Originally Posted by bullishwwd
What is ABC Bot poker...and, is a HUD some kind of software like Poker Tracker or Holdem Manager? What HUD do you use?
Replied to your identical PM, reposting here:
"ABC" refers to a very strict, tight, by-the-book poker style. Hardly any variation, very predictable, etc. You'll often hear people referring to "ABC poker" or an "ABC player." It's not a bad style, just not a very profitable one outside of multi-tabling because you don't take many chances, bluff, or push edges, however it's less swingy for the same reasons. It's often the suggested style for beginners who are still learning the nuances of the game and don't know how to play more than their cards yet. It does suit multi-tabling well where you're typically playing a tighter, more conservative game and don't have the time or reads to make clever moves.
"Bot" in this context just means a robot-like style, without much thought or clever plays. The term can also refer to cheat software that plays poker for you -- of course I wasn't referring to that. I have absolutely no love for cheaters.
A HUD (heads up display) is not the same as a tracking software package like PT or HEM, however both include a HUD feature. There are also some other HUDs but the ones from those software packages are by far the most popular. A HUD merely displays player stats on top of the table(s). You typically configure your HUD to display whatever stats your prefer, and this is crucial when multi-tabling because it's the only reliable way to read people. Some misinformed (I'll stop just short of saying ignorant) people consider HUDs or tracking software cheating, but they're not. In online poker you don't have physical reads, your opponents' stats are all you really have to go by. All of the major poker rooms allow and even officially bless HUDs and tracking software. Where the line blurs however is with using data-mined hands rather than just the hands you've collected yourself from playing -- most sites disallow this practice. And I have both PT3 and HEM, but prefer and use HEM exclusively now.
So the combination of those things often converge when you're talking about multi-tabling, especially massively
multi-tabling like the 20-24 tables we were discussing in that thread. It's virtually impossible to play anything but
an ABC bot style with a HUD because you only have a couple of seconds to make every decision.