Alan's Switching to HM2

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Dated:
Feb 24th, 2012
By:
Alan Jackson
Game:
NLHE
Stake:
Small Stakes
Teaching Method:
Concept Video
Language:
English
Type:
6 Max
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24 Comments
9.0010
(5 Ratings) 9.00

Alan takes you through the beginning steps of transitioning to Holdem Manager 2.

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  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Alan's Switching to HM2
    25 Feb 2012 at 1:19am
    Discussion for Alan's Switching to HM2.
  • GangusR GangusR Poker Newbie
    2 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    28 Feb 2012 at 3:12am
    Pointing out obvious features in an extremely user friendly program, then plugging your Custom HUDS for $30/pop. Pretty disappointed for a site that's supposed to be quality over quantity.
  • frostypimp frostypimp Poker Newbie
    2 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    28 Feb 2012 at 3:30pm
    Nice vid, any chance you could upload your HUD?
  • frostypimp frostypimp Poker Newbie
    2 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    28 Feb 2012 at 8:09pm
    OK never mind lol didn't read the 2nd comment or last 30sec plug of the vid when posting, i think ill pass on buying the hud even for 30 cents.
  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    28 Feb 2012 at 11:56pm

    Last time when I gave away my hud I just gave the one I made for myself.


    This time I spent many hours designing 4 huds of varying sizes all with custom popups for that specific hud. I put a tremendous amount of thought into the design and what information should be on the HUD. I also produced a detailed video showing how to customize the HUD and how to add my popups to your HUD.


    Considering how widely my HUDs are used and the amount I work I put in to produce a specialized package that could be used by a wide range of players I thinks it's more than reasonable to ask for a small fee.


    Additionally, I took the time in this two part series to show you how to do the work on your own. If you enjoy doing that sort of stuff or your time isn't worth the work the 30 bucks will save you then you have everything you need to do it yourself.


    I know I likely over react to criticism, but sometimes it bugs me. I poor my heart and soul into my videos. I don't just do replay videos that take 45 minutes. I think through my content, often for several weeks structuring my series. I often do videos multiple times because I'm not happy with them. I show 100% of what I spent 1000s of hours learning and make me a winning poker player.


    And then I offer something for $30 that would take many players multiple hours to do on their own and I get comments like I wouldn't buy it for 30 cents because I did a thirty second plug at the end of the video for those who want to bypass the work and get my hud.


    I'm truly disappointed in this response.

  • newzelflow newzelflow Poker Newbie
    3 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 1:21am

    Hi guys new to the site and was advised to come to the forum for some good advice, i'm looking to use a HUD and I play lower stakes, usaally 0.10 / 0.5 euros levels PLO and Holdem but prefer PLO I have downloaded the trial for Holdem manager and its abit overwhelming. I got the basic default HUD set up on my tables with the basic sats, VPIP, PFR, think the other is 3bet but I would like to colour code them into like manic red, good player green, and I dont know what a nit would be maybe orange or something? What im struggling with is what would number value would define these colour codes? Can anyone help me or has a basic HUD I can download for PLO or Holdem?

    Thanks a lot

  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 1:46am

    I like to color code red/white/green.  Red is for nit, white for balanced, red for laggy.

    For NL

    pfr 15 and under red 21 and over green
    vpip 20 and under red 30 and over green
    3B 6 and under red 9 and over green
    Fold vs 3B 52 and under red 60 and over green
    4B 2 and under red 3 and over green
    flop cbet 60 and under red 70 and over green
    turn cbet 42 and over red 52 and over green
    fold vs flop cbet 45 and under red 50 and over green
    fold vs turn cbet 40 and under red, 45 and over green

    No idea on PLO.

    Hope that helps.

  • thefnatte thefnatte Poker Newbie
    20 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 2:09am
    Thanks for those numbers. One of the things I feel you do very very well is knowing this numbers. It takes ALOT of working with Holdem manager before knowing whats a high number and what is low. I try to note whenever you say in videos but that kind of informations does itself best on girly colorcoded lists ;)
  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 2:45am

    Thks, thefnatte.


    How I learned to interpret numbers was to first know what my numbers were.  So if Cbet 70% adn I see someone who cbets 75% I can add some more bluffs to my range and have a good idea of there range.

    The way this process is fails is when someone is constructing their range differently.  For example if I c/r 8% and someone else does 10% that extra 2% could be extended value, semi-bluffs or bluffs.  That's where you have to use your poker experience to figure things out.


    For preflop lots of work w/ PokerStove and memorizing ranges is critical.  I suggest taking screen shots and using them as flash cards to help memorize.

     

  • madboy madboy Poker Newbie
    34 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 4:15pm
    I am highly interested in mb one of your huds - I am playing NL 6max. I kinda wanna pass this vid but could not have found the explantations regards to your 4 created huds at the end of the vid as you have stated. Is there any chance to get in contact with you, so that ppl would know how the huds are looking? Are their also pop-ups already implemented?
  • apostadorfurtivo apostadorfurtivo Poker Newbie
    7 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 4:27pm

    I think this video was useful and although I know that HM2 is supposed to be a user friendly program just the fact that its something new and different makes me have some fear in making the change. After watching this video I'm more confident and I almost feel that I'm already familiarize with HM2 even without trying it a single time so at least for me this video was valuable.

    In relation to Alan HUD I think some of you guys are being very unfair and its perfectly reasonable that he charges a small fee for all the work he as invested. I don't have any kind of relation with Alan besides following his videos since stox and now here at BF but I think that its very evident to anyone following his work that he is a great person with a lot of passion, integrity and honesty on his work.

  • youcallitsover youcallitsover Poker Trainee
    111 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 4:38pm

    I honestly feel you should charge more for your HUD Alan!

    Alan is without a doubt one of, if not the best, user of in-game statistics in the poker world.  The value we gain from having access to brains like these on a daily basis is insane.  Great work as always Alan!

  • GangusR GangusR Poker Newbie
    2 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 8:21pm

    I think that was def. out of line that guy saying he wouldn't pay 30c for your HUD. I wasn't implying anything about its value. I think $30 is reasonable to charge for something like this. I just think it’s bad form to advertise things for sale in training videos that we all spent money already to watch. I think this is what threw me off; it instantly put a sour taste in my mouth. I've begun to follow your videos since signing up at BF early this year and so far I'm a fan. I plan to watch all your videos and have really appreciated the ones I've seen so far. This just wasn't one of your best videos. Over half the content was stuff most people would figure out very quickly just fiddling with a trial version of this software. As I said the software is VERY user friendly. I did appreciate you pointing out specific stats that you found to be new to HM2 or of particular usefulness. But it didn't warrant over 40min.

    WRT ones time being worth $30 or not, you're implying that there is no additional value in spending many hours making your own HUD besides actually having the HUD to use. That's obviously not true. When you put your own time and thought into what stats you want to see and where you want to see them, how you want your popups organized ect, this is an immensely valuable learning process. Also, by the time you're finished, you're very familiar with the location of all the numbers, so you can access this information quickly while in the heat of a session. It's much easier to memorize the layout of a HUD you designed.

    With that said, I'm sure there is also value in studying the layout of a HUD made by someone with your insight and expertise. But I just think it would take a lot more time to memorize where everything is and why it’s there. It’s the journey rather than the destination that matters here. So putting it down to a simple matter of whether or not that time is worth $30 to you or not is a bit superficial. This is the beauty of HM2 and why I was instantly in love. It’s simple point and click now to put together any HUD and popup you can imagine. So it’s really just all about knowing what stats you want to see. If you don’t know what stats you want to see, they shouldn’t be on the HUD in the first place. If you do know what stats you want there is much more value in using your own logical flow to decide how they will be organized among the pop-ups and main HUD, depending on your playing style and your short and long term goals for specific areas of your game to focus on.

    As you said in some of your earlier vids, it’s now about handing us a fish it’s about teaching us how to fish.

  • Davidsson Davidsson Poker Newbie
    28 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 8:56pm
    Very high quality content again. Thanks
  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    29 Feb 2012 at 11:25pm

    GangusR,

    Thank for taking the time to articulate you thoughts, there's always two sides to every issue and I appreciate the insight.

    You're probably right, it was bad form to advertise in a paid video like that.  I truly thought I was offering a valuable service by creating different huds since most players will find my beast of hud useless w/out a lot of motifications. 

    You'll not be happy to know that there is a part two where I explain even more stuff.  :)  I talk to a large number of poker players and at least 90% of time I talk to someone about HM2 they complain that HM2 feels too complicated and they just can't be bothered to learn something new.  I suspect you're at the upper end when it comes to software use and what you call very user friendly appears pretty daunting to many players.

    While some of the stuff was very simple for me I don't want to make the mistake of over estimating my overall audiences tech abilities.  I probably spend 100 hours each month working with serious poker players and generally find many have trouble with some pretty basic stuff like zipping and emailing hand histories, let alone more comlicated stuff.

    And yes there's lots of value in building your own hud and I did ignore that.

     

     

  • madboy madboy Poker Newbie
    34 Posts
    Re: Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    1 Mar 2012 at 12:19am

    madboy wrote:

    I am highly interested in mb one of your huds - I am playing NL 6max. I kinda wanna pass this vid but could not have found the explantations regards to your 4 created huds at the end of the vid as you have stated. Is there any chance to get in contact with you, so that ppl would know how the huds are looking? Are their also pop-ups already implemented?

    Hey, I bring this up again - mb you have overlooked it...

  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    1 Mar 2012 at 12:23am
    Making screens shots now and will come back and post them, send to you. All popus are included.
  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    1 Mar 2012 at 12:47am

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  • Simonsays Simonsays Poker Newbie
    5 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    1 Mar 2012 at 4:16am
    Looking forward to more HM2 stuff. Thanks for putting your work out. What other of your videos would you recommend for advanced players? The huds you are selling is that with the notecaddy batch'es, as seen in your short HEM youtube film? btw i think $30 is reasonable. :)
  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    1 Mar 2012 at 6:57am

    Hey Simon. I really think my last series is the best I've done-Dude, Where's My Win Rate? My Using Stats series is a bit old but good introduction to stats if you need to work on that.

     

    My HUDs have no NC stuff. I hired someone else to design that then I fine tuned it. http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/164/cash-game-poker-coach-listings/notecaddyadvantage-coaching-custom-def-alan-jackson-pack-hm1-hm2-setup-speed-up-pcs-more-1173394/

     

    Full disclosure, I have a piece of that but it's mostly his project.

  • Davidsson Davidsson Poker Newbie
    28 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    10 Mar 2012 at 1:12am
    Hi Alan Could you please tell us what kind of computer setup you have? Is it a prebuilt PC into which you added the ssd? How many ssd drives? do you have postgresql on a seperate dedicated ssd drive? Amount of RAM etc..? Thanks
  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    10 Mar 2012 at 4:14am

    Davidsson wrote:

    Hi Alan Could you please tell us what kind of computer setup you have? Is it a prebuilt PC into which you added the ssd? How many ssd drives? do you have postgresql on a seperate dedicated ssd drive? Amount of RAM etc..? Thanks

    I had this set up custom built, but it's not anything special.

    8GB RAM, I really think you need this for grinding.

    processor is an Intel i7 I think.

    I have an Intel 120GB SSD drive.  New tech is slow coming to Thailand and that was the biggest I could get at time.  I'll be upgrading to 500GB SSD drive when I have the time.  240 would mostly likely be more than enough, but I don't want to have to upgrade again.  I also get weird stuff like I have a database importing right now from a student who has an insane amount of the sngs and tourneys in his database and I didn't have nearly enough room to import, so I had to divide it into 4 groups, export the cash game hands after the group imports, delete the database and then start the next group.  3+ days. If had a big SSD I could have just taken the HM recovery file and had it done an hour.

    I think for most  players 120GB is big enough, as long as they store movies, music, pics, etc on another drive. 240GB if you really want to be safe.

    If I were smart enough I'd would only have my postgresql and operating system (Windows 7 Ultimate) on the SSD, but I could't get it to work.  I think for postgresql you just put the big files on the SSD, but I really don't know how to do that.

     

  • Davidsson Davidsson Poker Newbie
    28 Posts
    Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    10 Mar 2012 at 8:03am

    Alan,

    Thanks for these tutorial videos they really help.

    You mentioned something about eventually making a similar video about notecaddy? I am very exited about that program and it would be awesome to see vids about how NC helps with your game (what type of definitions do you find most important etc..).

    Thanks

  • AJackson AJackson Bluefire Pro Poker Pro
    492 Posts
    Re: Re: Alan's Switching to HM2
    10 Mar 2012 at 11:15am

    Davidsson wrote:

    Alan,

    Thanks for these tutorial videos they really help.

    You mentioned something about eventually making a similar video about notecaddy? I am very exited about that program and it would be awesome to see vids about how NC helps with your game (what type of definitions do you find most important etc..).

    Thanks

    NC will most likely be my next video before I start my next series.

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