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PS Hand Watcher

Version 1.6.5.1
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after you have pressed the "Run" button to install the program

To install the program you must be logged in Windows with User Account of Administrator
(that's the default option for single users)



System requirements:
-Windows XP with Service Pack3, Microsoft Net.Framework 4.0 and VC++  2008 runtimes
-Windows Vista with Microsoft Net.Framework 4.0 and VC++ 2008 runtimes
-Windows 7 / 8 / 10 with VC++ 2008  runtimes

NOTE: the Microsoft VC++ 2008 runtimes will be installed during the program Setup


Update history:

Versione 1.6.5 (26 jul 2017)

Now is possible to distance also the Odds labels from the hand value label. See here. Better choice to try and adjust on play money tables.

Version 1.6.4 (6 jul 2017) 

  • Fixed a bug for which moving a HUD on a table was not automatically moved  HUDs on other open tables
  • You can now distance the hand value box vertically by a few centimeters, as shown in the figure below:

Version 1.6.3 (10 mar 2017) 

  • Now the window of odds should work with all themes 
  • Fixed a bug of the repositioning of the HUDs when you shift them
Version 1.6.2 (10 feb 2017)

Now you can choose whether to continue to see the hole cards after folding or to hide them. Default option: hide. To still see cards after folding uncheck the related checkbox in the options.

Version 1.6.1 (14 nov 2016)

Code recompiled with the last patch of Microsoft VS for more performance and less memory usage.

Version 1.6.0 (10 nov 2016)

Now unregistered users can select to no more display the welcome window.

Version 1.5.9 (14 oct 2016)

Adapted the code to the last update of the Poker Stars client.

Version 1.5.8 (01 oct 2016)

Adapted the code to the last update of the Poker Stars client.

Version 1.5.7 (29 apr 2016)

  • Improved some parts of code
  • Now are detected (and listed, if number > 1) all the PokerStars Clients that are installed on the PC

Version 1.5.6
(14 apr 2016)

  • Adapted the code to the last update of the Poker Stars client
  • Fixed a bug of wrong reading of the number of played hands

Version 1.5.5 (07 mar 2016 )

  • Fixed a bug for which in some PCs if has been set in the Control Panel / Font Size a font size > 100% (DPI scaling 110% or more) Huds could not appear entirely
  • Now you can set the font size of the Huds (and consequantly the size of the Huds themselves)
  • Now the label nr. 3 of the Hud no more displays your position, but the number of hands in which you received the hole cards

Version 1.5.4 (05 feb 2016)

Adapted the code to the last update of the Poker Stars client.

Version 1.5.3 (19 dec 2015)

Adapted the code to the new graphic output (location of the Pot labels) of several themes of PokerStars game tables.

Version 1.5.2 (18 oct 2015)

Adapted the code to the new graphic output of several themes of PokerStars game tables.

Version 1.5.1 (25 Sep 2015)

  • The code of PSHW has been fully modified, according to the new more restrictive guidelines issued from the "PokerStars Game Integrity Team" about permitted programs, and more precisely:
    • Now the label nr. 3 no more displays the hole cards strenght (Sklansky-Chubukov groups) according to the new rule: "...tools can no longer notify an end-user that their starting hand lies in Group X of a statically defined grouping of hands". 
      Now the label nr. 3 always displays your table position.
    • Now the several label backcolors are fixed and no more change depending to cards/hands values, according  to the new rule: "there must be no analysis or interpretation from the tools... For example, the following tools would be prohibited: Tools that display text in a different colour dependent on whether a players pot odds are greater or less than their equity..."
    • Eliminated all sounds depending from cards/hands values, according to the new rule: "...tools would not be able to play an audio file that is only played upon a specific game state information. This would be considered "analysis or interpretation" of the current game state..."
  • Now Odds are read for all themes (except Saloon and Slick chair) and for all table sizes
  • Now you can set to display only the hand value labels of the several HUDs

Version 1.4.2 (09 apr 2015)

  • Fixed a bug for which a positive sound could be repeated several times, blocking the program for some seconds
  • Fixed a bug of wrong backcolor of the Odds label
  • Now if the code can't find the monitor native resolution (can happen with Win 8, in which WMI don't works) is no more mandatory to uncheck the Odds displaying

Version 1.4.1
(05 Feb 2015)

  • Fixed a bug for which, if you set by the Control Panel the desktop Font Size more than 100%, Panels was displayed only partially
  • Fixed a bug of bad reading of cards groups

Version 1.4.0
(01 Feb 2015)

  • New feature: now at Flop and Turn is displayed an additional Panel showing Odds and Pot-Odds
  • Now if you have two PokerStars Clients installed you can select the one with which you are playing

Version 1.3.5
(11 sept 2014)

Fixed a bug for which in case of unregistered program sometimes was not displayed the single available panel.

Version 1.3.4 (08 sept 2014)

  • Fixed a bug for which in some cases hands was not read (cards was distributed but the label remained: "Waiting for the hole cards")
  • New feature: now you can choose to display your cards in 4 colors
  • New preflop programmable alert

Version 1.3.3
(20 aug 2014)

  • Fixed a bug for which doing both Straight and Flush (but NOT Straight flush) could be displayed the lower point
  • Now when you make Color in the hand value label is displayed also the top color card
  • Added a code routine that checks that there is only one folder of PokerStars, since to read the data correctly PS Hand Watcher needs to find a single PokerStars folder (some users have multiple folders, eg. PokerStars.com and PokerStars.FR: in this case one folder must be renamed)

Version 1.3.2 (24 maj 2014)

  • Now PS Hand Watcher refers to Microsoft Net.Framework 4.0 (previous settings will be reset: you will have to insert again (once) password and custom settings)
  • New feature: super alert if a opponent raises more than a settable BB amount (only true money cash tables)

Version 1.3.1 (06 mar 2014)

  • Added icons to the program menu
  • Now if you have entered the password it's displayed in the registration window
  • Improved some parts of code

Version 1.3.0 (01 feb 2014)

Fixed a bug for which unregistered users could get the error message: "P1 - The program codes seems corrupt..." opening more than one game table.

Version 1.2.9 (16 jan 2014)

Now the Label4 of the Panels  displays (Preflop) your table position.

Version 1.2.8 (01 Dec 2013)
  • New program icon: PSHW icon
  • Now the dealt cards are read whatever language is selected for Lobby and tables
  • Now the dealt cards are read even if the dealer's messages are not set to "Everything"
  • Now the dealt cards are read even if is not displayed the chat tab (eg if you select the Info or Stats tabs)
  • Removed the feature "Never sit out"
    Note: users that registered PS Hand Watcher before the 1.2.8 version can request for free the password for the new program "PS Never Sitout": send your PS  Hand Watcher password and your PS Never SitOut code to the support, and ask the PS Never SitOut password for free.
  • Removed all other features of the tabs "Automatic actions" and "Other": them are already included or will be included in the next update of PS Mate.
  • Now with the unregistered version you can launch more than two tables (but is available only one Panel - no Panels for Zoom tables)

Version 1.2.7.5 (23 Feb 2013)

  • Fixed a bug for which could appear an erroneous error message "MA1 - ...."
  • Adapted the source code to the latest updates of the PokerStars software

Version 1.2.7.1
(02 Dec 2012)

Changed the Log files folder: PS Hand Watcher no more requires Admin rights to be run (Admin rights required only to install it)

Version 1.2.6.5 (26 Sept 2012)

Fixed a bug of wrong reading of hole cards Group (label #3)

Version 1.2.6.4 (25 Sept 2012)
  • Adapted the code to the latest updates of the PokerStars SW
  • Removed feature: show the cash money amount
  • Removed feature: show the hands played on a single table
  • Removed feature: show the position at the table

Version 1.2.6.1 (19 Aug 2012)

Fixed a bug for which could be not displayed the Bet Timer label.

Version 1.2.5.8 (02 Aug 2012)

Fixed several bugs, especially about cash money reading. Improved the code.

Version 1.2.5.7 (27 July 2012)

Updated the code following the last PokerStars software upgrade

Version 1.2.5.2 (01 Jun 2012)

  • Unregistered users: fixed a bug for which PSHW could be closed also if you did'nt open more than two tables
  • Fixed a bug for which could be difficult open the Stats window by hotkey

Version 1.2.5.1 (29 Maj 2012)

  • Now Preflop (and also after if you fold) instead of the draws labels (4, 5 e 6) are displayed:
    - the number of hands played on the table
    - win/loss cash true money
  • Now you can launch the Stats window by hotkey

Version 1.2.4.6 (04 Maj 2012)

Now the Stats window can be shifted on the screen and, selecting the related Option in the Options/Other tab, can be saved its last position.

Version 1.2.4.3 (29 April 2012)

New feature: now can be visualized a window displaying the session time and the number of played hands (see the help)

Version 1.2.4.2 (27 April 2012)

  • Updated the code so to work correctly also with the new Zoom tables (registered users only)
  • Zoom tables are considered as multiple tables, so in the Zoom tables the HUD only appears to registered users, even if is open only one Zoom table
  • New feature: now is displayed your position Preflop / the number of players who received the hole cards (registered users only)
  • New feature: now if you have a pair is displayed between square brackets if is a top pair, a second pair, etc. Such "One Pair of J [2]"

Version 1.2.3.2 (13 April 2012)

  • Now PSHW reads the chat also in russian language
  • Updated the code in some routines

Version 1.2.2.7 (07 April 2012)

  • Fixed another bug for which sometimes did not appear the Bet Timer
  • Fixed a bug for which some times the Bet Timer appeared also if the action is preselected

Version 1.2.2.5 (06 April 2012)

  • Fixed a bug for which some times the Bet Timer did not appear
  • Fixed a bug for which some times a flush hand could be displayed incorrectly as Nut
  • Introduced the concept of Probable Nut when on the board there are three cards that could theoretically form a straight flush (see the Help)

Version 1.2.2.2 (28 February 2012)

  • New feature: Bet Timer
  • Improved the code

Version 1.2.1.7
(24 February 2012)

  • Fixed a bug in the calculation of the nut

Version 1.2.1.2 (10 February 2012)

  • New feature: auto-closing of the Buy-in window.
  • New feature: auto-check of the Auto-Rebuy check box, if present
  • New feature: auto-closing of the News windows
  • New feature: tables cycle by Control + mouse wheel
  • Now PSHW reads the chat also in Spanish language.

Version 1.2.1.5 (21 February 2012)

  • New feature: now at the River in the hand value label is also displayed if the hand is the Nut
  • Improved the code that reads the PokerStars data

Version 1.2.1.2 (10 February 2012)

  • New feature: auto-closing of the Buy-in window.
  • New feature: auto-check of the Auto-Rebuy check box, if present
  • New feature: auto-closing of the News windows
  • New feature: tables cycle by Control + mouse wheel
  • Now PSHW reads the chat also in Spanish language.

Version 1.2.0.8 (01 February 2012)

  • Now PSHW reads the chat also in french language. Added french language for Hand Value, Menu and Help file.
  • Now at them startup the Panels are positioned under the Buy-in window, if present.

Version 1.2.0.6 (24 January 2012)

  • Now the Auto Sit In feature works only in case of Sit Outs forced from the PokerStars sowtware.
  • Now is displayed the "official" poker hand value, but the "board points" are put between brackets, if the option is selected.
    Example: HoleCards 7c 9h - Board Ac Jh Ad 5d Js ==> Two pair: (A) and (J)
  • Now if you minimize the tables, them are no longer automatically maximized. Instead, a message (that can be disabled) warns that the chat can not be read and therefore the current hand is reset. The message will still appear only once per session.

Version 1.2.0.4 (13 January 2012)

  • Fixed a bug for which some new hands could not be read
  • Now you can select to display in the hole cards label:
    - The Sklansky groups of the 169 possible hole cards combinations (1 to 9, 1 is the best)
    - The rank% of the hole cards in the Sklansky-Chubukov list
    - The rank% of the hole cards in the Billings-Davidson-Schaeffer-Szafron list

Version 1.2.0.2
(09 January 2012)

  • New feature: Auto click of the "I'm back" button. Enabling the option now you will return automatically in Sit In every time you are forced in Sit Out on a table (for example for time-out). This option is availabe only to registered users
  • New feature: now is saved the last position of the panels
  • Now when you fold a hand on a table the background color of the Hand Value label becomes dark grey and sounds become disabled
  • Now after the Flop are no more displayed 3/5 draws.

Version 1.1.0.7
(07 December 2011)

Speeded up the routine of reading the hole cards. 

Version 1.1.0.5 (02 December 2011)

  • Added "buzz" sounds for "dangerous" events
  • Now after the River are no more displayed your Straight and Flush draws

Version 1.1.0.3 (14 November 2011)

First public release, languages allowed for the PokerStars tables: english and italian.