My study time over the past two weeks has been spent working on my poker HUD and this is the second of a multi-part series of posts about how my new HUD works. I developed it after watching a few training videos from Assassinato (MTT HUDs Classroom) and Apestyles (Stars 200r HH replay) on Cardrunners.com.
Here’s a screenshot of my HUD:
Part 1 covered the Hero and Table HUD Stats. In this post I’ll cover the Player HUD Stats.
Player HUD Stats
I’m really enjoying this HUD. There’s some good color coding for Combo Stat usage (more on that in a bit) and the placement of everything makes intuitive sense to me. I like the font sizing I use as it’s easier on these old eyes of mine. I’ve seen other HUD’s that cram in lots of info w/tiny font, and I just can’t handle that. I utilize lots of different pop-ups which I’ll cover in upcoming posts.
I play a lot of full ring MTT’s and 6-max SNG’s, and I chose to make a split in the HUD to try to conserve space for the full-ring MTT’s.
Current stack in BB’s (17bb’s in the shot above) – Seeing stack sizes in BB’s helps to reduce the calculations I have to do on the fly, freeing up my mind to contemplate other important things. Immediately seeing everyone’s stack size aids in multi-tabling SNG’s and MTT’s as well. My game changes quite a bit from 20bb effective stacks to 15bb’s and 10bb’s or less.
Number of Hands (136 above) – The number of hands I have on an opponent is important as the more hands I have on them the more reliable the stats are. VPIP and PFR are good at almost any sample size, but 3bet, Fold to Cbet, Fold to Flop Donk and many others require 100’s of hands to give a good indication of the opponent’s play style.
VPIP (55 above) – Voluntarily Put $ in the Pot – This lets me know how active an opponent is. This guy likes to play lots of hands as he plays a total range of 55% (spread out over all positions). Don’t know what a 55% range is? Check out my Learning Ranges post. 55% is a useful number to know, but it needs to be coupled with PFR for max effectiveness.
PFR (18 above) – Pre-flop Raise – This is an indication of how aggressive an opponent is. This takes into account both opens and 3bet+ bets. This guy raises 18% of hands which is roughly 33+, Axs, A6o+, KTs+ and KQ. He’s decently aggressive, but when paired with his 55% playing range, this guy is a rather loose fish. Be more concerned when a small PFR opens the pot or 3bets, as this is most likely a strong hand.
Combo Stat #1 – VPIP/PFR
These two numbers, along with the gap between the two, tells you a lot about an opponent’s play style. In general, a big gap is a more passive, fishier player (less skillful, doesn’t understand hand strength or position) and a narrower gap is a sign of a good playing reg (opens and raises a lot, little limping or calling raises).
You want to play more hands and isolate against bigger gaps; play less hands but with position vs smaller gaps. Make sure to look at their positional awareness as well. Their Raise First In by position should be in one of your pop-ups, as should their Call 2bet by position. More on pop-ups in future parts of this series.
RFI in the Cut-off (0 above) – Raise First In is a good measurement for willingness to steal the blinds from the CO. Lots of good players take the opportunity from the CO to steal ultimate position by opening to the get the BTN to fold, and an added benefit is when the blinds fold as well. If this % is much higher than their PFR then restealing vs his CO open could be a good play. In this instance, his CO RFI is 0%, so if he opens here it’s more likely strength than it is a steal.
RFI on the BTN (17 above) – Seeing the gap here between his CO and BTN RFI means this opponent is possibly positionally aware. But, with his zero CO RFI and a 17 BTN RFI, he’s got to be doing some more opening in positions other than these (EP, MP or the blinds), so he’s maybe not so positionally aware. Keep in mind that we only have 136 hands on him which is only 23 rounds of 6-max.
Combo Stat #2 – RFI in CO & BTN
These two numbers together can tell you how much your opponent values stealing. In this example, not so much as his CO RFI is zero and BTN only 17. You’ll encounter opponents who have and RFI of 25% and 35% in the CO and BTN respectively, with a PFR of only 22%. These guys steal a whole lot and open much less frequently in earlier positions. They are prime candidates for restealing. If their raise is a 3bet, then look at their 3bet stats as well to see how often they’re likely 3bet bluffing. If it’s 12%+ then you’ve got an habitual restealer and a 4bet shove could be in order.
Fold SB to LP Steal (62 above) – this tells you how often he folds to steals in the SB. The higher the better, and at 62% he’s folding most of the time. It’s either b/c he’s cautious in this position or he’s had a run of weak cards in the SB. He could also just like to see flops cheaply and is unwilling to call bigger bets. The higher the number the more likely your steal will succeed which is great to know as the blinds increase.
Fold BB to LP Steal (100 above) – just like the above stat, this tells you how likely your late position steal will work when he’s in the BB. Plus, if you’ve got a value hand on the BTN and he folds to steals a lot, you may want to raise smaller or just limp to get him involved. Conversely, if he doesn’t fold the BB easily and you’ve got a value hand, bet more to get more from him as he’ll likely defend.
Combo Stat #3 – Fold SB and Fold BB to Steal
With the rampant aggression in games nowadays, these stats together let you know who you can profitably steal from and who you should avoid. They tell you how defensive he is overall. A high fold SB but a low fold BB means that he’s a fighter when he’s got a bigger stake in the pot and probably won’t give up too easily on the flop. You’ll also see opp’s with high numbers in both of these have a big gap between their VPIP and PFR, indicating a passive player that might be easy to push off of hands beyond the flop. If he’s got low SB and BB fold stats, then check his 3bet, Flop Donk Bet and c/r Cbet stats before you decide to steal. You may find yourself playing post-flop with somebody who doesn’t give up easily. Just have a plan before you make your pre-flop move.
RFI (SB) (21 above) – It’s not too often that you wake up in the SB with a hand that’s good enough to build a pot with the guaranteed disadvantage of playing out of position. If your opponent is anywhere above 35% in opening the SB, then you’ve got somebody who likes to steal. You can either call and play post-flop with knowing they’re likely weak, or take it away with a nice 3bet resteal from the BB (check their Fold to 3bet stat before you do).
Fold BB to SB Steal (55 above) – When it folds to you in the SB you want a good indication of your opponent’s likelihood of letting you take the blinds and antes without much of a fight. It’s great when you have one of these non-defenders directly to your left as they allow for less risk when you’re stealing. If this stat is high, that’s a sign that they don’t really value playing in position all that much either and may give you lots of BTN’s when you open in the CO.
Combo Stat #4 – SB RFI and Fold BB to SB Steal
With these stats you’re really looking to see how your opponent views the blinds. High SB RFI and low Fold BB means he likes to steal and thinks others do it quite often as well. Low SB RFI and high Fold BB means he doesn’t value stealing and would rather just wait for better cards to play. High and high again is indicative of someone who only steals but doesn’t defend, so he’s not too positionally aware and if he 3bets you then he’s got a great hand and position so you’re probably better off giving up on your steal. Low and low means he doesn’t like to play out of position too much, but he’ll play lots of hands while in position.
Wow, I’m only 1/2 way through the Player HUD and we’re at 1,600 words. I’ll continue the Player HUD stats discussion in part 3.
Please leave your thoughts on my Player HUD in the comments below. What should I add/delete?
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