Poker Tracker 4 Tracking Software Review

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Overview
  • Product: Poker Tracker 4 – online poker tracking software
  • Price: $64.99 to $159.99 (USD)
  • System Requirements : Windows Vista, Windows 7, 8 or 10. 4GB of RAM or greater recommended. Mac: OS X 10.11 or higher. 2 GHz processor, 1GB of free disk space
  • Supported Poker Rooms: PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, GTECH G2 Network, Merge Network, People's Poker Network, Winamax, Winning Poker Network, 888 Poker
  • Supported Poker Games: Either NLHE or PLO cash games up to $50, Limit up to $100, and tournament buy-ins of up to $22 for $59.99; Low-limit NLHE and PLO for $99.99; All games for all stakes for $159.99.
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Description

Poker Tracker 4 s a poker HUD (Heads-Up Display) and a poker hand tracking software tool for online poker players. First developed and launched in 2001 by PokerTracker Software, LLC, Poker Tracker was the first fully comprehensive tracking software available for the online game.

Originally, in-game analysis via a HUD (Heads-Up Display) utilised a separate piece of software called PokerAce HUD (PAHUD). However, this along with Pot-Limit Omaha functionality became incorporated into the software when PokerTracker’s third iteration launched in 2008. PT3 also added Mac compatibility.

Designed and built from scratch, rather than by refining earlier iterations, PokerTracker 4 launched in 2012. A Mac-compatible version followed in early 2013.

PokerTracker merged with competitor Hold’em Manager in 2014 to form Max Value Software, and while both products are separate, they do share many similarities. However, there are a few fundamental differences in how they operate.

Obviously the main difference is a cosmetic one, and while PT4 still utilises a PostgreSQL database to store information, Hold’em Manager 3 has now done away with the need to install and run separate software to manage your database. However, while PT4 may be a little slower than HM3, its demands on system memory are significantly less.

Despite its eight-year age, PT4 is well supported and updated regularly, making it one of the best pieces of tracking software available.

Pros and Cons

To the uninitiated, PokerTracker 4 is a complex tool, which is both a pro and a con. Players unfamiliar with tracking software may be overwhelmed by the sheer scope of data analysis available.

However, a handy Quick Start Guide effortlessly talks users through the installation process and how to get everything working with their chosen poker site. An informative section on what the plethora of statistics available for review actually mean, and how to apply them is available via a wealth of online tutorials.

One edge PT4 has over counterpart Hold’em Manager 3 is Mac compatibility. However, one con is the fact you have to install a separate PostgreSQL database to manage hand histories. This makes PT4 take up more space on your hard drive. While the software does it all for you, it can be a time-consuming process.

The vast array of filters available for analysis allows users to parse huge amounts of data. This provides the ability to drill down deep into hand and opponent analysis. The leak tracker enables you to tune up your game and see which hands and positions you may be playing sub-optimally.

PT4 set the industry standard when it comes to functionality and includes an automated note-taking function. There are also a plethora of software add-ons that increase functionality still further:

Table Ninja II makes multi-tabling significantly easier and also provides auto registration for Sit & Goes. The Ignition Hand Grabber App allows users to auto-import real-time hand histories from sites where this function is unavailable. There is also a built-in ICM and equity calculator – NoteCaddy.

There is a comprehensive online user guide and the support offered is top-notch, with all queries dealt with quickly, professionally, with minimal fuss.

Price

While not overly expensive, PokerTracker 4 is the priciest tracking software out there. Low-stakes Hold’em (up to $50 NL, $100 Fixed Limit, and $22 buy-in tournaments) costs $64.99. If you want Omaha functionality as well that’s $99.99. You can, however, just get low stakes Omaha for $64.99 if you don’t play Hold’em.

When it comes to low stakes, HM3 edges it by $5, costing $60 for essentially the same thing. If you buy the full package for $159.99, then there is a negligible price difference of $0.01 in PT4’s favor. There are no hidden online support and maintenance costs, giving it the edge over HM3 when it comes to value.

With rival Poker Copilot costing $60 less and including both Hold’em and Omaha functionality for all stakes, PT4 could be considered pricey. However, the additional app add-ons for PT4 means it offers more in the way of customisation and functionality.

Pros / Cons
  • gold standard when it comes to online tracking software
  • free one-month trial of Table Ninja II
  • professional support
  • complex to the uninitiated
  • requires some setting up
  • some research needed to get the most out of

Verdict

With both PC and Mac functionality, in-depth statistical analysis, and access to some great add-ons, PT4 is the gold standard when it comes to online tracking software. Complex to the uninitiated, requiring some setting up and research to get the most out of, it more than makes up for these shortcomings in functionality and practicable application. It is the priciest tracking software out there for low stakes. However, the full package $159.99 price tag is reasonable and can be paid off after two or three sessions of online cash action. This also includes a free one-month trial of Table Ninja II. When you add in the professional support and the fact that it comes with a free 14-day trial, you have no reason not to give it a whirl.

Price: 8/10

PT4 falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to price. Not as cheap as rival Poker Copilot and with a separate pricing structure, PT4 is $5 more than Hold’em Manager 3 at low-stakes. However, unlike HM3, PT4 comes with no additional costs. The $159.99 price tag for the full package is competitive.

Support: 9/10

Online support for PT4 is excellent. In addition to their handy Quick Start Guide, there is a wealth of online tutorialstroubleshooting guides, and a well-populated forum. Add in quick response times and you have a well-supported product. Only the fact PT4 is not supported in multiple languages stops it from scoring higher.

Accessibility: 8/10

To the uninitiated, PokerTracker 4 is a complex tool. Players unfamiliar with online tracking software may be overwhelmed at the sheer scope of the data analysis available. However, for those willing to do some research, these initial hurdles are easily overcome with the guides and tutorials.

Functionality: 8/10

While it is over eight years old, PT4 still offers users a great deal of functionality. The hand replayer is invaluable, as are the detailed session reports and impressive range of statistics available to assess your game. Add in a fully customisable HUD and you have an essential piece of online poker software.

Add Ons: 10/10

Just like sister product HM3, PT4 offers users a whole host of additional add-on applications. These apps add a great deal of quality of life improvements and increase the software’s functionality and usability significantly.

Total Score: 43/50 – 4.3 stars

 

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