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Using HUD is absolutely not cheating. HUD uses the information from your hand history which you already have regardless if you use it or not. Moreover most HUDs are also database of your games and really helpful to analyze and correct your mistakes. As everybody have access to his/her hand history and there are even completely free HUDs not using one is like going with knife on gun fight. You are free to do it but you give an edge to those players who are better prepared.
I think that many people do not know how exactly HUDs work. If you think that HUD is some kind of magical software which calculates automatically equities, pot odds and tells you which is the good play - well think again. Such programs exist most probably but they are forbidden on every poker site and that is how it should be.
I will give you example. Some time ago i had opened the equilab software from pokerstrategy to check some hand equities. I also had pokerstars loby opened in background (i was not playing on any table). Immediately i got message from pokerstars client that my account is temporarily blocked and i need to check my mail. I checked and they warned me that this program can not be used while pokerstars client is open, pointed me towards the list of allowed and forbidden software and asked me to reply that i have understood the rules and will not do that again. After that they unblocked my account. So at least big poker rules have rather aggressive approach monitoring what software you are using while playing.
Now regarding the HUD. What HUD does is to display statistics for certain player based on your hand history. You can do that manually by monitoring how players play and taking notes of them. HUD just do it automatically and displays the results in real time so that you can use this additional information to take your decision. It is just a tool using information that you already have (your hand history). Just like any tool it can be useful if you know what displayed statistics mean or it can even harm your game if you have no or vague idea. Considering that there are free HUDs i do not see reason to not try using one if you want to improve your game.
If you want HUD free sites you have such like party poker for example.
Using electronic aids takes the skill out of poker, its just one aid against another. Those with aids have an unfair advantage. The consequence of this is that unless you have an aid, you will lose.
How can that be fair? Online poker stinks to high heaven.
If by ”electronic aids” you mean HUDs, then I can assure you they are no magic bullet. Seeing stats on an opponent is certainly an advantage, you are right about that, but you also need to be able to use that data. There are lots of players out there with HUDs who do not really understand how to interpret and act on the data they see. It still takes patience and serious study to get good.
Whether you like it or not, HUDs are part of online poker today. If you want to use them or not is up to you. The good news for anyone who don’t like them is that more and more sites are banning them altogether or offering anonymous tables. So there are options where you don’t have to face players using software aids. I am basically in favor of this, but on sites where HUDs are allowed, I will certainly use them to level the playing field (and — yes — try to gain a *legal* advantage over players who don’t use them).
For the record, I am winning more on sites with no HUD. Interpret that however you like. But you have options.
the software does not play for you and does not make the right decisions, it helps analyze your game, with the help of software, you can only understand for yourself which strategy you should take to play well, this is only after a game session. In the game itself, the software only collects statistics on players, but you can do this with a pen and paper).
your brain is software, this apps make it easy for the non-geniouses , adn if they know how to read user stats, they can only play by this, without even looking their cards... just by 3betting a user that usually folds, by shove to folders, adn so on