Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why does my result sometimes vary with the same input?
A. Poker Ghost uses sampling to approximate odds. This is because millions of combinations of hands must be considered given the system's minimal input. It is inherent that results may fluctuate slightly from one calculation to the next. For more accurate results, adjust the Speed vs. Quality ratio on the Help screen.
Q. I'm having a hard time getting my Mac to understand my voice commands -- is there a way to improve its ability to understand me?
A. The key to your Mac's ability to understand your cues is to speak very clearly and to eliminate as much background noise as possible. Try to speak loud enough to generate a green reading but not so loud as to see the red bars. It is essential that if you are using a key to prompt listening (default key = "escape" key), that you hold the key down for the complete duration of your verbal cue and then let go. Be patient with your Mac and you will learn how to speak in just the right way that your Mac can understand you.
Q. Is it possible for online casinos to know that I am using Poker Ghost?
A. The use of Poker Ghost is completely legal and furthermore, there is no way for casinos to know if you are running the software.
Q. What is the meaning of "best hand outright"?
A. The odds calculated by Poker Ghost determine the likelihood that you have the "best hand outright" - that is, the odds that your hand is better than everyone else at the table. Note that this result is exclusive of split hands. If there is a reasonable probability that your hand is tied for the strongest hand at the table, this statistic will also be provided.
Q. How can I input cards faster?
A. Use the keyboard to expedite the input of cards. Use the arrow keys to toggle among cards and the number keys to enter card values. Use the "s" key to indicate "spade", the "c" key to indicate "club", the "k" key to indicate "king", etc.
Q. Why does the speed of my calculation vary from one computer to the next?
A. Poker Ghost runs literally millions of calculations to determine your odds. The software will run faster on systems with quicker processors and more RAM. For faster results, try closing other open programs to free up RAM.
Q. Oops - I accidentally entered the wrong number of players in the hand. Is there an easy remedy for this?
A. Yes - it is quite easy to miscount and enter the wrong number of players. Simply adjust that figure after you have run a calculation and the system will update the result instantly.
Q. What is a "Walking Back to Houston"?
A. With pre-flop calculations, Poker Ghost provides a popular slang nickname associated with your starting two cards (if one exists). The Ace-King hand is sometimes referred to as a "Walking Back to Houston." In poker lore, it said that players from Houston sometimes come to Dallas and try to play an Ace-King but always end up against an Ace-Ace. Hence, they lose their money and face a long walk back to Houston!