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I believe there was a time that "Notes" were advantageous in Micro Stakes and Freerolls but
I think that any detail that might give you an advantage cannot be overlooked!
I keep taking notes, even using HUD, as they are supplementary information.
I took notes on the other players who arrived at the final tables with me, and it happened years later that I found this same player, only now at a higher limit, meaning I had practically no information on the HUD about him, but what saved me was the note I made years ago playing against him in a freeroll.
Nowadays, the information I add is very limited, the colors are more informative than the notes themselves, as I separate players according to the style they play.
At low limits, the player's level is not particularly interesting, I think. There are too many of them if I am a high-limit player, then yes, there are more chances to meet any reg than in micro-tournaments.
Do you still take notes in Micro Stakes and Freerolls?
I believe there was a time that "Notes" were advantageous in Micro Stakes and Freerolls but I feel as though that those days are now behind us.
I have my reasons and beliefs why I don't "waste" my time on notes in lower stakes but I am curious if anyone still takes notes at these levels and how you structure your notes?
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Hello, I am not taking notes as I play mostly freerolls! I think that most people who play freerolls don't play them seriously, so I think taking notes on freerolls and small limits is useless! Well, at the middle stakes, I think it will be very useful because there people are more serious about the game and are trying to make money! This is my personal opinion and maybe I'm wrong, but don't judge me harshly! Good luck with everything!
Be sure to use the notes! Especially on micro-limits and freerolls. This does not take much time, but in the future it makes it possible to close clumsy pushs and double the stack. I highly recommend it to everyone, it really works.
I just mark with a color, I don't write notes. In freerolls, I have only two types of color. Red is a maniac, green is a fish. Regulars in freerolls I have marked 2-3 people. Well, I try to mark everyone in any tournaments. Plus I play with a hud.
of course I make the notes. If you do it properly you can be able to know in many spots what your opponent actually represents because people at lower stakes almost always play their weak and strong range in different way.
I mostly make the notes about their bet sizes. It's super valueable informations.
Also even if you won't meet some of the players again in your poker career than making a note is also a learning stuff because it will be easier to remember some stuff and it can be helpful in the future with other players.
Yes, if they open hands they really shouldn't from certain positions, I make a note, or if they like to bluff/shove the river, triple barrel it off, etc. If they are really tight I give them a red warning label.
I play microlimits and freerolls myself.Previously, I did not see any sense in this, due to the fact that 1500-7000 people play there.But due to the fact that over the past year I began to study the game profoundly (read poker sites and forums),I found a lot of like-minded people among the regulars.One piece of advice says-make at least one note at the table-it will discipline and help you do it automatically in the future.(I don't need a HUD right now, so I make a color label of 3 colors (like in a traffic light)and a brief description).It turned out that the system helps-we meet with many people in satellites.
Hi, I take notes while playing in different formats, regardless of whether it's a freeroll or a cache, it's not difficult for me to enter information, and in the future it may come in handy, and if it interferes, it's always easy to delete it
I make notes in the microstakes. It helps when you have notes on a player. Even if it is just 1 it will make you a bit more confident. Might also be a good habit for when taking notes matters. It also happens that your notes are useless sometimes because some players become better/improve over time.
I dont take notes. I use my tracker/HUD for long term storage of information, and manual observations for in session dynamics and adjustments. Not saying notes are useless, but since I usually play 4 tables at a time, spending time on notes might distract me from the decisions, I need to make. A further reason is, that on 888 Poker the client will regularly crash, and then all notes and tags are deleted. So they rarely have a long life span anyway.
Also just like with HUD data we need to remember, that people might "change gears" or develop their style over time. Just because we once saw someone make a very small river bet with the nuts, it does not mean, he always have the nuts, when he make a small river bet. And especially not if it happen 9 month after, we took the note.
So most of the time we should just rely on solid fundamentals, which mean, we call small bets more often than big bets. If we then get shown the nuts (again) and paid off with third pair, thats fine, because he is missing out on value against stronger parts of our range by using a silly small sizing like 10% of the pot.
I only quickly mark with a color. From green being solid-tight play to red being loosey-goosey. And the middle ground is purple for bluffy boys and yellow for calling stations. I don't think in my microstakes precise notes will help me but who knows maybe I am wrong.
I don't take notes in freerolls. I just feel there is too much variance in how each player plays them. Sometimes people are focused, other times they are just killing time, others they are bored and doing things they normally wouldn't.
I will take notes at all stakes. And I notate the stakes at which the notes are made.