Poker HUD Introduction

Hi. This is Jessica from Mega Moolah. In this article I’m going to show you the basics of using Poker Copilot’s HUD.

I’m also going to show you how you can modify the way the HUD looks and works while you’re sitting at the poker table. I’m playing a PokerStars cash table here. You’ll notice that we have this message put by Poker Copilot on the window: “HUD shows after your first hand.” That’s because I’ve just sat at the table. Poker Copilot needs for you to have completed at least one hand so that it can gather the basic information about the type of table, the number of players, and so on. So I’ll play out this hand.

Now the hand is over, within a few seconds Poker Copilot has found the information it needs. And we now have these HUD panels next to each player on the table. So you’ll see that we have the player name, in brackets we have the number of hands we have for that player.

Then we have there three basic statistics. If you spend any time reading about poker HUDs, you’ll learn that these are the basic statistics we are always interested in. We have VPIP, which is “voluntarily put money into the pot”, pre-flop raise (PFR), and post-flop aggression (Agg). So the “19” there means that 19% of the time when I could put money into the pot pre-flop, I did. The next statistic “pre-flop raise”:12% of the time when I had the opportunity to make a pre-flop raise, I made a pre-flop raise.

And finally, post-flop aggression: 67. So 67% of the time when I was still in the hand post-flop, I made a bet or a raise rather than just checking all the way through to the end of the hand. Maybe you don’t like the position of these HUD panels. Not a problem. Just click anywhere on the player name section of the HUD panel and you can move the HUD to exactly where you want it. Now Poker Copilot will remember where you’ve moved the HUD panel to and in subsequent sessions you’ll find the HUD panel will appear in the position you want it.

We can make these HUD panels more compact. For example the player name is not really necessary once you’re certain that the panels are in the right place. So what I’m going to do is go to the top-right hand corner of the poker table. And here Poker Copilot has put a HUD control panel. Find this icon in the middle: this is the HUD Configure icon.

Click on it, and a menu appears. Now I want to turn off player names so I’ll find “Player Names”, click on it, and suddenly the player names have gone from the panels. But maybe you want it to be even more compact. After a while you’ll learn that it is always VPIP, PFR, and Aggression in that order, and you no longer need the labels. So we can turn those labels off.

Again, go to the top right-hand corner, click on the HUD Configure icon, and turn off “Statistic Labels”. And there you have it: a very compact HUD display above each player. Let’s go back to the top righthand corner. We’ve got this very long message here:”Table VPIP PFR and Aggression”. So this is the average VPIP of all the players currently at the table.

I find this very useful to get an impression as to whether I’m sitting on a loose table or a tight table. Maybe you want to turn that off. Again go to the HUD Configure menu icon, click on it, and here we have “Show Table Stats”.

Let’s turn that off, and the table stats are gone. A very useful button here is this one. This is the HUD play and pause button. Click on that and the HUD instantly disappears from the table. This can be very useful if you just need an uncluttered table while you are making a big decision. Click on it again and the HUD instantly appears.

This is just the beginning of what you can do to the Poker Copilot HUD. You can change what statistics are shown, you can change the colour scheme, the layout of labels, you can determine whether the HUD stats are shown for all time, or just for the current table. And most importantly, before I forget, you can click anywhere on the player’s statistics to see many more statistics for that player.

So I’m going to click on my statistics here. And we get this popup showing all sorts of statistics. Almost anything you could possibly want to know about the player, live at the table. This is just the start of what you can do to change the way the HUD looks and feels.

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Basic Rules of Pai Gow

Hey guys. I wanted to go into a game that I was very excited about covering, because I couldn’t find any videos on it online when I was first learning. Hopefully I’ll be able to teach you all also. This is how to play Pai Gow Tiles.

In this game, there are 32 dominos. Each player will place a bet. Four players here. Dice are rolled, usually it’s in a cup, and it determines who would go first. So, these come off to the side. Dealer gets his.

Every player gets a stack. The object of the casino game is to have two sets of two tiles that both beat the dealer. Sounds a little confusing, but this, I’ll be honest, it is. But hopefully I’ll be able to demystify this game with you in this series. So, players will get their tiles face up, these are tiles that are all based on Chinese imagery.

And basically, the object of the game is to set your tiles in a way where you feel that you’re going to be able to beat the dealer. And all of these are by point value here. This is an eight, and this is a ten, alright. We go with the last digit, so this is actually an eight.

And the highest you can get without any special pairs and things like that is nine. This here is an eight. And this here would be six, and 11.

So this is a seven, because you know, seventeen, we chop off the one. This here is five and four, so that’s a nine. With these hands here, all right, so this would be a four, because you have an eight, and a six. So this would be 14. These tiles are special, there’s a three and a special six, which is made out of four two. This would count as a three or a six.

So here, in this case, it would be six plus the three, so that’s a nine. That’s not too bad. Then here with this, we have a pair, which is better than a nine. And then we’ve got right here, this would be a seven, and then a six, so this is three. And then the pair. The object is to beat the dealer, who has to play his hand a certain way.

And in the case here, he’s got a five, and then a nine. So right here, five beats this one here, but it doesn’t beat the pair. So that’s a push.

If you win one, lose one, it’s a push. And here, this is a four, and then the nine. So this nine, because it’s made out of this tile, confused yet? Just because this nine is better than this nine, but this four is worse than this five. So that’s also a push. Here you’ve got a seven and a nine.

This nine beats this nine. But then, this seven beats this five. So that’s a push.

And then we’ve got an eight and a seven. We’ve got eight, eight, and an eight, alright, so then, the eight beats the dealer, but then the nine beats him. So then that’s a push. Confused yet? I know.

It’s a game where you push a lot of times, and the house edge is actually pretty low in the game, and actually it works out to your favor if you actually know how to play. We’ll go into more detail about hands and rankings, and what beats what and how do you beat the dealer in a later video.

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Do You Know The Real Rules of Poker?

Poker is a game of chance. However, when you introduce the concept of betting, poker gains quite a bit of skill and psychology. Poker is played from a standard pack of 52 cards. (Some variant games use multiple packs or add a few cards called jokers.) The cards are ranked (from high to low) Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. (Ace can be high or low, but is usually high). There are four suits (spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs); however, no suit is higher than another.

Some games have Wild Cards, which can take on whatever suit and rank their possessor desires. Sometimes jokers will be used as wild cards, other times, the game will specify which cards are wild (deuces, one-eyed jacks, and so on).

Hands are ranked as follows (from high to low):

Five of a Kind – Only possible when using wild cards; it is the highest possible hand. If more than one hand has five of a kind, the higher card wins (Five Aces beats five kings, which beat five queens, and so on).

Straight Flush – The best possible natural hand. A straight flush has a straight (5 cards in order, such as 5-6-7-8-9) that are all of the same suit. As in a regular straight, you can have an ace either high (A-K-Q-J-T) or low (5-4-3-2-1). However, a straight may not ‘wraparound’. (Such as K-A-2-3-4, which is not a straight). An Ace high straight-flush is called a Royal Flush and is the highest natural hand.

Four of a Kind – This had contains four cards of the same rank. If there are two or more hands that qualify, the hand with the higher ranking four of a kind wins. If, in some bizarre game with many wild cards, there are two four of a kinds with the same rank, then the one with the high card outside the four of the kind wins.

Full House – This hand contains three of a kind and a pair, such as K-K-K-5-5. Ties are broken first by the three of a kind, then pair. So K-K-K-2-2 beats Q-Q-Q-A-A, which beats Q-Q-Q-J-J. (Obviously, the three of a kind can only be similar if wild cards are used.)

Flush – This is a hand where all of the cards are the same suit, such as J-8-5-3-2, all of spades. When flushes ties, follow the rules for High Card.

Straight – This is 5 cards in order, such as 4-5-6-7-8. An ace may either be high (A-K-Q-J-T) or low (5-4-3-2-1). However, a straight may not ‘wraparound’. (Such as Q-K-A-2-3, which is not a straight). When straights tie, the highest straight wins. (AKQJT beats KQJT9 down to 5432A). If two straights have the same value (AKQJT vs AKQJT) they split the pot.

Three of a Kind – Three cards of any rank, matched with two cards that are not a pair (otherwise it would be a Full House. Again, highest three of a kind wins. If both are the same rank, then the compare High Cards.

Two Pair – This contains two distinct pairs of cards and a 5th card. The highest pair wins ties. If both hands have the same high pair, the second pair wins. If both hands have the same pairs, the high card wins.

Pair – One pair with three distinct cards. High card breaks ties.

High Card – Any hand which does not qualify as any one of the above hands. If no player has a pair or better, then the highest card wins. If multiple players tie for the highest card, they look at the second highest, then the third highest etc. High card is also used to break ties when the high hands both have the same type of hand (pair, flush, straight, etc).


 

So, how do you bet?

Poker is, after all, a gambling game. In most games, you must ANTE something (amount varies by game, our games are typically a nickel), just to get dealt cards. After that the players will begin to bet into the pot in the middle. At the end of the hand, the highest hand (that hasn’t folded) wins the pot. Basically, when betting gets around to you (betting is typically done in clockwise order), you have one of three choices:

Call – When you call, you bet enough to match what has been bet since the last time you bet (for instance, if you bet a dime last time, and someone else bet a quarter, you would owe fifteen cents).

Raise – When you raise, you first bet enough to match what has been bet since the last time you bet (as in calling), then you ‘raise’ the bet another amount (up to you, but there is typically a limit.) Continuing the above example, if you had bet a dime, the other person raised you fifteen cents (up to a quarter), you might raise a quarter (up to fifty cents). Since you owed the pot 15 cents for calling and 25 for your raise, you would put 40 cents into the pot.

Fold – When you fold, you drop out of the current hand (losing any possibility of winning the pot), but you don’t have to put any money into the pot.

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