Monday, April 23, 2012

New version: 1.0.9

Version 1.0.9 is now available in the downloads area.

This update features a few small UI improvements and a large performance improvement.  The performance boost should be especially noticeable when solving hands with lots of players and payout positions (>6).

Also, there is now a PokerStars "lockout" mechanism.   This will prevent you from solving hands while a PokerStars client is open.  A number of you have asked for this as it will prevent you from inadvertently violating the PokerStars ToS.   

There will probably be one more minor update (1.0.10) before version 1.1 with its "major" new feature.  There are still a number of UI improvements that I want to get in before 1.1. and it shouldn't take me too long to implement them.  I would have included them in 1.0.9, but when I finished the performance upgrade, I thought it was a good idea to get that out as soon as possible.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Advantage verified!

Many of you have asked if there is a way to confirm what advantage the Predictive Simulation model (PSM) used by SnG Solver has over traditional ICM equity models.  Indeed there is.

By calculating approximate Nash equilibrium strategies with different "opinions" about chip equity, and then using those strategies to play simulated poker tournaments, we can effectively isolate and quantify the advantage that one equity model has over another.

Here are the results from a run of 200,000 such simulated sit'n'go tournaments:

From this sample we can see that using PSM in place of ICM results in a .25% RoI (return on investment) for the players using PSM.  Veterans of tough 6max super/hyper-turbo SnGs, where the edges are small, will immediately appreciate just how significant an additional .25% to their RoIs would be.

Status update

Just wanted to give a quick update about what going on with SnG Solver...

Most of the updates since 1.0.3 have been relatively minor fixes or UI tweaks.  But coming soon will be version 1.1 which will introduce some major additions to functionality and to the interface.  I cant give any details just yet, but I'm pretty excited by what I think it will represent to the state of poker hand analysis.  Keep watching this space for the latest info!

There will be at least one more update (1.0.9) before 1.1 is released that will include a number of smaller updates and some the requested features you guys have asked for.  I'm going to try to have that out late this week. 

1.1 will continue to be a free upgrade, as will any 1.x version of SnG Solver.  And, to be clear, I have a very large list of future improvements and no plans to ever charge for an update.

I intend to use this blog more often that I have been.  Between Facebook, Twitter, forums, email, etc... there's a lot of ways I've been in communication you guys, but I'm going to try to make these pages the primary source for new SnG Solver information.

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