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FlopZoom Tutorials: Advanced
Overview

FlopZoom's analysis pane is its most information-rich pane, so the advanced tutorial is all about analysis. We've given each analysis graph its own tutorial chapter. We strongly recommend that you first read the User Guide page about the analysis pane before reading this tutorial. There's a lot of information in each of the analysis pane's graphs.
 

The Analysis Pane
As vital as statistics are, they're simply not enough to help you get to the next level, no matter what level you're currently at. FlopZoom's statistics pane presents you with graphs that are easy to use and understand, but the next level is FlopZoom's analysis pane.

There are seven graphs in the analysis pane that can show you how you played and why you won or lost hands and tournaments. Draws that hit or missed, plays that worked or failed, stone cold bluffs, value bets vs. crazy shoves, hero calls vs. chip dumps, monster hands, and card rushes are all right there with a few clicks. And every analysis graph is updated in real time as you play tournaments or ring games, for any number of tables you're playing.

Instead of comparing multiple players' information, as in the session and statistics panes, the analysis pane focuses on a single player. The analysis pane's seven graphs are each about as complex and as informative as the statistics pane. Get to know them...
 

Draws
You're rarely going to flop a made hand. In fact, you'll only even flop a pair about 1/3 of the time. How you play your draws on the flop and turn, and whether you hit or miss your draws on the turn and river are crucial to your success. And, of course, knowing how your opponents play their draws is crucial to beating them.

Even if you hit your draws, you can still lose unless you had the stone nuts on the river. On the other hand you can win when you miss your draws. FlopZoom's draws graph can show you all that and more.
Continue to the draws tutorial.

 
Plays
Making moves is an essential part of any successful player's game plan. The situations where you put the squeeze on a raiser and a caller, check-raised with air or with the nuts, and walked the dog by calling with a monster are all there for your enlightenment.

Some plays will work well for you in early position, others in late position, and still others can be used anywhere. See which worked and didn't work for you. Change up your style for a week and see if it made any difference. Mix it up!
Continue to the plays tutorial.
 

Bluffs
Sure, bluffs are just another type of play. But there are so many places and times to bluff that we created a graph just for them. And when we say bluff, we mean bluff. In FlopZoom 1.0, only stone cold bluffs without so much as a pair or even a draw are graphed.

In a future release, we might add bluffing with the black pocket aces when the river puts five hearts on the board. But for now it's all about air. Figure out why your bluffs worked or failed, and figure out what other players are thinking when they try to bluff you.
Continue to the bluffs tutorial.
 

Bets
You'll win or lose by how you bet. And also by why, when, where, and how much you bet. There's a little overlap with the bluffs and draws graphs, sure. But we thought it would be good to get another perspective on bluffs and draws by showing you how much you and the villains bet with them.

If you're betting too small on the turn and getting re-raised out the pot, or betting too much on the river and not getting paid off, you'll see it all right here. The percentage of your stack (or any other player's stack) is shown, in any position, and over any interval, for each hand type. And you can see if the bettor won on the spot, got called, or got re-raised off the hand.
Continue to the bets tutorial.

 

Calls
It's been said that if you're going to enter a pot, you should never call. Only raise. We say that if you're going to play poker you shouldn't get stuck in a rut and become predictable. Calling raises in position is a way to counter the "small ball" tournament play style used by Daniel Negreanu and other very successful professional players when they raise small from up front. In effect, you're "re-small-balling" them. Back 'atcha, Daniel!

Floating (calling with no pair or improper drawing odds) is a way of letting your opponents build a pot for you to steal later with a (hopefully) well-timed bluff. Calling with a big hand, aka "walking the dog," is a how you trap loose-aggressive players. If you try calling more often with your pocket aces, just for a week, FlopZoom will show you if it helped you or not.
Continue to the calls tutorial.

 
Hands
You can whine to your poker buddies about how bad you've been running for, like, yeah, the last month or two. It's unbelievable! But FlopZoom knows if you're making hands or not.

You might have forgotten that you rivered four full houses yesterday to take down that MTT. FlopZoom didn't. Or maybe you forgot that you flopped top set twice heads-up last week to win some sit-n-gos. FlopZoom didn't. Believe it.
Continue to the hands tutorial.
 

Cards
Card dead? Been so long that you forgot what pocket aces look like? At a full table your big pocket pairs may or may not have won anyway.

But if you're heads-up and card dead and your opponent is on a heater, you're going to be crushed. You can see how many times you were dealt a wide range of hole cards, how often you should have been dealt each range, and how often you won and lost with them.
Continue to the cards tutorial.
 

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.


 

Summary
The analysis pane's collection of graphs is an essential part of FlopZoom's integrated interface. There's a ton of information available here and it's a lot to digest at first. But it's all available with just a few clicks.

Now get online, play, and get to the next level with FlopZoom!

Advanced Tutorials:
Draws | Plays | Bluffs | Bets | Calls | Hands | Cards


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