As a player, you must login before you can join any poker games or use the chat feature. Clicking the Login button on the Logins tab or selecting Login from the Account menu will display this dialog:
First time visitors can click the “Create New Account” button to create a new account at the site. All fields except “Real Name” are mandatory. Remember that each Poker Mavens server is operated independently so an account created on one site will not be recognized on another.
The list of all players currently logged in is displayed on the Logins tab:
The chat feature on the Logins tab can be used by the players to talk to each other. Players type in a line of text in the Chat box and then press Enter to submit it. Clicking the “Extended Lobby Chat” button will open a larger chat box to the right of the lobby window. A player can create notes, assign a color, or block the chat of others by selecting their name in the login list and clicking the “Player Notes” button. The chat block also affects chat entered at the poker tables. Players can click the “Account Balance” button to see what their current chip balance is. Clicking the “Player Search” button will allow you to search all the tables for a specific player name.
The Desktop interface consists of a resizable/draggable lobby window with independent table windows (all within the canvas of the browser) that are also resizable/draggable.
In the Mobile interface, the lobby is fixed to fill the entire browser window. An “Open tables” tab appears in Mobile mode and holds all the open tables. When this tab is selected, the remaining tabs are hidden to provide more space for the table graphic. The user can tap the “Lobby” button in the upper right corner to return to the previous tab. Only one table at a time is visible in Mobile mode but the user can switch to other open tables using the “Previous” and “Next” navigation buttons in the lower right corner. The table chat is moved to a separate window on the right side so that the betting controls can be enlarged.
Even though the interface will display in portrait orientation, it will be practically unusable in that state. Android and iPhone users need to rotate their phones to landscape orientation to play. Which means they must not have their device locked into portrait mode. Android users can adjust their lock status from the system menu that swipes down from the top edge. iPhone users swipe up from the bottom.
The Lobby window is displayed inside the user’s web browser as shown below (desktop interface). The mobile interface has similar functionality except that it is displayed full screen and contains an extra tab to display the open tables. The window is not a real operating system window but is instead a graphical representation produced by the player client. It can be moved and closed like a real window but is confined to the interior area of the web browser. The site name that you entered in the server module will be displayed just below the lobby’s main menu
The menu at the top of the Lobby window contains the following commands:
Logins – This selects the Logins page. Users can also just click on the Logins tab directly to show the list of logins and the lobby chat.
Ring Games – This selects the Ring Games page. Users can also just click on the Ring Games tab directly to show the list of ring games available.
Tournaments – This selects the Tournaments page. Users can also just click on the Tournaments tab directly to show the list of tournaments available.
Sit & Go’s – This selects the Sit & Go’s page (if enabled). Users can also just click on the Sit & Go’s tab directly to show the list of sit & go’s available.
Open Tables – This selects the Open Tables page in the Mobile interface. It does not appear in Desktop mode, where tables are in independent windows.
Default window size – This command returns the lobby window to its default size (Desktop mode only). In Desktop mode, the lobby window can be resized by dragging the bottom right corner.
Logout / Exit – This command will log the user out, disconnect the client from the server, and close all of its windows.
Login/Logout – This is equivalent to the Login/Logout button on the Logins tab and displays a Login dialog.
Create – Displays a dialog so that first time visitors can create an account on your site. It is the equivalent of the “Create New Account” button on the Login dialog and is only visible if the “Allow new accounts” setting is enabled on the server.
Change info – This function allows the user to change any of the editable fields for their account, excluding their player name. This item is only visible if the “Allow account changes” setting is enabled on the server.
Show balance – Displays the player’s chip balance and is equivalent to the “Account Balance” button on the Logins tab.
Show tickets – Displays a list of the player’s ticket tokens, typically won in satellite tournaments.
Show permissions – Displays a list of the player’s permission tokens, used for access to restricted ring tables, tournaments, and chat.
Transfer chips – This function allows a player to transfer chips from their account to another account if the “Allow chip transfers” property is enabled on the server.
Request more chips – This function allows a player to receive more chips if their balance has fallen below the default starting balance and the “Allow balance resets” property is enabled on the server.
Fullscreen toggle – Toggles the browser window into (or out of) full screen mode. This works on Android devices and most desktop browsers. Players using an iPhone can hide Safari’s address bar by rotating their phone to portrait orientation and then immediately back to landscape orientation. Both Android and iOS users can add the site to their home screens and then automatically start in full screen mode when launching from there.
Language – This option allows the user to change languages and only appears in the Gold edition when two or more languages are active.
Arrange windows – Displays a dialog that allows the player to arrange the open tables into a cascading or tiled pattern. This option only appears in Desktop mode.
Display settings – Displays a dialog that allows the player to choose between a desktop or mobile interface, change the default font size, choose a number display format, and configure the chat block feature.
Table settings – Displays a dialog of various table settings that can be turned on or off: Bring active table to front, Display hand helper, Auto muck, Four-color deck, Deal cards face down, Mute dealer chat, and quick-bet button configuration.
Sound effects – Displays a dialog of sound settings that can be turned on or off plus a master volume control.
Start tournament – Displays a Start Code dialog allowing the current selected tournament to be started remotely (if that option was enabled in the server module).
Player search – Displays the table names where a specified player is seated or in the waiting list. This function can also be called by clicking the “Player Search” button on the Logins tab.
Player notes – Display the list of all player notes, recorded previously on selected opponents.
Contact site administrator – Displays a dialog with links to the site administrator’s email and web site, as determined by the “Support email” and “Support web site” settings in the server module.
View site news – Displays the text (if any) that was entered in the “Site news” setting in the server module. This dialog can be configured to display automatically at login if the text has been updated since the player’s last login.
View site FAQ – Displays Frequently-Asked-Questions text (if any) that was entered in the “Site FAQ” setting in the server module.
About Poker Mavens – Displays a copyright notice and a link to the Briggs Softworks web site. This item can be turned off in the Gold version of Poker Mavens.
This menu only appears on the top menu bar in the Mobile interface. It contains the same menu commands described in the Poker Table topic.
The Ring Games tab displays a list of the active ring games currently available at the site (note: only site owners who have the Pro or Gold version of Poker Mavens can put more than one table at a time online). When one is selected, the list of players currently seated there is displayed. Click the “Observe Table” button to observe or join the selected ring game. To join a ring table, the player simply clicks on any empty seat in the table window. If all seats are currently filled, a “Waiting List” button will be enabled in the Lobby window. Clicking it will add your name to the waiting list. Once a seat become available, a popup invitation will be displayed asking you to join the table.
The Tournaments tab displays a list of the active tournaments currently available at the site. Again, only the Pro and Gold version of Poker Mavens supports multiple tournaments or multi-table tournaments. When one is selected, the list of players is displayed if the tournament has started. Click the Register button to join the waiting list for the next tournament. Seats are randomly assigned and no one is seated until the tournament is ready to start. Also, no one can join a tournament after it has started. You can, however, register for the next tournament while waiting for the current one to finish.
Basic information for the selected tournament can be seen by clicking the “Tournament Info” button, including the starting options. A tournament can be started by up to 5 different methods as long as there are at least 2 people registered to play:
The Sit & Go’s tab displays a list of the active tournaments that have the “Start when full” option set. This tab is only displayed if administrator has the “Sit and Go tab” option enabled. Otherwise, these tournament are displayed in the same tab as the other tournaments.
Each poker table is represented in an independent window that can be moved and resized anywhere inside the user’s web browser (desktop mode only). Click and drag the small triangle icon in the lower right corner to resize the window. The table graphic is identical for both ring games and tournaments.
In the upper left corner of the table is a pull-down menu with the following commands:
In the upper left corner of the table is a pull-down menu with the following commands:
General info – this menu displays general information about the table in an independent, resizable window. For tournament tables it also includes the payout and blinds schedules.
Statistics – this menu displays some basic statistics for the player including the number of hands played, flops seen, and pots won.
Hand history – this menu displays a detailed hand history of all the action that has occurred at the table.
Extended chat – this menu displays an extended chat area that allows the chat to be moved from the table to a larger area.
Add more chips – this function applies to ring games and rebuy tournaments. In a ring game, a player can add more chips from their account up to the maximum buy-in limit for that particular table. In a rebuy tournament, a player can add chips during the rebuy period when their stack is at or below the starting chip count.
Default window size – this command will reset the table to its default size (desktop mode only).
Refresh table – this command will force the table window to redraw itself. It’s typically used if a disconnect causes the display to be out-of-sync with the live action.
Rotate seats – this command allows for a “preferred seat” option and will display a dialog that lets the player rotate the seats clockwise or counterclockwise around the table. The setting will be remembered if the “Remember preferred seat” option is checked in the Lobby -> Options -> Table Settings dialog. You can also invoke this function when seated at a table by clicking on another seat (other than your own). Then you will have an additional “Rotate Here” button available.
The four tab windows shown above have a Save button for copying text to a popup window, where it can be copied to the clipboard or saved to a local file. Other global table options are available in the Lobby window under Options | Table Settings.
Click the Leave button in the upper right corner to leave your seat and/or close the table window. In a tournament, the player will be placed in “Sitting Out” mode and will eventually get blinded out if they don’t return. In a ring game, the player is removed immediately and any chips in their stack is added back to their account.
The Chat area is located in the bottom left corner of the table. A player simply types in a line of text and presses Enter and their name and message will be displayed at the bottom of the scrolling chat box. If a player prefers a larger chat box, they can click the Menu button and then select “Extended chat” as described above.
Whenever it is a player’s turn to act, their name plate will glow with a yellow color and two or three Action Buttons will be displayed in the lower right corner of the table. For Pot Limit and No Limit games, if there is a possibility of betting or raising a variable amount then an edit box and a slider bar will also be displayed for selecting the amount.
Fold to any bet – When a player checks this box, their hand will be folded when it becomes their turn to act and there is a live bet that has not been called. However if they have an option to check their bet, then the check will be performed automatically for them. This option is cleared at the end of the hand.
Sit out next hand – Checking this box will put the player in “Sitting Out” mode when the next hand starts. For ring games, that means they will not be dealt any hole cards and the blinds will skip past them. However if they do not return before the amount of time specified in the “Maximum sitout minutes” setting has expired, they will be automatically removed from the table. For tournaments, a player sitting out will continue to get cards and post blinds. They will eventually be blinded out of the tournament if they do not return.
Sit out next blind – Checking this box will put the player in “Sitting Out” mode whenever it is their turn to post a small or big blind. This option is only available in ring games.
Straddle – Checking this box will cause the player to post a straddle bet (equal to twice the big blind) when they are in the “under the gun” position (i.e., right after the big blind position). The straddle is placed preflop with the other blinds and makes the straddle player the last one to act preflop. An asterisk (*) is displayed after the checkbox caption when a straddle bet has been made in the current hand.
Next Move – These Check/Call/Fold boxes will be displayed when there is action pending at the table but it is not yet the player’s turn to act. A player can use these if they know what move they are going to make in advance of their turn.
Folded Cards – Players can see the cards they folded in the current hand by moving the mouse cursor just above their name plate (or touching just above the name plate on a mobile device). They will be displayed in a semi-transparent state.
Player Info – Hovering the mouse (or long tapping on a mobile device) over a player’s name plate will also display a tool tip of information regarding that player (location, gender, time bank remaining, notes, etc.). Clicking the name plate will display a popup dialog containing additional functions including player notes (including color and chat block), search, profile display, and a “rotate here” option.
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