re: Poker & tracking stats with bovada
Originally Posted by Acesinthebig
Online poker has evolved so much, but I love Bovada, just for the fact that it is anonymous. It feels more like poker was meant to be. Online poker, isn't poker anymore. It's some weird mutation, involving complex algorithms and equations. What happens when you go play live? No HUD there.
Every player has a built in tracking system when they play live, you naturally and instinctively track your opponents and estimate their ranges based on frequency of actions. Human beings are programed to remember other humans and in some ways their their action, that is natural. Human beings are not programed to remember screen names, which makes playing online much more complicated, it requires frequent note taking. PokerTracker makes the online experience more like a live experience through the creation of stats. We regularly admit that the stats are just a mathematical representation of memory, they do not really tell you how your opponent is playing, but the use of multiple stats together can help you create an opponent profile to estimate how your opponent might be playing... this is the same thing we humans do instinctively when playing live. (Did you know that you can take notes while playing in a live game in Las Vegas
? This is basically the same thing that PokerTracker does, except we automate it for you). The HUD is just a tool to help recreate that live experience, and in turn help you to play more tables if you chose to- which is good for the network because that increases player liquidity, game choices, and rake yield for the poker room. We work with all of the poker rooms we support fairly closely to make sure our software is compatible. Even Bodog
.... once they launched the anonymous tables (Bodog 4.0) we complied with their request submitted to our management team 10 months earlier to leave the network once the new client was released. A few months later they contacted us again to explain that they had a change of heart, they wanted us to start supporting Bovada hand histories again but we declined because their hand history format changes the rules of the game by providing the hole cards for every player at the table, that is no longer poker.... it is not something we wish to support.
PS: This may seem crazy coming from us but using PokerTracker will not make you a better player, it is only a tool, in the end on you can help yourself to become a better player. Its like a trading desk for stock traders, 100% optional, and a trading desk doesn't make a trader any better than he already was, it is only a tool to help them come to a decision using fewer manual methods.
PPS: Live poker is not anonymous.