Fooling the HUD
For those of you who multi-table ring games, you probably rely on your Poker Tracker HUD data to make quick decisions. Well, I came across an interesting situation recently, and thought I'd share it.
These numbers are all estimates, as I don't have my original PT database here.
I was playing against someone who had fairly standard tight player stats for the low-level ring tables at Poker Stars
. His VP$IP was 9% or so, and his aggression stats were high, so I assumed he was playing very select hands very aggressively.
It wasn't until I found myself on two tables with this player at once that I noticed that his raises always seemed to coincide with pots that someone had already raised. After watching him for a while, I noticed that he NEVER entered an unopened pot. He would wait for his spot, which was usually after someone had 3xBB bet and got several callers. Then, he would come over the top with a big raise. Usually, this resulted in him taking down the hand. The rare times he got called, he check-folded. He got called by a shortstack at one point, and had to show K7o as his raising hand.
So, he was just picking up dead money with well-timed aggression, right? But his VP$IP was so low that I wondered if it was possible that he simply wasn't playing his cards at all, but just looking for these opportunities to steal?
For the record, my PT database had him a significant winner, so his strategy was definitely paying off for him. And that was even after I started taking advantage of his tactic, by reraising him off pots.