[B]What is Pokertracker?[/B]

PokerTracker is a database program recording and evaluating all poker hands you have played. For instance, it specifies how many starting hands you play, what kind of hands you play profitable and how aggressive you are. Last but not least, it additionally picks up information of all your opponents.

[B]When should I procure pokertracker? How much does it cost?[/B]

Pokertracker costs $50 and you should use it, when starting playing 0.5/1 at PartyPoker.

What is so special about Pokertracker and why do I need it?
Pokertracker gives you the opportunity to analyze your habit. This information should be used to avoid mistakes. Pokertracker provides you with stats about what particular time and how many hands you played. The statistics can be distributed to several limits to determine how big your profit has been.
The lead of information over your opponents is not even valuable if you use Pokertracker. We can ensure that Pokertracker will have amortized in no time. You gain knowledge of how good (tight) your opponents are and on this account you will be able to fine-tune your strategy depending on the skill and play of your opponent. You will know if they are calling stations or maniacs waiting to maximize your profit.
Table selection will become much easier, because you will choose tables with players as bad as possible.

[B]Ok, I Pokertracker is running but how can I collect the data?[/B]

File -> Auto-Import Hand Histories -> Configure
You select your Partypoker hand history folder (Partypoker/HandHistories/Your nickname) and with that "All Text Files in Folder". If done, you should select "move processed files to" and choose any folder which is not a subfolder of your poker software. Then you need to adjust the timer to 5 minutes. Done? Press "Ok". Then you should proceed with "Configure Import of Observed Hands". Pick your main PartyPoker folder (not your nickname folder). After that you have to set "Only Import Hands with" to "more than or equal 7". Make sure that "Do not import hand history files at this time" is deselected. Finish by clicking on "Ok". Do not close your auto-import-window and Pokertracker-window. Once you are done, you can start playing. Pokertracker will automatically import your hands and the hands of your opponents. It is enough if you just open a table without even playing. This should leave nothing to be desired.

[B]How can I use the statistics while playing?[/B]

If you want to use the statistics while playing you have to install a second program called PlayerView. PlayerView is for free. You want to know how this program works? Click here (link einfuegen). In order to have a good overview of the statistics you should download one of the skins especially made for PartyPoker right here.

[B]Backup Files / Moving PT to a new PC?[/B]

From the Pokertracker FAQ:
The only files you need to backup are the database files. These files have the extension ".MDB". DO NOT BACKUP PTREGV2.MDB though. If you haven't created additional databases, the only files you'll have are PTRACK.MDB and HHDB.MDB. Additional databases usually have the names PTRACK2.MDB, PTRACK3.MDB unless you have renamed them.

If you want to move Poker Tracker to a different PC, just backup the database files then run the install program - http://www.pokertracker.com/download.html - on the new PC. Copy the database files over to the new PC and overwrite the files loaded during the install. You will need to send me the new product ID (from the About window) so I can send you a new registration code.

If you have created any custom known hands filters, you will also want to backup/copy the files ptfilter.txt and pthands.txt. These files contain the custom filters so if you copy these you won't have to recreate them on the new pc.

All of these files should be in the c:\program files\poker tracker v2 folder if you have used the default settings.


The database files listed above are the Microsoft Access databases. If you are using PostgreSQL databases then you have to backup the database files differently.

To do the backup:

1. Open the Utilities/PostgreSQL Database Functions window.
2. Click the "Backup" button to create a compressed backup file of the selected PostgreSQL database. If you have more than one database, then you must choose each PostgreSQL database from the dropdown list at the top left corner of the window and perform the backup for EACH database. The backup being done is only for the selected database and NOT for all your databases. So if you have created 3 PostgreSQL databases, you need to perform the backup function 3 times, once for each database.

To do the restore:

1. Open the Utilities/PostgreSQL Database Functions window.
2. In the Restore section, use the Browse button to select the backup file you created in the steps above.
3. Click the Restore button. If the database to restore doesn't exist, then the restore option will create the database for you. If the database already exists, the restore option will drop all the data from the database and reimport the data from the backup file.
4. If the database didn't exist and it was created by the restore option, in order to use this database you must now go to the File/Maintain Database Names window, click the Add button and then select "Select existing PostgreSQL database" option from the last field in the new row. Then on the window that opens, select the database that was created by step 3.

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Your PokerStrategy Team

Written by Dominik Kofert