Ignition Hand Grabber Guide

PokerTracker 4 version 4.15.4
June 5, 2019
  • Overview

    This guide is for the Ignition Hand Grabber App, which you can use to generate hand history files as you play at Ignition, Bovada or Bodog.

    For help configuring Ignition imports in PokerTracker 4 please read this guide.

  • Registering for the Ignition Hand Grabber App

    To register for the Ignition Hand Grabber App visit this page.

    You will need your license information which you can access via Help > About PokerTracker in the PT4 menu.

  • Automated Setup

    Once you are registered, launch PT4 (restart if it's already running) and the app will be downloaded and installed automatically.

    The App will launch automatically when you start PT4, and run in the background and generate hand histories as long as PT4 is open.

    Note: The App can only grab hands correctly when tables are opened after the App is already running.

    Please ensure that PT4 is running before you open your Ignition tables.

    Tip! For the hands to be imported into PT4 as you play you need to start 'Get Hands While Playing' on the Play Poker page.

  • Configuring Ignition in PT4

    See the Ignition Configuration Guide for more information.

    When the app is installed the hand history folder will be detected automatically.

    To enable import of Ignition hands in PT4 go to Configure > Sites & Import Options > Ignition and turn on the Get Hands From Site While Playing option.

    To start the import go to the Play Poker page and click Get Hands While Playing.

     

     

    If you use preferred seating in your Ignition software then select the appropriate table sizes in turn, and select the same seat that you use in the Ignition software.

  • Status Window

    Most of the time you do not need to interact with the App directly, but a menu is added to the PokerTracker Apps menu to allow interation.

    Here you can open the Status window to see whether the App is connected to an Ignition skin, which tables hands are being generated for, and where the hand histories are being written to, as well as the current version of the App.
     

     

    There is also an options button here (the cog) to allow you to enable grabbing of Zone (fast fold) hands.  See the Zone Poker section of this guide for information on Zone hand generation.

  • Zone Poker

    Grabbing of Zone Poker hands is disabled by default because grabbing these hands during play only allows us to generate partial hand histories up to the point in the hand at which you fold.
    This will give correct win/loss results for hero, but hero's other stats and villains' data will not be correct in hands where you fast-fold.

    Because the players are anonymous and change every hand the Hud cannot be shown even if hands are importing as you play.

    You will get better data for Zone hands by importing the complete hand histories that you can download from the Ignition client after 24 hours, and if Zone hand grabbing is enabled you will need to purge the generated sessions before importing the downloads.
    We recommend either leaving Zone hand grabbing disabled and using only the downloaded histories for Zone hands, or using a dual-database setup to import downloaded hands to a separate database to be used for reviewing data.

    If you want to enable grabbing of Zone hands as you play you can do so via the Options (gear) button on the Status window.

  • Enabling and Disabling the App

    If you want to temporarily disable the Ignition Hand Grabber App you can do that using the PokerTracker+ menu.

    When an App is disabled it is stopped, and will not be run again until it is re-enabled.

  • Limitations
    • The Ignition (or Bovada/Bodog) software must be running in English for the Hand Grabber App to work.  You can change the language using the dropdown menu at the top of the lobby window.
    • The Ignition Hand Grabber App can only correctly grab hands from Ignition tables which are opened after the App is already running.
      Please ensure that you have PT4 open before you join your tables.
    • Player names are fully anonymous in the Ignition software.
      PT4 will generate unique names for each player, which are updated as players leave and join the table.  This works the same in grabbed hands as it does in hands you later download from Ignition.
      You will appear as "Hero" in PT4.  Other players will have long "random" names which begin with their seat number, so the name of the player in seat 1 will begin with "P1-", etc.
    • Because of the way that the player names are generated you will often get different opponent names when importing grabbed and downloaded hand history files.
      This is due to the observed hands before you sit in, and the extra hole card information in downloaded histories can't be applied when grabbed hands with different player names are already in the database.
      To work around this you can import the downloaded histories to a separate database for analysis.  Bear in mind that this information is of limited value though, because you won't know when you meet players again, and this is information that you did not have when you played the hand.
    • The Ignition Hand Grabber App is not available on MacOS.
    • In the initial Beta releases hand histories are only generated for cash hands.
      We expect to tournament support soon.
      (Downloaded tournament hands can already be imported into PT4.)
    • It is not possible to display a Hud at Zone poker tables as every hand has different anonymous players.
      Grabbing of Zone hands is disabled by default.  See the Zone Poker section of this guide for more information and how to enable Zone grabbing.
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