ProPokerTools Syntax

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ProPokerTools Syntax

By Nikolaj

I get a lot of the same questions from users on how the syntax works, and usually I just refer them to ProPokerTools documentation on the generic syntax that can be found here, but figured I’d extract the PLO related part of that documentation and post it so our users could ask their questions in this post.

So here we go ๐Ÿ™‚

Generic Syntax Documentation

Extensive Examples

Generic Syntax Documentation

Games Supported

Generic Syntax is currently available for all games. Generic Syntax may also be used to specify the board and dead cards.

Ranks and Suits

  • The standard ranks are “AKQJT98765432”.
  • The standard suits are “shdc”.
  • Suit variables are “wxyz”. See the examples below for how these work.
  • All other letters not listed above are rank variables. “R” for Rank, “O” for Other rank, and “N” for aNother rank are reasonable choices. See the examples below for how these work.
  • “*” is the wildcard rank, and means “any rank”.

Here are some example 4-card (omaha) ranges using only the above:

  • AsKhJd2c – a specific hand where all cards are known.
  • AA – a hand with at least two aces in it.
  • AxAyxy – double-suited Aces.
  • sshh – a hand with two spades and two hearts.
  • wxy – a hand with at least three suits.
  • **** – a completely random hand. This can be written more simply as “*”.
  • RRON – A hand with one pair and two non-paired side cards.
  • RxRyOxOy – A double-suited hand with two pairs in it.

Percent of Hands

ProPokerTools has its own ranking of hands for omaha, omaha hi/lo, hold’em, five-card omaha, and five-card omaha hi/lo. Here are a few examples of how to generate ranges using these rankings:

  • 15% – The top 15 percent of hands (full-ring)
  • 5%-10% – Hands between the top 5 and top 10 percent of hands (full-ring)
  • 1%-100% – All hands

The default rankings are for full-ring games. Also provided are rankings for 6-handed games. To specify the 6-handed rankings, simply add “6h” after the percentage sign:

  • 15%6h – The top 15 percent of hands (6-handed)
  • 5%-10%6h – Hands between the top 5 and top 10 percent of hands (6-handed)

Text files containing the hand orderings can be downloaded below:

If you are curious about how these orderings were created, you can check out these blog posts:

Combining Ranges

There are three ways to combine multiple ranges.

  • Use ‘,’ (read as “or”) to get the union of two ranges. For instance, in hold’em, “JJ, AK” means “Jacks OR Ace-King.”
  • Use ‘:’ (read as “and”) to get the intersection of two ranges. For instance, in hold’em, “xx:15%” means “hands that are suited AND in the top 15% of hands.”
  • Use ‘!’ (read as “not”) to get the difference of two ranges. For instance, in omaha, “AA!AAA” means “hands with two aces NOT three aces.”

Note that all three combinators (“,”, “:”, and “!”) can be used together. For instance, in omaha, “AA:xxyy, JJ!JJJ, KK” means “double suited aces or a hand with exactly two jacks or a hand with at least two kings.”

Rank Spans

Rank spans allow you to specify cards that vary from a start rank to an end rank. This is easier explained with a few omaha hand examples:

  • KQJT-T987 – Equivalent to KQJT,QJT9,JT98,T987
  • AAJT-AA87 – Equivalent to AAJT,AAT9,AA98,AA87

It is possible to use multiple rank spans in the same hand if they are enclosed in square brackets. For instance:

  • [A-Q][J-T]23 – Equivalent to AJ23, AT23, KJ23, KT23, QJ23, QT23

Furthermore, you can use a trailing plus or minus to indicate ascending or descending ranges:

  • T8+ – Equivalent to T8,J9,QT,KJ,AQ
  • 664- – Equivalent to 664,553,442

Finally, suits and suit variables are allowed, as long as both sides match:

  • TsJs-KsQs – Equivalent to TsJs,JsQs,QsKs
  • [Kx-Jx]x – Equivalent to Kxx, Qxx, Jxx

Rank and Suit Lists

Occasionally, you want to have a card match a particular set of ranks, suits, or cards. Here are some examples:

  • [2,3,4] – Equivalent to 2-4
  • [2,4,6,8,T][3,5,7,9] – A hand with at least one odd and one even number card.
  • [As,Ah,K]K – Equivalent to AsK, AhK, KK

Card Order

Card order is preserved for games where the order of cards is significant (stud, stud-8). Card order is ignored for other games (hold’em, omaha, omaha-8). Card order is also preserved for flop game boards on the turn and river.

Card Order in Flop Games

There is no concept of card order in generic range syntax for Hold’em and Omaha. For instance, in Hold’em, “KJ:hd” translates directly to “a hand with a king and a jack AND a hand with a heart and a diamond”. As such, it is equivalent to “KhJd, KdJh” – it is NOT the same as “KhJd”. Similarly, in Omaha, if one wanted to specify a hand with ace-high flush potential in hearts single-suited, one would write “Ahhxy” – it is NOT correct to write “A:hhxy”, as that would include hands such as “AcJs7h6h”.

Card Order on Flop Game Boards

For games with a shared board (hold’em, omaha, omaha-8), the order of the first three cards (the “flop”) is not significant, while the order of the last two cards (the “turn” and “river”) is significant. For instance, the boards “KKJ” and “JKK” are equivalent – they translate to “a flop with two kings and one jack”. However, the boards “sshds” and “sshsd” are NOT equivalent – the first board has a flop with two spades and one heart, a diamond on the turn, and a spade on the river, while the second board has the same flop but a SPADE on the turn and a DIAMOND on the river.

No Pair Constraint

You can enclose any number of cards in a subrange in curly braces to indicate that there are no paired cards. For instance:

  • A{A$W$W} – an omaha hand containg two aces and two non-paired wheel cards
  • {$W$W 5s} – a stud hand with a wheel draw headed by the five of spades

Syntax Macros

Syntax macros are a useful way to avoid typing in the same string of characters over and over again. Macros begin with a $ and may contain numbers and letters. Macros may reference other macros (but no macro may reference itself). The Generic Syntax comes with the following built-in macros:

MacroMeaningTranslates toExample
$Bbig card[A-J]$B$B – two big cards
$Mmiddle card[T-7]$M$M – two middle cards
$Zsmall card[6-2]$Z$Z – two small cards
$Fface card[K-J]$F$F – two face cards
$Rbroadway card[A-T]$R$R – two broadway cards
$Wwheel card[A,2,3,4,5]$W$W – two wheel cards
$dsdouble-suited:xxyyAA$ds – double-suited aces
$sssingle-suited:xxyzAKQJ-9876$ss – single-suited rundown
$npno pairs constraint!RR15%$np – a hand in the top 15% with no paired cards
$opone pair constraint:RRON5%$op – a hand in the top 5% with exactly one pair
$tptwo pair constraint:RROO20%tp – a hand in the top 20% with two pair
$ntno trips constraint!RRR50%$nt – a hand in the top 50% with no trips (or quads)
$0ga 0-gap rundownAKQJ-$0g:10% – a 0-gap rundown in the top 10% of hands
$1ga 1-gap rundownA:(KQT,KJT,QJT)$1g:20% – a 1-gap rundown in the top 20% of hands
$2ga 2-gap rundownA:(KQ9,KT9,JT9)$2g:ss – a 2-gap rundown with two or more spades

Case (“A” vs. “a”) is ignored. Nevertheless, ranges are easier to read if ranks and rank variables are capitalized while suit variables are in lower case.

Generic Syntax Odds and Ends

  • Aces are always high. This means that “A-5” is equivalent to “[A,K,Q,J,T,9,8,7,6,5]”. If you want wheel cards, you can use [A,2,3,4,5] instead.
  • Suits and suit variables are attached to the rank on their left. If the symbol immediately to the left is not a rank (A, K, …), rank variable (R, O,…), or wildcard rank (*), then a wildcard rank is implicit. For example, “ss” is equivalent to “*s*s”, “KsTsxx” is equivalent to “KsTs*x*x”, and “sJhhd” is equivalent to “*sJh*h*d”.
  • Suit variables will not bind to any suits listed in a range. For instance, “ssxx” means two spades and two cards of some other suit – the ‘x’ will not assume the value of spades. Similarly, rank variables will not bind to any ranks listed in a range. For instance, “AARR” means aces with another pair – it does not include four aces.
  • Parentheses (“(” and “)”) have the highest precedence, and can be used for grouping. For instance, “(AK, JT):xx” is equivalent to “AxKx, JxTx”.
  • Constraints (“!” and “:”) have the next highest precedence after parentheses, and are left-associative. For instance, “AK,*:xx!RR” is equivalent to “AK, (*:xx)!RR”
  • Commas (“,”) have the lowest precedence.

Key Differences vs. Classic Syntax

Here are a few quick notes for those of you who have made extensive use of the classic ProPokerTools range of hands syntax:

Omaha Players
  • If less than four cards are specified, wildcards (‘*’) are added for you. Where you used to write “AA**”, you can now write “AA”. Where a random hand was “****”, “*” will now suffice.
  • “&” (the “and” combinator) has been replaced with “:”. This is partly to avoid confusion with the old syntax, and partly because the colon just feels better.
  • Operator precedence has been fixed to match users’ expectations. In the old syntax, errors seemed almost more common than correct usage when combining “&”, “,” and “!”. Constraints (“!” (“NOT”) and “:” (“AND”)) now have high precedence and are left associative. This means that “AK:15%, JT:30%, KQ!Ks” means what it looks like – namely, “ace-king in the top 15% or jack-ten in the top 30% or king-queen without the king of spades”. The most common case where you need parentheses in the generic syntax is when you apply a constraint to a number of subranges, such as “(AA, AK):xxyy” for “aces or ace-king double suited”.

Extensive Examples

Omaha Examples

  • AsKhJd2c – Ace of spades, king of hearts, jack of diamonds, and two of clubs
  • AA – A hand with at least two aces
  • AA,KK – A hand with at least two aces or two kings
  • AxAyxy – Double-suited aces
  • AA$ds – Another way to write double-suited aces
  • AxAyxz – Single-suited aces
  • AA$ss – Another way to write single-suited aces
  • KJ*ss – Any king, any jack, and two other cards that are spades
  • * – A random hand
  • 15% – A hand in the top 15% of hands
  • 30%-50% – A hand between the top 30 and top 50 percent of hands.
  • K – A hand with a king in it
  • ss – A hand with two spades in it
  • JRON – A hand with a jack and three other ranks
  • RROO – A hand with two pairs in it
  • hhxx – A hand with two hearts and two of some other suit
  • TT-77 – A hand with at least two tens, nines, eights, or sevens in it
  • Q+ – A hand with at least one queen, king, or ace
  • 9876- – A medium to small rundown
  • A-Q – A hand with an ace, a king, or a queen
  • [A-J][2-5]33 – A hand with an A, K, Q, or J and a 2, 3, 4, or 5 and two threes
  • K[2s,Jc,T] – A hand with a king and a 2 of spades, jack of clubs, or ten
  • J[T-][T-][T-] – A jack-high hand
  • *$np – A hand with no paired cards
  • *$nt – A hand with no trips
  • AA!AAA – A hand with exactly two aces
  • AA$nt – Another way to write a hand with exactly two aces
  • AARR – A hand with two aces and another pair (but not four aces)
  • {$L$L$L$L} – Four non-paired cards that can make a lo
  • A!K – A hand with an ace but no king
  • 25%:wxyz – A hand in the top 25% of hands that is monotone
  • A:15%!AA – A hand with an ace in the top 15% of hands but not a pair of aces.
  • 40%!RR – A hand in the top 40% of hands with no paired cards
  • ([T+][T+][T+], ss):15% – At least three big cards or a hand with two spades in the top 15% of hands
  • (Ax[2x-5x], 2x3x-2x5x, 3x4x-3x5x, 4x5x):30%-50% – A hand with at least two suited wheel cards in the top 30 to 50 percent of hands

Board Examples

  • AsKdJh – A flop with the ace of spades, the king of diamonds, and the jack of hearts
  • A**!AA* – A flop with exactly one ace
  • ***![T+]** – A flop with no card ten or higher
  • RON – A flop with no pairs
  • RRO – A flop with one pair
  • 234+ – A straight-friendly flop
  • RONR – A board with no pairs on the flop that paired on the turn
  • xyz – A rainbow flop
  • xxx – A monotone flop

Further references:

Video on PokerJuice Syntax
Video on Odds Oracle Syntax

 

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  • Profile photo of Solve Solve

    Trying to make sure i am doing this correctly. Example of how often at least one player flops a certain hand type in multiway pot were they all play top 25% of hands. Basically the risk of getting raised if we cbet. Example we raise AdAc9c2d utg and get 5 callers. flop Kd7d5s. i want to see the likelihood of at least one of them holding kk,77,55,k7 in odds oracle.

    i select how often tab, At least 1 player, Hand range match, KK,77,55,k7

    i got the answer of 66%.

    did i do the query the right way?

    also

    i just put my hole cards into player 1 tab then 2-6 player 25%. i also tried to put them just into the dead cards tab then others 25%1-5 to see if that changes anything proportionally and it didn’t. i figure tho it might since i cant possible have the hand range so proportionally it should lower the overall chance of at least 1 player matching that hand range type if i put my cards in a tab instead of dead.

    Profile photo of Nikolaj Nikolaj

    It sounds like you did the query correct, also sounds reasonable with 66%, although you might want to add 643+ wrap there and maybe some combos like K+:75+.

    The reason that nothing changes when you put your card into dead cards is that Odds Oracle already removes those cards from simulations (this is also how PokerJuice works).

    Profile photo of Nikolaj Nikolaj
    Add means a hand with the Ace of Diamond and another diamond whereas A:dd means a hand with an Ace and (any) 2 diamonds.
    Profile photo of NiGhMa4Ever NiGhMa4Ever

    Hi,

    Is there a short way to define a range with an Ace and 3 low cards [2-9] connected but can have a gap (like A754 or A 875) ? How to define this kind of ranges?

    Thanks

    Profile photo of Nikolaj Nikolaj
    A:([976-],[986-]) - 2560 combos

    Similar but with 2 gap:

    A:([965-],[985-]) - 2048 combos

    Similar but 1+1 gap:

    A:[975-] - 1024 combos

    Similar but 0 gap:

    A:[987-] - 1536 combos

    Combined:

    A:([976-],[986-],[975-],[965-],[985-],[975-],[987-]) - 7168 combos
    Profile photo of NiGhMa4Ever NiGhMa4Ever

    Thanks!

    Profile photo of NiGhMa4Ever NiGhMa4Ever

    Another one ๐Ÿ˜€

    If I use this syntax : A:([JT7+],[JT8+],[JT9+],[J97+])$ds!RR

    I get 1512 hands but I don’t understand why I get hands like AhKhQs2s and how to get ride of them ? ๐Ÿ˜€

    My goal is to get all double suited non-paired hands from AJT7 until AKQJ. (with 2 gaps maximum)

    This syntax works : A[JT9+]$ds!RR,A[JT8+]$ds!RR,A[JT7+]$ds!RR,A[J97+]$ds!RR

    432 hands but I guess there is a shorter way to write it.

    Thanks

    Profile photo of Nikolaj Nikolaj
    If I use this syntax : A:([JT7+],[JT8+],[JT9+],[J97+])$ds!RR I get 1512 hands but I donโ€™t understand why I get hands like AhKhQs2s

    The syntax:

    A:[JT9+]

    means any hand with an ace and 3 connected cards higher than a 9, so AKQx hands can be part of that range.

    and how to get rid of them ?

    If you leave out the colon:

    A[JT9+]

    You seperate the 2 criterias so now the hand most have 3 connected cards as well as an Ace

    My goal is to get all double suited non-paired hands from AJT7 until AKQJ. (with 2 gaps maximum)

    This is a really hard oneโ€ฆ If you had asked for same hands with 9 high (instead of 7 high) it could have been the “simple”:

    A:($0g,$1g,$2g)$ds!RR 

    But with the 7 low I canโ€™t find a much better than

    (A[987+],A[T87+],A[T97+],A[J97+],A[J87+],A[JT7+])$ds!RR

    792 combos and 0.29% of all hands.

    Profile photo of NiGhMa4Ever NiGhMa4Ever

    Thank you very much

    Profile photo of julian julian

    I am confused when giving villain a combined range and the combos that are shown when using mouse over the syntax. On a board of Q J 3, if I enter for villains range J3+ it shows the better 2pairs and sets, as expected, but when I enter J:T9+ it will show the combos as if I had entered only T9+.





    Here is another example:

    If I enter 2pair+, 8 out draws and now at least 2nd pair and at least bottom GSD, it will show as if it is adding and 2ndpair+.

    Profile photo of Nikolaj Nikolaj

    The mouse over pop-up only shows how PokerJuice translate the + in the syntax, it is not the full syntax. If you want that you can click on the settings and choose Copy Odds Oracle Syntax.

    Profile photo of Brandon Brandon

    I am trying to create ProPokerTools macros for all of Tom Chamber’s 133 pre-flop hand categories for PLO.

    Anyone have any advice on how to do this or if they have these macros and are willing to share?

    Profile photo of NiGhMa4Ever NiGhMa4Ever

    Is there a way to specify “single-suited to the Ace” ?

    I’ve got this

    A:(KQ9,KT9,JT9)$ss

    But I’d like to have only hands with an suited A

    Profile photo of Nikolaj Nikolaj

    Axx:(KQ9,KT9,JT9) ๐Ÿ™‚

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