Getting Started

This tutorial will help you configure your poker server and get it online quickly. First, however, it is important to understand a few networking concepts so it is recommended that you review these two sections before proceeding:

IP Addresses and Ports

Firewalls and Routers

Step 1. Start Server Module

Assuming you've already installed Poker Mavens on your Windows PC, start the server module by double-clicking its icon on the Windows desktop or by selecting Start | All Programs | Poker Mavens | Poker Mavens Server. The server module is divided into 7 tabs: System, Ring Games, Tournaments, Accounts, Connections, Logs, and Language.

Step 2. Add a Ring Game

Click the Ring Games tab and then click the Add icon on the Ring Game toolbar. Set "Auto online" to "Yes" and then click OK.

Step 3. Fill in Site Information Properties

Click the System tab and fill in (by double-clicking or via the Edit button on the toolbar) the following property values in the Site Information section:

Step 4. Fill in Server Settings Properties

Most of these settings can be left to their default values. You may want to enable "Allow duplicate IPs" and "Allow duplicate PCs" for local testing.

Step 5. Implement Port Forwarding in Router

If your computer is connected to the Internet through a router (or a DSL modem with a built-in router) then you must open up the file port and packet port in your router's port forwarding configuration so that they point to your Local IP address. Otherwise, the router will block all incoming connections trying to connect to your server. See the Firewalls and Routers topic for more information. If there is no router in your system or if you only want to test your server locally or inside your local area network then you can skip to the next step.

Step 6. Start Game Server

Click the Start button on the System toolbar to put your poker server online. You may get a warning from your firewall software when doing so. Be sure to select "allow" or "unblock" if asked.

Step 7. Connect, Login, and Play

Start up your web browser. If you are running the Lite, Pro, or Gold version of Poker Mavens and you set the Directory Listing setting to Yes in Step 3 then go to and connect to your server from there. Trial versions will be listed at instead. Call up some friends and have them do the same. Otherwise, set the destination address in your web browser to your Local IP address. If your File Port is set to any number other than 80, you must also append a colon and that port number to the end of the URL ( for example). Anyone outside of your local area network must connect to your Internet IP + File Port instead (which is what happens automatically when someone connects from the server directory.

For instructions on how to login and play, see the Player Interface topics.

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