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FlopZoom User Guide

The statistics pane shows you "what" happened. The analysis pane will show you the "why" and "how" of what happened. You'll see if you hit or missed your draws (and whether you won or lost either way), if your plays worked, if your bluffs were called or not, how much you bet and called with your hand types, and whether you ran hot or cold.

And you can zoom in and out on any specific seat or position range and over any interval from a single session to all sessions you've ever played. Click the analysis button at the top of the window to get here.

If you are graphing a session that you are playing, FlopZoom will automatically re-analyze and redraw on each real time update. By default, updates are done every 5 seconds. You can change that interval, or turn real time updates off completely, in Preferences.

Draws over an entire career, clicked on 'Inside straights'

Hole cards for a year, clicked on 'Small pair'

  • Draws with hit / miss and win / loss ratios with mathematical hit expectation
  • Plays with won / lost ratio
  • Bluffs with won / lost ratio
  • Bets with uncalled / called / folded ratios
  • Calls with next card / folded ratio and win / loss ratio on river
  • Hands with won / lost ratio
  • Cards with won / lost ratio and mathematical expectation indicator lines
  • Descriptive captions of statistics types and player names
  • Calendar or range preference for day, week, month, and year intervals

  • Player name menu with all players in the current session
  • Buttons to filter results for preflop, flop, turn, river, or any street
  • Buttons for selecting any of seven analysis graphs: draws, plays, bluffs, bets, calls, hands, and cards
  • Full table (7 - 10), short-handed (3 - 6), heads-up, or any number of players filter buttons
  • Stack graph filter buttons for specific seats or seat position ranges
  • Session, day, week, month, year, and career analysis interval buttons
  • Previous / next interval buttons
  • Instant playback: click an analysis bar to load the relevant hands in the playback pane (in session interval)

Choosing a Player
The analysis pane automatically selects your login name for the current session in player menu. You'll only see information for one player at a time in the analysis pane, and you can choose any player in the session currently being played in the playback pane.


Choosing a Street
You can tell FlopZoom to analyze only the hands played on a particular street. By default, any street is selected.


Choosing a Graph
Just click on a button to choose the statistics you want to see for the player you chose.

Here are the graphs you can choose and what they indicate:

DrawsNine draw types hit (green) and missed (red) with hand win/loss ratios and theoretical hit/miss lines
BluffsEleven different plays with hand win/loss ratios
PlaysTen bluff types and situations with hand win/loss ratios
BetsStack % bet with ten hand types with uncalled (green), called (blue), and folded (red) ratios
CallsStack % called with ten hand types with next card seen (blue) and folded (red) ratios and river win/loss ratio
HandsTen hand types with number of times played and hand win/loss ratios
CardsEleven hand types with number of times played, hand win/loss ratios, and theoretical deal count


Filtering Results
As in the statistics pane, you can filter the results to show statistics against different number of opponents: any number, full tables, short-handed, or heads-up.

And as in the session and statistics panes, you can choose any specific position...

...or a range of positions.

Finally, just as in the statistics pane, you can choose any interval, from a single session all the way to every session you've ever played.

When you've clicked the session interval button, clicking the previous or next button will select the previous or next session. If you've clicked the day, week, month, or year interval button, clicking the previous or next button will select all the sessions in the previous or next day, week, month, or year.

Bets graph showing week (range) interval after clicking on the "One pair" bar


Hand Win / Loss Ratios
In most analysis graphs, the ratio of hands won to hands lost is shown by a short horizontal black bar with a black "+" above and "-" below. This is the win/loss indicator. The portion of the bar above the line (the "+" portion) represents the hands won. The portion of the bar below the line (the "-" portion) represents the hands lost.

So, the lower the win/loss indicator appears on the bar, the more times you won with that hand, or bluff, or bet, or whatever action or hand the bar represents. In the above example, the selected player about half of his of his big pair hands and a majority of his medium pair hands.


Draw Hit / Miss Ratios
The red and green segments in each bar in the draws graph show you the ratio of draws hit and missed. You can see how many times the selected player held different draws and how many times he hit and missed those draws. For example, in the graph below, the overall height of the "Outside straights" bar is 7, showing that the player held 7 outside straight draws (also known as open-ended straight draws.)

The green segment of the bar indicates the number of times a player hit an outside straight after flopping or turning the draw. In this case, the player hit 2 out of 7 outside straight draws that he held in this particular session. The red segment of the same outside straights bar shows how many times a player missed his outside straight draws. In his case, the player missed 5 of the 7 outside straight draws in this session.
There can be multiple win/loss indicators per bar, one for draws hit and another for draws missed. For example, there are two +/- win/loss indicators in the outside straight draw bar above. There is one in the green segment of the bar and another in the red segment of the bar.

The +/- line in the green segment shows the ratio of hands won and lost when the player hit his draw. The +/- line in the red segment shows the ratio of hands won and lost when the player missed his draw.

When all hands hit or missed were winners or losers, only the "+" or "-" is drawn inside the green "hit" segment and/or the red "missed" segment. You can see that in the inside combos bar, where the selected player won the one hand in which he held and hit an inside combo (inside straight draw plus flush draw.) The single + in the green segment indicates that the player won all the hands (in this case a single hand) in which he hit his inside combo draw.

And in the same inside combo bar, we see that our hero lost all the hands in which he held and missed an inside combo draw. This is indicated by the single - in the red segment showing 3 missed inside combo draws.


Mathematical Expectation Lines
In the draws and cards graphs above, you'll see black horizontal lines drawn above some bars and yellow lines drawn across other bars. These are the mathematical expectation lines, and every bar in the draws and cards graphs has its own expectation line. The expectation lines mean different things in the two graphs. In the draws graph, the expectation lines indicate the number of times that the player should have hit his draws. In the cards graph, the expectation lines indicate the number of times that the player should have been dealt the different hole card types.

Expectation lines in the cards graph
In the cards graph, the lines will appear as black lines above some of the bars and as yellow lines inside other bars. If the actual number of times a hole card type was dealt is less than the expected number of times that it should have been dealt, the bar doesn't reach the expectation line and the line appears in black above the bar. If the actual number of times a hole card type was dealt is greater than the expected number of times it should have been dealt, the bar extends above the expectation line and the line appears in yellow across the bar.

Here you can see that the player was dealt an ace and a suited face card more often than would be expected. The yellow line across the "Ace-face suited" bar indicates how many times he should have been dealt ace-face suited and he beat that number.

On the other hand, he was dealt ace-face unsuited, ace-mid suited and unsuited, and ace-baby suited less often than would be expected. The black lines above the bars (and in some cases outside the image) show how often he should have been dealt these hole card types.

Expectation lines in the draws graph
The mathematical expectation lines in the draws graph show how often the player should have made each of their draw types. The expectation lines will always appear in yellow since they will always appear inside a draw bar.

If the player hit her draws exactly as often as she should have, on average, the expectation line will appear exactly where the green "hit" and red "miss" segments of the draw bars meet.

Here, the ace-high straight bar shows that the player hit broadway exactly as often as she should have. The green bar meets the red bar exactly at the yellow expectation line. In the next bar, we see that she didn't maker her small flushes as often as she should have (but still managed to win more than half of the hands in which she missed.) In the third bar, she hit her big flushes about as often as could be expected. And the fourth bar shows that she made her nut flushes more often than could be expected, and won all those hands even when she missed. Nice job!


Running Good or Bad
In both the draws, hands, and cards graphs, the win/loss ratio indicators and expectation lines show whether or not a player has been hitting draws, making hands, and getting good hole cards. If you see mostly yellow lines in your cards graph's big pair bar, you've been dealt great hole cards. And if the green portion of your draws bars extends below the yellow lines in the draws chart, you've been hitting your draws more than you should have expected to. Hitting your draws and making big hands is part of running good.

On the other hand, just because you're getting cards doesn't mean that you're winning. You may have made the nut flush more often than you should have, but the win / loss ratio shows that you lost most of those hand, then you're getting out-carded and you're still running bad. Other players beat you with full houses or better. (So maybe you shouldn't have moved in with your nut flush even though the board was paired? Just sayin'...)

You can click back and forth between sessions, days, weeks, months, and years, to see how you're doing. Did you make big hands and get beat? Could be that you're running bad. Or did you miss more of your draws than you should have but still win? Could be that you're running good.

In the above draws chart example, the player definitely ran good. From what we can see, she hit most of her draws more often than expected since the green "hit" bar segments extend below the yellow expectation lines for most of her draws. And she won most of the times she hit and a good portion of the times she missed. Running good plus playing good is just straight good. And she was very lucky to hit a straight flush one out of the 14 times she had the straight flush draw. The straight flushes expectation line doesn't even appear because hitting your straight flush draws is very rare.


Instant Playback
Clicking on an analysis graph bar instantly puts the relevant hands into the playback pane's hands list. Click back to the playback pane and you'll be able to play back the draws, plays, bluffs, made hands, and hole cards that FlopZoom found. Just another way that FlopZoom adds context to the raw numbers.

For example, you can click the draws button, click the "Outside straights" bar, and click back to the playback pane. The hands list now contains just the hands in which the current player picked up an open-ended straight draw on the flop or turn.

Playback 1

Click an analysis graph bar...

Playback 2

...and only the relevant hands appear in the
playback pane hands list.

Raw numbers can only get you so far, but playing back hands goes all the way. Knowing how, when, and where key hands were played is essential to improving your game. And essential to understanding your opponents' games. Instant playback of those key hands helps you do both. Fast.

Note that clicking any bar on the bets or calls graphs will load all hands in the session into the playback hands list. This is because the bets and calls graphs show the statistical calculations over many hands in the session. To play back hands in the session in which a player made the various hand types, just click the hands button and click on the bars in the hands graph. Also note that you must first click the session interval button to enable the playback list feature.


More Detail
There's more information on each graph than just bars with numbers. FlopZoom displays a divider on the bars to show you the ratio of hands won to hands lost for missed outside straight draws, check-raise plays, and hand types, and many others. It will also gray-out buttons that aren't useful in certain situations, and you can choose different week start days if you wish.

Disabled buttons
FlopZoom will gray out buttons when they aren't applicable. For example, in the "Bets graph" graph above, the heads-up table button is grayed out. This is because over that particular week, the selected player never got down to heads-up play.

Likewise, if the current session or sessions in an interval don't have any full table or short handed play, the heads-up and short handed buttons will be grayed out.

More about intervals
You can choose the week start day in FlopZoom's preferences dialog. It is set to Monday by default but you can choose Sunday if you prefer.

The more sessions there are in the interval you've selected, the longer it will take FlopZoom to calculate your statistics. Several hundred sessions can be processed in seconds with a 2GHz or faster processor. But if you have thousands of sessions, it could take quite a while.

More about expectation
The black and yellow lines in the cards graph show you how often you should have been dealt certain hole card ranges. And in the draws graph, the lines show you how often you should have made the draws you had. But to be precise about their meanings (and we at FlopTech are fanatics about precision) we'll need to get into a little more detail.

If you click the "flop" button, the odds for completing your hand for each draw type are calculated for flopped draws. The odds are calculated assuming that you will be seeing two more cards: the turn and the river. If you click the "turn" button, the odds are calculated for draws picked up on the turn, and for just one more card: the river. And if you click the "any" button, the odds are weighted by the number of times you actually flopped draws vs. the number of times you turned draws.

We then multiply the odds for each draw type by the actual count each draw type was seen. This gives us the theoretical number of times that the draw should have become a made hand on a subsequent street. Note that for small sample sizes this can be a fractional number. But hey, it's theoretical.  

We've just scratched the surface here. Please read the tutorials for more in-depth how-to's. We recommend reading the tutorials from basic through intermediate through advanced. They cover the playback and session panes, the statistics pane, and the analysis pane, respectively.

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