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The Heads Up Display (HUD)

When Gus Hansen won the Aussie Millions in 2007 he chronicled his performance in a best-selling book entitled, ‘Every Hand Revealed.’ Recording the details of the important hands was not an easy task for Hansen. As a quality poker player he has an excellent memory, but still had to rely on a good old-fashioned Dictaphone to record the intricate details. It is not easy to remember your hand histories when playing on the live circuit.

The Great Dane is also an avid online poker and casino player. Hansen plays in the highest games imaginable, and if he decided to write a second book based on his cash game exploits, he would find it much easier than his live endeavour. Some very smart software developers have exploited this positive element of the game to create pieces of software that records every hand that you play. No Dictaphone needed and no pained expression on the face when a flop, turn or river has been forgotten.

These software programmes run alongside the software used to power your chosen card room. The algorithms are created to record every hand that is played at your table. The information is then disseminated into a series of statistics that are so vast in number they would make your eyes water.

The software can be used for two purposes. The first is to help you make decisions in ‘real time’ by using a Heads Up Display (know in the business as a HUD). The HUD will provide you with instant information on the way you and your opponent have been playing. The second benefit of the software happens during review. When the game ends you can trawl through the data to analyse potential strengths and weaknesses of both you and your opponent.

Modern day online poker calls for the need to be modern.

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