Poker Software Revealed with Ross Loggie (RLOG)

Date: 2013-07-10
Author: Jason Glatzer

We had an opportunity to sit down with one of the most exciting players in the U.K., Ross "RLOG" Loggie, on his thoughts about poker software.  He has almost $2 million in online tournament cashes according to PocketFives, where he was also once ranked as high as 22nd in the world.

Like many successful tournament players, Loggie started his poker career as primarily a cash gamer before moving onto the world of tournaments.

PokerSoftware: What external software do you utilize while playing online poker?

Ross Loggie: I currently use Holdem Manager 2 for my HUD; however, in the past, I used HM1.  I also use Table Ninja and Placemint while playing and PokerStove and Universal Replayer for post-game review and coaching other poker players.

PokerSoftware: Tell us a little bit about Placement and how you use that software.

Ross Loggie: Placemint is not a dedicated piece of software for poker, as it can be used for many other things.  I feel it is excellent for poker and it is also free to use.  I use this software to set up 18 equally sized windows across my two monitors.  Whenever a table pops up from any of the eight poker sites I use this software with, it automatically appears in the next available slot on one of my monitors.  Although others prefer a paid software called StackAndTile, I prefer Placement because I can look at all of my tables at the same time and not pay a monthly subscription fee to do so.

PokerSoftware: Which version of Table Ninja are you using?

Ross Loggie: I am using the original Table Ninja at the moment, as I heard the new release of Table Ninja 2 is very buggy.  I only use Table Ninja on PokerStars and am mainly utilizing the software for the Table Highlighter and hotkeys.  I know I can use the hotkeys on PokerStars itself, but I have been using Table Ninja for a long time and have no reason to change.

PokerSoftware: How are you utilizing PokerStove for yourself or one of your students?

Ross Loggie: I primarily use this software for checking hand equities and constructing potential hand ranges.

PokerSoftware: How do you feel about Table Ninja changing its pricing plan from a one-time fixed fee to a subscription-based model?

Ross Loggie: I didn’t actually know until now that Table Ninja 2 is subscription-based software.  I don’t really mind either way, but if a piece of software were subscription-based, I would expect it to have excellent customer service and release a lot of updates.  If I had to pick one pricing model, I would slightly prefer a one-off payment, as it is easier.  Also, the pricing on the original version of Table Ninja was very cheap.

PokerSoftware: How is your HUD set up line by line in HM2?

Ross Loggie: As I am primarily playing on many tables at once, my HUD is pretty unimaginative.  It could probably use some work, but I was getting annoyed with the quantity of numbers.  My HUD has one single line, which makes viewing the information very quick and easy.  I can get other stats quickly if needed as well.  The stats in my HUD include player name, number of hands, VPIP, RFI %, 3bet %, and Fold to 3bet %.

PokerSoftware: What are other stats you use in the drop-down menus for certain situations that are not in your HUD?

Ross Loggie: I use the drop-downs for 4bet % and Fold to 4bet %, and some post-flop stats such as Raise Flop %, Check-Raise %, and Aggression Factor.

PokerSoftware: How do you compare Holdem Manager 2 to the original Holdem Manager?

Ross Loggie: I quite like Holdem Manager 1, although the graphs and database functions look better in Holdem Manager 2.

PokerSoftware: What types of mobile poker software are you using?

Ross Loggie: I use the PokerStars app very occasionally on my iPhone and enjoy playing on the Chinese Open Faced Poker application with friends.

PokerSoftware: How is your playing experience on the iPhone without your poker software?

Ross Loggie: It is okay, but I would never use it for a full session.  I would only use it if I were one tabling or wanted to register for a couple of games before I got home or had to nip out or something.

If you are interested in receiving any coaching from RLOG, you can reach him at

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