right and thousand ways to "F" it up!"

I would strongly recommend to anyone thinking about custom stats is a complete backup and a fresh install of PostgreSQL 9.3 and PT4.  Work your way slowly through a small sized DB until everything works fine.

I have seen a lot of crazy things with this version, but when it's working correctly, it makes a large difference in performance and speed.


Cash Ring /  ZOOM / RUSH / HU Hand Range Pop-ups:
 Hands villain went to showdown with and the red circle indicates if they were out of position on the flop.

Cash Ring /  ZOOM / RUSH / HU Hand Range Pop-ups

One thing to remember is that the cache that is being rebuilt does not have the sophistication and intelligence to detect, flag, and repair faulty stats, missing stats, corrupt stats, incompatible stats, and non-existent stats (Hud import missing stats).

Usually the way that you will detect a PT4 custom stat problem is if the import is very slow, the HUD takes a very long time to load, or someone going through your log files to identify the problems.

The Windows 7 Snipping tool is very useful in providing support details with a before and after snapshot. Suggest that you use it before tackling large imports while running Windows Task Manager, as seen below. The info will help isolate potential problems or system hangs with PT4.

 info will help isolate potential problems or system hangs with PT4:

The PT4 product is a time consuming application (reboots, restarts, duplicating errors, isolating errors), from a trouble-shooting point of view. This is why PT4 customers logs are valued at a premium for support and development issues.

In PT4 version 1.09, I discovered that importing a HUD profile and then immediately shutting down and restarting PT4, would keep the HUD placement table layout intact. I believe I have seen this problem in the newer PT4 version as well.


SB Position All Stack Sizes Hand Range Pop-ups:
From Same Player as in Image 1

SB Position Hand Range Pop-ups

My best suggestion is to do a brand new install of of PostgreSQL 9.3 and PT4 1.11.6 (backup beforehand), and import only about 1 -2 K worth of hands, until all of your huds are operating correctly. Do another backup before any large imports (working huds), in case anything goes wrong.

A fresh install of PostgreSQL 9.3 and PT4 1.11.6 (rename existing leftover folders from uninstall to extension with _OLD, if still needed), can be done in 10 - 15 minutes.

Always start the HUD with default profile to help detect any problems before hand. Access to second computer / notebook will speed things up considerably, connected with Windows 7 HomeGroup.

Always backup PT4 to protect anything that is working correctly. A light DB restore only takes about 10 minutes.


SS & GTR Stack Sizes ALL Positions Hand Range Pop-ups:

SS & GTR ALL Positions Hand Range Pop-ups

Be prepared, it's a lot of work!
Here is the link on the PT4 forum in creating this hand range popup: Hand Range Popup Forum Link

The newer PT4 1.11.8 version states:

  • Stats: Do not allow column names to not start with a number, this change was made to remain compliant with PostgreSQL standards
This basically ends any PT4 upgrades for me in the future since I created all my hand range stats starting with card numbers (87,87s, 76,76s,....). So be aware if you are going to create any custom stats.


Hyper SNG Setup Hand Range Pop-ups:
Specific filters for Hyper SNG games.

Hyper SNG Hand Range Pop-ups


Thursday, August 22, 2013

PSY 102 Ryerson


Women in Psychology:

With 80 percent of psychologists being women, it's the complete inverse of their gender proportion in the chiropractic profession. 

Medicine is kinda crazy in that way, dontcha think? 


With 80 percent of psychologists being women, it's the complete inverse of their gender proportion in the chiropractic profession.


"The Canadian health care system (OHIP) is free, thanks to being located / neighbouring next to a world superpower (USA!, USA!, USA!). Psychologists and chiropractors are not recognized as medical doctors, therefore are not qualified as medical billing options.

Nonetheless, waste and fraud in the Canadian health care system is rampant as in other countries; 
more so if medical records are not accessibleOHIP billings are rarely audited."


Doctor wonders why OHIP won’t cover yoga, Pilates treatments

Doctor wonders why OHIP won’t cover yoga, Pilates treatments

"Dr. Awan believes, aside from a lack of research, yoga therapy is not covered under extended health benefits or on provincial plans, such as OHIP, because yoga teachers are not regulated health professionals."

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Finland continues to lead the world in education rankings, and it's no coincidence that Finland requires it's teachers to complete a special five-year master's degree to teach. Making a psychology degree for new teachers in Canada and US mandatory, would be a first step in reclaiming the top positions in world education rankings. 


Finland continues to lead the world in education rankings,

A psychology degree is best suited for those that want a career in teaching the elementary / high school level. The added ability to communicate to all types of students from different backgrounds, plus the "self-awareness" component that allows one to grow to become a better facilitator.

The Practical Value of Psychology to the Teacher


The Practical Value of Psychology to the Teacher


"Only a slight examination is required to see that for the mental sciences psychology is just as fundamental and  underlying as mathematics is for the natural sciences."

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Male psychologists quickly relabel themselves as Researchers / Doctors / Scientists, dropping the psychologist tag, which probably exacerbates the recruitment / enrollment problem.

Male Scientists More Likely to Commit Research Misconduct than Females

“Not only are men committing more research misconduct,” said study co-author Dr Joan Bennett of Rutgers University. “Senior men are most likely to do so.”


Male Scientists More Likely to Commit Research Misconduct than Females

The challenging task of generating an income as a psychologist can be a deterrent as well. Since research grants are usually very limited and very competitive, many extended health plans also exclude or severely limit payment billings. 

generating an income as a psychologist can be a deterrent as well. Since research grants are usually very limited and very competitive,

Children and adolescents are the psychologists main clientele since they eventually become "surrogate mothers" for their therapeutic needs, and are more likely to be covered by their parents extended health care plans. 
"Adults conversely, are more skeptical and lack the required medical coverage."
Children and adolescents are the psychologists main clientele since they eventually become "surrogate mothers"

Family and faculty  connections can be greatly advantageous in securing employment in the psychology field.
"Government youth mental health programs is also very psychologist friendly."

Family and faculty  connections can be greatly advantageous in securing employment in the psychology field.

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An intriguing research topic on what type of males are attracted to the psychology profession, and how do they equate their doctorate status to medical doctors?

Men: A growing minority?

"In other words, as salaries became stagnant and the field lost prestige, men decided to pursue other degrees and women filled the gap"


An intriguing research topic on what type of males are attracted to the psychology profession


My theory is that a high percentage of male psychologists have had troubled childhoods. In their latter years (the older, the more troubled), they explored psychology literature to better understand the cause and effects. During this period, it occurred to them that combining the two into a career path was a profitable, enlightening, and a soothing experience.



My theory is that a high percentage of male psychologists have had troubled childhoods. In their latter years (the older, the more troubled)

What subject a male psychologist specializes in, can reveal a lot about their childhood and themselves (neglect, despair, abuse, .....), and convert them into potential crusaders.

"A short man who was picked on a as a child in grade school, may specialize his research in bullying."


What subject a male psychologist specializes in, can reveal a lot about their childhood and themselves (neglect, despair, abuse, .....)

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Experimental psychologists employ human participants and animal subjects to study a great many topics. The risk of reaching or crossing barriers in ethics is always a concern.


University of Toronto Experimental Psychology

Top 10 Unethical Psychological Experiments

"In the zeal to learn about the human thought process and behavior, many early psychiatrists went too far with their experimentations"



Top 10 Unethical Psychological Experiments


Brock University: Research Ethics and Practitioners: Concerns and Strategies for Novice Researchers Engaged in Graduate Education


"I find the ethical issues are quite difficult to sort out and make defined boundaries."

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Self-designation as a "doctor" is an empowering and gratifying experience, regardless of the inequities in comparison to the required training and education with medical doctors. 

What is the real difference between an MD and PhD?

"MDs are consider by many to be the "real doctors" because they can help with real medical problems."

"you say tomato I say tomahto"

"you say doctor I say doctorate"



What is the real difference between an MD and PhD?


"Medical doctors can be evaluated by their success in performing surgeries and their standing within the medical community. Psychologists vary greatly in qualifications and expertise, including their "therapy" and "theories" that can be deemed ambiguous, to say the least."


Lax regulations and oversight in the Psychology field, combined with new part-time PhD programs, makes the title of "Dr." much more easily obtainable. Educational and certification requirements vary in the US from state to state (various state licensing boards), and in Canada from province to province (CPA). 

CNN Story Link: Unlicensed professional, who led people to believe he was a medical doctor

"Recheck the credentials of the "Dr." that you eventually select  / receive. They very well could have someone trapped in a basement for all you know."



CNN Story Link: Unlicensed professional, who led people to believe he was a medical doctor


Not Without Humor:


OPGRC


"Wheels of Fortune ?"


"Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition." 
— James Baldwin

"Wheels of Fortune ?"

"Wheels of Fortune ?"

"Wheels of Fortune ?"


"Wheels of Fortune ?"

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

PT4 HUD Circles Display / Backgrounds / Vs Hero Stats / Placemint

Here is the link for all the zip files that I have available for download on Google Sites:

PHD_$_Thiefs_Zip_Files Link:

PT4 HUD Circles Display / Backgrounds / Vs Hero Stats / Placemint

HUD Display Circles:

Sometimes you only need to know the range of values for a stat then the exact number. This is where circles display symbols can help you react quicker to decisions.

This is the font file to download for the HUD Display Circles: PHD_$_Thiefs_HUD_Circles

Make sure to select REGULAR for font style and confirm settings after saving HUD options.

This is the format that the stats must be in to be displayed DEMO-TESTVPIP.pt4stat

If the number is at 100 % at the start of a game (VPIP 1/1), then you will get two circles for a hand or two. You can further customize the stat or make the value of 10 transparent, lighter color, or solid black (color ranges must now be 0-10 instead of 0-100 values).

Use a separate Hands stat group as they fit nicely in the player's avatar location.


Install Font:


Unzip it to a directory and open the directory c:/Windows/Fonts in a separate window. You have to copy the file over by DRAGGING the file to the Fonts directory (important). Make sure to select REGULAR for font style and confirm settings in PT4 after saving HUD options for your profile.


This is the font file to download for the HUD Display Circles: PHD_$_Thiefs_HUD_Circles


Testing Out Rectangles Indicating Short Stacked Players / Table Backgrounds:

Testing out a font with rectangles in order to recognize short stacked players quicker and adjust accordingly.


I use different colors at the bottom of the table backgrounds to indicate type of games (SNG / Hypers /Satellite / MTT / Cash)  or their late stages ( ITM / Bubble / Short Stacked / Chip Leader).

I also increased the size of the I'm Back button which displays clearly in the AHK PokerStars Stacked previewer as mentioned below.

I'm Back  button is located at the C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\themes\nova\green\ctrls directory with the file name bb.png (which you can edit the size and color of the image in Paint.Net).

I also increased the size of the I'm Back button which displays clearly in the AHK PokerStars



You can download the table background colors for NOVA Theme here: PHD_$_Thiefs Table Colors.zip

You can download the table background colors for NOVA Theme here: PHD_$_Thiefs Table Colors.zip


You can replace any of these five tables at these directory locations for the Nova Table Theme.  Use AHK scripts to automatically change the table color and background.

  • Silver.jpg  = C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\gx\backgrounds
  • Red-Carpet-Nova.jpg  = C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\themes\nova\green\backgrounds
  • Poker-Room.jpg   =C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\themes\nova\green\backgrounds
  • Metallic-Floor-nova.jpg  =C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\themes\nova\green\backgrounds
  • Nova.jpg   =C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\themes\nova\green\backgrounds


Placemint Blind Sorting Format:


Using Placemint with Blind level sorting and created additional AHK scripts, to automatically color table felts and backgrounds for various game types.

Placemint Blind Sorting Format:


Link to test / learn REGEX expressions:  Rubular.com

Twoplustwo thread for Placemint here:   PlaceMint: Window Positioning Tool  that you can copy and use.

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Editing PokerStars Card Back Colors:


This color scheme is from this thread (includes download link) from the original poster: PokerStars Card Mod

Editing PokerStars Card Back Colors:


These are some of the colors that you can change your cards too. You can even use them to color code your table type, ITM, bubble, Final Table, Satellite.....

It's a simple process of downloading the UnoDeck Cardbacks.zip file and extracting it to a directory.

It's a simple process of downloading the UnoDeck Cardbacks.zip file and extracting it to a directory.

Next, copy the deck_preview_back.png file to the directory
C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\gx\chips&deck\deck\preview

Then copy the three remaining files (medback.png, smback.png, back.png) to the directory
 C:\Program Files (x86)\PokerStars\gx\chips&deck\deck\default

Now start up PokerStars and select the card back colors of your choice.

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Stars Filtered SNG Opener

Works great for multi-tabling with Placemint. I only use version SFSO_4.01a and have had zero problems.

Here is the link:  http://starscash.googlecode.com/files/SFSO_4.01a.ahk

Here is the forum thread: Stars Filtered SNG Opener


Stars Filtered SNG Opener

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The Opener: The anything launcher


Another very useful AHK script utility that will start all of your programs at once. You can use it for different poker sites and configurations, or for any applications. 

Here is the forum thread: The Opener: The anything launcher

The Opener: The anything launcher

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T-Clock 2010 Alarm / Timer / Launch Menu:


Great free utility that you can easily set up reminders (alarms) for registration and adjust the size of your windows clock (including seconds). Other useful features included and you can download the clock here T-Clock

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Internet / Hardware Connection Problems?


See this post on the twoplustwo forums on ideas in isolating your problem: I_Am_No_Doctor

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Mirror HUD


PokerTracker vs Hero Stats:


I uploaded the PHD_$_Thiefs Tournament - Mirror HUD vs Hero in the download section (see Hand Range Pop-ups post for further details). The will track all of your attempts and steals from the HJ, CO, BTN, SB positions that would be recorded from other players if they have a HUD on you.

This does not work with the version of PT4 1.11.6 (unless you have a small DB of less than 100K hands) , I have made mention of it to the PT4 devs in their twoplustwo forum thread.

Load up your PT4 Replayer and test out the values while you give it a try. I did not get a chance to document the stat descriptions, so excuse the mess.

These custom stats display all of Hero's attempted steals and steal opportunities that Villain was seated at the same table (Mirror Villain's HUD). Hero Positions include the SB, BTN, CO and HJ positions, with specific vs Hero stats that Villain was involved in (Challenge Hero), displayed below them.

PT4 Forum Support thread on Vs Hero Stats

Mirror HUD PokerTracker vs Hero Stats:

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Full Tilt Poker & PokerStars Stacked Previewer:


I edited this from the AHK forum to activate between Stars and FTP tables:

Stacked Table Previewer TwoPlusTwo Thread

Code:
SetTitleMatchMode, 2
GroupAdd, Poker, ahk_class QWidget,,,Full Tilt Poker
GroupAdd, poker, ahk_class PokerStarsTableFrameClass

Numpad4:: ; Next Window
WinGetClass, CurrentActive, A
WinGet, Instances, Count, ahk_class %CurrentActive%
If Instances > 1
 WinSet, Bottom,, A
WinActivate, ahk_group Poker,,YourPokerNameHere
return

Numpad5:: ; Previous Window
WinGetClass, CurrentActive, A
WinGet, Instances, Count, ahk_class %CurrentActive%
If Instances > 1
 WinActivateBottom, ahk_group Poker,,YourPokerNameHere
return
Use your Pokername in the exclude so you don't get the cashier / main lobby / Trny Lobby in the previews


Full Tilt Poker & PokerStars Stacked Previewer:

You can quickly detect tables that you are sitting out from with the enlarged I'm Back button.

You can quickly detect tables that you are sitting out from with the enlarged I'm Back button.

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Stats to Help Identify Chip Bleeds in Your Game Using PT4 Graphs:


Download these PT4 Graph stats here:  Chip Bleeds PHD_$_Thiefs.zip


Stats to Help Identify Chip Bleeds in Your Game Using PT4 Graphs


EARLY / LATE GAME:

I use the blind level size of 150 or more as late stage, and less than 150 as early stage.

DOMINATED HANDS:

Greater than 65 percent (AT vs A2, 66 vs A5)

Less than 35 percent  (T9 vs KT, 99 vs TT)

Coin flips between 35 and 65 percent (KJ vs A7, QT vs 33)

Helps to answer the questions (in BBs):


"Are your good hands holding up?"    /    "Are your weak hands getting lucky?"

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MOBILE HUD / EXPAND HUD POPUP:


Using solid bars as a font, here is the HUD in normal game play and when expanded (7 Font regular and 24 expanded were used here). Player names were only used in the Expand HUD popup:

MOBILE HUD / EXPAND HUD POPUP:

Using solid bars as a font, here is the HUD in normal game play and when expanded


Download the edited font here PHDTHIEFS-Font-zipped

Install Font:


Download the edited font here PHDTHIEFS-Font-zipped

Unzip it to a directory and the file MyFontphd22.ttf will be extracted. Open the directory c:/Windows/Fonts in a separate window. You have to copy the file over by DRAGGING the file to the Fonts directory (important).

Now you can start PT4 and go to the option of Edit Hud Profiles. Make a duplicate of the HUD you always use.

Select all of your stats
"you can highlight all of the stats in your group easily by clicking in the Group Items area on the Hud Editor and pressing ctrl+a. Then you can edit the font size for all stats at once"
and now select the option of Font in Item Properties.

In the list you will see a font called PHD_$_Thiefs and select it with the font size that you want.

Select APPLY and your HUD should look like the first image (make sure that you have selected it as the new HUD profile).

Create a Popup Group called Expand HUD and duplicate all of your stats. This time select all of the stats and increase the font size to a much larger number, as seen in image number two. The font type will be your normal font selection that you always use.

You can adjust the HUD font sizes until it suits your setup (mobile, multi-tabling, laptop). Create separate HUDs and popups for each.


You can use the number of color bars as an indicator of potential losing or winning plays, depending on how you create your color ranges.

Monday, November 5, 2012

PartyPoker Table Theme & Cards Mods with Paint.NET

You can edit some simple PartyPoker files with the free program Paint.NET v3.5.10 (download here: Paint.NET ) and take this basic PartyPoker Techno table theme from this:


PartyPoker Table Theme & Cards Mods with Paint.NET


To This:


PartyPoker Table Theme & Cards Mods with Paint.NET




What I did was edited the table layout to two tone grey, place a yellow rectangle across players that have folded, made the avatars solid black to read the tables easier, and colored all the aces yellow in the deck to make them easier to identify.

Here are the edited PartyPoker files and saved in their original directory:

avatar.PNG
avatar_disabled.PNG
Table_Carpet.JPEG

C:\Programs\PartyGaming\PartyPoker\Images\NewGameTable\Techno

cards.PNG

C:\Programs\PartyGaming\PartyPoker\Images\NewGameTable

Set the cards to actual size before editing the aces in Paint.NET v3.5.10 .


Here are the edited PartyPoker files and saved in their original directory:


Paint.NET v3.5.10  is a very easy program to work with and you can customize the table theme to your liking. Here are additional images:


Paint.NET v3.5.10  is a very easy program to work with and you can customize the table theme to your liking. Here are additional images:

Paint.NET v3.5.10  is a very easy program to work with and you can customize the table theme to your liking. Here are additional images:

Paint.NET v3.5.10  is a very easy program to work with and you can customize the table theme to your liking. Here are additional images:


You can also do the same with the OpportunityAlerts1.jpeg file to alert you to premium cards, by turning your table felt red:


You can also do the same with the OpportunityAlerts1.jpeg file to alert you to premium cards, by turning your table felt red:



You can always reinstall PartyPoker software to restore your table themes to default if you run into problems.