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3 Tips for Reviewing Your Play with Poker Tracker 3

Over the past 1-2 years, my use of Poker Tracker 3 has focused almost exclusively on the heads-up display. The heads-up display is extremely important, and you shouldn’t be playing online poker these days without one. However, I’ve been neglecting what Poker Tracker was originally designed for: analyzing play away from the tables.

Of course, when I refer to “what PokerTracker 3 was originally designed for,” I’m talking about ancient history. I’m talking about the pre-HUD days – the days when it was also possible for someone in the US to get $1,000 in cold hard cash from Party Poker within 24 hours: $1,000 transfer from Party Poker to Neteller ATM card -> $1,000 ATM withdrawal. The US government currently seems no better than the British government back in the “give me liberty, or give me death” ¬†and “no taxation without representation” days, but that’s another discussion for another time.

Online poker isn’t what it was during the pre-UIGEA glory days. However, Poker Tracker’s original functionality – reviewing hand histories – is as important now as it was when it was first developed. Here are three tips that will help you get the most out of Poker Tracker 3 when reviewing your own play (and if you don’t have Poker Tracker 3 – or Hold’em Manager – then consider getting yourself some quality player tracking software for Christmas/Kwanzaa/Hanukkah/Tony Guerrera’s Atheist Megathon/Whatever):

Tip #1: The Hands Tab can Expedite the Process of Finding Particular Hands of Interest

You just finished a 6,000 hand session. You remember a hand where you had Tc9c, but you have no idea where or when you played it. And you didn’t have a chance to mark the hand for later review. Fortunately, you can find this hand easily using the Hands tab. Find the starting hand in the Known Starting Hands Summary, and scroll through the Known Starting Hands Detail until you find the hand you were looking for.

If you have a large database, consider adding a date filter to help you out. To apply a date filter, simply click the Filters button that’s near the upper right-hand corner of the main Poker Tracker 3 window. In the Filters window, select the session date you want to filter for by using the Session Dates filter in the General tab.

Tip #2: Play Around with the Filters

The filters in Poker Tracker 3 allow you to focus on pretty much any situation you want. Do you want to look at hands where the flop is paired? Use the Texture tab. Do you want to look at tournament hands where you were in the big blind and facing an all-in? Use the Facing tab.

Tip #3: Use the Graphical Hand History Replayer

In Don’t Just Look at Your Big Hands, I talked about the importance of all your hands. Occasionally, you should do some hand history reviews where you look at every hand you played at a table or in a tournament. To do this, go to Cash Game -> Sessions (display by Table) or Tournaments -> Tournaments (display by Tournament). Then, select a table/tournament, sort the hands in the Session/Tournament Hands window by date (ascending), and hit the play icon located near the lower right-hand corner of the window listing the hands.

In the replay window, turn on the HUD and all known cards. Turning these on allows you to study how players play in relation to their HUD stats (note that the HUD display shows what you knew at the time you played the hand). Having everything on when going through hand history replays allows you to study your play and your opponents’ play. This is important, because one of the biggest leaks in your own game may be your reads.

May Your EV Always Be Positive!

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