THE IMPORTANCE OF HUD AND TRACKERS FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF RIVALS

THE IMPORTANCE OF HUD AND TRACKERS FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF RIVALS

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Knowing your rivals is one of the keys to success at Texas Hold’em Poker. It doesn’t matter which mode you play, cash, tournaments, sits or spins. Knowing your opponent is crucial to defining your game strategy and reading their actions.

Before the help programs (Holdem Manager, Poker Tracker, etc.) appeared, the knowledge of the opponents was based mainly on the notes which we were able to wrote about them.

The appearance of the trackers revealed to us more than 10 years ago the importance of knowing many statistical variables that defined from top to bottom the game style of the players.

At the beginning, the stats used were the most basic: the % of VPIP, the % of preflop raise, the % of 3B and the aggressiveness factor (which today has fallen into disuse).

Later, we added stats, attack and defense stats, by sequences of actions, by streets, by positions, and even by sizes of bets and raises. And we reach the current HUDs, which at the professional level contain several dozen statistical values.

HUDs provide us with invaluable information about our rivals. So much courage they have, playing without them is almost like playing blind. They are tools that make reading much easier, that allow us to take more advanced notes and that help us to make decisions different from the “canonical” ones, with the intention of taking advantage of mistakes or leaks in the game structure of our opponents.

Nowadays, playing with a good HUD is practically indispensable for success in the medium and long term. Knowing the stats and their values, and knowing how to interpret them, is essential to make the greatest number of correct decisions, with EV+, or according to criteria as important as the ICM.

Trackers have evolved a lot since their appearance. However, they still have a long way to go. Soon new software will come that will surpass the current ones, in questions such as usability, or the possibility of integrating teaching systems in them.

At the moment, we are left with the assertion that having a good HUD and knowing how to use it is an advantage that cannot be missed today.

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