New Jersey Poker Software Revealed with FrickenWacko

Date: 2015-01-26
Author: Jason Glatzer

We sat down with New Jersey poker player FrickenWacko to get his thoughts on poker software from an everyday poker player's point of view.
PokerSoftware: What poker-related software do you use?
FrickenWacko:  I am currently using PokerTracker 4 and am new to it.  I first installed it and started using it late last year.  I also use PokerStove as a study tool when I'm not playing.
PokerSoftware:  How hard was it to get used to PokerTracker 4?
FrickenWacko:  It probably has not improved my game by too much.  However, the HUD has made it easier for me to categorize players.  I used to get my reads on players solely based off observation.
PokerSoftware:  Do you recommend that all recreational players take advantage of a HUD?
FrickenWacko:  I don't think it is absolutely necessary.  I think it is most useful for a professional player who plays many tables and cannot pay close attention to everything.  A recreational player should probably be more concerned with knowing pot odds, implied odds, and probabilities.
PokerSoftware:  How is your HUD set up?
FrickenWacko:  I just use the PT4 default HUDs for MTT and cash games.
PokerSoftware:  Which stats do you pay more attention to and why?
FrickenWacko:  VPIP is the #1 stat I pay attention to by far.  I will look at my opponents' continuation bet and fold to continuation bet stats.  This is helpful for ranging my opponents and understanding their style of play since I can see how often they are c-betting with nothing or how often my c-bet will work.  I combine that with their PFR to determine if they are only raising pairs or a larger range.  It can help me to exploit a tendency to c-bet too much or check too much.
PokerSoftware:  Overall, what do you get the most out of using PokerTracker 4?
FrickenWacko:  I get more out of using PT4 for tracking my results.
PokerSoftware:  What do you think of the poker software clients available on the New Jersey regulated sites?
FrickenWacko:  I think that the poker clients are behind the times in a big way.  PartyPoker's client is super buggy and 888 Poker and PartyPoker are fairly devoid of features.
PokerSoftware:  Have you played mobile poker?  If so, what are your thoughts?
FrickenWacko:  I have tried to play on the PartyPoker mobile client and after one experience I never tried it again.  I played mobile poker on 888 and WSOP and it was okay.  However, I prefer the ability to play multiple tables.  For me, the only solution is a Windows tablet, so I can play the same as the desktop client.
PokerSoftware:  What do you use PokerStove for?
FrickenWacko:  I use PokerStove very infrequently.  When I do use the software, it is to look at ranges based on a player's VPIP and equity of my hand versus their range.
PokerSoftware:  We love your online screen name.  How did you choose it?
FrickenWacko:  Isn't it obvious?  My online screenname gets me action, even though I play pretty snug.  Although sometimes I will play crazy just to get some advertising value.

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