Tutorials

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Quick Start Guide

Quick Start Guide

The following Quick Start Guide is a quick hit list of the more critical items that you should be aware of before using Tilt Breaker.

The Most Important Step

Setting up your Hand History locations for each poker site is the most important step in setting up Tilt Breaker. If you do not set this up properly the majority of Tilt Breaker's features will not work. With that said, Tilt Breaker should automatically detect your screen name(s) and Hand History path(s) during installation.

How Do I Know If I Setup Everything Correctly?

If the Session Info Tool (see image above) doesn't appear after a few hands into your session something is wrong; please confirm the following:

  1. I have the "Save Hand History files" option enabled in my poker site's Hand History options
  2. My Hand History files are set to save in English in my poker site's Hand History options
  3. I am using the EXACT same Hand History file path found in my poker site's Hand History options in my Tilt Breaker Hand History settings.

If the Session Info Tool appears, but doesn't show any win/loss amounts it means yor screen name isn't EXACTLY as it appears in a Hand History file - including any spaces and/or capitalization. An extra space or missed capitalization will cause a parsing error.

For more help manually editing Tilt Breaker's Hand History settings please see the Hand History Tab tutorial.

How New Sessions Are Determined

Tilt Breaker considers it to be a new Session or Day after a certain amount of time passes with no new hands played. You can adjust these times in the Auto Break tab under "New Session". The Session and Daily Discriminator stats in the Session Tooltip display how much time is left before a Session or Day ends; these times only count down when you stop playing. For more information see Tutorials > Auto Break > New Session.

You Can't Change Your Settings Once You Start A Session

Once you start a session Tilt Breaker locks in your current settings to keep you from tampering with them during the course of playing. You will be able to access your settings again once the Session Discriminator time turns to "0".

What Happens When I Hit A Stop Loss?


Once you reach an Auto Break rule a Delay Timer will appear; this is the amount of time you have to finish any active hands before your Cash tables are closed. ALL CASH TABLES WILL BE CLOSED ONCE THE DELAY TIMER EXPIRES; EVEN IF YOU ARE STILL IN A HAND. Active Tournaments are never closed.

After the Delay timer expires, a new timer will appear; this timer displays your lockdown time. You cannot register or buy-in to cash games or tournaments during this time. For more information on the lockdown process see Tutorials > Smart Lock > Lockdown Process.

How Do I Turn TB Off?


Tilt Breaker is always running silently in the background, using only minimal memory, so you never need to worry about turning the program on or off. This allows Tilt Breaker to keep you protected around the clock.

Shortcut Menu

Right click the TB icon in the System Tray to access a handy shortcut menu.

Session Info Tool

Understanding the Session Info Tool

The Session Info Tool displays all of your relevant session stats as they pertain to Tilt Breaker. To access your Session Info Tool left click the TB icon in your System Tray.

Session Info Tool Stats:

Session Stats
  • Current - Win/loss total of current session for all currencies combined (no currency conversions) and total big blinds won/lost
  • Peak - Highest point of current session for all currencies and big blinds.
  • Low - Lowest point of current session for all currencies and big blinds.
  • Hands/Games - Number of hands (or games) played in current session.
  • Time - Duration of time for current session
  • In Play (Tournament) - Number of games you are currently playing.
  • Session Discriminator - Time remaining before your Single Session Stats refresh back to 0. This time starts back over every time you record a new hand. The setting for this time can be found under New Session in Auto Break.
Daily Stats
  • Current - Win/loss total of all sessions for the Day for all currencies combined (no currency conversions) and total big blinds won/lost
  • Peak - Highest winning point of the Day for all currencies and big blinds
  • Low - Lowest point of the Day for all currencies and big blinds
  • Hands - Number of hands played in the Day
  • Time - Duration of time played in the Day
  • Daily Discriminator - Time remaining before your Daily Stats refresh back to 0. This time starts back over every time you record a new hand. The setting for this time can be found under New Session in Auto Break.
  • Configuration

    1. Turn Off Session Info Tool

    You can choose to turn off the Session Info Tool completely from the General Options tab if you don't want to have access to the results of your Session.

    2. Customize Session Info Tool

    You can customize the Session Info Tool to only show what you want it to show. Just uncheck the stats you don't want shown.

TB Icon Menu

System Tray Icon Shortcut Menu

Right clicking the TB icon in the system tray displays a useful shortcut menu.

Menu Options

  • Configure - Opens the Tilt Breaker configuration panel.
  • Show Button - Displays the desktop Rage Quit button.
  • Open Log Directory - opens the location of your log files.
  • About - Displays your current version number.
Hand History Tab

The Most Important Step

Setting up your Hand History locations for each poker site is the most important step in setting up Tilt Breaker. If you do not set this up properly the majority of Tilt Breaker's features will not work .

Proper Setup Checklist

  • I have the "Save Hand History files" option enabled on my poker site
  • My Hand History files are saved in English
  • I am using the EXACT same Hand History file path as found in my poker site's Hand History options.
  • My screen name is EXACTLY as it appears in a Hand History file - including any spaces and/or capitalization

If all the above is true and you are still having issues, please send me a message through the Feedback tab in Tilt Breaker and check the "include log files" checkbox.

Manual Setup

1. Auto Detect

When you first install Tilt Breaker it will attempt to Auto Detect all of your known screen names and their respective Hand History file paths.

To use Auto Detect manually click "Auto Detect". A list of all the screen names that TB can find will appear. Simply check the checkbox next to each screen name you want Tilt Breaker to monitor for and hit "OK" to add it to your active screen names.

2. Adding Sites Manually

If for some reason your screen name for a particular poker site was not detected by Auto Detect, or detected incorrectly, you will have to add it manually. Select "Add" from the main Hand History options window. You will see this window come up:

  1. Choose a poker site from the drop down box.
  2. Input your screen name EXACTLY as it appears in a Hand History file. Even a missed space or incorrect capitalization will cause TB to miss your screen name.
  3. Input the file path of the Hand History folder for the poker site you selected. The easiest way of finding this path is by opening your Instant Hand History options in your poker site and copying/pasting that path into here.

3. Active Screen Names

The active screen names that Tilt Breaker monitors for during a session.

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Define Sessions

Session Definitions

This is how Tilt Breaker determines when your sessions and days begin and end.

You can set up Auto Break rules to apply to individual sessions or for multiple sessions in a day. TB decides that you are no longer in a session (or day) when you stop playing for x consecutive time; we call these times the Session and Daily discriminators.

Here is an example Session Definitions setting under the Auto Break tab:

In the above example, once you have stopped play for 20 consecutive minutes your Session Stats will refresh back to "0". Once you stop playing for 6 consecutive hours your Daily Stats will refresh back to "0". If you play a new hand before your Discriminator has elapsed, then the Discriminator countdown will start back over.

You can check how much time is left for each discriminator by left-clicking the TB icon in the system tray to show your session tooltip:

Lastly, you cannot change your single discriminator time while you are in a session, and you cannot change your daily discriminator time while you are still in a day.

Cash Game Rules

This tutorial will explain how to create Auto Break rules for CASH games in Tilt Breaker. To create a Cash game rule you need to:

  1. Select the "Cash" tab in Auto Break
  2. Select a rule type icon
  3. Set a limit for that rule type
  4. Apply the rule to each individual session, or the combined total sessions for the day
  5. Choose if the rule ends your session or just displays an alarm notification when you reach the rule's limit
  6. Customize the additional options as needed
  7. Click the green "Add" button to turn your current settings into a rule
  8. Select "ok" when you are done adding rules

Setting a Stop Loss Limit


You can create a Stop Loss rule by:

  • Money - $, €, £
  • Big Blinds - bbs (Limit players, assume bbs = BBs)
  • Percentage - % (this is NOT % of your bankroll, it is a % lost from the highest winning point of your session)

To use a % rule you must also set a minimum win to activate the rule. The example below would be " If l lose 60% of a ≥ $500 win, end my session".

Setting a Stop Win Limit

You can create a Stop Win rule by:

  • Money - $, €, £
  • Big Blinds - bbs (Limit players, assume bbs = BBs)

Setting a Stop by # of Hands Played Limit

Input the # of hands played that you want to schedule a break or alarm for.

Setting a Stop by Time Played Limit

Input the amount of time played that you want to schedule a break or alarm for.

Apply to each individual session or the combined sessions in a day

Choosing "In any single session" will apply the rule to each and every individual session you play based off your Session Stats. For example, this would be ideal if you wanted to take a break every time you lost $100.

Choosing "Over all sessions in a day" will apply the rule to all of your sessions in a day based off your Daily Stats. For example, this would be ideal if you wanted to stop playing for the day after losing $500.

To learn how Tilt Breaker defines sessions, please see the "Define Sessions" tutorial.

End Session or Alarm Only

If you want Tilt Breaker to automatically end your session when you reach your rule, keep the slider on "End Session". Then customize the following options:

End Session: How the Labels Work

The labels next to "End Session" determine which game types are affected by your Cash rule. If only the "Cash" label is displayed, your rule will only block cash games.

However if you click the "+" icon, a "Tournament" label will appear. This means that both tournament and cash games will be blocked by this rule. Remember active tournament tables will NOT be closed, only cash tables and new game registrations.

End Session: Setting up the Lockdown Process

1. Sit Out - Tilt Breaker will sit you out when you reach your rule. Choose if you want to be sat out Next Hand or Next Big Blind

2. Delay Timer - choose how much time you need to finish any active hands; we recommend 5 minutes to be safe. Important! Tilt Breaker will close all open cash tables once this timer elapses, even if you are still in a hand!

3. Break Timer - choose how long of a break you want to take. Tilt Breaker will block all registration and buy-in options during this time. If you have the "Tournament" label active and are still playing tournaments when you reach a rule, the Tournament timer will not count down until all your active tournaments are finished.

Alarm Only

Move the slider to "Alarm Only" if you only want to be notified when you hit a rule, but not have Tilt Breaker end your session.

Additional Options

Each rule type has additional options for further customization

Stop Loss and Stop Win Additional Options

Choose "All cash tables combined" if you want your Stop Loss rule to be calculated by the total $/bbs won or lost on all cash tables in the session.

Choose "Each individual cash table" if you want your Stop Loss rule to be calculated at each individual cash table; e.g. this allows you to create a Stop Loss per cash table where only that table will be closed. These rules will appear with a [T], for one table, in the rule description.

Choose "Calculated from the start of the session" if you only want the rule to apply if you lost the Stop Loss amount from "0". Therefore if you have a Stop Loss of 100bbs, you only want the rule to apply when you are down ≥ 100bs total for the session.

Choose "Calculated from the peak win of the session" if you want the rule to apply any time you lose your Stop Loss amount during a session. For example, you have a 100bb Stop Loss from a peak win of 0; you win 400bbs in the 1st hand, but then lose 100bbs in the 2nd hand. You would hit your stop loss rule since you lost 100bbs from a peak win of 400bbs. Note: you can leave the "minimum win to qualify" at 0, or you can set a custom amount that you want to reach in order for the rule to apply.

Stop Hands and Stop Time Played Additional Options


This option allows you to add an exception to your rule, so that you can bypass it if you are having a good session. Check the box to activate the option, then input the $/bb amount that, if you are up that amount, TB will bypass the rule.

Tournament Rules

This tutorial will explain how to create Auto Break rules for TOURNAMENT games in Tilt Breaker. To create a Cash game rule you need to:

  1. Select the "Tournament" tab in Auto Break
  2. Select a rule type icon
  3. Set a limit for that rule type
  4. Apply the rule to each individual session, or the combined total sessions for the day
  5. Choose if the rule ends your session or just displays an alarm notification when you reach the rule's limit
  6. Customize the additional options as needed
  7. Click the green "Add" button to turn your current settings into a rule
  8. Select "ok" when you are done adding rules

Setting a Stop Loss Limit


You can create a Stop Loss rule by:

  • Money - $, €, £
  • Percentage - % (this is NOT % of your bankroll, it is a % lost from the highest winning point of your session)

To use a % rule you must also set a minimum win to activate the rule. The example below would be " If l lose 60% of a ≥ $500 win, end my session".

Setting a Stop Win Limit

You can create a Stop Win rule by:

  • Money - $, €, £

Setting a Stop by # of Games Played Limit

Input the # of games played that you want to schedule a break or alarm for.

Setting a Stop by Time Played Limit

Input the amount of time played that you want to schedule a break or alarm for.

Apply to each individual session or the combined sessions in a day

Choosing "In any single session" will apply the rule to each and every individual session you play based off your Session Stats. For example, this would be ideal if you wanted to take a break every time you lost 400bbs.

Choosing "Over all sessions in a day" will apply the rule to all of your sessions in a day based off your Daily Stats. For example, this would be ideal if you wanted to stop playing for the day after losing 1000bbs.

To learn how Tilt Breaker defines sessions, please see the "Define Sessions" tutorial.

End Session or Alarm Only

If you want Tilt Breaker to automatically end your session when you reach your rule, keep the slider on "End Session". Then customize the following options:

End Session: How the Labels Work

The labels next to "End Session" determine which game types are affected by your Tournament rule. If only the "Tournament" label is displayed, your rule will only block new Tournament registration.

However if you click the "+" icon, a "Cash" label will appear. This means that both tournament and cash games will be blocked by this rule. Remember active tournament tables will NOT be closed, only cash tables and new game registrations.

End Session: Setting up the Lockdown Process - Tournament Only

1. Input the duration you want your break time to be for this rule. The timers will only count down when all of your active tournaments are finished. Tilt Breaker will block all registration and buy-in options until your timers reach "0"

End Session: Setting up the Lockdown Process - Tournament and Cash Labels

1. Sit Out - Tilt Breaker will sit you out at all CASH tables when you reach your rule. Choose if you want to be sat out Next Hand or Next Big Blind

2. Delay Timer - choose how much time you need to finish any active CASH hands; we recommend 5 minutes to be safe. Important! Tilt Breaker will close all open CASH tables once this timer elapses, even if you are still in a hand!

3. Break Timer - Input the duration you want your break time to be for this rule. The timers will only count down once all of your active tournaments are finished. Tilt Breaker will block all registration and buy-in options until your timers reach "0".

Alarm Only

Move the slider to "Alarm Only" if you only want to be notified when you hit a rule, but not have Tilt Breaker end your session.

Additional Options

Each rule type has additional options for further customization

Stop Loss Additional Options

Choose "Calculated from the start of the session" if you only want the rule to apply if you lost the Stop Loss amount from "0". Therefore if you have a Stop Loss of $100, you only want the rule to apply when you are down ≥ $100 total for the session.

Choose "Calculated from the peak win of the session" if you want the rule to apply any time you lose your Stop Loss amount during a session. For example, you have a $100 Stop Loss from a peak win of 0; you win $400 in the 1st hand, but then lose 100bbs in the 2nd hand. You would hit your stop loss rule since you lost $100 from a peak win of $400. Note: you can leave the "minimum win to qualify" at 0, or you can set a custom amount that you want to reach in order for the rule to apply.

Stop Games and Stop Time Played Additional Options


This option allows you to add an exception to your rule, so that you can bypass it if you are having a good session. Check the box to activate the option, then input the $/bb amount that, if you are up that amount, TB will bypass the rule.

Example Setups

Example 1 - using Stop Loss from Session Start

Problem: I want to stop playing if I am down -600bbs in a session

Example 2 - using Stop Loss from Session Peak

Problem: I want to stop playing if I lose -600bbs at any time in a session
Note: Your Session's Peak is equal to your highest winnings point during a session.

Example 3 - using % Stop Loss from Session Peak

Problem: I want to stop playing if I lose 60% from my Session Peak with a Qualifying Peak of 600bbs.
Note: this rule will not become active until you reach the Qualifying Peak (i.e. +600bbs).
This rule also creates flexibility in your Stop Loss. Your Stop Loss at 60% of 600bbs would be -360bbs. However if you win 1000bbs, (therefore your session peak would be 1000bbs) your Stop Loss would now be -600bbs, because 60% of 1000bbs = 600bbs.

Example 4 - Setting individual table rules

Problem: I want to close any table where I am up 400bbs.
Troubleshoot

Easy Fixes for Common Issues

"I reached an Auto Break rule but Tilt Breaker didn't do anything"

This is most commonly caused by an error in the Hand History setting. An easy way to identify the root of the problem is to check the Session Info Tool after you've played a few hands in a session:
  • If a tool tip doesn't appear displaying your session stats, either your Hand History location setting in Tilt Breaker is incorrect or you do not have Hand Histories turned on in your poker site's settings. The easiest way to find the correct Hand History location is to open your poker site's Instant Hand History options and copy/paste the path from there.
  • If the tool tip displays, but only shows stats for hands played and time played, your screen name was not input EXACTLY as it appears in a Hand History. Even a wrong capitalization or space will cause an error.
  • Easy Fixes for Common Issues

    "I reached an Auto Break rule but Tilt Breaker didn't do anything"

    This is most commonly caused by an error in the Hand History setting. An easy way to identify the root of the problem is to check the Session Info Tool after you've played a few hands in a session:

    • If a tool tip doesn't appear displaying your session stats, either your Hand History location setting in Tilt Breaker is incorrect or you do not have Hand Histories turned on in your poker site's settings. The easiest way to find the correct Hand History location is to open your poker site's Instant Hand History options and copy/paste the path from there.
    • If the tool tip displays, but only shows stats for hands played and time played, your screen name was not input EXACTLY as it appears in a Hand History. Even a wrong capitalization or space will cause an error.
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    Games and Stakes

    Limiting Games and Stakes

    This tutorial will explain how to limit or block specific games and stakes.

    1. Choose "Games"

    Choose the Games option.

    2. Select Options

    A. Select Game Type

    Choose the type of game that you want to limit or block.

    B. Choose the Betting Type

    Choose the betting type for the game you want to limit or block. You can choose All, or select a specific betting type. Betting types include:

    • No Limit
    • Pot Limit
    • Fixed Limit
    C. Choose the Max Big Blind or Block All Stakes

    Input the max Big Blind of the highest stake you want to be able to play at for your selected Game and Betting type; for example if you input "6", you can play up to 3/6. Limit players should note that they too should input the big blind, not the big bet, for the max stake they wish to be able to play.

    If you want to block a Game and Betting type altogether, just check the "Block all stakes" option.

    3. Set the Expiration Date

    Click on the drop down box and choose how long you want the rule to last.

    4. Add Your Rule

    Once you have chosen the variables you want for your rule, you need to hit the "Add" button to make the rule active.

    5. Rules Bin

    Once you add a rule, it is active and displayed in the Rules Bin. Although the rule is active, you will have a 12 hour grace period to make sure the rule works how you intended. If it doesn't work as intended, simply highlight the rule and select "delete" to erase it. If you do not delete the rule, your rule will automatically lock at the end of the 12 hour grace period. There is a timer displayed next to your rule to let you know how much time is left in the grace period.

    6. Test and Accept

    If you have adequately tested a new rule, you can bypass the 12 hour grace period by selecting a rule and then pressing "Lock".

    7. Confirmation

    You must hit the "OK" button after adding a rule in order for it to take effect.

    Filter Lock

    Using the Poker Site Filter Lock

    Warning : Filter Lock is not compatible with Table Ninja's SNG Sensei

    The Filter Lock option in the Bankroll Manager allows you to use the powerful filters for each poker site to your advantage. The concept is simple, configure your filters in each poker site so that you can only see the games that you are bankrolled for and profitable in; then Filter Lock will prevent you from changing your filters. Have a habit of chasing losses in hyper turbos? Well now you never even have to see those game types again.

    Setup

    1. Configure Poker Site Filters

    The first thing you need to do is configure your poker site's filters to only show games you are profitable at. The poker site filters are pretty powerful and you should be able to configure them in a way so that you can hide anything you want to. However you might have to use some ingenuity. For example, if you don't want any cash games to be visible whatsoever in PokerStars you can select "2 players only" and set the max stake to .01/.02. PokerStars doesn't run heads-up games at .01/.02, so absolutely no cash games will appear : )

    2. Choose Poker Site Filter

    Select the Poker Site Filter Option to create a rule to lock in your poker site filters.

    3. Choose When to Block Poker Site Filter

    Block Always - Selecting this option will keep your Poker Site Filter locked at all times

    Block Only During Session - Selecting this option will only block your Poker Site Filter while you are in a session. Remember you are still considered to be in a session until your Daily discriminator time passes; you can find out more about this setting in the New Session tutorial.

    4. Set the Expiration Date

    Click on the drop down box and choose how long you want the rule to last.

    5. Add Your Rule

    Once you have chosen the variables you want for your rule, you need to hit the "Add" button to make the rule active.

    6. Rules Bin

    Once you add a rule, it is active and displayed in the Rules Bin. Although the rule is active, you will have a 12 hour grace period to make sure the rule works how you intended. If it doesn't work as intended, simply highlight the rule and select "delete" to erase it. If you do not delete the rule, your rule will automatically lock at the end of the 12 hour grace period. There is a timer displayed next to your rule to let you know how much time is left in the grace period.

    6. Test and Accept

    If you have adequately tested a new rule, you can bypass the 12 hour grace period by selecting a rule and then pressing "Lock".

    8. Confirmation

    You must hit the "OK" button after adding a rule in order for it to take effect.

    Cashier Block

    Blocking the Cashier

    Do you constantly check your cashier during a sessions and set stopping points based on arbitrary monetary goals? Tilt Breaker's Cashier Block is here to save you.

    1. Choose "Cashier"

    2. Choose When To Block Cashier

    Block Always - Selecting this option will keep your Cashier blocked at all times

    Block Only During Session - Selecting this option will only block your Cashier while you are in a session. Remember you are still considered to be in a session until your Daily discriminator time passes; you can find out more about this setting in the New Session tutorial.

    3. Set the Expiration Date

    Click on the drop down box and choose how long you want the rule to last.

    4. Add Your Rule

    Once you have chosen the variables you want for your rule, you need to hit the "Add" button to make the rule active.

    5. Rules Bin

    Once you add a rule, it is active and displayed in the Rules Bin. Although the rule is active, you will have a 12 hour grace period to make sure the rule works how you intended. If it doesn't work as intended, simply highlight the rule and select "delete" to erase it. If you do not delete the rule, your rule will automatically lock at the end of the 12 hour grace period. There is a timer displayed next to your rule to let you know how much time is left in the grace period.

    6. Test and Accept

    If you have adequately tested a new rule, you can bypass the 12 hour grace period by selecting a rule and then pressing "Lock".

    7. Confirmation

    You must hit the "OK" button after adding a rule in order for it to take effect.

    Max # of Tables

    Max # of Open Cash Tables

    Do you have a habit of opening more tables when you're stuck to try to get back to even faster or just play more tables than you should out of boredom? You can now prevent that by setting a max # of cash tables that you can open during a session.

    1. Choose # of Tables

    2. Set Max # of Cash Tables

    Type in the maximum number of cash tables that you want to be able to have open at any time during a session. Only tables you are actively playing hands on count against your Max Tables #. A table can become inactive, i.e. no longer counts against your maximum, when you either close the table or have sat out for > 3 minutes.

    3. Set the Expiration Date

    Click on the drop down box and choose how long you want the rule to last.

    4. Add Your Rule

    Once you have chosen the variables you want for your rule, you need to hit the "Add" button to make the rule active.

    5. Rules Bin

    Once you add a rule, it is active and displayed in the Rules Bin. Although the rule is active, you will have a 12 hour grace period to make sure the rule works how you intended. If it doesn't work as intended, simply highlight the rule and select "delete" to erase it. If you do not delete the rule, your rule will automatically lock at the end of the 12 hour grace period. There is a timer displayed next to your rule to let you know how much time is left in the grace period.

    6. Test and Accept

    If you have adequately tested a new rule, you can bypass the 12 hour grace period by selecting a rule and then pressing "Lock".

    7. Confirmation

    You must hit the "OK" button after adding a rule in order for it to take effect.

    Time of Day

    Block a Period of the Day

    Time of Day allows you to prevent yourself from playing during a specific time period each day. Let's set an example, say you set your Time of Day from 18:00 to 23:00 UTC. You will be prevented from playing between those times:

    • If you are in a session, a 10 minute Delay Timer will come up and take you through the lockdown process. Your Lockdown time will be the # of hours until you reach the end of Time of Day, so in the example it would be 5 hours. If the timers annoy you, you can hide them from an option in the TB icon menu.
    • If you are not in a session, all the buy-in functions will be blocked just like a lockdown until the end of your Time of Day period. The timers are actually here too, we just automatically hide them.

    1. Choose Time of Day

    2. Set your Time of Day Period

    Set the period of the day you want to block; "From" being the beginning of the blocked period and "Till" being the end. You must set these times in the UTC time zone, NOT your local time. As you can see, Tilt Breaker provides the current UTC time; use that to make the conversion from your own time zone. Next choose the day of the week this blocked time frame applies to; choose "Every day" to block that time period every day.

    3. Set the Expiration Date

    Click on the drop down box and choose how long you want the rule to last.

    4. Add Your Rule

    Once you have chosen the variables you want for your rule, you need to hit the "Add" button to make the rule active.

    5. Rules Bin

    Once you add a rule, it is active and displayed in the Rules Bin. Although the rule is active, you will have a 12 hour grace period to make sure the rule works how you intended. If it doesn't work as intended, simply highlight the rule and select "delete" to erase it. If you do not delete the rule, your rule will automatically lock at the end of the 12 hour grace period. There is a timer displayed next to your rule to let you know how much time is left in the grace period.

    6. Test and Accept

    If you have adequately tested a new rule, you can bypass the 12 hour grace period by selecting a rule and then pressing "Lock".

    7. Confirmation

    You must hit the "OK" button after adding a rule in order for it to take effect.

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    Database Setup

    Setting Up Optimus

    The following Tutorial will explain how to connect Optimus to your Holdem Manager database so you can start analyzing hands for your tilt thresholds, or your opponents.

    1. Add Holdem Manager Database

    The very first step is to add your HEM database to Optimus, so it can scan your playing history. Once you click the "Add" button you will see this:

    A - Tilt Breaker will automatically locate your databases for HM1 and HM2. Just click the drop-down box and select a database. It takes a few seconds for Tilt Breaker to identify all of your databases, so if the drop-down is empty on your first try, close it and try again in a few seconds.

    B - This section will auto-populate once you select a database.

    C - Test the connection to make sure everything is correct.

    D - Click "Add Player". The image below will appear:

    • Search for the player(s) you want to run reports on, select that screen name, then click "OK"
    • You can add multiple user names, so you can run one report over all of your screen names

    E - The selected player's name(s), and the site they play on, will appear in the Player box.

    F - Click "OK" to confirm

    Create Reports

    Creating Reports

    This tutorial explains how to create reports based of your Holdem Manager database.

    Report Options

    A. Choose Report Type

    Choose the report you want to run from the drop-down. There are three report choices

    1. Performance by Loss/Gain - This report displays your historical winrate after you reach certain win or loss amounts.
    2. Performance by Time Played - This report displays your historical winrate after you reach certain time intervals.
    3. Performance by Hands Played - This report displays your historical winrate after you reach certain hand intervals
    B. Date Range

    Choose the period of time that you want to analyze. If you don't choose a Date Range it will automatically run the report over your entire database

    C. Run Report

    Once all the fields are set, click "Run Report" to create the selected report type.

    Completed Reports

    Once your report is complete it will be displayed in the Report Box detailing the:

    • Report Type
    • Date the report was created (for reference)
    • The "Start" and "End" fields show the Date Range that the report was ran on
    • Tilt Breaker's recommended stopping point

    Recommendations

    Optimus' recommended stopping points are based on a simple formula. Optimus recommends that you take a break at the first instance where your winrate goes negative AND the immediate next data point is also negative. Optimus assumes that if a negative point is followed by a positive point, you are better off playing through.

    If Optimus gives "No Recommendation", that means your graph did not have any negative winrates or didn't have two negative winrates in a row.

    View Graph

    The real value of Optimus is visualizing the report graph and making your own interpretation based on the sample size of the data points and shape of the graph. For more information on your Optimus graphs, please see the "Interpret Graph".

    Interpret Graph

    How to Interpret your Optimus Graphs

    This tutorial will teach you how to read your Optimus graphs, so that you can make your own interpretation of the results.

    Winrate

    The key thing to remember with all of your Optimus graphs is that the winrate shown for each data point is your winrate after reaching that point. Using the example above we see that this player has a historical winrate of -54.19 bb/100 for the remainder of the session when they lose -$44. The sample size for this data point is 9,250 hands over 10 sessions.

    Sample Size

    Overall Sample Size

    You can see the overall # of sessions and # of hands that the report consists of in the bottom left corner of the graph.

    Data Point Sample Size

    You can also hover over any data point to see the specific # of hands, # of sessions, and winrate for that Data point.

    X and Y Axis

    The x axis represents the values of the variable for the report:

    • Perfomance by Gain/Loss - the x axis represents money
    • Performance by Time - the x axis represents the amount of time played
    • Performance by Hands - the x axis represents the number of hands played

    The y axis is a constant, and represents your winrate.

    Slide 1
    How It Works

    How It Works

    The purpose of the App Blocker is to block out all of the extraneous applications that may serve as a distraction to you while you should be focusing on the session at hand. The App Blocker achieves this by drawing a screen over all monitors, and only letting approved apps stay on top of the screen during a session.

    You have the ability to change the color and transparency of this screen from the settings. You can also choose to set a Hotkey, so that you can diasble the screen at any time; or set an idle time in which the screen will automatically turn itself off. Lastly, you can creat a list of approved apps that will stay on top of the screen, allowing you to still play with your favorite apps during a session. Remember, once you start a session the App Blocker settings will "grey out", so that you cannot tamper with them; same as all of the other Tilt Breaker features.

    Note - You should have the hotkey enabled when first using the feature until you get used to playing with the App Blocker on. Once you are comfortable with it, you should disable the hotkey, so that you cannot disable the App Blocker during a session.

    Setup

    Setting Up Your App Blocker

    The following tutorial will explain how to setup your App Blocker.

    Options

    A. Enable

    Check the "Enable" box to turn the App Blocker feature on.

    B. Show App Blocker when Poker Site Launches

    Check "show App Blocker when Poker Site Launches" if you want the App Blocker to automatically appear every time you open up a poker site to play a session. This is a good way to ensure that your App Blocker is up and running before a session starts and you are unable to turn it on.

    C. Disable Hotkey During Session

    Check this box if you don't want to be able to use the hotkey to turn the App Blocker screen off during a session.

    Settings


    You can disable the App Blocker in two ways:

    A. Idle Time

    The amount of time that needs to pass from your last hand, before the App Blocker will automatically turn off.

    B. Hotkey

    Pressing this Hotkey, when it is enabled, will turn the App Blocker off and on. You can select "disable hotkey during session" to disable the hotkey while you are playing a session to keep you from turning it off mid-session.

    Style

    A. Change Color of the Screen

    You can change the color of the App Blocker screen from the drop down menu

    B. Change Transparency of Screen

    Move the bar to change the transparency of the App Blocker screen. Even if the App Blocker screen is totally transparent you will still be prevented from interacting with unapproved apps.

    Approved Apps


    Adding applications (.exe files) to this list will allow those specified apps to stay on top of the App Blocker screen, so that you can interact with these applications during a session. All other apps will be blocked from view (depending on your transparency setting) and interaction during a session.

    Approved Apps List

    This is a list of your Approved Apps. Outside of a session, you can enable/disable these apps by checking or unchecking them, or you can delete them entirely from the list.

    Confirmation

    Please select "OK" to confirm all changes

    If you have any questions, please email support@tiltbreaker.com

    Slide 1
    During a Session

    During a Session

    Once you play 1 hand in a new session, all of your Tilt Breaker settings lock in and the Tilt Breaker Configuration options become "grayed out".

    As you can see in the above screen shot examples, Tilt Breaker disables key settings during active sessions. This prevents users that are tilting from tampering with their settings.

    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

    A reminder from the New Session tutorial: Single Sessions end after a lockdown or after your Session Discriminator passes with no new hands played, and Daily Sessions only end after your Daily Discriminator passes with no new hands played.

    Lockout Process

    Lockout Process

    A Lockout is what happens when you reach an Auto Break rule and Tilt Breaker forces you to take a break away from the tables. A Lockout will occur any time you reach an Auto Break rule that has a "Sit Out Next Hand" or Sit Out Next Big Blind" Cash Delay action associated with it. Basically, if you didn't choose to make a rule "Alarm Only", it will come with a Lockout if you reach it.

    This tutorial will take you through the steps Tilt Breaker takes during a Lockout:

    1. Notification

    A notification window will pop-up once you reach an Auto Break rule displaying which rules you've reached.

    You can choose to turn this notification off from the General Options tab

    2. Sit Out

    Tilt Breaker will then check Sit Out Next Hand or Sit Out Next Big Blind, depending on which option you chose for the 1st rule your reached, on every open Cash table. Tournament tables will not be affected.

    On sites without a Sit Out Next Big Blind option, Tilt Breaker will uncheck Auto Post blinds, which has the same effect.

    3. Delay Timer

    The purpose of the Delay Timer is to give you time to finish your current active hands. Once the Delay Timer reaches "0" all of your cash tables are automatically closed, regardless of if you are still in a hand or not. For this reason, it is very important that you set your Delay Timer with an adequate enough time to finish a full single hand (or a full round if you use Sit Out Next Big Blind)., and also that you do not continue to play another hand (or another round) because there is more time on the Delay Timer; it is too risky to do that and will eventually cost you! Please note that active Tournament tables are not closed, but all buy-in and registering functions are blocked.

    4. Tilt Timer

    The Tilt Timer is the main timer that displays how long your break is. The length of the break is determined by the time you set for the Auto Break rule that was reached.  All buy-in and registering functions are blocked for the remainder of the Tilt Timer. Once the Tilt Timer expires you will immediately regain access to all buy-in and registering functions and your Tilt Breaker Configuration settings.

    If you have any additional questions on the lockout process please email your question to support@tiltbreaker.com.

    Slide 1
    How It Works

    Using the Rage Quit Button

    The Rage Quit button is a virtual Tilt button that sits on your desktop. The purpose of this button is to capitalize on that moment of clarity when you realize you are playing poorly and should quit your session. If you double click the Rage Quit button, an options dialog will appear with three different lockdown time options.

    Simply select "Activate" next to your desired lockdown time. To customize the displayed lockdown times, go to the Rage Quit Button tab in your Tilt Breaker Configuration panel.

    Alternate Buttons

    TB Icon

    You can use the TB icon in the system tray as an alternate Rage Quit button. Simply double click the TB icon to prompt your 3 custom lockdown times.

    Hotkeys

    You can also assign a hotkey for clicking the Rage Quit button, so that when you press your specified hotkey sequence, the 3 custom times are prompted. Additionally, you can assign a hotkey to each individual lockdown time. However, when you hit your hotkey sequence for an individual lockdown time, a warning prompt will still come up to make sure you intended on hitting that key sequence. Therefore, if you are intentionally using one of these hotkeys to go into lockdown, you should hit “enter” at the end of your hotkey sequence to instantly go into lockdown. The ability to assign a hotkeys is under the “Rage Quit Button” tab; see Setup section.

    Setup

    Setting Up the Rage Quit Button

    This tutorial will explain the components of the Rage Quit Button

    Show/Hide Button

    This section goes over how to show and hide the Rage Quit button

    Option to automatically show when poker site is opened


    Check the box if you want to have the Rage Quit button show when you open a poker site.

    Hide Button


    Right click the Raqe Quit button to show the "Hide" option

    Show Button


    Right click the TB icon in the system tray to display the "Show button" option.

    Lockdown Settings

    Delay Timer

    The Rage Quit button has its own Delay Timer setting independent of the Auto Break Delay Timers.

    Tilt Times

    These are the three lockdown times that appear when you use your Rage Quit Button.

    Simply input the times you want for each Tilt Level to customize the times.

    Hotkeys

    The next thing to configure are your hotkeys. The first hotkey replaces the actual clicking of the Rage Quit button, and will display your three custom Tilt Times when the hotkey sequence is pressed.

    The bottom three hotkeys allow you to set a hotkey for each Tilt Time that will instantly Activate the Tilt Time it is associated with.