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Playerview

What is Playerview? It is an add-on program to Pokertracker that takes the important bits of data from Pokertracker and transposes it directly onto the the tables you are playing, instead of you having to view individual tables in Pokertracker's Gametime screen. This does two things: 1) makes it much simpler and easier to view data about your opponents, and 2) greater reduces the amount of computer processing that Pokertracker takes up. If you're not familiar with Pokertracker, then read that section first.

So how do you get Playerview? Go to http://www.playerview.net/ and download it for free. You can use Playerview indefinitely for free on one table. If you like it, it's $50 to buy it which then lets you use it on multiple tables.

How do you use Playerview? It's pretty easy to figure out and set up, so you can refer to their site for the general questions. Essentially, you need to specify which Pokertracker variables you want to see on the tables, and where on your tables you want to put them.

How should you set up Playerview for Omaha 8/b games? It's a 3 step process. First, select which variables you want to use. Second, color code the ranges for each variable. Third, position the variables on your screen. Here are the variables I use, which you can think about as two categories a) information about individual players, and b) information about the table.

Here's the info about individual players that I use:

  1. Icon
  2. VPIP
  3. PFR
  4. Flop Aggression
  5. Turn Aggression
  6. River Aggression
  7. Went to Showdown
  8. Won $ at Showdown
  9. Total Hands
  10. Showdown Hole Cards

Here's the info about the overall table that I use

  1. Table Average VPIP
  2. Table Average Won $ at Showdown
  3. Table Average PreFlopRaise
  4. Table Average Pot in $
  5. Showdown Board

Next, I color code each of the key variables about an opponent. This lets me visually assess my opponents too. Basically, I recorded a ton of hands from my opponents using pokertracker (data-mining), and sorted the results for each variable from highest to lowest. So these place opponents into roughly equal buckets for each variable.

VPIP* PFR F-Ag* T-Ag* R-Ag* WntSD W$SD*
Lowest Purple 0-23 0-4 0-.52 0-.64 0-.75 0-38 0-55
Low Green 23-30 4-7 .52-.73 .64-.86 .75-.98 38-47 55-59
Medium Yellow 30-36 .73-.93 .86-1.05 .98-1.24 59-64
High Orange 36-47 7-11 .93-1.28 1.05-1.36 1.24-1.64 64-69
Highest Red 47-100 11-100 1.28-100 1.36-100 1.64-100 47-100 69-100

So how do you interpret this? When you see someone with a # in purple, you know they have a very low number in that dimension, compared to other players. If their # is in red, their # is very high compared to others. For example, everyone with a VPIP number colored purple is pretty tight, while red means they're pretty loose.

The variables with an * are perfect quintiles from my database, so

  1. Exactly 20% of the players in the database have a VPIP lower than 23
  2. Exactly 40% of the players in the database have a VPIP lower than 30
  3. Exactly 80% of the players in the database have a F-Ag lower than 1.28, etc.

So when you're looking at the screen, and you see an opponent's VPIP # is in purple, you know he is among the tightest 20% of players out there

The non-asterisked ones are fairly close to the same methodology, but those variables are less important, so I was less precise there. But it is roughly true that approximately 25% of the players have a PFR lower than 4 for example, and roughly 33% of players have a Went to Showdown lower than 38%.

Note: This data is from play at a mix of $5-10 and $10-20. Data for levels below that will be slightly different, but not too much so, as I have separate data files on play from $0.5-1 on up and have reviewed it. The database is composed of just over 700 players all of whom have played 100+ hands.

How should you position the variables? Anyway you like - it doesn't much matter.

Here's how I do it:

              Icon(picture of Fish)     VPIP       Total Hands        Hole Cards

              - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   

            |                                                                                                           |    Went to Showdown

            |                        OPPONENTS NAME HERE                                     |    Won $ at Showdown

            |                                                                                                            |

            - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

                PRF            F-Ag            T-Ag            R-Ag

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