Winning Poker Network Configuration Guide (WPN)

PokerTracker 4 version 4.0.x
September 30, 2014
  • Overview

    PokerTracker 4 imports text hand histories that are saved to your computer by the Winning Poker Network poker client. Once imported, these hands are stored within PostgreSQL and made available for review and analysis in your PT4 database. This process must be correctly configured so that PokerTracker 4 can retrieve these hand histories and also display the Heads Up Display (HUD) on your Winning Poker Network table(s) correctlyin the Windows version of PokerTracker 4, the Winning Poker Network does not have a Mac OS X client available at this time.

    This guide is intended for users who wish to manually configure PokerTracker 4 to important hand histories from the Winning Poker Network, alternatively you may choose to use the automated Setup Assistant. For general information on the initial setup of PokerTracker 4, please consult the PokerTracker 4 Quick Start Guide.

  • Setup Assistant

    For most users, configuring the Winning Poker Network by using the Setup Assistant will be the most efficient method of preparing PokerTracker 4 for use with Winning Poker Network. The Setup Assistant was created to help users automate the configuration of PokerTracker 4 without the need to manually configure your poker environment. To begin the Setup Assistant, simply click Tools > Setup Assistant from the main toolbar. Click the Configure Sites option and turn Winning Poker Network to Yes.

    Winning Poker Set Up

    There are a couple steps for configuring the Winning Poker Network using the Setup Assistant.

    • Step 2: You must tell PokerTracker 4 where the Winning Poker Network saves its hand histories. You can use the Auto Detect option to let PokerTracker 4 automatically find where the hand histories are being written. This can be also done manually by going to “Add” and pointing PT4 to the Winning Poker Network Hand History Folder on your computer. Once this is configured correctly, click Next.

    The final step gives you the option to import existing hand histories. It is recommended that you select yes, choose the database where you want PokerTracker 4 to import the existing hand histories, and then click OK

    Tip: If you have a lot of hand histories saved in your Winning Poker Network folder, the import process may take some time. Please be patient and let PokerTracker 4 import all of your hands for optimal results.

  • Configuring Winning Poker Network
    • Hand Histories

      The Winning Poker Network client will automatically save hand histories to a designated directory on your hard drive. This is important so that PokerTracker 4 may grab hand histories for the database.

      To see (or change) where your hand histories are stored for the Winning Poker Network, do the following:

      1. From the Winning Poker Network lobby, click on Game Info -> View Hand History.
      2. Click Options
      3. Please note the default location where the Winning Poker Network is saving your hand histories under Destination Folder.

      Winning Poker Network

    • Language

      The Winning Poker Network client must be installed in the English language. PokerTracker 4 currently only supports English and if the Winning Poker Network client is in another language it will cause problems.

      If you have your Winning Poker Network client installed in another language please uninstall and re-install, selecting English as the install language.

    • Preferred Seating

      You can choose the Preferred Seat in your Winning Poker Network poker room client to ensure that you are always placed in the same seat location at every table. To configure this, do the following:

      1. From the WPN client lobby, click Options > Table Options > Preferred Seat
      2. Select the table max sizes(s) you wish to alter

        Winning Seat Preference
      3. Select table types in the list  and define your preferred seat at each "Max" table size
      4. Select the matching preferred seat setting for that table size in PT4 (Configure > Sites & Import Options > Site Configuration > Winning Poker Network).
      5. Click OK

      Winning Poker Network Preferred Seat

      NOTE: The Winning Poker Netork writes hand histories while you are seated and waiting for the blinds (i.e. not dealt in) which means the HUD will appear after the first hand is imported, but it will not adjust the positioning for your preferred seat until you have played one hand and that has been imported. If you re-position the stats during this time they will be incorrect once your first played hand is imported - you should position the stats either with preferred seating turned off, or after you have played at least one hand at the table.

      Refer to the Preferred Seating Guide for more information.

  • Manual Import Configuration for the Winning Poker Network

    PokerTracker 4 cannot import Winning Poker Network hand histories or display the Heads Up Display (HUD) in real-time while playing without prior configuration. You can easily do this by clicking Configure in the application menu, and then select Site & Import Options. View the Site Configuration tab and choose the Winning Poker Network along the left side Poker Network list.

    Importing Yatahay Poker Hands Into PT4

    Make sure Get Hands From Site While Playing is selected, or if you do not play on the Winning Poker Network then you can select Hide Site From Lists to hide it from view. Next, click Auto Detect to populate the path of the Winning Poker Network hand history directories.

    If Auto Detect does not add the hand history directory automatically you can add it manually by clicking Add and browsing to the appropriate folder.  You can see where Winning Poker Network hand histories are being saved by checking the configuration in the client software, as described in the Configuring Winning Poker Network section above.

    If you need more help, please consult the Importing Hand Histories tutorial for more information.

  • Known Issues While Playing

    There are some know issues while playing on the Winning Poker Network that all PokerTracker 4 users should be aware of:

    1. PokerTracker 4 cannot support "Sit Here" functionality because the player must be located in the same seat in all tables to allow the HUD to function correctly when an alternate seat is used.  Due to this issue PokerTracker 4 users who play on the Winning Poker Network should remain in their assigned seats at each table, or choose a system-wide Preferred Seat to assure the HUD functions correctly. 
    2. The online poker client software used by Winning Poker is sometimes licensed to other third party stand alone networks, such as BetCoin.  In theory, PokerTracker 4 supports the Winning Poker Network poker software client regardless of the network where the game takes place.  BetCoin and WPN are considered separate networks with their own player pools and unique player IDs, at the same time these two companies have chosen to unify their tournament pools to help create larger fields for their tournaments.  When the tournament pools are unified, this is called a Network Tournament.   Using BetCoin as the example and a username of "playerA" on the BetCoin network, when you join a network tournament it changes to "bcp-playerA" to avoid conflicts with any players from other networks that share the same client software. The home players, which are WPN do not have a prefix. The username is displayed the same way in the hand history for the tournament. However, if you are playing a local tournament or a local game within your network, you see your regular name.  PokerTracker's database will consider each player to be unique, the tracking for "playerA" and "bcp-playerA" will be separated due to the unique user names recorded in the hand history.  You can however choose to unify the two screen names by using the PokerTracker 4 Alias function.   
  • Mac OS X Compatibility

    The Winning Poker Network does not have a Mac OS X compatable client, but the Mac OS X version of PokerTracker 4 can import hand histories from the Windows poker client for the convenience of our users who use both Windows and Mac OS X.

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