re: Poker & What should I track?
Originally Posted by Stu_Ungar
TBH just go out and buy HEM.
I realise that you have said you can't afford to, but if you cannot afford to buy HEM, can you really afford to play poker?
HEM / PT3 are basic poker tools, you need these tools. If you took up rock climbing, would you make your own rope? If you decided to take up fencing, would you fashion your own foil? So why is poker any different to any other hobby?
I'm sure I will eventually get HEM, especially if I start doing multiple table, but right now money is short and I have the time to put something together. I have never deposited in poker. I play on the money I have made in freerolls
, so it is something I can afford to do. I also have the time right now to study and improve my game.
I understand you need the tools, but a programmer, probably one who played poker, wrote HEM. It has been added to, and tweaked from the original version I am sure, but there was a need for a tool, and a programmer filled that need.
Also, just some food for thought, if you play a live game, and you are use to relying on HEM to give you information about your opponents, you may not be as aware of the other players and be able to read them as well. I think if you have to pay attention to the way the others are playing instead of relying on the software to tell you about your opponents, you develop a better understanding. Of course, with HEM telling you what kind of player that person is, it may help you to better recognize things that they do. So, I think there are probably benefits to both using the software, and not using the software.
So, back to my original question, is there anything else a "beginner" should be tracking? I'm looking for anything that would be important for improving my game.
joeaugie: I already use Sharkscope.com and I also use the notes feature on players at the different sites.