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FlopZoom Tutorials: Basic
The Session Pane

The User Guide covers all the features and controls of the session pane. It's all about chips, baby! It shows you chips in players' stacks in the stacks graph and chips in the pot in the pots graph. And if you are playing the session you are viewing at the time, both graphs will automatically be redrawn on each real time update.

At a glance, you can spot the key hands of the session. The stacks graph makes it easy to find hands where players busted, doubled up, and sat down or stood up for table changes. A steep increase or decrease in the stack graph indicates that a player won or lost a huge pot. Likewise, a tall bar in the pots graph indicates that a big pot was played on that hand.

You can also filter the stacks and pots graphs. You can see if a player won or lost key hands in any specific seat or in a position range (early, middle, late.) And you can see how big the pots were (and how much the selected players won and lost in each pot), on specific streets or on any street.

Finding Key Hands
Let's see how to use the stacks graph and playback pane to see how a player won a tournament. We'll browse through the key hands and see how FZ_Hero won in this example.

Did he river his opponents? Did he get dealt big pocket pairs? Did he outplay his opponents in big pots? We'll show you how easy it is to find out.

In this example, we've typed FZ_Hero's name in the session search field and clicked on a session in the resulting list. Clicking over to the session pane, we can see that FZ_Hero won the tournament. If the last hand of the session shows your stack going to the top of the chart or to the bottom, you either won the tournament or busted out on the last hand.

Several hands helped boost FZ_Hero's stack. Each sharp increase in the black line's height shows these big wins. We can click on the first sharp increase, which turns out to be hand 23.

We also see that FZ_Hero lost quite a few small pots to get back to his starting stack size. Not good, considering that the blinds had more than tripled by that time. (This could be an indication of playing too many hands with the blinds still very low.)

But who did our hero beat out of that big pot on hand 23? We can click back to the playback window and click the river button to find out. It was villain_a. She took her king-queen suited up against ace-jack suited and ace-king and lost.

FZ_Hero got lucky and rivered a flush to bust her. He also more than doubled up through the third player in the pot, villain_b. We can also see that this was a 6-handed tournament.

We can click back to the session pane, then select villain_a in the player menu with the blue bar on it.

Now her stack is superimposed in blue under FZ_Hero's. We see her stack drop to zero on her last hand. The text under the graph shows the change in stacks for both players. The change in FZ_Hero's stack is greater than the amount that villain_a lost because he doubled through villain_b as well.

So what happened on the next big pot hand that FZ_Hero was in? We can click on the next sharp increase in his stack. It turns out to be hand 69.

We click back to the playback pane to see who he beat on that hand. It was villain_e. If we click on the next action button, we see that FZ_Hero got it all-in preflop with pocket queens. villain_e called with her medium suited ace...

...and she only hit her kicker on the turn. Not enough to crack the queens. Clicking through to the river, we see that the best hand won (this time.)

Back at the session pane, we select villain_e in the player menu with the red bar on it. FZ_Hero's black line and villain_e's red line actually cross over on this hand. If you see a stack line increasing sharply and another decreasing sharply on the same hand, those players were in a big pot together.

Clicking on the third big pot hand that FZ_Hero was in, we see it was hand 96. Here we've clicked the opponent count button and we see that play has gotten down to heads-up. Our hero's heads-up opponent was villain_c, so we chose her name in the fourth player menu and her stack appears in green. The number of opponents appears in gray at the the top of the graph. Note: the "4" is moved down a little so it won't overlap with the "5" on the previous hand.

Back on the playback pane, we see that our hero got very lucky to make broadway on the turn to win the pot.

If we want to go back to relive the thrill of victory, we just click on the last hand to in stack chart, or just type the last hand number (102 here) into the hand field. The final hand is selected, and we can click the river button and the next action button to see the win. They got it all in when they hit their aces on the turn, and the best hand held up.


Finding Key Pots
The pots graph gives you another way of looking at how chips moved during the session. It shows you the size of each pot won and/or lost, and how much of each pot the selected players won and/or lost.

We added the pots graph because the stacks graph alone doesn't tell you the full chip story. It's possible that the change in everyone's stack was small in a huge pot. We'll see how that can happen in this example.

In the session pane's pots graph, we can see that there was a large pot early in the tournament. The total height of the bar above the zero line shows how big the pot was. Clicking on it, we see that villain_c, villain_e, and villain_a played the pot.

Any time the pot bar contains more than one color other than gray, more than one player won or lost some chips. It could have been a split pot, where two players make the same hand, or it could have been a main and a side pot when at least one player was all-in.

In this example it was a combination of both: villain_c was all-in as the short stack, villain_a was also all-in, and villain_e had them covered. The two bigger stacks tied for the side pot (two pair with an ace kicker) and the short stack tripled up by winning the main pot (with runners for a flush.)

We've clicked the 10 hand button to zoom in for a closer look. The main pot winner (villain_c in green) only won. The other two players who split the pot and also tripled her up (shown in blue and red), got their side pot chips back because of the split, but lost their main pot chips.

The net effect on the side pot players' stacks is fairly small. They only lost as many chips as the short stacked main pot winner put in. The stacks graph shows only relatively small changes to the side pot players' stacks, despite the relatively large amount of chips (and drama) in the pot.

Going back to the playback pane and clicking through to the end of the hand, we see the main and side pots and their winners.


The session pane's stacks and pots charts can be used by themselves or together to quickly find key hands in a session. Clicking between the session and playback panes can show you exactly what happened and how those key hands helped determine the session's outcome.

Basic Tutorials:
Playback Pane | Session Pane | Current Hand | M Inflection Points

- The Playback Pane
- The Session Pane
Finding Key Hands
Finding Key Pots
- The Current Hand
- M Inflection Points

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