888 Poker Configuration Guide

PokerTracker 4 version 4.0.x
December 2, 2019
  • Overview

    PokerTracker 4 imports text hand histories that are saved to your computer by the 888 Poker Network poker client. Once imported, these hands are stored within PostgreSQL and made available for review and analysis in your PT4 database. This process must be correctly configured so that PokerTracker 4 can retrieve these hand histories and also display the Heads Up Display (HUD) on your 888 Poker Network table(s) correctly in PokerTracker 4.

    This guide is intended for users who wish to manually configure PokerTracker 4 to important hand histories from the 888 Poker Network, alternatively you may choose to use the automated Setup Assistant. For general information on the initial setup of PokerTracker 4, please consult the PokerTracker 4 Quick Start Guide.

    PokerTracker 4 can support the 888 and WSOP.com poker clients in the State of New Jersey.  The WSOP poker client in the State of Nevada  does not store hand histories locally on your computer, therefore PokerTracker cannot support WSOP in Nevada.  If you wish to use PokerTracker 4 in Nevada while playing at WSOP.com, please contact WSOP's management to request that they store hand histories on the local computer.  Nevada State Gaming Technical Regulations do not require locally stored hand histories, but it is an optional choice that the poker gaming operator has chosen to ignore. 

  • Setup Assistant

    For most users, configuring the 888 Poker Network by using the Setup Assistant will be the most efficient method of preparing PokerTracker 4 for use with the 888 Poker Network. The Setup Assistant was created to help users automate the configuration of PokerTracker 4 without the need to manually configure your poker environment. To begin the Setup Assistant, simply click Tools > Setup Assistant from the main toolbar. Click the Configure Sites option and turn the 888 Poker Network to Yes.

    Setting Up Poker Tracker 4 888

    There are a couple steps for configuring the 888 Poker Network using the Setup Assistant.

    • Step 2: You must tell PokerTracker 4 where 888 Poker Network saves its hand histories. You can use the Auto Detect option to let PokerTracker 4 automatically find where the hand histories are being written. This can be also done manually by going to “Add” and pointing PT4 to the 888 Poker Network Hand History Folder on your computer. Once this is configured correctly, click Next.
    • Step 3: To assure proper HUD placement, you must also configure your seating preferences in PokerTracker 4 to match your seating preferences on 888 Poker Network. A preferred seat is the seat location you automatically sit at when you sit down at a table. PokerTracker 4 must know your preferred seat to ensure that the HUD correctly displays while you are playing. If you have a preferred seat on the 888 Poker Network, make sure the button says “Yes”. (If you do not, please turn this option to “No” and push Next) . When possible, PokerTracker will import the preferred seating selection for you from 888 Poker Network, if this cannot occur then simply push Change next to each table type and select the seat in the graphical interface where you automatically sit at while playing.  

    Auto Center Seating 888 Poker

    Simply push Change next to each table type and select the seat in the graphical interface where you automatically sit at while playing.  Once you have configured your seat preference for each table size correctly, click Next

    Configure 888 Auto Center Seat

    The final step gives you the option to import existing hand histories. It is recommended that you select yes, choose the database where you want PokerTracker 4 to import the existing hand histories, and then click OK

    Tip: If you have a lot of hand histories saved in your 888 Poker Network folder, the import process may take some time. Please be patient and let PokerTracker 4 import all of your hands for optimal results.

  • Configuring 888 Poker Network
    • Hand Histories

      You need to configure your 888 Poker Network software to save hand history files as you play.  In the poker lobby, select Settings -> Game Settings from the main menu.

      Game Settings

      Check Keep my hand histories in to save the hand history files locally on your computer.

      You can configure the hand history folder to be wherever you like, but it is recommended to use the default "C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\PacificPoker\HandHistory" ("~/Library/Application Support/888poker/888poker/HandHistory" on macOS).  If you wish to change this default, click the Change Folder button.

      It does not matter how many days you keep the hand history files (as long as you import them into PokerTracker 4 before they expire). Once PokerTracker 4 has imported the hands into your database they will be moved to the 'processed' folder (as long as the 'Move Processed Files' option is enabled on the Auto Import tab).

      Set the Language option to English. 
      Hands in languages other than English will not import into PokerTracker 4.


      888 preferred seat


    • Language

      The 888 client must be installed in the English language.  PokerTracker 4 currently only supports English and if the 888 Poker Network client is installed in another language it will cause problems.

      If you have the client installed in another language, you will need to uninstall it and reinstall using English.

    • Preferred Seating

      The 888 network allows you to choose your preferred seat at each table size and PokerTracker 3 has matching options available.  To define your preferred seat, in the poker lobby select Settings -> Game Settings from the main menu.

      Use the drop down menu to select each table size that you play, and then choose your preferred seat for each.  A check will appear to confirm your preference.  Once finished, click Save and close to save your preferences.

      888 Preferred Seating


  • Manual Import Configuration for the 888 Poker Network

    PokerTracker 4 cannot import 888 Poker Network hand histories or display the Heads Up Display (HUD) in real-time while playing without prior configuration. You can easily do this by clicking Configure in the application menu, and then select Site & Import Options. View the Site Configuration tab and choose the 888 Poker Network along the left side Poker Network list.

    Importing 888 Poker Hands PT4

    Make sure Get Hands From Site While Playing is selected, or if you do not play on the 888 Poker Network then you can select Hide Site From Lists to hide it from view. Next, click Auto Detect to populate the path of the 888 Poker Network Hand History Directories. Finally set up your preferred seating if applicable.

    If you need more help, please consult the Importing Hand Histories tutorial for more information.