Under the Microscope: Smart Buddy

Welcome back to another review of useful poker room software! Today, I will be discussing Smart Buddy!

Overview

This software is pretty much a social application of sorts. It lets users create a buddy list that encompasses a lot of the major poker rooms you can find online. Users will be able to jot down the screen names of their buddies across multiple platforms.

What does it do?

In a previous article, I’ve mentioned that playing poker online can sometimes be a lonely experience. When you go to a poker room and meet some good people, you’re going to want to hold on to those friends. The old problem used to be that the poker room can die but the users are still there.

This software helps you keep track of all your friends through different rooms. If you’ve ever been one to use Yahoo! Messenger, this is pretty much like that.

Most poker rooms do have a friend list feature. However, you’re limited to only adding people from that room. If you have other friends who are already established in other rooms, it can be hard to have them port over to your room and vice versa. It is thanks to this software that users will no longer have to open up multiple clients simply to keep in touch with friends or rivals.

Smart Buddy has simple and customizable filters that can really help maximize your searching capabilities. The filters also help in keeping in check that friend that you’d rather not talk to or see you online. This helps those that aren’t all that comfortable with being so accessible all the time.

My Findings

I really liked how there was a notification at the task bar. This meant that I could minimize the program and still keep it running. So I could be in the middle of the game and still receive messages from friends on other clients.

I really appreciate the search field. Not to brag but my friend list is fairly extensive. So when I want to catch up with a particular individual, all I needed to do what to type out their username and poof! There they would be. All I would need to do is to double click their name and we could begin talking.

Smart Buddy’s cost for lifetime usage is pretty decent. What I kind of don’t like about Smart Buddy is the fact that they only work for those who sit at cash ring games. However, I see the wisdom in not working for scheduled tournaments. This would be a temptation for those who wish to collude.

So it’s pretty simple yet effective software. Don’t ever think that you have to play this game alone. Smart Buddy will help you keep in touch. Who knows, you might even find your great friendly rival in one of those clients and will want to keep in touch.

I’ve found that there is nothing comparable to the drive that a rival gives you when you fight.…

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Under the Microscope: LeakBuster

Hey everyone! So glad you can join me for the first review. Without any further ado, let’s get to it!

Overview

LeakBuster, if you are not familiar with it, is an add-on item for hold-em manager one or two. It has a free and a paid version.

What can it do?

Leakbuster is software that can help you analyze any and all online poker hand history. These are some of the features that LeakBuster is quite proud of:

  • Ideal Stat Range Analysis
  • Stat Analysis by Position
  • Video Lessons regarding Stat corrections
  • Hierarch Ranks
  • Trouble hand analysis
  • 3/4 –bet hand analysis
  • Post flop leak analysis
  • Opponent Leak Analysis
  • Massive video and article resource

There are others but these are the ones I remember out of hand. It’s quite an impressive set and it can really be helpful for those just starting out. What I appreciate about LeakBuster is the fact that they will give you a free trial before having you buy the software.

My findings

What I personally like about it is that it draws statistics from your actual play history. I liked how it was able to give me a clear graph on where my own play style differentiates from actual big-time pros. Of course, not everything is perfect.

Cons

  • If you’re really truly just starting out playing poker online, chances are you will not have hand samples that LeakBuster can draw its analysis from.
  • If you’re not particularly enthusiastic about having to set-up the software in order to use it fully, it may not be a good fit. Sorry to say but lazy people will hate this software.
  • At the time that I tried this out, it only worked with NLHE and LHE cash games. If you want to try this out, try to see what upgrades they’ve done since then.

Pros

  • It works really well as a resource guide for Holdem Manager.
  • As I talked about earlier, this software provides extensive data you can utilize.
  • It is user-friendly. You don’t have to be a total computer nut to make use of this well.
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