re: Poker & what stakes does poker software become neccesary
Originally Posted by WurlyQ
If you want to improve, it is necessary at any stakes for the hand analysis component.
In regards to a HUD, it will help tremendously at any stakes in which you run into the same people over and over. This is because you will gain many meaningful stats and tendencies on them that may not be apparent through a single session.
In regards to hand analysis, it allows you to review your own hands, break down your own tendencies and plug your own leaks through filtering your hands. It also helps out in trying out new strategies. This is essential for any poker player that is seeking to improve.
I am new to poker, but not new to technical analysis, so I can tell you that any time you are able to objectively record your activity, you can build that information into a feedback loop of continuous improvement. The more you can look into your own data, the less you rely on others to find certain things out for you (and rip you off by charging you lots of $$$). You also get more reliable information faster, and are able to adjust to changing conditions more timely.
Perhaps you would see the value in the software as you learn more about the stats ? I certainly have. These are a few links I have been looking at lately; you may find them useful :
The N00bs Guide to Using Pokerstove
2+2's Official Stats and Graph Analysis Thread (http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/78/micro-stakes-full-ring/official-stats-graphs-analysis-thread-158015/)
Pokey's How To Use PokerTracker Guide (http://archives1.twoplustwo.com/showflat.php?Cat=0&Number=4946669)
These links tell you what to look for - and more importantly, why you should look for it in the first place. I have found it very helpful. It's not a magic wand, but it does tell me what I need to focus on. Now, I only have 500+ hands, so the raw numbers in and of themselves do not mean much. However, I can see cases where I lost money because I did not stick to my plan, and cases where I lost money in spite of my plan. Very important distinctions, even at $0.02/$0.04 LHE. Otherwise, all you have to go by is instinct... if you are okay with you gut feeling, then go with it. But if not...