Originally Posted by PokerTracker
We have performed a tremendous amount of research on this topic, our analysis with real quantifiable data disagrees with your belief. We encourage players to start with tracking software from the day they start playing, they can safely ignore the HUD - but the tracking components are critical to helping players find their mistakes after the session is complete. A beginning player can use the basic functionality of the tracker, and disable the HUD, to allow them to advance quicker. Many (if not most) of our users put too much emphasis on the HUD, the true value of the HUD is for multitabling and remembering who your opponents are... but the real gold in PokerTracker is in post-game review of your play to assure that fewer mistakes are made in the future.
PS: Pot-odds calculations in game is not permitted at many poker networks, some networks consider this to be a violation of the terms of service. This is why PokerTracker 4 kees all pot-odds calculations within the replayer, never on the table while you are playing. Its best for beginning players to learn how to perform pot-odds calculations on their own, rather than use a shortcut tool in game, and then review the hand after the session is done to verify if their decision was correct. This is how grade school students learn math, its also the best way to learn how to play poker - Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
I agree with this, I'm just not so sure that beginners take this approach in practical application.
Shutting off the HUD while learning the game is something I would consider crucial, yet I think most new players would use it anyway. They'd get lost in customizing, and figuring what the stats mean and how to apply them. All important to do, but not at the brand new player level.
And I also agree that learning how to do the math in your head is also critical. But that skill takes time, and is aided in my opinion by having a real time aid to reference for accuracy.
Don't worry Pokertracker, I think you're the best, just all things in their time!