Synchronizing PokerTracker-Problem solved

Four Dogs

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I've been using the popular sniffer Poker Tracker for about 9 months now and like many PT hounds, I'm as addicted to the software as I am to the game itself. I easily spend as much time reviewing my sessions and those of professional players as I do playing. Since I only had the software installed on my desktop I rarely if ever used my laptop for fear of losing a valuable session or tournament. If I did, I was sure to email the HH to myself so that I could add it to my database the next time I used the desktop.

The folks at PT are very good about allowing their product to be used on multiple systems, but from what I understand, synchronizing 2 seperate databases was a nightmare, and since I enjoy playing on the desktop more than the laptop anyway I never bothered to try. The only times I felt any regret was when I was on the road with my laptop and wanted to spend some time digging for leaks.

I recently had the misfortune of losing both my 5 year old desktop and my cheap 3 year old laptop within a month of eachother. I've replaced both with new systems running Windows Vista and decided that this time I would attempt to reload PT on both, but the laborious synchronizing problem still loomed large.

But I believe I've come up with an excellent sollution to the problem. Instead of installing PT on my desktop and then requesting yet another product ID (required for registering) for the laptop, I purchased a small 60GB portable hard drive and installed the software on it. And by small, I mean tiny. It's really no bigger than a pocket calculator and cost only about $80.00. I also installed my poker site software and all my poker related files to the same hard drive. I now have perfect mobility. My portable hard drive can be taken anywhere. If I want to play on the laptop in the kitchen (or the bathroom) I simply unplug the USB calble and ZING, it's all right there. And as I have also installed the poker site software, Full Tilt, all my player notes are carried along as well.

Even if you don't use Poker Tracker or another product like it, I still think it's the way to go. I keep a spread sheet of all my sessions which includes buy-ins, number of opponents dates, winnings and hands played. That's on the portable as well.

Gotta go. Time to hunt for Eggs. Have a happy Easter everyone.
 
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Lol - why you wanna play in the bathroom?? Never mind - don't answer that.

Glad you solved your problem.
 
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Nice elegant solution. Thanks for sharing.
 
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Are you kidding doesn't everyone play in the bathroom? When Im in a tourney and have to drop a deuce, the laptop goes with me. LOL..thats the reason I bought my laptop.
 
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Good to hear it all worked out for you, dogs.

One question: why do you track your sessions on a spreadsheet aswell as PT? What are you tracking that PT doesn't already do itself?

(ok that was 2 questions :/ )
 
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Nice solution.

Mine is similar. I have the Hand History folders shared across my home network and then point the Pokertracker database on my main PC at the HH folder on either my laptop or other PC if I'm using them before I start playing.

I then have PAHUD on the machine I'm using point back at the Pokertracker database (also in a shared folder) so I have my Heads up stats while I play.

Keeps one database of info, though as you say Pokertracker Pat is great at supporting multiple installations.
 
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Good to hear it all worked out for you, dogs.

One question: why do you track your sessions on a spreadsheet aswell as PT? What are you tracking that PT doesn't already do itself?

(ok that was 2 questions :/ )
Oh, well the spreadsheet predates Poker Tracker. I kept it up after I installed PT. I still feel that a good Excel spread sheet is still better at tracking things like money and deposits. Also PT sucks for tracking tournament wins and losses. More stable too. I've lost my entire DB twice since I started back in August.
 
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