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FlopZoom User Guide

The session pane shows you all the details of any particular session you have played or are currently playing. You can graph your stack over the entire session and compare it against up to three opponents' stacks. You can also show all the pots won and who won or lost them. Click the session button at the top of the window to get here.

If you are graphing a session that you are playing, the stacks and pots graphs will automatically redraw to show the new hands 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.

The hero's hole cards are always shown for every hand, even if the hero isn't selected in a player popup menu. In addition, the win/loss amounts are shown for each selected player on the current hand. And you can quickly scan through all the hero's hole cards and win/loss amounts on every hand in the session by "scrubbing" the mouse (dragging the mouse while clicking).

Tournament session stacks graph

Ring game session showing stacks (with results window, BB amounts, and blinds)
Note: dashed stack lines indicate that a player is sitting out.

Ring game session showing pots (with results window and blinds)
Note: the gray segments above the horizontal yellow lines at the top of each bar indicate the rake.

  • Graph up to four players' stacks
  • Scrub mouse across hands to see hero's hole cards and win/loss amounts
  • Dashed stack lines indicate hands sat out
  • Graph of up to four players' pots with win/loss amounts
  • In ring games, the rake amount appears above a yellow line on each pot
  • Descriptive caption of hero's hole cards and stack changes on the selected hand
  • Click the graph to highlight a hand and set it up in the playback pane
  • New or updated session count is indicated at each real time update

Controls and Options
  • Player name menus for up to four players
  • Pots or stacks radio buttons
  • All pots, pots won, and pots lost buttons
  • Preflop, flop, turn, river, and showdown buttons
  • Stack graph filter buttons for specific seats or seat position ranges
  • All hands and 10 hands radio buttons
  • Previous / next session buttons
  • Options: show results window with total rake (ring games), blinds, M or BB values, and opponent count

Choosing Players
The session pane automatically selects your login name for the current session in the first menu. Your stack and pot amounts will be drawn in black. You can just show your own graphs, or you can choose up to four players from the current session and compare their results. The four players' graphs will be shown in black, blue, red, and green so you can easily tell them apart.


Graphing Stacks
Click the stacks button to display the stack graph. You'll see the stack graphs of all the players you chose.

Click a position button to see what happened to players' stacks when they were in specific positions.

The labels on the buttons are:

SBSmall Blind
BBBig Blind
UGUnder the Gun (one left of the big blind)
HJHijack (one left of cutoff)
COCutoff (one left of the button)

Click a position range button to see what happened to players' stacks when they were in early, middle, or late position.

The specific seats in the ranges change with the number of opponents at the table. In short-handed and heads-up play, some range and seat buttons will be grayed out because those positions don't exist.

Full table play:

9 and 8 players
EarlySB, BB, UG
Middlebetween UG and HJ
LateHJ, CO, BT

7 players
EarlySB, BB
MiddleUG through HJ
LateCO, BT

Short-handed play:

6 players
EarlySB, BB
MiddleUG, HJ
LateCO, BT

5 players
EarlySB, BB
LateCO, BT

4 players
EarlySB, BB

3 players

Heads-up play (2 players):


For example, if you click the middle position range button, you'll only see the parts of the stack graphs when players were in that position range.

Stack changes for four players when they were in middle position seat range


Graphing Pots
Click the pots button to display the pots graph. You'll see the graph of the pots in the session. The amount each player won or lost in every pot is shown in their color. The gray color indicates the portion of the pot won by someone other than the selected player(s).

Click the all, won, or lost buttons to switch between graphs of pots won + lost, or just won or just lost. (The graph of pots lost will appear upside down because it shows negative amounts for the selected players.)

Session pane showing all pots (won and lost)

Pots won

Pots lost

To see the pots won or lost on a particular street or at showdown, click the street button.

Pots won at showdown

Choosing Hands
Just click on the graph to choose a specific hand in the session. That hand will be highlighted in yellow. (In the screenshots below, we've clicked on hand 68.) And if you click back to the playback pane, you'll see that the hand you clicked is now ready for playback.

Display Options
You can tell FlopZoom to show the blind levels, the number of big blinds in players' stacks or the Magriel-Harrington M zone inflection points (as described in "Harrington on Hold'em Volume II: The Endgame," Harrington & Robertie, ISBN 1-880685-35-3), and the number of opponents at the table on each hand. The opponent count is shown at the top of the graph, in gray text.

Some players like to gauge their stack size by its M, and others prefer to think in terms of big blinds. The M concept is probably more useful in tournament play, as the math can determine how "fast" you should play depending on your stack size. If you are more comfortable thinking in BB, or if you are looking at a ring game session, you can choose the BB option instead.

Stacks with blinds, inflection points, and opponent count


10 Hand View
Sometimes all that information creates a very busy graph, so you can also zoom in on just 10 hands to get a closer look. (See why we called it FlopZoom?) You can zoom in and out of the 10 hand view for both the stacks and the pots graphs.

Clicking on the leftmost or rightmost hand in 10 hand view will move the view to the previous 10 or next 10 hands of the session. (The small gray arrows in the leftmost and rightmost hands are reminders that you can do this.)

10 hand stacks view with blinds, inflection points, opponent count, and previous 10 hand and next 10 hand arrows

10 hand pots view with all pots on any street and previous 10 hand and next 10 hand arrows

Changing Sessions
Choose the previous or next session by clicking the previous or next session buttons.

The previous session button will be disabled if there isn't a previous session. Likewise the next session button will be disabled if there isn't a next session.

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