Tilt Breaker FAQ

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General

Why are my settings all grayed out, and when can I edit my settings again?

We gray out your settings once you record 1 hand in a new session. We do this to prevent you from tampering with your settings. The idea here is that we assume you were in the ideal mindset when you created your rules, so we protect them from your future self – who might happen to be in a tilted mindset, and may not make the best decisions. You will regain access to single session rules once your current session ends; you will gain access to our daily rules once your current day ends. To find out more about when you will have access to your settings again please see New Session.

While in a Single Session you cannot do the following:

  • Auto Break – add or delete rules or change your New Session discriminator times
  • Rage Quit – edit Delay timer and Tilt Level times
  • App Blocker – edit options section
  • Bankroll Manager – delete rules
  • Hand History – delete Hand History settings

While outside of a Single Session, but still in a Day you cannot:

  • Auto Break – delete Daily rules or change your New Session discriminator times
  • Hand History – Settings cannot be deleted

Outside of a Single Session and outside of a Day (or no Active Daily Rules):

  • Everything is available again

How do I open Tilt Breaker?

You can open Tilt Breaker’s configuration options either by double clicking the Tilt Breaker desktop icon or by right clicking the TB icon in the system tray and selecting “Configure”.

How do I uninstall Tilt Breaker?

You cannot uninstall Tilt Breaker if any of the following are true:

  • You are still in a session – you are considered to be in a session until your Daily Discriminator time is “0″. To see the remaining time left in your Daily Discriminator, left click the TB icon in your system tray
  • You reached an Auto Break rule and are in a lockdown
  • You have an active Bankroll Manager rule

Once your session, lockdown, or Bankroll Manager rule ends you will be able to uninstall TB in a matter of seconds. We would love to hear why you decided to uninstall TB, and we might even be able to help. Just shoot us a message through the Feedback form inside TB.

How do I turn off Tilt Breaker?

Once you install Tilt Breaker it will always be running in the background. This is to ensure that Tilt Breaker monitors 100% of your hands played, so that you are always protected. Tilt Breaker only requires a minimal amount of memory to run, so you don’t have to worry about it eating your memory when you are not playing poker.

What game types does Tilt Breaker support?

Tilt Breaker works on both Cash and Tournament games.

Is Tilt Breaker compatible with HM2 and PT4?

Yes, but you do not need them in order for Tilt Breaker to work. Tilt Breaker is a stand alone software. However the Optimus feature does require a HM database to run its reports off of.

When selecting a Hand History location, should I select the default poker site folder or the folder that Holdem Manager or Poker Tracker extracts to?

Please use the exact folder that the poker site sends the Hand History files to.

Is Tilt Breaker compatible with 3rd party automation programs like Table Ninja?

Yes. However, if you use a 3rd party program that automatically sits you back in, you will need to turn off the “Sit Out Next Hand checking” option in Tilt Breaker. In that scenario, you should also use that 3rd party software to check “SONH” for you once the Delay Timer is activated.

My Session Information Tool is not showing any data, but I am playing a session and have completed at least one hand. What is the problem?

This means that the Hand History path input under the Hand History tab in the Tilt Breaker settings is incorrect. The easiest way to find the correct path is to use the “Auto Detect” button in Tilt Breaker’s Hand History tab. If that doesn’t work you will need to open your poker site’s Instant Hand History options and copy/paste the path from there. Also, please make sure that Hand Histories are turned on in your Poker site’s settings

My Session Information Tool is showing data for Time Played and Hands Played, but not for any other Auto Break values. What is the problem?

Please make sure that your screen name is input EXACTLY how it appears in your poker client’s Hand History. Something as simple as not capitalizing a letter or an extra space will throw off the parsing.

What will happen if I am playing a Cash game and a Tournament simultaneously, and I hit an Auto Break value or I hit the Rage Quit Button, will my tournament be interrupted?

Tilt Breaker uses a Smart Close system to identify which tables are Cash, and which tables are tournaments. By doing so, Tilt Breaker only targets the Cash tables when checking Sit Out Next Hand or Sit Out Next Big Blind, and only closes cash tables once the Delay Timer expires.

With the Smart Close system in place you will never have to worry about missing a single hand of tournament play.

If I go into a lockdown on one computer, and then log into a different computer that has Tilt Breaker installed; will I be in lockdown on the second computer?

Not yet, but we do have a work around in the mean time. You can use the Bankroll Manager feature on your secondary computer and set all game types to block for the day. Bypass solved!

Auto Break

  • What happens when I reach an Auto Break rule?
  • What is the difference between “Single” and “Day” under Session Limit?
  • What is the difference between “all tables” and “single table” under Table?
  • What is the difference between “from session start” and “from session peak” under Calculated from Session?
  • How does the Qualifying Peak work?
  • What is the purpose of the New Session section?
  • What happens when I use the “Hitting this rule will end my day” option?
  • What happens when I reach an Auto Break rule?

    When you reach an AutoBreak rule, Tilt Breaker will take the following process:

    • Sit you out at open Cash tables – either Sit Out Next Hand or Sit Out Next Big Blind depending on what you selected as your Cash Delay option
    • Display a Delay Timer – this is the time you have to complete active hands; you can customize your Delay Timer times per rule under the Lockdown section in Auto Break.
    • Close all Cash tables once the Delay Timer elapses – active Tournaments will not be interrupted.
    • Display the Tilt Timer – this timer shows how long your break is.
    • Block new games – you will not be able to register for any new games until this timer expires.

    However, if you chose the Alarm Only option a pop-up will display the Auto Break rule you reached. There is no lockdown with Alarm Only rules.

    What is the difference between “Single” and “Day” under Session Limit?

    The “Single” option is for rules that you want to apply to each and every individual session you play. The “Day” option is for rules that you want to apply to all of the individual sessions you play in an entire day.

    What is the difference between “all tables” and “single table” under Table?

    The “All Tables” option is for Auto Break rules that you want to apply to all of your tables in a single session. The “Single Table” option is for rules that you want to apply on a per table basis.

    Let’s go over an example. You have a -500bb Stop Loss for All Tables and a -100bb Stop Loss for Single Tables:

    • Table A: -100bbs
    • Table B: -200bbs
    • Table C: -100bbs

    In this scenario you would have reached your Single Table Stop Loss on Table B. You would be sat out on Table B, and a mini Single Table Delay Timer would display on Table B to allow for an active hand to finish. Once the Single Table Delay Timer expires Table B would be closed and prevented from opening for the remainder of the session.

    In the above example, you would be down -400bbs, so if you lost another 100bbs you would reach the Stop Loss for All Tables. Please see What happens when I reach an Auto Break rule? for the lockdown process on All Tables.

    What is the difference between “from session start” and “from session peak” under Calculated from Session?

    From session start means that your stop loss is calculated from 0.

    From session peak means your stop loss is calculated from the highest winnings peak of your session. For example, let’s say your stop loss is $200 from session peak. You are running hot and win $400 right away (i.e. your current session peak = $400), but the next hand you get coolered and lose $300 back. Your stop loss would be triggered since you lost > $200 (your stop loss value) from your peak ($400), even though you are technically up $100 for the session.

    How does the Qualifying Peak work?

    You can also customize a Qualifying Peak value for a Stop Loss from Session Peak rule. The Qualifying Peak is the minimum session peak you must reach before a Stop Loss from Session Peak rule will apply. So in the example above, if your Qualifying Peak was $401 you would not have triggered your Stop Loss from Session Peak since your session peak was only $400, and therefore did not reach the Qualifying Peak of $401.

    What is the purpose of the New Session section?

    New Session is the mechanism in place for Tilt Breaker to know when to refresh your session information back to 0.

    • Single Session Stats is the discriminator time needed to pass without any new hands being played for your single session stats to refresh back to 0. This is how TB determines the start/end of each individual session.
    • Daily Session Stats is the discriminator time needed to pass without any new hands being played for your daily session stats to refresh back to 0. This is how TB determines the start/end of each “day”.

    If you play a new hand before these times pass, the discriminator will start back over. For example:

    • Your Single Session discriminator time is 1 hour
    • Your Daily Session discriminator time is 6 hours
    • You played your last hand 5 hours ago

    In the above scenario your Single Session stats would be back to 0, but you still have to wait another hour to be considered a new “Day”. If you play a new hand before an hour passes, the Daily Session discriminator time would start back over to 6 hours and you would also be in a new single session. You can see how much time is remaining before your session and day stats refresh by left clicking the TB icon in your system tray.

    What happens when I use the “Hitting this rule will end my day” option?

    If you reach an Auto Break rule in which you used “Hitting this rule will end my day” your Lockdown time will equal your Daily Session Stats discriminator time found under New Session. The purpose of this option is to end your “day”, and the New Session Daily discriminator is how TB determines the start/end of a “day”.

    Optimus

    Does Optimus work with the original Holdem Manager? What about Poker Tracker?

    Optimus works with all versions of Holdem Manager.

    Currently, Optimus does not work with any versions of Poker Tracker.

    How are Optimus reports any different than Holdem Manager reports?

    Optimus reports are unique in that they calculate your winrate after you reach a certain point in a session; the idea being to show how well you perform after reaching certain mental fatigue/pain thresholds. The points in your graph where your winrate takes significant drops are the ideal spots for you to take a pre planned break using Auto Break.

    Why does my report say “No Recommendation”?

    This means that your winrate never fell below 0, or if it did you immediately bounce back to positive at the next data point, therefore you should be fine to continue playing. Congratulations, you are a cyborg ; )

    Jokes aside, anytime your winrate takes a dive it is probably a good time to schedule a break around that time frame to recharge.

    How large of a sample do I need for Optimus reports to be accurate?
    • 0 – 30k hands = Low Strength
    • 30k – 100k hands = Medium Strength
    • 100k+ hands = High Strength

    Bankroll Manager

    I want to try this feature, but I want to test my rules first; how do I keep rules from immediately locking in?

    The Bankroll Manager has a built in 24hr grace period for all new rules to allow you to adequately test them before the lock in. If you don’t like the rule you created you can simply select it and click the “Delete” button to erase it, as long as you are in the 24hr grace period. After the 24hr grace period has passed you cannot delete Bankroll Manager rules.

    I’ve tested my new rules, now I want to lock them in; how do I do that?

    If you are happy with your new Bankroll Manager rules, have tested them thoroughly and do not want to wait out the 24hr grace period, you can select the rule and click “Accept” to bypass the 24hr grace period.

    Why would I want to block my poker site filter(s)?

    The idea here is to setup your poker site filter(s) so that only games you should be playing – games you are bankrolled for and profitable in – appear in the lobby. Once you have your filters setup like this you can have TB block your filters from opening until a set date; therefore you will only be able to play the games you should be playing. This works for all Cash and Tournament games.

    How does Time of Day work?

    Time of Day works by restricting certain periods of the day where you know you should not play during these time periods; for example times when it is a reg-fest or it’s too late at night.

    What is the “# of tables” option do?

    The block # of tables option allows you to set a maximum amount of cash tables that you can have open at any one time. this rule does not apply to tournaments.

    I set a bankroll manager rule to limit my stakes, but I can still open the stakes that should be blocked; what’s wrong?

    The typical cause here is that you have set the rule by the buy-in amount, when you should set it by the Big Blind of the max stake you want to be able to play. For example users will want to block 400nl, so they type in 400 in the max bb input, when in actuality they should be typing in “4″ since 4 is the big blind for 2/4.

    What is the difference between the options to block something only during a session and always blocking something?

    If you choose to block the Poker Site Filter or Cashier only during a session, then those items will only be prevented from opening while you are in a session. Outside of a session you will have full access to them. If you block them Always, you will not have access to them until the date you set for the rule.

    App Blocker

    How do I turn the App Blocker on?

    To turn the App Blocker on make sure you have “Enable App Blocker” check under Options. Then you need to either set a hotkey to turn the screen on/off, or check “Launch App Blocker with poker site” and open a poker site.

    How does the App Blocker work? Does it force close my open applications? Can it be harmful to use?

    The App Blocker uses a very safe execution method and will not force close or cause any harm to your open applications. The App Blocker simply draws a screen over your entire desktop (multiple monitors included), allows approved apps to sit on top of the screen and keeps unapproved apps below the screen. You can only interact with apps above the screen.

    I’m done playing my session, how do I get the App Blocker to turn off so I can resume browsing the internets?

    The App Blocker automatically turns off after x time with no new hands played. You can customize what x time is in your App Blocker settings.

    I use a hotkey to turn the App Blocker on/off; what is the point of this if I can just turn the App Blocker off during a session using the hotkey?

    If you use a hotkey to turn the App Blocker on/off, but you don’t want to be able to use that hotkey to turn the App Blocker screen off during a session you should check the “disable hotkey during active session” option in your App Blocker configuration panel.

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