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FlopZoom User Guide

The playback pane shows you every action of every hand in an entire online poker session. This is an invaluable tool if you are serious about improving your online game. Reviewing your hands is easy, fast, and essential.

Playback with Leather theme and HUD

  • Session info, player login, hand id, blind amounts, player count, button position, and total hand count
  • Opponents' known hole cards, names, stacks, actions, and win/loss amounts
  • Win and tie odds for all players still in the hand, whether or not their hole cards are known
  • Board cards, dealer button, final table indication
  • Searchable list of all sessions in the database with date, site, game type, and player name
  • Searchable list of hands in the current session, with hole cards and win/loss amounts, etc.

Clickable Items on Playback
  • Previous hand, previous action, play / pause, next action, and next street buttons
  • Hole cards: click for a list of a player's known hole cards and their win/loss amounts
  • Board cards: click to toggle between the streets
  • Pot sizes: click for a list of all pots and who won the main pot on each hand
  • Dealer button: click for a list of who was on the button on each hand

Control Panel Buttons
  • Start of hand, previous street, play / pause, next street, and end of hand buttons
  • Playback speed slider
  • Drawer open / close button
  • Optional previous / next session, previous / next hand, and previous / next action buttons

Main Pane Controls
  • Hand, street, and action selectors
  • Session and hand keyword search field
  • Clickable session and hand lists
  • Keyboard shortcuts for rapid playback
  • Optional hand history text display drawer

  • Stay on last completed live hand as you play on Full Tilt and Poker Stars
  • Show / hide playback control panel
  • Felt, Onyx, Graphite, and Leather themes

Automatic Playback
There are two sets of playback controls: basic controls on the playback pane itself and a more advanced floating playback control panel.

Table Playback Controls
There are controls right on the playback table, just to the left of the board cards. Click to go to the start or end of a street, to the previous or next action, or to pause and play.

If you click play and just let it run, playback will advance through all actions in the hand, to the summary, then continue through the next hand. All hands in a session can be reviewed with just one click of the play button.

The Playback Control Panel
You can control every aspect of playback by clicking buttons on the playback control panel or by using keyboard shortcuts. To show and hide the playback control panel, choose the Playback > Show / Hide Playback Controls menu item or press the the command and P keys simultaneously.

When the playback control panel is visible, clicking the middle button will play and pause automatic playback. The left side buttons skip to the start of the hand or the previous street. The right side buttons skip to the next street or the end of the hand.

Moving the slider to the left or right will decrease or increase the playback speed. The five speeds are: 4 seconds per hand, 2 seconds per hand, 1 hand per second, 2 hands per second, and 4 hands per second.

For even more playback controls, you can click the button on the right. This opens a drawer with the previous / next session buttons, previous / next hand buttons, and previous / next action buttons.


Manual Playback
If you prefer not to use the playback control panel, or if you want to choose a specific hand number or session, you can use the controls on the playback pane itself. Click the Preflop, Flop, Turn, and River buttons to go to the start of any street in the current hand.

Click the next or previous action buttons to move forward or backward between actions in the current hand. As you click the next button, you will advance across actions and streets all the way to the end of hand, then continue on to the start of the next hand. Likewise, as you click the previous button, you will move back across actions and streets to the start of the hand, then continue back to the summary of the previous hand.

You can open a drawer to the side of FlopZoom's playback pane if you want to see the actual text of the hand history file. There are separate text areas for hand actions and player chat.


Keyboard shortcuts
You can quickly move between actions and streets and jump to the start or end of any hand without even clicking your mouse. Just use the following keyboard shortcuts.
command Pshow / hide the playback control panel
left arrowgo to previous action
right arrowgo to next action
shift left arrowgo to previous street
shift right arrowgo to next street
command shift left arrowgo to start of hand
command shift right arrowgo to end of hand
shift up arrowgo to previous hand
shift down arrowgo to next hand
command shift up arrowgo to more recent session
command shift down arrowgo to later session
space barplay / pause automatic playback

Note: To use the space bar to play and pause automatic playback, you must first ensure that mouse focus is on the playback control panel. Simply click on the control panel before using the space bar to play and pause playback.

Tip: Pressing or holding down the right arrow key will advance you between actions and streets all the way to the end of hand. Likewise, pressing or holding down the the left arrow key will move you backward between actions and streets to the start of the hand.


Choosing Hands
You can click back and forth between consecutive hands with the next/previous hand buttons, or you can type a specific hand number into the hand text window.

You may also tell FlopZoom to keep up with whatever sessions you are playing on Full Tilt and Poker Stars. Simply choose a live session that you are playing from the list, then choose "Stay on Last Live Hand" from the Playback menu. Now, when you complete playing a hand in that session, FlopZoom immediately loads that hand into the playback pane. You can use this to quickly review hands and the hole cards your opponents revealed.


Searching for Hands
You can search for hole cards, player actions, and situations by typing keywords into the "search hands" field. The search results will appear in the hands list.

The first hand in the list will be loaded for playback. Click on any row in the hands list to play that hand. To move to the previous or next hand in the session, press the up arrow or down arrow keys.

You can search for specific hole cards, hole card ranges, player names, game situations, game types, and poker terms to find hands in the current session.

Hole card searches:
qqpocket queens
9sthe nine of spades
ac 9sthe ace of clubs and the nine of spades
akany ace-king
axany ace
==any pair
--any suited cards

Action searches:
allin, all-in, ships, shovesany player gets it all-in
call allin, call all-inany player calls for all his chips
bets allin, bet all-inany player opens all-in
raise allin, raises all-inany player moves in over the top
busted, felted, eliminatedany player gets all-in and loses
nocall, uncalledany player raises or bets and nobody calls
walknobody limps or raises the big blind

Situation searches:
ak vs qqace-king versus pocket queens
== vs axany pair versus any ace
sb, smallwho was in the small blind on each hand
bb, bigwho was in the big blind on each hand
bt, buttonwho was on the button on each hand
win, winswho won the pot on each hand
tie, split, chophands where the pot was split
showdown, sdaction on the hand reached a showdown
shows, flashesany villain exposed his hole cards without a showdown
holecards, cardsany villain's hole cards are known (with and without a showdown)
sidehands where there was a side pot
arrives, sits, new, inany new player arrives at the table
moves, leavesany player changes tables
finalfirst hand of the final table

Game type searches:
lh, lheLimit Hold'em hands
ph, plhPot Limit Hold'em hands
nl, nlhNo-Limit Hold'em hands

You can also combine full or partial player names with keywords:
PlayerName allinPlayerName gets it all-in
PlayerName buttonPlayerName is on the button
PlayerName winsPlayerName won (partial player name match)
PlayerName bustsPlayerName's bustout hand
PlayerName akPlayerName was dealt ace-king
PlayerName showdownPlayerName went to a showdown
Player1 Player2Player1 and Player2 went to a showdown
PlayerName showsPlayerName exposed his cards and there was no showdown
PlayerName cardsPlayerName exposed his cards or went to a showdown


Choosing Sessions
The session list shows one row for every session FlopZoom has analyzed. You can click on any row in the session list and FlopZoom will play that session. To move to the previous or next session in the list, press the up arrow or down arrow keys.


Searching for Sessions
You can search through all sessions in the session list by typing a keyword into the "search sessions" field. Type the first few letters of a player name, a date, a tournament type, session name, game type, or session keyword. The search results will appear in the sessions list, and the first session in the list will be loaded for playback. Click on a row in the session list to start playing the session.

The "hero player" is the login name of the player who played the sessions that FlopZoom has analyzed. If you have played under different user names in the past, or if your friends have sent you hand history files for you to analyze, you will see those hero names in the sessions list. (The "Save Current Session" menu item makes it easy to save the current session history files so you can email them to your friends.)

Player name searches:
PlayerNameall sessions PlayerName played (any hero or villain name)
Player1 Player2any sessions in which both Player1 and Player2 played (four names maximum)

Session type searches:
mtt, tournmulti-table tournament sessions
ring, cashring game sessions
sng, sitngosit-and-go tournament sessions
shootout, soshootout tournament sessions
play, play chipplay chip sessions

Game type searches:
lh, lheLimit Hold'em sessions
ph, plhPot Limit Hold'em sessions
nl, nlhNo-Limit Hold'em sessions
mh, mixedMixed Hold'em sessions

Seat count searches:
full, maxfull ring sessions
six, six max, 6max6 max seat sessions
headsup, huheads-up sessions

Wins and final table searches:
wins, wontournament sessions won by currently selected player
finalfinal table tournament sessions of currently selected player

Session id searches (tournaments):
433session number starting or ending with 433
01433session number starting or ending with 01433
1001433complete session number

Table name searches (ring games):
Table nameRing games played at table "Table name"

Date searches:
2010sessions played in 2010
2010/03sessions played in March 2010
2010/03/28sessions played on March 28, 2010

You can also combine full or partial player names with keywords and dates:
PlayerNameall sessions played by PlayerName
PlayerName 2009sessions played by PlayerName in 2009
PlayerName cashring games played by PlayerName
PlayerName cash 6max6-max ring games played by PlayerName
Name1 Name2 Name3 Name4All sessions that up to four named players played together
2010/01 mttmulti-table tournaments played in January 2010 by all hero players
ring 2010ring games played in 2010 by all hero players
sng 2008 PlayerNamesit-n-go tournaments in which PlayerName played in 2008
wins sixsix handed tournaments won by the hero player of the current session
wins sngsit-and-go tournaments won by the hero player of the current session
PlayerName winstournament sessions won by PlayerName
PlayerName wins soshootout tournament sessions won by PlayerName
PlayerName wins so huheads-up shootout tournament sessions won by PlayerName
PlayerName wins so 2008/10shootout tournament sessions won by PlayerName in October 2008
PlayerName finalfinal table tournament sessions of a specific player
PlayerName final 2010final table tournament sessions for PlayerName in 2010
PlayerName ring 2008/12ring game sessions for PlayerName in December 2008

Note: If you search for a four digit number, FlopZoom will assume that it's a year if it's between 2000 and 2009.  

Playback Themes
We've created four themes so you won't get too bored with the playback table. And there are more on the way!

The four themes: Felt, Onyx, Graphite, and Leather

Integration with Session, Statistics, and Analysis panes
Any session you select in the playback pane will also become the current session in the session, statistics, and analysis panes. Whenever you select a specific session in any FlopZoom pane, it will become the current session in all the other panes. The current hand you've selected in playback will be highlighted in the session pane. Speaking of which...

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