About the Poker Tracker Guide
In short, Poker Tracker has revolutionized the study
habits of serious poker players. However, new users are often overwhelmed
by the software's complexity and rarely use it to its full capacity. One
day we discussed
the benefits of writing a book to explain how to get the most out of Poker
Tracker and made posts on our
Web sites gauging whether or not players would be interested in such
a book. Within a week we had dozens of requests for a Poker Tracker user
guide, and we realized this was something that appealed strongly to serious
poker players. The result is our Poker Tracker Guide.
In our first section, "Reviewing Your Play," we explain how
to improve your play simply by examining the contents of your Poker Tracker
database. Not only does Poker Tracker record every single thing we do
it at the poker table, it also collects this data and organizes it in
ways that allow us to find systematic errors ("leaks") in our game. For
example, in our "Leak Finding" chapter, we discuss why cold calling raises
can be one of the biggest mistakes made in limit poker. In addition,
we explain how you can pinpoint every instance in which you cold-called
a raise and see the results of your decision-making. For many players,
this can be a truly enlightening process.
Our Poker Tracker Guide discusses other key concepts for analyzing
and improving your game. Are you taking full advantage of
your position at the table? Do you need to improve your play from the
blinds? Are certain hands - suited aces, big pairs, unsuited Broadway
cards - draining your win rate? The first part of our Poker Tracker Guide
shows you how to find out.
In the second section of the guide, "Player Tracking," we teach
you how to gain an informational advantage over your online opponents.
In addition to storing information about your play, Poker Tracker also
tracks the playing tendencies and results of other players at your table.
We teach you how to collect the data, how to generate player profiles
based on the data, and how you can import that data so that it's available
as soon you sit down at a table. Is the guy on your left a maniac who
raises 90% of the time he's in a pot? Are there enough calling stations
at the table who will see the turn if you bet your flopped full house?
Did half-a-dozen solid players just take over your once fishy table?
Once you have this information readily available, you make better - and
more profitable - decisions.
As we discuss in the introduction of the book, players who take full
advantage of powerful tools such as Poker Tracker improve their game
much more rapidly than those who don't. The goal of our guide is to put
you on an education fast track, ensuring that you take full advantage
of one of Internet poker's most valuable resources.