To run poker software properly requires a solid gaming rig as well as a back-up. What kind of gaming rig would you expect that a professional online poker player would have? I'm assuming a large monitor to multi-table, a back-up power supply, probably not Linux as well as a back-up rig or laptop in case of crashes.
What is the latest postgres version of the database that you recommend for PT4? I'm using the latest version (rev. 12 maybe not wise) My poker computer is a simple HP touch screen running Win 7 and a Vaio laptop for backup.
The most important thing to a great setup is that it suits the individual poker player. I've seen winning poker players that grind all day while sitting on the couch, haha! For many years, I used an elaborate hotkey system and played with all my games stacked just on a nice laptop made for gaming. It is great to have the luxury of a setup tailored to your preferences but is totally unnecessary in terms of being a winning player. These days I love a big monitor and adjustable standing desk, a nice gaming desktop computer in a well lit room. A back up power supply as you mention is great. I do recommend always downloading the latest version of PT4. If you like your setup and find it comfortable, then great!
Poker Stars has a listing of prohibited software that can't be used during game play. Regarding the software that is allowed have you ever experienced software conflicts with different tracking software accessing the same file types? What is the best way to integrate information from data bases like Shark Scope and Hendon Mob? Can you recommend any others?
No, I've never experienced that. I play a lot of tables generally, so it just isn't feasible for me to search players on sharkscope
or hendon mob normally. I like to use those when I find myself deep in a significant tournament, or when I play live and have a list of my tablemates that day so I can google them and find out more info before sitting down. In terms of other ones to recommend, I generally just google the player's screen name and see if I can find things out about them.
During this video I was able to look up Katie's Poker Stars stats which ended on 11/15. Katie, how important is it to regularly change your screen name..or is it? I've encountered online professionals (I haven't seen any unsuccessful professionals online except for one who was a self-promoting pro $60 spin player) who had changed their screen name up to five times. Is it important to opt-out of being tracked by the likes of Shark Scope and why?
I live in the US now and therefore can't play on Stars while I am home. I have never changed my screenname, though I do not have the same screen name on every poker site
. At various points I've opted out or in of Sharkscope. I like being opted in in order to be able to search my own stats because the combination of all of my online hands
of poker have been played on the many different machines I've grinded on over the years. On the other hand, opting out affords me privacy on these very same data, so it really is a personal decision.
Thank you both and to CC for providing this course! The only other poker course I have studied is the Poker Stars school when they had their HighSchool, University....and my game improved a little. MIT open courseware has two free downloable zip files for 2015 and 2016. Have either of you looked at this material? I've skimmed through them to be aware of the content but not much more. CC is a great site for many reasons and when a poker course was proposed I knew it would be a quality piece of work. I'm providing feedback which I hope helps someone in some way. This course is influencing my playing and any uptick in my results will be directly attributable to the material in this course.
We love CardsChat too, and thanks for your nice words. We have no experience with the course/school you reference.
Final questions, how can tracking software be fooled or rendered useless by others trying to track you? I alluded to this point in a prior paragraph and was wondering if there were any other active counter-measures that you were aware of? Now that Party Poker has changed their environment, what kind of tracking software would you recommend there to guage player field experience other than note taking and tagging?
I don't have any experience with trying to fool software, though I will say that people often missue the info they gain from HUDS. The most common mistake I see is overstating the relevance of a very limited amount of data (such as thinking a player is a maniac just because they opened 3 out of the last 5 hands or something). I'm not familiar with the current rules on software at Party Poker or else I would off my advice on that too.