FreePokerDB Provides Free Poker Tracking

Date: 2016-08-08
Author: Jason Glatzer

If you are not using a HUD, you are losing out on important information about your opponents that can help you while playing online poker. I recommend checking out many of the poker tracking programs that we have reviewed here on PokerSoftware to see which is right for you.
The issue many poker players have is that they do not want to invest a single dime into third-party software. I can't say that I fall into this club since the software usually more than pays back its cost, but I can understand where some people on a more limited budget are coming from.
One option if you fall into this club is checking out FreePokerDB. While this program is absolutely free, it will cost you much more time and effort to get things going in order to properly use it.
Before getting started with FreePokerDB, you must first download MySQL. The good news is that this software is also free. After that, you will have to download an installer file and reboot your computer.  From there, you can unzip the FreePokerDB database files directly to your computer.
The next step will be to create a database within the MySQL editor and after that you will have to set up some tables. While this might not be a problem for many of you, if you aren't proficient with setting things up from scratch or want to put in some time and effort I recommend you fork over a few bucks for a paid HUD.
The good news is once you get things running, the software is pretty good. While you will never have as much information as you would with PokerTracker 4 or Hold'em Manager 2, there will be plenty of details to help you understand how your opponents play through the HUD and examine your own play in the database.
One really positive thing about the FreePokerDB is that it also supports many games including Stud and Draw games that you won't see in most other poker tracking software providers. This is absolutely great if you love to play some of the less popular games online since you are likely to have information about your opponents that they don't have for you unless they took the time to set up the FreePokerDB or search around for another solution.
This isn't to say it doesn't also work great for Texas Hold'em and Omaha, as it does once you get things working right. However, there are also often problems when an online poker room performs an upgrade and since this is free software, you can't rely on support to help you out.  You will have to either figure things out for yourself or ask friends or on a poker forum.

Check it out.

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