How to Use HUD Stats

by trikkur

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by sh58 is titled profiling opponents using PAH (tl, dr) and can be found here. Poker Ace HUD (heads up display) was a piece of software that displayed your opponents’ PokerTracker stats on the screen. Poker Ace HUD was later combined with the actual PokerTracker software, so you no longer need to purchase the HUD separately. Using these HUD statistics to profile your opponents will allow you to choose the most effective strategy against them. The article below will will teach you the questions you should be asking yourself and the stats to answer those questions.

HUD Stats

My HUD stats during the Trikkur 6 video

Most SSNLers will use PokerTracker and Poker Ace Hud, and there have been many posts about how best to use them in the past. I believe, however, that there is a lot of interesting information you can gather that isn’t so obvious, and is invaluable in judging how to play certain opponents. A lot of this stuff may be known to some players, or be common knowledge, but I hope there are a few bits and bobs that will help people.

It is fairly important to have a fairly large amount of hands on a villain before we can note any patterns, ideally above 1000, but in some cases you can make assumptions based on only a couple of hundred hands.

The players I usually profile are regulars, usually TAG’s, which I will play with a lot. Regs are the best people to profile because you will be playing with them on a frequent basis, you normally have a lot of hands on them (usually datamined), and it isn’t normally obvious at a glance what their leaks are. There is little point doing any detailed analysis of the game of a 70/3/2 who you have 100 hands on, because it is incredibly easy to exploit them, and they aren’t going to be around very long anyway, so it is pretty much a waste of time.

Questions to ask yourself about the opponent

1) Is he positionally aware?
2) Does he raise lightly in late position?
3) Does he 3bet light out of the blinds?
4) Does he play back at you a lot when he calls my raises?
5) Does he double barrel a lot after raising preflop?
6) Does he call down light, or use bluff catchers the river?
7) Does he Cbet a lot?

When you know the answers to these questions, and you have some reads about how the villain played certain hands, you can often tear apart a proficient TAG who doesn’t realize the information you have.

Use HUD Stats to Answer Questions

The main point in my post is that you can gather general tendencies by combining PAH stats. Here I answer the questions purely using HUD stats.

1) If the fold SB/BB to steal are fairly high, both 70+, his attempt to steal is 25+, it is very likely that he is positionally aware. This is useful to use if you are not sure whether you are facing a Lag or a Lagtard. There are a lot of people at low stakes who have 35/19 vpip/PFR or something similar and you are not sure if they are good or not, well, using the combo stated above, it is very easy to tell.

2) This is just using the attempt to steal stat. It is very important to know this so you can 3bet a bit lighter OOP. Against anyone who has a 30+ attempt to steal you can 3bet a lot of hands for value, KQ for instance. 3betting KQ (for value) might not be such a good idea if their attempt to steal is much lower (>25)

3) This is definitely the most useful one. If villains call PFR % is low (6 or lower is my general rule) but their fold to steal % are also fairly low (75 or less) then they are definitely 3betting light. If there is a villain with less than 5 call PFR and about 70 ish fold to steal% I really attack there 3bets, I will 4bet with whatever trash I am raising straight away, I can also call 3bets and shove in on tons of flops if there Cbet % is high.

4) If a villain is raising my Cbets more than 13-14% of the time, I will 3bet bluff a lot against them if they are not maniacs. If it is as high as 20% or higher, then you can stack off a lot lighter on the flop, especially on draw heavy boards. A lot of aggro donks have 20% or higher and you really should not fold good hands when they raise this often.

If there is a reasonable player who raises Cbets a lot, I also will start checking behind more vulnerable hands, such as middle pair, but with floaters it is best to bet the flop with MP and TPNK. Habitual floaters are also easy to spot. Fairly low flop AF, call PFR fairly frequently, and a slightly higher turn AF then you would expect, as well as a fairly low fold to Cbet % (less than 70). Obviously you want to double barrel or c/r the turn against these villains. Another sign of a villain who might play back at you is a high W$WSF. The higher it is above 40%, the more chance they are playing back at you.

5) If someone’s turn AF is pretty high (higher than 3) and so is their Cbet frequency, and their go to showdown is fairly low, you can be reasonably confident that this villain will double barrel regularly. This means you may want to raise flops against them with vulnerable holdings that can’t take much heat, or you can just call down lighter. Like the last point, a high W$WSF is the sign of a double barreler, who will try and take down more pots.

6) There are a lot of passive river players out there. There river AF will be less than 2, with pretty good hands they will c/c the river a lot with bluff catchers. Here the key stats are Went to Showdown, and River AF. Someone with a really high River Aggression Factor will be bet/folding a ton of rivers with marginal holdings. Against him, you can obviously bluff raise the river occasionally

7) Here just look at the Cbet F%. Any higher than 80 and I start bluff raising the flop a lot.

As you can see, there is a lot of information to be gathered that helps a lot in your battles with the regs. An important thing to note is that a lot of their moves will be aimed at you, their fellow good player. They will play much more ABC against the bad players. So some of the stats will be more extreme then they seem. For instance, a villain may Cbet 70% of the time on average. Against a fellow TAG, he is going to be Cbetting closer to 80 or 90%, and on some boards, he is going to Cbet every single time. The same goes for stealing blinds, he is going to steal a lot more against people who have high fold to steal%, and the TAG is going to be the highest by far. So his attempt to steal being 30% really means that when you are in the blinds he is going to be stealing 40-50% of the time.

I will quickly analyze the stats of a random TAG I picked out during my session this afternoon.

PokerTracker HUD Stats

Click to enlarge PokerTracker HUD stats on a TAG player. Image by sh58

So this guy is a 21/15/2.5, so a fairly solid player. Just from these 3 stats you can tell he isn’t really that aggro. His vpip/PFR ratio has a bit of a gap, so he will be calling PFR’s or overlimping slightly more than a 21/18 for instance. His TAF is also less than 3 so we can’t expect fireworks every time we are in a pot with him.

His opening range is fairly typical from a TAG, with a 28% attempt to steal, but I wouldn’t come after him very light from the blinds, as he is hardly raping us. I think his Cbet % of 69 is hard to exploit, so I wouldn’t start c/r him a lot when he has the betting lead. I may try and float him sometimes though, as his turn aggression isn’t that high.

There are some stats that will be useful when we have the betting lead. His fold to Cbet is fairly low and so is his raise Cbet, so I would be very wary if he raised my Cbet, but I think he might float a decent amount. I would double barrel him a lot, but he does have a very high WTSD% of 31 so I would be careful as he has some stationey tendencies

As for 3betting light (the most important thing to know when you play with a TAG), he does have quite low fold stats of 80 and 76, but also a very slightly above average call PFR, so I think he is 3betting slightly light, but nothing too out of line. I wouldn’t be too upset about calling a 3bet w KQ and stacking off on a K hi flop, for example.

There are probably tons of other things that I either forgot to mention, or haven’t worked out yet. Basically, you can just work out a lot of things just using common sense. None of this information is worked out mathematically, so the ranges I mentioned are just a rough guide that seems to work for me, you guy can make up more accurate ranges if you can be bothered.

I think knowing this stuff will improve your game a lot, as you can start making good money off the regs as well as the fish, or at least avoid getting 3bet to death when you open on the button. Every player should look at all the players they play with fairly regularly and do a quick profile so they can react to the flow of the game better, and adjust accordingly. If they take a few notes with villains tendencies based on the HUD stats, it will save a lot of time and effort the next time you play them, as you may have forgot what you concluded about them.

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Edits for clarity or readability have been made.