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DVPoker.com - Player Interface

The DV Poker player module is an HTML5 web app that is automatically served to your web browser when you connect to a DV Poker server. This means you do not have to install any new software to play. The web app connects back to the server on a web socket port for two-way communication. All major browsers now support this capability including Internet Explorer 10, FireFox 11, Chrome 14, Safari 6, and Opera 12.1. On tablets and smart phones with 640 x 480 resolutions or higher, the client module will work with iOS Safari 6 for iPhones and iPads and Chrome and FireFox for Android.

The client module can be configured for two different interfaces: Desktop and Mobile. Devices with touch capability are automatically set to Mobile mode while non-touch devices are set to Desktop mode. However, the user can override this configuration from the Lobby menu if they choose. Both modes are touch and mouse compatible. The Desktop interface consists of a resizable/draggable lobby window with independent table windows (all within the canvas of the browser) that are also resizable/draggable. In the Mobile interface, the lobby is fixed to full screen mode and tables are loaded into one of the lobby tabs. Only one table at a time is visible in Mobile mode but the user can switch to other tables using left and right navigation arrows.

Poker Lobby

Once the client module is loaded, the first thing you will see is the lobby window. This window is not a real operating system window but is instead a graphical representation produced by the HTML5 code. It can be moved and closed like a real window but is confined to the interior area of your web browser. Note that you may want to turn off the various toolbars and use the browser's full screen mode (typically by pressing the F11 key most browsers) to maximize the space available for the various windows available in the game.

Lobby Menu

The menu at the top of the Lobby window contains the following commands:




Player Login

As a player, you must login before you can join any poker games or use the chat feature. Clicking the Login button on the Logins tab or selecting Login from the Account menu will display this dialog:

Logins Tab

Once logged in, you can see the list of all players currently logged in on the Logins tab:

The chat feature on the Logins tab can be used to talk to other players (assuming they are monitoring this window). Just type in a line of text in the Chat box and then press Enter to submit it. Clicking the "Chat +" button will open a larger chat box to the right of the lobby window. You can block the chat of others from showing in your window by selecting their name in the login list and clicking the "Block Chat" button. Clicking a second time removes the block. The block also affects chat entered at the poker tables.

You can click the "Account Balance" button to see what your current chip balance is. Each site administrator determines what a new player's starting balance will be.

Click the "Player Search" button to search all the tables for a specific player name. This feature is also available on the Options menu.

Ring Games Tab

The Ring Games tab displays a list of the active ring games currently available at the site. When one is selected, the list of players currently seated there is displayed. Click the "Observe Table" button to observe or join the selected ring game. To join a ring table, the player simply clicks on any empty seat in the table window. If all seats are currently filled, a "Waiting List" button will be enabled in the Lobby window. Clicking it will add your name to the waiting list. Once a seat become available, a popup invitation will be displayed asking you to join the table.

Tournaments Tab

The Tournaments tab displays a list of the active tournaments currently available at the site. When one is selected, the list of players is displayed if the tournament has started. Click the Register button to join the waiting list for the next tournament. Seats are randomly assigned and no one is seated until the tournament is ready to start. Also, no one can join a tournament after it has started. You can, however, register for the next tournament while waiting for the current one to finish.

Basic information for the selected tournament can be seen by clicking the "Tournament Info" button, including the starting options. A tournament can be started by up to 5 different methods as long as there are at least 2 people registered to play:

Poker Table

Each poker table is represented in an independent window that can be moved and resized anywhere inside your web browser. Click and drag the small triangle icon in the lower right corner to resize the window. The table graphic is identical for both ring games and tournaments.

In the upper left corner of the table is a pull-down menu with the following commands:

The four tab windows shown above have a Save button for copying text to a popup window, where it can be copied to the clipboard or saved to a local file. Other global table options are available in the Lobby window under Options | Table Settings.

Click the Leave button in the upper right corner to leave your seat and/or close the table window. In a tournament, the you will be placed in "Sitting Out" mode and will eventually get blinded out if you don't return. In a ring game, you are removed immediately and any chips in your stack is added back to your account.

The Chat area is located in the bottom left corner of the table. Just type in a line of text and press Enter and your name and message will be displayed at the bottom of the scrolling chat box. If your prefer a larger chat box, click the Menu button and then select "Extended chat" as described above.

Whenever it is your turn to act, your name plate will glow with a yellow color and two or three Action Buttons will be displayed in the lower right corner of the table. For Pot Limit and No Limit games, if there is a possibility of betting or raising a variable amount then an edit box and a slider bar will also be displayed for selecting that amount.

Fold any bet - When you check this box, your hand will be folded when it becomes your turn to act and there is a live bet that has not been called. However, if you have an option to check your bet, then the check will be performed automatically for you. This option is cleared at the end of the hand.

Out next hand - Check this box to go into "Sitting Out" mode when the next hand starts. For ring games, that means you will not be dealt any hole cards and the blinds will skip past you. However if you do not return before a specified amount of time (default is 10 minutes), you will be automatically removed from the table. For tournaments, a player sitting out will continue to get cards and post blinds and will eventually be blinded out of the tournament if they do not return.

Out next blind - Checking this box will put you in "Sitting Out" mode whenever it is your turn to post a small or big blind. This option is only available in ring games.

Next Move - These Check/Call/Fold boxes will be displayed on the right side of the window when there is action pending at the table but it is not yet your turn to act. You can use these if you know what move you are going to make in advance of your turn.

Folded Cards - If you've already folded your cards, you can still see what you had by moving the mouse cursor over your avatar (or touching the avatar on a mobile device). They will be displayed in a semi-transparent state.

Player Info - Hovering the mouse over (or tapping) a player's name plate will display a tooltip of information regarding that player (location, gender, time bank remaining, etc.). Double-clicking the name plate will display a popup dialog containing additional functions including chat block, search, and profile display.



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