Now you're logged in, it's time to enter your first Poker Diary session.
On login, you'll be taken to the List Sessions menu which will look like this :-
Most other options you display (charts, analysis, etc.) will look like this too.
Can I look at some charts yet?
Not yet. You haven't got any sessions in your Poker Diary.
Adding a Session
Select Add Session under the My Diary option in the side menu.
This menu will appear :-
You can enter details of a poker session in here. (NB! When you're first trying out the Poker Diary, don't worry about all the details being correct. They can be completely fictitious if you like; you can always go back and edit them later, or delete them entirely.)
You will see a lot of symbols on this form. Wherever this appears, it indicates that online help is available for that form field. You can click on these to pop up the online help. We will give the explanations here also for this form :-
Date - Input dates in the format dd-MMM-yy e.g. 27-Dec-02, 03-Jan-03. The calendar symbol will pop up a calendar for easy selection of dates.
Time - Select hours, minutes and am/pm from the dropdown boxes. You can pick times at 15 minute intervals. (Remember 12 noon is 12:00pm and 12 midnight is 12:00am!)
For calculating stats, sessions will be ordered by date and time, so if you play more than one session in a day, make sure you have the time values entered correctly.
Where - You can select an online or a live venue. The Poker Diary provides a drop-down list of the most popular online poker rooms to select from.
If you've played somewhere else (whether online or live), just type the venue (e.g. 'Grosvenor Luton') into the appropriate box.
The new venue will appear in the drop-down list next time you add or edit a session. You won't have to type it in again!
Game - The Poker Diary provides a drop-down list of the most popular poker variants to select from.
If you've played something else (no matter how obscure), just select Add New and type the game name (e.g. Razz, Crazy Pineapple, Leaners & Pairs).
The new game will appear in the drop-down list next time you add or edit a session. You won't have to type it in again!
Game Type - Select the appropriate type and type the stakes or buy-in into the boxes beside it :-
Stakes - For cash games, enter the small bet / big bet levels, e.g. 1.00 and 2.00 for a 1/2 game. If you prefer, you can use the small blind / big blind amounts. (For games with a single stake or blind amount, enter that value in both boxes (e.g. 10.00 to 10.00).
Buy-in - For cash games, just enter the buy-in into the single box. For tournaments or satellites, enter the buy-in and the entry fee, e.g. 10.00 + 1.00. (If there is no entry fee, you can leave the second box blank. For a freeroll, leave both boxes blank.)
Hours Played - Type the number of hours you played for in the session. This way you can calculate your profit and loss per hour if you wish.
For part hours, type the minutes as a decimal of an hour, not as minutes. E.g. 2 hours 30 minutes = 2.5 hours; 2 3/4 hours = 2.75 hours.
Result - Type your placing in the first box, and (optionally) the number of runners in the second box. (You only need to type the number for the placing, e.g. '2' not '2nd'.)
NB! This is relevant for tournaments or satellites only. There is no need to type anything in here for cash games.
Profit / Loss - The Poker Diary is currency-independent. You choose the currency you want to record your sessions in.
Virtually all online poker rooms work in US dollars ($). Local casino tournaments and home games will, of course, usually operate in your local currency.
You can, if you wish, have separate Mob Diary accounts for each currency you play in. Alternatively you can use the Currency Converter which is on our menu.
Notes - This is a free text field for you to put anything else in about the session that you want to remember (e.g. names of opponents, good beats, bad beats, etc.).
When you've finished entering your session, the form will look something like this :-
Hitting Save & Add Another will save this session and give you another blank form to enter another session.
For now, hit Save & Return and you'll go back to the List Sessions screen, which now looks something like this :-
You can view this session by selecting the view option beside it under Action. This will pop up a window like this :-