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Nov 21, 2012 No Comments

Some of you know last month was NoteCaddy month here at Hold'em Manager where we gave away 3 copies of NoteCaddy.  At the end of the month we hosted a social media Q&A with the NoteCaddy developer.  I've included a short NoteCaddy demo here along with the Q&A transcript.


Q: Does it work for all sites?

A:  NC works for all sites HM2 supports.


Q: How do I get the most out of my scatter and spark graphs????

A: The scatter graph is pretty straight forward. You want to look for outliers there. For example, someone that bets bigger than normal when he bluffs or someone who makes small bets for value. Make a habit of looking at the scatter graph and with a little practice you can get those reads fast enough to do so during a hand when you have a tough decision to make.

You should use spark graphs as often as possible, They provide you with a lot of key information. For example, you can see how strong this player is (in this spot) compared to the "average" player in your database. That way maybe you only have a sample size of 1 on a player and you don't want to treat it as a fact but the blue line will tell you how strong the "average" guy is so you can use that piece of information as a fall back.

What you really need to use in spark graphs though is implicit strength/weakness. This is covered in the getting started article What it basically does is allows you to estimate hand strengths without people actually showing down. This is incredibly useful if you understand it. For example, if you have a note that someone only cbets strong but aren't using the implicit strength/weakness, it might turn out your note is very wrong since it ignores non-showdown hands.

What turning on implicits might reveal is that he check/folds the turn very often after a cbet. This implies he was doing so weakly quite a bit and can easily change the way you deal with his actions. I strongly recommend any serious player turn on this feature via file->settings->HUD and enter values for implicit strength/weakness in the spark graph.


Q:  How many notes does it come with?

A:  The paid version of NoteCaddy comes with over 200 predefined notes; however, you can create as many note definitions as you want.


Q: How do you turn off NC completely? How do you turn it on but that it doesn't go through hands to make notes automatically? How do you configure NC to only do the notes you want it to?

A: It is turned off completely via HEM's HUD options. There is a checkbox at the bottom right; you can prevent it from automatically taking notes at startup in file->settings->database settings "automatically start taking notes" and unchecking that. All NoteCaddy definitions can be made inactive by right clicking them and clicking "make inactive"


Q: I play on 2 different computers on a regular basis. What is the fastest and easiest way to sync notes between the two PC's?

A: There's no way to synch notes directly but if you use HM Sync then your hands will always be the same across both computers. You can then migrate your NC settings and they will generate identically. This article has all the details


Q: I have a budget to upgrade my 4G Ram or to upgrade to SSD hard drive. Which is more important for HM+NoteCaddy to run faster?

A: 100% definitely the SSD. HEM and NC are both very intense on HDD utilization. Unless you have many millions of hands, HEM+NC running full blast won't use near 4 gb. Even a small decrease in HDD latency can produce big performance improvements


Q: After making some edits on some notes. It goes over the whole DB to make the changes for each and each note, so for ex:, if i edit 8 note definitions, it will take about 48 hours to complete the task which usually stucks in my weak 4g ram system. Is it possible to make the edited definitions as one task? like in the first time we install note caddy?

A: It will remove the existing notes for each edited definition one at a time. However, the creation of the new notes will happen in one pass through for all 8 edited definitions. It is the note creation that will take the longest time.



Q: Hi! Congrats on software. However I'm missing automatic notes in some important areas. It gives me notes when I click on VPIP, PFR,FlopC-bet,TurnC-bet, name.. but I am missing quite important notes about 3Bets and 4Bets. How come these are not included since we get a lot into reg vs reg action where then can be quite some leveling where we would need this info. Tnx

A: Notecaddy by default does give you some information about 3/4 bets. You just might need to add them to your popup yourself. Defaults include what % of the time you've 3 bet a player and what range you had when having shown down. This definition is called "ThreeBetByHero". Also, included by default (in NC basic too) are stats for "3 bets versus tag" and "4 bets versus tag". These are essentially just stats but they remove hands where someone either too tight or someone too loose open raised. This gives you a much more accurate stat and of course also shows ranges by default.

By default, NC includes a badge that will appear if a player 3 bets you significantly more often than he does versus everyone else. If you're using Notecaddy then you should make sure you're showing badges in your HUD or you are missing out on a huge edge. See for more details. If you feel anything else of value could be added to defaults, feel free to request it either here or via the HEM forum and I will gladly have a look at adding it!


Q: Since there are a lot of definitions and new badges on the market, which ones would you suggest? And why? I'm familiar with NoteCaddy Advantage and Note Caddy Edge. As I heard one is closed the other is opened for customization!? Do not know much about the others…

A: Both NC advantage and NC edge have gotten great reviews from their customers and a coaching package is something the majority of players should at least consider. This is because:

-most people aren't sure what exploitable behaviors to look for in their opponents. These packages have very specific spots and documentation on how to use that information

-the amount of time it would take to make all the customizations these packages offer would take even a technically savvy user quite a long time. It is the equivalent of growing your own tomatoes versus going to the store to buy them. NoteCaddy by default includes a large amount of data on players but draws the line at documenting how to use information since that falls under coaching and requires the cooperation of highly skilled players.

It is true that NCE does allow for full customization while NCA does not. However, NCA does allow for the customization of its color definitions and with this, you can still adjust the threshold with which behaviors are considered exploitable. It is up to you on whether you believe you would gain value out of more in depth customization.

I will stop short of recommending one over the other because there is just too much to consider and without knowing your personal needs, it is just too hard to tell. I know both of the authors though and can say with confidence that they are both very qualified to present their respective products so you really can't go wrong with either. Also, keep in mind that these are third party products.


Q: Are there any future projects planned?

A: There are many things being taken into consideration to make NC even better. Right now what's being looked at is a way to filter better and more intuitively by post flop hand ranges. There definitely is room for improvement there and it isn't unnoticed. Making sure everything is properly documented is not as exciting a task but that is certainly an ongoing effort as well.

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