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Showing posts with label poker tracker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poker tracker. Show all posts

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Donktastic!

A few years ago I wrote an article on Low Limit Holdem called On Fish about reasons not to berate other players at the table. Since that time, with a lot more public exposure of professional poker players, a newer term is out, but the concept is the same: Don't call people donkeys! In fact, just read the On Fish article and replace "fish" with "donkey". Enough said about that.

The fastest improving cardroom right now has to be Full Tilt Poker. Even when they started they had a great interface, but now they've really taken it to a new level. Little touches like an "I'm Ready" button during tournament breaks/startups let you keep the action going if the other people at the table are ready instead of forcing everyone to stare at the screen for five minutes. Also, importantly, they now have a feature that autosaves hand history information to your hard drive for later analysis with programs like Poker Tracker. Finally the player population at Full Tilt is getting larger and larger thanks to their massive promotions online and on television. I've seen over 60,000 players online and right now, at midnight Eastern time, there are over 20,000 active players.

Low Limit Holdem is running a promotion during the month of August, 2006 giving away a lowlimitholdem.com Polo shirt to people who join Full Tilt and also a chance to win a Chipco poker chip set worth over $500. Information on that is here.

The other poker room that is giving Party Poker a run for its money is Poker Stars, perhaps from all the attention it gives from having back to back to back WSOP winners come from their site (and the current chipleader in the 2006 WSOP is also a Poker Stars player). I see 60,000+ users on both Poker Stars and Party Poker on a regular basis although I believe more of them are playing tournaments at Poker Stars than at Party.

The people on the Low Limit Poker Forum have created a series of weekly private tournaments at Full Tilt for fun. These are $5 + $0.50 events that are password protected (you can get the password on the Forum) and we're keeping a leaderboard. The top three at the end of the year may get something from the site (who knows?) but mainly it's just a chance to get together and play some poker. Feel free to join us!

Friday, August 26, 2005

Now were blogging!

Google has released an add-on for Microsoft Word that lets you write blog entries directly from inside Word (instead of using the sometimes frustrating web interface from the http://www.blogger.com/ web site). So now that it’s more convenient to blog there should be some more blog entries here. If you use blogger you can get this free add on at http://buzz.blogger.com/bloggerforword.html.

Contrary to last month, this month has been really good in the online poker arena. Playing at limits from 5-10 to 50-100 (50-100 is a definite stretch) I’ve managed to keep this month at about +10bb/100 hands overall to the tune of about $5000 up so far for the month. Besides the cards hitting me (which they have, but not to any supernatural level) I attribute this month to two things—Poker Tracker and the work I’ve been doing on my own loose card tilting. The one limit where I’m losing money (surprise) is $50-$100, and without that game I’d be up about $7500.

Poker Tracker (You can get a copy here) is a tool that imports hand histories from all major online poker sites and analyzes them. When playing at UltimateBet they have a utility available for download called UltimateHistory which will automatically request and save the hand history after each hand you play, and another utility written by a third party (and free) called GameTime Plus which gives you a heads up display of statistics for yourself and everyone at your table (naturally you can only see the hands your opponents have been in while you’ve been sitting at a table with them, but it does pull up statistics for all previous sessions where you may have played against them).
Instantly it tells you who is seeing too many hands and a basic idea of how they play the game (aggressive/passive before and after the flop and loose/semi-loose and tight). Armed with this information I was able to tighten myself up a few more percent and adjust my play vs my opponents on several occasions thanks to the information on the hud.

If you don’t have Poker Tracker you just have to get it.