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Why would a poker player need to analyze statistics?

  • Imagine that, during the late stage of an important tournament, you were moved to a new table. The blinds are large and there is no time to analyze your new opponents. The best thing you can do at this point is to take a look at the Macropoker statistics for that opponent and, depending on his playing style, adjust your game accordingly.
  • To keep track of your results; to determine which tournaments are the most profitable for you in terms of $ earned per tournament; whether you’re not too being too tight when playing on the bubble; whether you are really just being unlucky at a final table or if something in your game needs changing, and much more.
  • To investigate backing proposals and, based on our detailed statistics, to make a decision about whether it is profitable to invest in a specific player.
  • To follow the results of your poker friends and other recognized poker players worldwide.

What is Opt-in procedure on PokerStars?

As of Spring 2012, PokerStars does not allow third party websites (such as Macropoker.com) to display PokerStars players' statistics (ROI, profits etc.) to anyone, unless the player in question has specifically given his consent .

To Opt-in or Opt-Out, please follow the steps below:

Opt-in (give consent)

  • Transfer $0.03 to the PokerStars-operated account ResultSites through the PokerStars lobby.
  • Once your transfer has been processed, all funds will be returned to your account.
  • PokerStars provides all statistics websites (such as Macropoker) with an updated list of players who have opted-in, twice a week.
  • Your statistics will become available to everyone (including yourself of course) within 3-7 days.

Opt-out (revoke consent)

  • Transfer $0.01 to PokerStars-operated account ResultSites through the PokerStars lobby
  • Once your transfer has been processed, the funds will be returned to your account.
  • PokerStars provides all statistics websites (such as Macropoker) with an updated list of players who have opted-out, twice a week.
  • Your statistics will become hidden from everyone (including yourself) within 3-7 days.

If you live and play in the USA, Denmark, France or Estonia, please send an e-mail to support@PokerStars.com so they can opt you in/out manually.

Great news for Macropoker members! We are offering you the unique option to have your own PokerStars statistics made available to you only and no one else. Find out now!

How to make my PokerStars statistics available exclusively to myself?

If you haven't opted-in with PokerStars, all of your playing statistics are currently hidden from view and no one, including yourself, can see them via any online statistics websites. You could opt-in to have them made public of course, and then then everyone, including you, would be able to see them. But what if you wanted to be the only person with access to your statistics? We can help.

All you have to do is add your PokerStars nickname to your Macropoker profile and then complete a very simple verification procedure, so we can be sure that you are the rightful owner of the PokerStars account in question.

Step by step:

  1. Login to your Macropoker account and click “Profile” in the left-hand menu.
  2. Hit the “Edit Profile” button.
  3. Find the “Poker room nicknames” section and choose “PokerStars” from the drop-down list, then input your PokerStars user name.
  4. Click the “Verification” button.
  5. You will be offered to launch the PokerStars lobby on your computer and transfer a random amount between $0.01 and $0.09 to the Macropoker-operated PokerStars account - MPStats
  6. Once your verification has been processed,  any funds you sent us as part of your verification will be sent back to your account, and all of your PokerStars statistics will be made available through our Statistics service exclusively to you.

How to verify your nicknames on sites other than PS?

To verify your nicknames on sites or networks other than PS, follow these steps:

1. Specify the nickname in your profile;
2. Make a screenshot of your account, confirming that the nickname belongs to you;
3. Send it over to support@macropoker.com with a request to verify the nickname.

How to hide statistics in other any poker rooms except PokerStars?

In order to hide your statistics in any poker room except PokerStars you should follow the instructions:

1. Make a screenshot proving that the mentioned account belongs to you.
2. Send the screenshot to support@macropoker.com, and request that we verify your nickname.

3. Your statistics will be hidden within 2-3 business days after you send your screenshot.

What is the difference between nickname’s verification and hiding statistics?

There are two non-related procedures with nicknames are available at Macropoker. Sometimes it causes some confusion. Let’s try to find out what is the difference between nickname’s verification and hiding/opening statistics.

Verification means linking your Macropoker.com account with your nickname in a poker-room. Our users can link any quantity of nicknames. However it is possible to verify only one nickname in one poker-room. As soon as you verify your nickname, you will get access to all statistics when you are logged in. Moreover you will get access regardless if your stats are hidden or opened. Searches of your own verified nicknames’ statistics at Macropoker are free and unlimited. Verified nicknames are shown in the right column when you read your news feed or browse other website’s sections logged in.  

Hiding – opening statistics — this option allows you to show your statistics to all other users. Therefore if you hide or open your statistics it will become available (or unavailable) to all users of Macropoker.

Thus you can close statistics of your nickname. However if you have verified your nickname your statistics will become available exclusively to yourself.

Verified nickname’s statistics doesn’t become opened or hidden automatically. Hiding your stats doesn’t mean that the verification process was done automatically. Both procedures are to be done separately. Read our FAQ section to find out how to do it.

What kind of statistics can I see at Macropoker.com?

We collect the results of all MTT's from the six largest poker rooms and networks, namely: Pokerstars, PartyPoker, 888, Ongame and iPoker. Our statistics are completely free and are available without prior registration, however, registered members will be able to see more statistics and graphs. Results appear on our site within a few hours from the tournament's finish. Simply find the name of the tournament you are interested in and click it to view all of its stats.

Are there many tournaments which are not included in the statistics?

Yes, some percentage of tournaments is lost, however it is far less than 1% - similar to what you'll see on other websites offering tournament statistics. At Macropoker you will find statistics for almost all tournaments that started on January 1st 2012 or later.

How long have you been collecting the stats?

Room Data collecting started
PokerStars (MTT) 06.06.12
PokerStars (SNG) 30.06.12
PokerStars.es (MTT) 08.09.12
PokerStars.es (SNG) 08.09.12
PokerStars.fr (MTT) 26.07.12
PokerStars.fr (SNG) 04.08.12
PokerStars.it (MTT) 26.07.12
PokerStars.it (SNG) 04.08.12
Full Tilt Poker (MTT) 06.11.12
Full Tilt Poker (SNG) 15.02.13
888 Poker (MTT) 29.05.12
888 Poker (SNG) 20.06.12
Ongame Betsson (MTT) 13.10.12
Ongame Betsson (SNG) 13.10.12
Ongame Red Kings (MTT) 03.01.13
Ongame Red Kings (SNG) 03.01.13
PartyPoker/Bwin (MTT) 23.05.12
PartyPoker/Bwin (SNG) 10.08.12
Ipoker (MTT) 20.04.12
Ipoker (SNG) 30.08.12
Mansion (SNG) 08.09.12

How can I filter statistics based on certain tournament types?

This can be done in two ways. The ‘tracking details’ table allows you to filter statistics by tournament date, buy-in size, and the tournament field size. In the Statistical Tables, you can also filter tournaments by their maximum number of players allowed, as well as based on the poker discipline played.

The same can be achieved manually by selecting the appropriate filters in the Advanced Search. In addition, by using the advanced search, you can, for example, view the results of a specific player in a chosen type of tournament only, for example in re-buys and turbo tournaments. You can even include a player's rakeback in the results diagram.

How to interpret these statistics?

ITM (In The Money) – is the percentage of tournaments where the player was among prize winners; this value varies greatly depending on the poker room and on the specific tournament. For example, on Pokerstars, prizes are awarded to the top 12-15% of participants. In the Ongame network – it’s closer to 20%. The usual ITM value for a winning player is typically 15-17%, however it's not uncommon to find exceptionally strong tournament players with an ITM value of 9-10% - usually these are the players who playe bigger fields, and who are extremely aggressive on the bubble, thereby leading to bigger wins in general, albeit less often. Accordingly, the ITM% rate, coupled with profits, can give you an excellent idea of a certain player's playing style in tournaments.

MFS - the median average number of players in tournaments played by a certain poker player. When it comes to such a non-uniform index as the number of players in the tournament, it is reasonable to consider not the arithmetic mean, but the median mean, since it reduces the impact of huge tournaments with tens of thousands of participants. For example, a player has played 99 tournaments with 360 participants, and 1 tournament with 100 000 participants. What is the typical tournament he plays, what should we focus on while analyzing his statistics? Of course, on small MTTs with around 360 participants; Median Field Size = 360. If we were to consider the arithmetic average, it would give us a field of 1356.4 participants, which is not accurate.

ABI – the average tournament buy-in of a player. We present the arithmetic mean of the player’s buy-in. In knockout tournaments – it is the value of the main prize pool without knockouts, divided by the number of participants. In tournaments with re-buys, it is also determined by dividing the prize pool by the number of participants. The higher the ABI of the player, the more expensive and, odds are, the stronger the tournaments he plays on average. In the case of Satellites with a buy-in in FPPs, where prizes are in the form of tournament dollars, the cost of 1 FPP point is calculated based on this simple formula: 700FPP = $11.

ROI-std – a player’s ROI according to the classical definition: profits divided by the sum of invested money.

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Its advantages: ease of calculation, ease of analysis by backing/staking market participants.

Disadvantages: over-reliance on the success/failure in expensive tournaments and the underestimation of success in small MTTs.

ROI-bi – the player’s ROI in buy-ins: for each tournament, a percentage is calculated based on buy-ins won/lost, and then the ROI is averaged over all tournaments:

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Its advantages: less sensitive to players' participation in expensive and extra-expensive tournaments; a helpful tool in determining whether a certain player is worth staking or not.

Disadvantages: more complicated formula; neglects the importance of success in the more expensive tournaments, exaggerating the importance of success in low buy-in tournaments; can have a value of >0% for a player with a negative profit.

ROI-adj - an indicator that takes into account the importance of tournaments: more weight is given to the recently played tournaments, tournaments with a deep structure, those with higher buy-ins, etc.

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In the weights are equal to tournaments buy-ins: so more expensive tournaments are taken into account in ROI with more weight. In , on the contrary, all tournaments have the same weight. In the golden mean is found. The weights depend on the rate of growth of the tournament blinds (more turbo tournaments have less weight), on how long the tournament was been held (achievements or failures in the old tournaments are less weighty than for that of yesterday) on the complexity of a tournament, and on many other indicators. 

SCORE – is an indicator reflecting the absolute strength of a tournament player. It takes into account his results, the complexity of tournaments he plays, the long-term stability of his achievements, the number of tournaments played in total, and so on. This indicator makes it much easier to distinguish between an actually successful tournament player, and someone who only won two or three huge prizes. The SCORE can range from 0 to 1000: the higher the SCORE, the stronger the player. With the help of SCORE you can compare players of different limits, you can also find out why short-time winners at $3 buy-in tournaments might be weaker than short-time losers at $100 buy-in tournaments. The SCORE is calculated for players with a minimum of 300 tournaments for MTT and 1000 for SNG.

Top 5% - the percentage of tournaments in which a player finished among the top 5% of all participants. On average, this indicator should obviously be equal or close to 5%. The stronger the player, the higher above 5% he'll be, and vice versa. If somebody’s Top 5% indicator over a considerable tournament sample size is much higher than 5% (for example >8%), but the player does not show high profits and a high ROI, it is likely that he was simply unlucky in the later stages of his tournaments, and sooner or later he will overcome this losing streak.

Top 1% - the percentage of tournaments in which a player finished among the top 1% of all participants. Almost everything stated above about the “Top 5%” indicator applies here as well. If there are less than 100 participants in a tournament, a first place finish will always be considered as a hit in the Top-1%. If there are more than 100 participants in the tournament, the results are rounded: a tournament with up to 149 participants can have only one Top 1% player; in tournaments with a field of between 150 and 249 players the 1st and 2nd finishes will count as Top 1% players; for tournaments with between 250 and 349 players, the top 3 finishes count, and so on. If a poker player with a significant tournament sample size surpasses the 0.05 value for the Top 5% indicator, while at the same time has less than 0.01 for the Top 1% indicator, it is likely he has trouble playing during the final, decisive stages of a tournament.

Early outs - the percentage of tournaments in which someone was among the first 20% of players to drop out. If a player showing profits has an average higher than 20% for this indicator, it means that he tends to play "all or nothing" and is likely taking a lot of risks during the early stages of tournaments. It is probably profitable to invest in such a player, however you need to prepare yourself for long-lasting downstreaks. Consequentially, a value of 0.015 or less can be interpreted as belonging to a player who plays tightly in the early tournament stages.

Bubble factor – is the frequency of dropping out on the bubble. The Bubble Factor is the ratio of the frequency of finishes in the range between ITM and 1.25*ITM, to finishes in the 1.25*ITM zone.

Example: suppose that a player participates only in tournaments with a field of 1000 players, where 10% (100 players) will finish in the money. The player has played 100 tournaments and finished 67 times below the 125th spot, 18 times in the 101th to 125th range, and 15 times ITM. Thus, his bubble-factor = 0.55.

On average, the bubble factor = 0.2. Therefore, if the player’s BF over a significant tournament sample size is greater than 0.2 (as in our example), we can assume that he is tends to play very aggressively on the bubble, and doesn't mind taking risks to build up his stack quickly. If the BF factor is low, the player tends to be tighter on the bubble - he is prepared to reduce the probability of finishing 1st in the tournament in exchange for a higher probability of finishing anywhere in the money.

Rake back – a part of the tournament fee that is returned to the player. By accounting for rake back, you can find out exactly how much you earned playing your tournaments. For the MTT player, rake back is usually not as important as for SNG and cash players, however it can still constitute about 15-20% of his entire expected income.

Watch-list - if you want to track all the results of a player, you should definitely add him to your watch-list. In this case, you will receive regular notifications about his results.

Why are the Macropoker statistics better than those offered by the competition?

The more poker develops, the more sophisticated and demanding the players become. Often times a tight player is quite strong in 8-10 tables, but is far weaker at handling short-handed play. We are the first of all statistical services to provide tournament stats separately for heads-up, 4-max, short (5-7-max) and full (8-10-max) tables.

The ROI indicator is usually considered a measure of a player's profitability. However, proper evaluation of ROI is not an easy task and other statistical resources cope with it poorly. Both classical definitions of ROI (in money and in buy-ins) have drawbacks. Therefore, we introduced our own indicator - the ROI-adjusted indicator, which eliminates the disadvantages of conventional ROI-calculating formulas

Using “ROI-adjusted” you can compare together players who participate in very similar tournaments. And in order to enable proper comparison of different limits and experience levels, we designed our own proprietary SCORE indicator, which accurately reflects the absolute strength of a tournament player, and which takes into account his results, the complexity of the tournaments he tends to play most often, the stability of his results over the long-term, and so on.

The Macropoker statistics are comprised of graphs, filtered accordingly by the average tournament field size, dates, and buy-in sizes. You will not find such a complete analysis of player statistics anywhere else online. You can also hover your mouse cursor over a specific point in the chart and see what a tournament peak on the graph is connected to; the date of the tournament, a prize won, a specific place finish, etc.

Also, the Macropoker statistics feature very unique indicators - early outs and the bubble factor, which help you understand how a certain player adapts to tournament conditions as the game progresses. The “5 biggest losses" graph shows whether the player tends, from time to time, to take a gamble in extra-expensive tournaments. The “5 biggest wins relative to buy-ins" graph shows whether a player prefers to play huge tournaments with 1,000+ participants, or whether he's more likely to settle for the smaller fields.

You can use the watch-list to add players whom you'd like to keep an eye on; this way, you will be automatically notified of all of their recent tournament results.

What is the “Confirmed Poker-room Nickname” option?

A confirmed nickname is a poker room account that has been confirmed to belong to a given Macropoker member. We respect the rules of all poker rooms, therefor no member is allowed to have more than one confirmed nickname for any given single poker room. However, should these rules change on a specific network, we will adapt accordingly.

Why would I want to validate my nickname?

You can combine all of your confirmed nicknames' statistics into one Macropoker account. This makes keeping track of your results over many different poker rooms much easier.

Your friends and followers will be able not only to read about your successes, but also support you and root for you while you play at the tables.

If you decide to sell tournament shares to other Macropoker members, then you will gain a lot of trust from backers by having your poker nickname validated. This simplifies the sale of shares, as well as allows you to stake someone for a higher amount, given that the chances of him disappearing with your money become much lower.

Finally, if any Macropoker member uploads a hand in which you participated under your confirmed nickname, you will be automatically notified about this fact.

How can I validate my nickname in a poker-room?

Please send us an e-mail at support@macropoker.com from the same account that you've used to register your Macropoker account and provide us with the poker room and the nickname you would like to validate. Next, you will receive instructions on how to confirm that it's actually your account. The procedure depends on the poker room in question, however in most cases you will be asked to transfer an amount between 1 and 10 cents, from your poker account, to ours. As soon as we receive the transfer, your poker room nickname will become validated, and we will send you back the money sent to us within 8 hours at most.

The meaning of Macropoker stats fish images

Players who have not uploaded profile pictures get their own images set by Macropoker. Our system picks relevant pictures based on tournament results of players. Therefore it is possible to understand approximate profitability of players looking at their pictures located in the right top corner.

The meaning of different fish pictures:

  • Fish: from -$10 000 to -$1 000
  • Fish with a tie: from -$1000 to $3000
  • Fish-moneybag: profit is less than $10 000
  • Fish-player (with glasses): from $3000 to $30 000 and the quantity of played games is less than 1500
  • Fish-grinder (with computer): from $3000 to $30 000 and the quantity of played games is more than 1500
  • Superman: profit exceeds $30 000