I use PokerTracker 4 as my poker tracking software of choice. It gives me an incredible advantage over many of my opponents, who at the micro stakes, don’t use it (or possibly don't even know it exists). The reporting features that allow me to review my hands are invaluable, and being able to sort through and filter my hands for specific situations that I find troubling have really helped me to improve my poker game.
PokerTracker 4 Feature: Reports Viewer
There's an abundance of report types and grouping choices available to view your poker database, and all of them allow you to research your stats and analyze your poker game.
In fact, there's so many choices that it's a bit difficult (not to mention boring) to detail each of them here. So, to make the information more palatable, here's a video that walks you through a lot of the reports I use and how I go about configuring them:
As mentioned before, with such an abundance of report options available to you, I encourage lots of playing around with the program to find what reports and groupings work best for you. The more you use it, the more you'll get out of it.
Another great aspect to PokerTracker 4 is the ability to not only view your own hands played, but you can view those of your opponents. Just select a particular opponent's screen name in the drop down box at the top, then review how he plays his hands. This is very helpful when trying to find the weaknesses of other regs at your tables.
PokerTracker 4 Feature: Easy Hand History Reviews
Hand History Reviews within PT4 are easy to do. If you've never done a hand history review, get ready for some eye opening info.
Hand history reviews allow you to see every hand you played within a given cash session, MTT or SNG. You can review your play for good decisions, errors made, trouble spots, opponent tendencies and any other aspect you want to dive into. You can use the Hand Replayer to view the hand as it was played (albeit without the timing in place), and you can thoroughly dissect situations to find the most profitable lines.
Once again, it'd be a bit cumbersome to write out here how you can do hand reviews, so I made a video to help you get started in doing this on your own within PT4:
Some of the details you may want to look for when doing Hand History Reviews are (among many others not mentioned here):
- How you play by position – What are your stats in each position for VPIP, PFR, 3bet, Cbet, etc? Are you positionally aware? Are your opponents? Where do you tend to fold to cbets or 3bets most often? Which positions are you most profitable in, and which ones are you constantly losing money in?
- Starting hand strength – Are you playing good, strong ranges that open up as you get to later positions? What are you defending or 3betting with? Are you too nitty and playing a small and overly strong range, or maybe too weak and wide of a range?
- Facing pre-flop actions – what hands do you call opens with, 3bet with, fold with? Are you playing too nitty IP vs opens, or maybe too loose? How do you react to 3bets or squeeze opportunities in late positions or in the blinds?
- Viewing each hand played at a table – view the entire hand history of one SNG, MTT or cash table from start to finish. How does your play change as the game goes on, stacks change, opponent's change, tourney structure changes, etc? Look for leaks in your game as situations change.
There are so many other details to look for, and you'll learn them all as you get more familiar with PT4.
PokerTracker 4 Feature: Convenient Filtering System
The hand filtering system within PT4 is easy to use and allows you to drill down in a super detailed way to review hands for whatever situation you want to focus on.
Want to see hands where you called a 3bet pre in the small blind? Or hands where you faced an open shove with a pocket pair and folded? Looking to dissect your play in squeeze spot situations? Want to see how you react as the pre-flop raiser on monotone 9 high boards? You can view each of these (and thousands more) by getting familiar with the filtering system. Here's a video to help you get started:
Additional PokerTracker 4 Features
Besides the items mentioned here, there are loads of additional features that PokerTracker 4 contains:
- Poker HUD (Heads-up Display) for in-game exploitation of opponents
- More poker stats than you can shake a stick at
- Graphing Features
- Note Tracking
- Training Videos
- Dedicated Forums
- and many more
There's too much to go over in this post, so I'll be creating lots more for your poker learning.
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