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/Sep/2011

Keeping Track

By: elron66 @ 04:34 (EDT) / 316 / Comment ( 2 )
I’ve been playing poker for about a year now, and enjoying it quite a bit.  However, I’ve been a geek for as long as I can remember, so it’s probably inevitable that I applied my geek to poker by creating a poker database almost as soon as I started playing.

Unlike other players (I think), I don’t really track my hands.  I can certainly see the benefit of hand databases, and analysing the play of each hand, and I use the Hand History fairly regularly on Pokerstars to look at my own play.  But the truth is, there are a fair number of sites out there that have or sell hand data, and some fairly decent looking analysis programs as well.

What really interested me when I started was tracking my overall results, more than the results of each hand.  I was mostly interested in things like overall profit/loss, but also in tracking my "education" over the course of months, as well as tracking how well I performed in certain formats vs others.  So, I initially devised a tournament tracking database that let me enter the results of each tourny with details like buy-in, cash-out, number of players, table size, and tournament type (S&Gs, for example, are tracked independently from Fifty50s or from "normal" MTTs).  Over the course of the year, it's been pretty easy to see what kinds of tournaments I do quite well in (Fifty50's, for example, seem to be a strength of mine), and also what buy-in levels I do better or worse at.

After some time, I also added a table to track cash table sessions, with my key info there being Blinds, Buy-in, and Cash-Out data.  Again, this lets me see, for example, that I do better on (or rather, have historically done better on) 9 person cash tables than I do on 6 person tables.  Overall, it's been a pretty decent tool to help me follow my progress, and make more intelligent decisions on what to play.

As a geek, I was far more focussed on functionality than on user-friendliness, so it's doubtful other players would be able to use it as is quite as well as I do.  However, I am curious if other players track their overall results, and if so, what you use.  Feel free to leave answers in comments, or message me.

See ya on the felt
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