Poker Software Revealed with CrazyB15

Date: 2014-05-11
Author: Jason Glatzer

We caught CrazyB15 on PokerStars between poker sessions and he graciously took time out of his day to let us know all about the poker-related software he uses during and after play.  CrazyB15 has almost $500,000 in tournament cashes on PokerStars alone and just took third place in a SCOOP event for almost $34,000.
PokerSoftware:  What poker software do you use while playing?
CrazyB15:  For many years, I used Holdem Manager 1. However, I now use PokerTracker 4.
PokerSoftware:  Why did you switch from Holdem Manager 1 to PokerTracker 4?
CrazyB15:  I was happy with Holdem Manager 1.  However, Holdem Manager stopped offering support for HM1, at which point I spoke with a few poker players about their thoughts on the two programs and came to the decision to purchase PT4 instead of HM2.
PokerSoftware:  How important is your HUD when playing poker?
CrazyB15:  My HUD is generally pretty important to my game, especially when I am mass-tabling and need to reference information I would not have caught while playing more than a few tables.
PokerSoftware:  What tools are you using for post-game analysis?
CrazyB15:  I use a combination of Flopzilla, Holdem Resources, and ICMizer for post-game study tools.  Many years ago, I used SNG Wizard.  However, I find these three programs provide what I need for post-game studies.
PokerSoftware:  Tell us how and when you use Flopzilla.
CrazyB15:  I use it to look at spots with tons of random board textures to see how wide I could c-bet, double barrel, triple barrel, raise c-bet, etc. based on how wide I think certain opponents are in spots.
PokerSoftware:  How are you using Holdem Resources and ICMizer?  How are they different than Flopzilla?
CrazyB15:  Holdem Resources and ICMizer are used a lot more to check plus chip EV and ICM spots based on opponents' opening ranges and calling ranges, mostly in shorter stack play.  Both are similar types of programs.  However, I feel the functionality is better on Holdem Resources than ICMizer.
While ICMizer and Holdem Resources do have some similarities, I still like to use both of them to cross-reference each other in certain spots.  However, Flopzilla is not like either program.  Eventually, I will probably get into using the CardRunners EV Calculator, especially if I start playing cash games on a more regular basis.
PokerSoftware:  Have you played any mobile poker?
CrazyB15:  I haven't played mobile poker since Black Friday.  I haven't even bothered looking into playing on a cell phone since then, especially since I play multiple tables when I grind.  Mobile poker is good if you are playing just a table or two for fun or if your internet goes down, but in general nothing beats playing on the computer.

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