re: Poker & is there any value to examining chips won in early stages of STTSNG
filter again by position, it's the most helpful area to look at. You should see that you profit slightly in all areas expect the SB and BB where you will be losing.
Yes for sure you can identify leaks, but you need to have knowledge of where to look. position filters help that, you should be profiting in all areas expect the SB and BB in the early levels. Then it's all about making changes to improve the base numbers that you are getting.
Lets say you are profiting 1.5bb/100 from the button, You are playing 20vpip, which is "x" range. Lets say for pure example purposes that the bottom of your range is JTo. You want to make a change to your game, so you loosen it up to include things like J8s and T8s. you do this an check the results after a few weeks. You can then filter for hands before the date you played and see that you profited 1.5bb/100 and then filter for after with your new range and see that you now profit 2bb/100. If say you widen the range to include things like 67s and such, and after a few weeks you now suddenly drop to 1bb/100 it's time to change things back.
It's a balance game as you know. hope this helps. Also again, i repeat, don't focus on 5 game samples. You should be checking after say 3-600 games, otherwise you could be changing the way you play for the detriment. it's a slow process if you don't play much, but if you regular games and play 2-300 per week, you can see some pretty important leaks fixed and your bottom line showing much more in the green.
Fwiw, the late game areas are much more important to look at. you can use exactly the same logic as above but search for late game ranges or 3betting spots that you miss or take on too much. These are more important because of the ICM implications and also the fact that just from simply stealing the blinds you can make 10-20% of your stack which is huge.
I have plenty of other tips for studying using ICMizer or SNG wizard which utilizes your tracker once you get your head around this just hit me up and i'll be happy to show ya.