How to Mod Your Full Tilt Poker Client

Created By: Sean Lind
05 November 2009
Posted in: Positively Nerd Street, Poker Gadgets and Technology
matrix table

All true geeks of the world share an understanding of one very important principal: no matter what it is, it's always better after it's been modded, customized and hacked.

Being a true geek, I've come to the conclusion that using the standard images and sounds that ship with the standard Full Tilt client just won't do.

The beauty of modding your Full Tilt client is that it's actually very simple and will only take as much time as you're willing to put into it.

The first thing to understand is this is 100% legal. Full Tilt ships its software with its sounds and images unprotected and easily accessible. Only you can see the changes you make and it does not affect the game play in any way.

The First Step

Regardless of which way you choose to mod your client, the first step is the same. The golden rule for modding or hacking is universal: back up everything before you do anything.

Backup your files

The only folder you're going to be working with is the Graphics folder found in the Full Tilt program folder. On most computers the Full Tilt program folder can be found here:

C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics

Copy this folder to someplace safe, like your desktop. This way if anything goes wrong, or you just want to revert back to normal, you can simply copy the folder back (or if all else fails, re-install the program to reset to default).

Copying Folders

There are hundreds of people out there who have modded their clients long before you ever thought about it.

Many of these people will offer up their mods for free or for a fee, depending on how nice they are. You can find these mods in most poker forums. Just search Google to find something like this:

ftp_racetrack_dark.zip || Mirror

All you have to do is copy their folders over your own, re-start your client and you're up and running. Simple as that.

Self-Installing Mods

Some of the more tech-savvy modders out there have created a self-install program for their mods.

These are identical to the previous example, only instead of you having to click and drag folders into the correct spots, you just hit install and it does it for you.

Other than that, there are no differences between a self install and simply having someone send you a ZIP of all the files and folders.

Do It Yourself

The true geek always wants something original, something personal. Even if it sucks, it's just something you can look at and say "I did that."

For that reason, I'm going to show you how to mod the bejesus out of Full Tilt by yourself.

Everything You See Can Be Modded

You can change just about anything you see.

The more you want to change, the more time you're going to have to spend. But to make a really slick custom experience, it only takes a few hours (assuming you're decent with Photoshop).

I'll show you some of the changes I've made and how to make them. To make more, just browse through the Graphics folder and see what you recognize and would like to change.

The Log In

The first screen you see when you start up Full Tilt is the Log-In screen (unless you have it automatically log you in). This is the first screen I've made changes on. The default screen looks like this:

FT Lobby stock

Since that's not very much fun, I made just a few changes:

FT Lobby mod

The biggest change is turning Patrik Antonius into Mr. Burns. To do this browse to:

C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\Log-In\Pro-Antonius.png

In there you'll see the photo of Antonius. You want to open that photo and replace Patrik with Mr. Burns (Or whatever you'd like to put there. Other options I considered included: Megan Fox, Foghorn Leghorn and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man).

When editing photos you need to make sure you do not alter the actual photo size, properties or format.

The simplest way to make sure you don't do this is to open the Antonius photo in Photoshop and create a new layer. Put what you want over top of Antonius and then hide the Antonius layer:

Antonius to Burns

Save the photo over top of the old one (you've backed up the original right?) and you've finished your first mod.

As you can see I changed the Full Tilt logo to my own PokerListings logo and I've changed the Chris "Jesus" Ferguson video intro to Stewie.

These two mods will appear in the client lobby as well. You can find the files here:

Logo: C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\Logo\Logo.png

Video Cover: C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\MIA\Content\start_plate.jpg

Creating Custom Avatars

If you have avatars enabled, this can be one of the most fun things to mod. Here's an example of a Brian avatar I made for myself.

Custom Full Tilt Avatar

The first thing to note about creating a custom avatar on Full Tilt is that you will be the only user who can see it. The rest of the world will see the stock avatar your custom one is replacing.

To edit an avatar, simply head to this folder:

C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\Table\Avatars\Public

In this folder you will see 72 numbered folders. Each folder contains four images which make up each avatar's various moods.

To find your avatar to change, open the public.png picture located at the bottom of the folder.

Find your avatar and count how many places your avatar is from the left. Since the folders start at 0, if your avatar is the 15th from the left, you'll find its images in folder #14.

Open that folder and edit the image 0.png in Photoshop. Change it to whatever you would like, then save your new avatar over the old one.

You will only have your custom avatar for the one "neutral" mood unless you copy your avatar (or a separate version of the avatar) over the remaining .png images in that folder.

You can see your newly edited avatar in the avatar selection list in the Full Tilt Client.

Creating Custom Tables

Modding the log-in screen is fun, but the actual tables are where you spend 99% of your time with the client. This is where you want to spend the majority of your time modding.

Modding the table isn't quite as easy as the other items, but it's not altogether difficult either. The first thing you need to know is that there are two different types of tables on Full Tilt: Classic and RaceTrack.

Most serious poker players use the RaceTrack tables. These tables give maximum area to the playing field, instead of avatars and graphics. But it's up to you to choose which one you like best and mod accordingly.

Tables are made out of multiple parts. There's a background, table, cards, chips, pods (where your username and info is) and other random pieces. You can change as many or as few of these elements as you like.

Before we get into actually modding the tables, there is one more important thing to know. The background and the table are separate files. Each table has its own unique background, while all tables share the same table image.

While the background images are simple JPEG images, the table image is an .SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic). To edit an .SVG you need vector graphic editing software, such as Adobe Illustrator.

In my opinion editing this is far too much work and is too limiting to be worthwhile. Instead of editing this table, replace the table file with a blank/transparent one.

This will leave all tables in the client "table less," with the chips and cards floating in space. This also allows you to add a custom table directly into the background image, giving you the freedom to mod your table separately for each background.

The Table.svg file can be found here:

C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\NewTable\RaceTrack\Backgrounds\Table.svg

If you would like to use a blank table, download the file below by right-clicking and choosing "save file as" or "save link as" and replace the Table.svg on your local disk.

Table.svg || Mirror

Now, it's time to create your own backgrounds. When doing this you need to decide what's more important: a cool looking table or a simple, easy-to-use table.

Most people who mod their tables do it to make things as simple as possible. The less distracting your tables are, the less likely you are to make a mistake while multi-tabling 16 tables.

Here are two tables I made for this example. I literally only spent five minutes on each one, as they are only made for this blog (so no need to point out flaws in the comments).

Matrix Custom Table

Custom Full Tilt Table

Download the Matrix table

Download the Stay Positive table

How to Install your Background into the Client

You have two options for adding your new table background into the client. The easy way is to open up any Table.jpg file found in any of the folders here:

C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\NewTable\RaceTrack\Backgrounds

Edit the file and save over the original. This will replace the table for whichever folder you opened.

If you saved over the Table.jpg file in the Green Carpet folder, when you choose Green Carpet as your table in the client, you will see your new table instead.

The true geek way to do it is to create your own folder for each background you create and add those folders into the table selection list in the client.

Steps to Adding your Folders

1. Create a folder in the backgrounds parent and name it something fitting.

2. Copy a Table.jpg file from any other folder into your new folder.

3. Edit that Table.jpg file however you want (remember to include a picture of a table if you used the blank vector graphic)

4. Save your edited picture

5. Open Backgrounds.ini in Notepad

The Backgrounds.ini file can be found here:

C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\NewTable\RaceTrack\Backgrounds\Backgrounds.ini

To open this file in Notepad, right click on the file and choose "Open With." Click on notepad.

You need to replace the default folders in the list and below with your own. Since the default backgrounds no longer have an actual table, you can simply remove them from the list.

Since I created two custom tables, I have both of mine in my list. Your file should look like this (with your folder names in place of mine "StayPos" and "Matrix".

----------------------------------------------------------------

[Backgrounds]

Sys1="StayPos"

Sys2="Matrix"

Sys3="Final"

[StayPos]

MenuName="Stay Positive"

Folder="Stay Pos"

FinalOnly=0

[Matrix]

MenuName="Matrix"

Folder="Matrix"

FinalOnly=0

[Final]

MenuName="Final Table"

Folder="FinalTable"

FinalOnly=1

-----------------------------------------------------------------

You need to make sure that your backgrounds are all above "Final". And all of your tables have FinalOnly=1 as their bottom line. The one background with FinalOnly=1 is the table used for Multi Table Tournament final tables.

You can only have one final table background, and it has to be last in your list. I left mine as I found it.

6.       Open Layout.xml in Notepad.

Layout.xml can be found here:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\NewTable\RaceTrack\Layout.xml

This folder is filled with settings and information. Be careful not to mess around with anything in here unless you know what you're doing.

Hit Ctrl-F and enter "Marble" into the search box. It should find the word and highlight it here (I've highlighted the section we're going to edit in yellow):

found marble

Read through the first line until you get to Red Carpet. This you need to change to the name of the folder you used as the first line in the Backgrounds.ini list.

Change that, and change the id="" to the name used for the id in the Backgrounds.ini (it should be the same as the folder).

If you have multiple backgrounds, continue to edit lines below the first in the correct order. Once you have all your folders names added, you need to remove all lines between your folders and the line with the id="Final Table".

When you're done your file should look like this (only with your folder names in place of mine):

xml edited

Hit save and you're done. Now start (or re-start) your Full Tilt Client.

When you first open a table the tables might be all white and messed up. Just right-click and choose the name of the background you would like to use.

Once you do that, you're done.

Browse around and make any more changes you like. If you have any questions, post them in the comments box below.

-Lind

Please fill the required fields correctly!

Error saving comment!

You need to wait 3 minutes before posting another comment.

Comment added. Thank you!

maklakiewicz 2014-02-08 07:32:52

hi, I use modified theme for FTP (Raven) and I got problem there are missing addon button and sometimes in rush tournaments I didnt get addon automaticly. Please suggest where in layout xml I can find it.
I find sth like this:


If this matter my tables size is 640x468

jess 2013-04-21 11:55:11

i had modded basically every image, but couldnt figure out how to do the table, so found this site and downloaded your invisible table image, and voila! my skin looks sweeeeet :D thank you, great tutorial

Psy0nyd3 2010-09-27 22:06:03

Hey Sean I have a specific question about modding for you. Is there any way to turn the bet/raise sizes/pot size BLACK instead of the stock white?? I've been looking and scowering the interwebs for this answer and I cant figure it out.... Is there something I can change in the xml file to accomplish this???

Thanks.

Steve 2010-06-21 05:14:57

Sean; HELP, Ok this is as far as I can get. What I am doing is just going into the full tilt file and just changing lets say the blue carpet race track and adding a new background picture (jpeg) and saving it. Then when I log onto full tilt and set the table as blue carpet race track the background is just plain white table and everything else is there, just no background. What am I doing wrong? Can somebody please help me I would so appreciate it.

Sean Lind 2010-03-24 19:43:04

kyle,

Yes, but it involves changing a lot of individual images. The lobby is made up of static images, rather than rendering the colors from a stylesheet like a webpage does.

if you go to:

C:\Program Files\Full Tilt Poker\Graphics\Lobby\Backgrounds

you'll see the image:
FocusedBackground.png

this is the main lobby background, it should look familiar.

If you use the classic lobby (the blue one) you want to open lobby.jpg.

Either way, browse through this folder and you'll see all the individual elements of the lobby, change what you like. Just remember not to change the size, name or format of any image.

kyle 2010-03-24 08:48:55

is there any way to customize the lobby colors?

Sean Lind 2010-02-23 20:49:40

Monomanco,

You basically want a text feed of the action, rather than a GUI. Technically this is possible, and I can see doing it in two ways.

Since I've never done such a thing, this is all theoretical, but I see no reason why either of the ideas shouldn't work.

Firstly, you can use various programs (or write your own) to capture what's happening on the screen in the GUI, and have the program automatically insert the values into your txt feed. This is similar to how a poker bot works.

The other route would be to somehow capture the incoming stream from the poker site. The poker site is sending raw data to the client, which then converts the data into the graphics you see. Technically it should be possible to create your own front end to receive that same feed, and parse it as you wish.

Although the second plan sounds like it might only be possible for a true 1337 hacker/coder.

If you don't mind behind a hand behind, it would be simple to do this by parsing the hand history files, since that is already in a raw text format, simple to import, parse and query.

Regardless of which method you go with, it's going to take a lot of work, and geekyness to get it done.

Monomanco 2010-02-23 09:09:35

Great job!!! Congrats..!
I cant write code, Im not into programming, but I know a little VB
(lol)...
Is there a way to reduce tables so they look like a spreadsheet table, with rows and colums, resuming all the graphic info into a simple square table with text, number and colors?
Instead of seen a round graphic, you will see a matrix-list of players and his stacks, actions, etc.

Can you do something like that?

Dunlap 2009-12-24 08:02:12

Thanks for the tips man, the illustrations really helped. Good job!

Cal Shipken Jr. 2009-11-06 02:51:00

Nice one buddy! Now I can mod some porn right into my client! Boy will that save me time alt-tabbing back and forth!

Bloggers