Hand2Note: A Quality Poker Tracking Alternative

Date: 2016-10-04
Author: Jason Glatzer

Playing winning poker is more than just about knowing how to play the game as players constantly need to profile their opponents to understand the best approach they should be taking. Live poker typically goes very slow giving you enough time to process who is what type of player and time to think of a good strategy against them before or even while playing a hand.
However, online poker is a different beast. Sure if you are simply one tabling you can pick up a lot of information about your opponents just by taking notes. Maybe you can even do this while playing more than one table.  However, as you play more tables this becomes more complex and even as you are taking notes they are sure not to be nearly as complete as the information you can receive from a HUD.
One of the newest HUD and poker tracking software packages out there is Hand2Note, which is a modern look and feel since unlike some of its major competitors it was able to build its software from scratch with a Windows 8/10 feel to it.
In August, Hand2Note released version 3.1, and in our opinion with its newest functionality offers everything important that Hold’em Manager 2 and PokerTracker 4 provides and much more.
Before the release, the software was already amazing with the ability to take notes on players and also easily being able to add hands to the notes as well. The statistics provided are just about anything you can think of, and they are provided in a dynamic basis based on the current point you are in a hand. Where sample sizes are sufficient, the HUD automatically adjusts to stats from when your opponent played against you which should prove to be more valuable.
While Hand2Note always provided a world class HUD and note taking system, until version 3.1 was released it lacked some things on the database side of things to review when compared to Hold’em Manager 2 and PokerTracker 4. However, with the latest version Hand2Note implemented awesome graphs, informative session results, and detailed reports to round out their software into a powerhouse.
Hand2Note published a side by side comparison on how it looks when compared to PokerTracker 4 and Hold’em Manager with NoteCaddy. On an overall basis they all received positive check marks as far as a HUD, popups, reports, player analysis, and statistics customization.
However, as you look into things more deeply, there are many things that Hand2Note can do that the two industry leaders can’t. For example, Hand2Note provides a positional and dynamic HUD while neither HM2 or PT4 provide. According to the checklist, only Hand2Note provides complex elements in popups which includes ranges, hand lists, inner tabs, and notes.
Only Hand2Note has the ability to insert hands into notes and to use note templates and data visualization scores very high on Hand2Note as well. Additionally on a statistics point and game analysis point of view it appears that Hand2Note simply blows away the competition.
One very important thing to me personally – as it should be for you as well – is performance. Hand2Note imports faster and has its popups and replayer open quicker than its competition. Additionally its database size is smaller and doesn’t require a high level of systems requirements.
Some other things that Hand2Note can do that its competition cannot is display graphs directly into the player popup, provide a brief hand visualization, provide an unwatched showdown indicator against fish, and allow you to fully customize the hand history replayer.
Two main areas the competition was stronger is that Hand2Note does not support Omaha and that it doesn’t support some of the smaller online poker networks. That being said if you play mostly hold’em and stick to the major online poker rooms, neither of these issues is a problem for you.
If you are a micro or low stakes player we have another great reason for you to check out Hand2Note, as the software is absolutely for free for games up to $0.10/$0.25 No Limit Hold’em, $1/$2 Fixed Limit Hold’em, and tournaments with up to a $9 buy-in with its Newbie plan. From there plans go from $9.99 per month or $89 per year and up depending on the stakes you play. So why not see what you have been missing out on and check out Hand2Note today!

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