Originally Posted by tcummo
I never play cash games, just sng and mtt.
Is tracker software as important in mtt and sng games as it is in cash games?
A tracker is certainly useful for all game types, although I'd say at different degrees.
The tracker part for self-analysis is equally helpful IMO no matter what your game type. This is where you're going to find your immediate ROI as a beginner/intermediate player, rather than from seeing opponent stats.
The HUD part (opponent stats) is probably most beneficial for cash, followed closely by SNG's (where I really mean STTs). From a pure stats perspective they're comparably less useful for MTTs simply because the fields are large and you're much less likely to sit with the same players often enough to build any decent stats. That's not to say they're not useful in MTTs at all -- they certainly are, just not to the degree of cash or STTs
The other aspect where HUDs are commonplace is with multi-tabling. Even with MTTs, where you won't have enough sample size on many players for some stats to converge into meaningful numbers, having basic stats that do converge pretty quickly (VPIP, PFR, CBET, FCBET, etc.) are immensely useful when you're making decisions in seconds across many tables.
So, in summary, the tracker/HUD total package is going to be helpful no matter what types of games you play, or what volume, assuming you want to become a winning player and move up in stakes and number of tables. If you're a total recreational player who plays one table a day at penny stakes and never aspires to do more, then its value to you is probably questionable. However most people who bother to join a poker forum
and participate in a discussion like this are presumably not of the latter type.
But again, I'll reiterate -- installing a tracker/HUD will not do anything by itself. You have to put in the effort to learn how to use it effectively. First in analysing your own game, then in evaluating opponent stats. If you're not willing to dig in and use it properly, then you're wasting your money.