Welcome to the very first Tip of the Month. We're going to give Holdem Manager users tips on key features regularly. Post feedback on what you'd like to see and you might just get your question answered here for everyone to see. We'll continue to update you with power tips throughout the year. To the tips we go!
- Use Multiple HUD's for Different Game Types – Watch Video
- Don't Fold your Blinds – Take Charge!
Aliases There's two main reasons why you want to use Aliases inside of Holdem Manager.
- You play on multiple sites and want to see a report for all of your site screen names combined.
- You want to analyze the top players in your database as a whole. (Article 8 discusses this in detail)
To learn more about setting up an Alias inside of Holdem Manager, check out the FAQ Here. Use Multiple HUD's for Different Game Types The FAQ Here has a video attached showing how to define multiple HUD layouts across different game types and sites. Don't Fold your Blinds – Take Charge! For Reference (Steal): Someone first to raise from the cut-off, button or small blind. I used to be a super weenie in the blinds and folded to any heat when I thought I knew how to play poker. If you're playing NLHE 6-MAX or Full Ring you should not be losing more than 20-25bb/100 in the big blind and 10-12 bb/100 in the small blind. The less you lose the better! 🙂 You're going to lose money in the blinds and there's no way around that unless you play Heads Up poker. What you want to do is minimize your losses in the blinds. If someone is stealing more than 30% from the cut-off or button, they are stealing too much and you need to play back at this person every now and then with complete air; however, I strongly recommend not doing it with complete air until you get more comfortable with the situation. Do it with hands you would normally fold like A9, 22, 79 suited until you are more comfortable about the situation. The reason for this is when you do get called by this person you have a chance of flopping the best hand. This leads into: Never call a raise when you're facing a steal. OK, you might call occasionally for whatever reason, but the first thing that you should be asking yourself is: Do I Fold or Raise here? Only then if you can't come to a snap decision should you think about calling. It's hard to just raise or fold here, but you'll get way more information about your opponents hand along with the possibility of just picking up the pot preflop. So we've raised a stealer with a bad hand and he called us. Now what do we do? This is where things get a bit more complicated. Obviously if we hit the flop, fire on out. The other thing you want to be looking at is how often this player calls a C-Bet or C-Bets themselves. If the player has a high fold to flop C-Bet (70% or more), you know they have something when they call your bet on the flop and you can re-evaluate your hand strength, but only after betting the flop into this player. On the other hand, if a player has low fold to flop C-Bet (40% or lower), you need to evaluate you hand strength and your read on your opponent before firing a C-Bet here. We could break this down to a 10 page document, but I hope this gives you a tip or two about how to play back at people preflop when you are in the blinds. GL, B-Money