Ok, so you are brand new to PokerJuice and don't know where to start. Then this article is for you. We will take it slow and go through the different features in PokerJuice step by step.
Welcome to PokerJuice
When first logging onto PokerJuice it will look like this:
PokerJuice has two main modes:
- Simulator mode
- Game mode
Let's talk about the difference between the two.
PokerJuice starts up in Simulator mode as default. Simulator mode is what we know from most equity simulators. We can enter ranges for multiple players and run equity simulations. Let's try it:
We enter AA for Player 1 and KK for Player 2. We click the orange play button and we run a simple equity simulation. Results are displayed for each player. We will not go into details about the many features of the Simulator. For now we just need to know that it is there.
In case we later want to dive into the many features please read this article: The Simulator
The other main mode is called Game mode. In Game Mode we require a valid poker game including game parameters like betting, stack-sizes, pot-sizes. We have none of these in Simulator mode.
We enter Game mode by clicking this toggle icon in the left sidebar.
As we can see there is not much to see yet. At the top we see 6 variables displayed, all of which are currently set to n/a. We need a game.
There are several ways of opening a game:
- We can import a Hand History
- We can build our own game with GAME BUILDER.
- We can open a PKJ-file.
Import a Hand History
This is probably the option you will be using most often. In your post session review you want to be able to quickly import your hands into PokerJuice and do some quick analysis.
For specific information on how to import hand histories, please visit: Import Hand History
Another option is build our own game from scratch. This is a completely unique feature in PokerJuice. In this article however, we are not going into details about how to build games in GAME BUILDER.
For more information on how to build your own game, please vist: GAME BUILDER
Open a PKJ-file (PokerJuice File)
In this article we will open a PKJ-file to open a game in Game Mode. PKJ-files are special PokerJuice files containing all relevant information and parameters surrounding a game. They can easily be shared between PokerJuicers making collaborating on poker analysis easier than ever before.
I suggest you download it and open it in PokerJuice. We will use this file to do a very simple analysis:
Notice that one player is green (38%) and the other is red (62%). The green player is Hero and the red player is Villain. Everything in PokerJuice is from Hero's perspective. The Hero/Villain relationship is very important in PokerJuice since it is the basis for many types of analyses.
We can use the controls in the replayer to replay the action:
Let's rewind the action by clicking the P icon and step through the action. To learn more about the many features of the replayer please go here.
Let's go through how we use the street-by-street filtering in PokerJuice to narrow down a range.
We now know that we have a single-raised pot of $6.00 and Hero has made a cbet of $4.00. We now want to know if this cbet of profitable given some assumptions.
We will make the following assumptions:
- Villain defends 80% of his hands from BB
- Villains 3bets about 15% of his best hands from BB
- Villain will only continue of the flop with a pair + nut gutshot or better
- Villain will bluff-raise when he has blockers 44 or 66.
Ok, let's get to it.
1. Villain defends 80% of his hands from BB
Notice that under the replayer we have four rows of input fields, one for each street. Above the input fields we have a player icon along with the name of the Current Player. The Current Player is simply the player who's range we want to edit. We change Current Player by clicking the players in the replayer.
By default, Villain is Current Player:
Each street consist of an included range (big input field) and an excluded range (small input field). We call this area Player Ranges.
We want to assign Villain a preflop range. We start by entering 80% in the included range:
So far so good. Villain is now assign a range of the top 80% of hands. Let's move onto our next assumption.
2. Villains 3bets about 15% of his best hands from BB
This assumption means that we expect Villain to 3bet his best hands from BB. But since he just called preflop we assume he can't have any of these hands. We therefore have to exclude these hands from his current range.
We click the P icon and we gain quick access to the PokerJuice Preflop Ranges. These are a collection of free solid preflop ranges for anybody to use. They take playability more into account than the traditional PPT X% ranges.
We navigate our way to 3bet oop > PJ 3bet oop 15% > Exclude.
We have now assigned Villain a preflop range 80% but excluded a 3bet oop 15% range.
To read more about how Player Ranges work please visit: Player Ranges
3. Villain will only continue of the flop with a pair + nut gutshot or better
It is time to get our hands dirty postflop. We want to figure out how often Villain will continue vs. a cbet. We think he will continue with the following hands:
- All two pairs or better
- All open-ended straight draws or better
- All pair + nut gutshot.
So, how often does Villain have one of these hands?
To figure this out we will use PJ Syntax. PJ Syntax is a special PokerJuice syntax making it easier to describe hand ranges postflop. Let's go through our list items one by one:
All two pairs or better is expressed by finding the lowest two pair and then simply adding a plus sign. We enter 53+:
Notice that when we hover over 53+ we get a small popup. We can see that 53+ is converted to all two pair, all sets and all straights. Exactly what we wanted. But all we had to do is enter 53+.
All open-ended straight draws or better is expressed by 86+:
PokerJuice recognizes 86 as a draw and finds all draws with the same number of (nut) outs or more outs. We enter a comma between 53+ and 86+ because we want Villain to be able to have either. Comma means OR.
All pair + nut gutshot is a combination of a made hand and a draw. To find any pair we simple enter 3+. We then use a colon to express an AND and we then enter 98+ for the nut gutshot or better:
In the popup we see that 3+ has been converted all board pairs and all pocket pairs 3 or higher. 98+ has been converted to all nut gutshots and all open enders. Where is A42 you might ask? A42 is a part of 42.
We have finished our 3rd assumption. Let's move on to our 4th and final assumption.
4. Villain will bluff-raise when he has blockers 44 or 66.
We expect to get bluff-raised the times Villain has the 44 and 66 blockers. We add those hands to Villain's flop continuation range:
We have now completed our four assumption and expressed the range that we expect Villain to continue with. But how often does he have a hand in this range?
We hover over the F icon:
We can see that this range amounts to 45.64% of the preflop range we have assigned for Villain given the flop and given Hero's hand (they act as dead cards).
This means that we can expect Villain to fold 100% - 45.64% = 54.36% of the time. Does this mean we have a profitable cbet if we cbet $4.00? Let's mouseover our bet:
We see that our bet only has to work (Success %) 40% of the time. Since we expect it to work 54.36% this cbet is clearly profitable even with complete air given our assumptions.
We cbet and Villain just calls. We go to the turn:
We are now on the turn and we can see that we have 28% against Villain's range. But have we expressed Villain's range accurately? We now know that he called. He didn't raise. So first thing we have to do is go back and adjust his flop continuation range:
This is the range of hands we expected him to continue with (not fold) on the flop. But we also expected him to raise some hands. But since he didn't range we should now exclude these from his range. We think his raising range on the flop looks something like this:
- All straights
- All topset
- All sets with gut shot
- All blockers 44,66
- All nut wraps
So we exclude these from his flop calling range and Villain's flop continuation range now looks like this:
We now have a more accurate description of Villain's range at this point.
As we can see it doesn't affect our equity much due to the nature of our hand but it will affect how often Villain is able to continue vs. a bet on the turn.
If we were to continue this analysis on the turn we would go through the same process. We will not take this analysis further in this article. The purpose of this article is to get you started.
Post & Share
Let's say that instead of continuing our own analysis we would like to get some feedback from a friend or a forum. PokerJuice comes with a unique feature that enables us to quickly post and share hand histories on the Internet.
By clicking the Post & Share icon in the left sidebar we have the option to:
- Post an anonymous link that we can share with a friend.
- Post to the PokerJuice Community.
- Post to your favorite forum.
Whatever you choose the post comes with a special feature that you get only with PokerJuice. The users you want feedback from have the option to download the corresponding PKJ-file instantly to their hard drive and load it up in PokerJuice:
No other hand converter on the internet has this feature. Collaborating has never been so easy and effective.
To learn more about Post & Share go here.
PokerJuice comes with 5 modules (so far) each designed specifically for analyzing common scenarios. The modules are listed in the right side-bar:
We will not go into detail with the modules in this article. Each module comes with a detailed walk-through:
- SHOVE vs SOR (SH)
- SHOVE with PR (SH)
- RANGE DISTRIBUTION (RD)
- BLUFF-CATCH (BC)
- PEEL & STACK-OFF (PS)
- GAME BUILDER (GB)
I recommend going through these articles one-by-one on your own time. They each contain a detailed walk-through and will be very educational for PokerJuicers just starting out.
The Equity Graph in PokerJuice will display a nice visual layout of Hero's equity distribution on all possible turns and rivers. We run the Equity Graph by clicking this icon in the left side-bar:
Here we see Hero's equity distribution on all possible river cards after we adjusted Villain's flop continuation range:
To learn more about the Equity Graph please go here.
We Are Here to Help
We have concluded our walk-through of PokerJuice. Your PLO analysis in PokerJuice can be simple or it can be as advanced as you want it to be. I promise that once you get going you will improve your PokerJuice skills very quickly.
I recommend reading the articles linked to from this article. That will give you a solid foundation to get started. Once you have the basic skills we have additional and more advanced resource in our Learning Center.
I also suggest you check out the PokerJuice Community. Here Nikolaj and I and other enthusiastic PokerJuicers stand by to help you all the way. You can post hands and get feedback. It's free and everyone is welcome!
If you prefer 1-on-1 support both Nikolaj and I are available on skype:
- PokerJuice (me)
- NikolajBorge (Nikolaj)
You can also email us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I wish you all the best of luck with PokerJuice. I hope this article was useful. If you have questions or feedback don't hesitate to contact us.