MicroGaming (MGN) 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 MicroGaming 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 MicroGaming Network table(s) correctly in the Windows version of PokerTracker 4, Microgaming does not have a Mac OS X client available at this time.

    This guide is intended for users who wish to manually configure PokerTracker 4 to important hand histories from the MicroGaming 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.

    Please be aware that PokerTracker 4 cannot support Microgaming Blaze or Quickfire tables, because the network does not provide the hand histories when the player loses.  Additionally anonymous table support for multitable play may not be possible if the table you are playing at does not have a unique identifier in the window name, this is a known flaw in the Microgaming client software.  

  • Setup Assistant

    For most users, configuring the MicroGaming Network by using the Setup Assistant will be the most efficient method of preparing PokerTracker 4 for use with the MicroGaming 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 MicroGaming Network to Yes.

    Configuring MicroGaming Poker

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

    • Step 2: You must tell PokerTracker 4 where MicroGaming 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 MicroGaming 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 MicroGaming 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 MicroGaming 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 MicroGaming 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.  

    My Seat on MicroGaming

    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

    Preferred Seats MicroGaming PT4

    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 MicroGaming 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 the MicroGaming Network
    • Hand Histories

      You must configure the MicroGaming Network client to save hand histories to a designated directory on your hard drive.  This step is required to allow PokerTracker 4 to import the hand histories for the database and display the HUD.

      To save your Hand Histories on the MicroGaming Network, do the following:

      1. From the MicroGaming Network lobby, click on Menu -> My Account -> Hand History -> Configuration

      2. Check Store Hands History for the Last 30 days.

      3. Click Save Settings.

    • Language

      The MicroGaming Network client must be configured to use the English language. PokerTracker 4’s hand history importer only supports the English language, PokerTracker 4 cannot read hand histories saved in any language other than English. To configure the Language on the MicroGaming Network, do the following:

      1. From the MicroGaming Network lobby, click Menu -> Options -> Change Language.

      2. If applicable, change the language to English.

      Playing MicroGaming English

    • Preferred Seating

      You might choose to use the Preferred Seat option in your MicroGaming Network client (so that you are always placed in the same seat location at every table). To configure this, do the following:

      1. From a MicroGaming Network poker table, click Menu -> Options -> Seating

      2. Select the table type(s) you play most often from the drop down

      3. Click your preferred seat(s) and tick "Always stay in selected seat for this table size"

      4. Click OK to save your settings

      Auto Center Seating MicroGaming

    • Clear Databases Now

      The Microgaming Network saves its hand histories in a very unique way.  All hands are written into a single SQL file which PokerTracker 4 is able to import.  With most other poker sites, PokerTracker 4 is able to move the processed hand histories into a separate folder for improved performance.  With Microgaming, PT4 is unable to relocate the SQL file, which can create performance issues when importing hand histories.

      To prevent this, you will need to clear the SQL file once PokerTracker 4 has imported all of your hands.  If you do not, PT4 will try to import the same hands the next time you being an import.  And if the Microgaming SQL file is quite large, this can create a lag between starting the import and importing new hands/initiating the HUD.

      For optimal results, we suggest clearing the database after each session is complete.  To do this simply follow these steps exactly:

      • Stop your Microgaming session
      • Quit the Microgaming software
      • Stop the PokerTracker 4 Import
      • Go to Play Poker and then double click Microgaming along the left under "Poker Sites & Networks"
      • Click Clear Databases Now
      • Click Yes in the window.
      Clearing Microgaming Database
  • Manual Import Configuration for MicroGaming

    PokerTracker 4 cannot import MicroGaming 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 MicroGaming along the left side Poker Network list.

    Importing MicroGaming Poker Hands PT4

    Make sure Get Hands From Site While Playing is selected, or if you do not play on MicroGaming Network then you can select Hide Site From Lists to hide it from view. Next, click Auto Detect to populate the path of the MicroGaming 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.

  • Mac OS X Compatability

    Microgaming (MPN) does not have a Mac OS X compatable client, but the Mac OS X version of PokerTracker 4 can import hand histories from the Windows poker client for the convenience of our users who use both Windows and Mac OS X.