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Maximize Profits by Studying Regs Away from the Tables

Forget about the image put forth of kids in their early 20’s living easy lives and winning mad cash. Unless you’re playing ultra micro stakes (where there’s not much money to be won regardless of how badly your opposition plays), online poker at pretty much all levels is now a tough battle for the money of a shrinking population of fish. If you’re at a table featuring two fish, you’re very lucky. Even having one complete fish at an online table is far from guaranteed. To do well these days, you need to know how to deal with your game’s regs – particularly those in the following classes:

1.) Those who used to be winning players. These players are far from bad; however, they’ve become complacent and often believe that they are better than they actually are.

2.) Those who are unprofitable without rakeback and player loyalty programs

Very few regs are really easy to win money from. However, most regs (particularly those in the 2 categories described above) play too many tables for their own good and are likely to be exploitable in some manner. Gaining even a small edge on you game’s regs is well worth your while. And fortunately, there’s a pretty easy way to do it: spend 15 minutes per day away from the tables with your Poker Tracker 3 or Hold’em Manager database. After all, if you’re also a reg, then you should have plenty of data to work with.

Both Poker Tracker 3 and Hold’em Manager allow players to take notes – notes that are accessible via the heads-up display. Every day, go to the tab that summarizes all the players in your database, and sort by number of hands played. Take the player who you’ve played the most hands against (who you haven’t already studied), and start watching his hand replays in the hand replayer – looking for exploitable tendencies. What kinds of hands does this player c-bet with? Does this player ever flat preflop, or does he always play 3-bet/fold preflop? Does this player make bets of consistent size, or does this player have some kind of bet-sizing tell? Look for whatever you can. And if there’s anything out of the ordinary that you can take advantage of, make a note.

Of course, taking notes in Poker Tracker 3 and Hold’em Manager won’t do you any good if you can’t access those notes while you’re playing. By default, Hold’em Manager makes notes accessible in the HUD. The Poker Tracker 3 HUD needs some configuring. To add notes to your Poker Tracker 3 HUD, follow these steps:

1.) Go to Configure -> Configure HUD

2.) In the Configure HUD Profiles popup, select the appropriate profile

3.) Choose Cash/Tourney Stats in the Group Tab

4.) Go to the Stats tab

5.) Within the Stats tab, go to the Special Tab and double click Note Editor

6.) Note Editor should now be listed in the window on the right. Use the up and down arrow buttons to the left of this window to move the Note Editor to the desired spot

As long as you play a game type that’s supported by Poker Tracker 3 or Hold’em Manager, there’s no excuse for not going through this exercise daily and acquiring as much knowledge as possible about your game’s regs. You’ll find ways to exploit players that you constantly play against, and you’ll possibly learn new winning lines of play. Either way, it’s a win-win situation that should put more money in your pockets.

May Your EV Always be Positive!

The Tsunami


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