The State of Poker Software with Niall FitzGerald (dubfitz)

Date: 2012-10-19
Author: Jason Glatzer

PokerSoftware is pleased to interview Niall "dubfitz" FitzGerald.  After spending significant with this aspiring Irish poker star while visiting Ireland earlier this year, I was curious about how poker software helps with his game and the learning process.  Read on to find out what he recommends and what's in his Heads-Up Display.

PokerSoftware: What poker software are you using now and what have you used before?

Niall FitzGerald: I am currently using Holdem Manager 2.  In the past, I have used Holdem Manager 1, Table Ninja, SitNGo Wizard, and PokerStove.

PokerSoftware: What do you get out of your current poker software?

Niall FitzGerald: During my games, I use Holdem Manager 2 for player analysis via the HUD.  After my sessions, I use the tournament summaries mostly imported from PokerStars and reports to track my overall long-term profits and losses.  When studying, I use the built-in hand history replayer to analyze tournaments I have played and swap hand histories with friends for discussion.

PokerSoftware: Do you think the pricing of most poker software is fair? Do you prefer poker software that is priced at a one-time fee or a monthly subscription?

Niall FitzGerald: I think the pricing on the software mentioned before is fair.  However, considering the number of bugs with the new version of Holdem Manager 2 in recent months, I feel that the price has not reflected the quality of the program compared to previous versions.  I prefer to pay a one-time fee and know that I own the software rather than have a subscription.  I find the pricing for training sites to be overly expensive for the small-stakes player.

PokerSoftware: Do you use a poker controller or any program that has hotkeys?

Niall FitzGerald: I use a programmable mouse combined with the hotkey utility on PokerStars.  This has done away with the need to use a hotkey program like TableNinja for most functions.

PokerSoftware: What information do you find useful in your HUD and how do you best exploit your opponents with it?

Niall FitzGerald: I play mainly low-stakes, large field MTTs.  In the early stages, I use the HUD to track which opponents are limping too often, how they respond to continuation bets and isolation raises, and their overall VPIP and PFR.  When multi-tabling, these stats are invaluable to quickly evaluate a player's overall strategy or lack thereof and respond accordingly.

As tournaments progress and I start to accumulate a larger sample size of hands against an opponent, I can see his positional awareness, street-by-street aggression, 3betting tendencies, and how often they steal.  These are important for later in the tournament when I increase my aggression and try to find the easier spots at the table to accumulate chips.

PokerSoftware: Is there anything you would like to see out of future releases of poker software that isn't available today?

Niall FitzGerald: I need to do more work with Holdem Manager before I could advise if anything else is needed.  For the level I’m playing at, it covers everything I need.

PokerSoftware: Have you had a chance to play mobile poker on PokerStars?  Do you feel like you're at a disadvantage when you do not use your poker software while on mobile?

Niall FitzGerald: I have not used a mobile application yet.  However, I would definitely be reluctant to play more than two tables on a mobile device without tracking software.

Feel free to post any questions for Niall.

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