Are you trying to get to the next level? You’re definitely not the only one! If you’re trying to get ahead in the world of poker, then it’s really all about having the right tools. It’s really all about making sure that you have the best resources at your disposal. You can’t just assume that everything’s going to fall into place. Playing from the gut will ensure that you really don’t have a long life in poker. Since we all want to play poker for a long time, it’s important to get great tools from the beginning.
If you really want to enjoy Texas Hold’Em (usually NLHE), you need to add a HUD to your bag of tricks. This stands for head-up display. It’s a software program that lets you really get a good idea of what your competition is like at the poker table. The HUD informs you about how loose or aggressive your opponents are, along with more information. Here’s what you need to know about the HUD system available online in a few places.
A HUD system online is a transparent display that is laid on top of the poker table. It provides stats for players around the table. Keep in mind that not every player will have enough data for you to make calls on how they play. This is why you don’t want to get too dependent on the whole HUD system. You will still need to use your head and think critically and logically.
You want to look at the number of hands the person has played. 2,000 hands? This is great news for us because it means that the statistics are pretty stable. It would be a whole different story if you were studying a player that only has say 200 hands in. That’s not enough hands to really get an idea of what’s going on.
The VPIP will be the first statistic. It’s expressed as a percentage of all hands. 20? That’s going to be a loose tight player that doesn’t mind playing a few hands to get things started. The preflop aggression is expressed by the PFR (preflop rate). A low PFR is decently aggressive, which means that you need to make sure that you are looking after your own interests here. Don’t charge in thinking that you’re going to bulldoze a player that doesn’t mind betting preflop.
Looking at the AF is the last part — postflop aggression. A higher aggression factor means that you’re going to be dealing with a player that truly doesn’t mind putting their chips where their play really is.
There are two statistic tracking systems — one that uses your database and data mining. However, the second type is using its own central database, which can contain millions of online poker players. This is definitely the better option, because you’ll catch players that you might not have caught otherwise.
Either way, make sure that you add this to your toolbox when you’re ready to make serious money. Good luck out there!