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My HUD and a short introduction on how to read it.

By: Ovalman @ 08:35 (EST) / 1041 / Comment ( 0 )

After reading this post, I'll give a little info on what stats I use.


My HUD is a relatively simple one and is the default one supplied with Holdem Manager with only a small tweak of my own. When multi tabling I need to understand stats pretty quickly and an over cluttered display will just give me too much info that will slow my game down.

The top line has 4 pieces of information, a black N with a yellow background (I'll come back to that), a little mouse picture, Quad and the number 38. This gives me basic information about the player. Quad is his name abbreviated and 38 is the number of hands I have stored on this opponent. The little mouse tells me he's loose (ish) passive but from only 38 hands it's hard to get a good read on this player. The HUD only comes into it's own when you have over 100 hands on a player and the more hands the better.

The middle line has the numbers 26/8/1.3/0.0. These are the important stats but again I must refer back to only 38 hands on this player so I must only take these stats loosely. The 26 is his VPiP, in other words the amount of times he enters a pot as a percentage. 26% is 1/4 of all hands. To get an idea of what 26% is we refer to a free program called Equilab.

Google it, the address goes against Pokerstars T/C.

We can input this 26% as is the case above but we can tweak these numbers to rule out certain hands and incorporate hands that he might play from hands he's already shown. For example he might have shown 98s so we can add that while removing A7o from his range to get 26%. With a little playing around you can see how powerful this stat alone can be and after a while you won't even need to consult Equilab as to his hand range. Of course you will get hands wrong and any player can surprise you but it gives a good indication as to his holdings and you can narrow his range down further with his other stats.

The 8 next is his Pre Flop raise percentage. When we put 8% into Equilab we get a range of 88+, ATs+, KTs+, QJs, AJo+. Again we can tweak by adding and subtracting what hands he's already shown so we know from his raises that he's usually pretty strong when he does raise.

Next number is 1.3. This is a trickier number to understand and in fact I'll have to work on this stat myself but it's his post flop, turn and river play or Aggression Factor as the stat is called. The higher the number the more aggressive his play is. Now we already know that the average player only hits the flop 1 time in 3 so we can tell from this stat how often he bluffs. I won't delve too deep into this stat as I said I'm not an expert on it and I only use it when I need extra info. On Holdem Manager if you hover over a stat then it gives you a deeper breakdown of it and can give you a lot more information on a player. I only use the Agg Factor when I'm in tricky spots and I always hover when I need to use it. Further information can be how often he continue bets on the flop and it's the Agg Factor broke down that I get most6 information from.

The last 0.0 is his 3 bet stat. as a percentage ie. how often he re-raises your raise. Now again I refer to only 38 hands which is not a lot so a 0.0 is not uncommon on this player type but a low 3bet stat indicates he only 3 bets with very strong hands ie. AA, KK, AKs while a far bigger number indicates a maniac type of player. This is a very useful stat when you have a few hundred hands on a player and can save or win you many chips because 3 bets build far bigger pots and these are the pots you want to win big while lose small when you are behind.

This brings me to the 2 stats that are not part of Holdem Manager, instead belong to the Notecaddy add on that I purchased for $60. The N tells me Notecaddy has notes on this player. When I hover over this stat it gives me a load of notes that I don't have to take myself. It's really useful for multi tabling and while I don't glean too much information from the actual notes it can become really useful for specifics on a player. When I do actually use the notes they can be really useful.

The tortoise badge is the reason I paid for Notecaddy. It gives me a note that's so specific that I can actually own this player. There are a few supplied badges and you can create your own. The tortoise in this particular case tells me he acts weak when really strong. He will check when he flops a monster to trap you so straight away we will save chips against a player with this badge by checking back and not building a big pot for him. We can adjust our own game to badges rewarded. Badges on players are pretty rare, I come across maybe one badge at every table I play but the note is so specific that the software is paying for itself by chips won or saved.

So my summary on this player is he's loose passive, acts weak when in fact he's strong, I have a rough indication of his limping and raising range but I still must emphasise that we only have 38 hands on this player. I can glean so much more information from a HUD but I very rarely do. These stats are enough for me and enable me to play 10 tables at a time.

I still also must emphasise good solid play wins. A HUD can only tell you so much, you must use your own intuition more than anything. I count a HUD as merely a tool to help me, not a way to play. It won't magically turn you into a winning player, only you can do that. Tracking software is much more important to analyse your own play than anyone else's. It took me over a year to get to grips with a HUD but now I can't do without one.

Good luck at the tables.

It’s not enough to succeed. Others must fail.” (Gore Vidal)

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