Thursday, April 21, 2011

PokerBuddy - Poker Training at its Best

I haven’t been blogging regularly, and I blame it all on Texas Hold’em Poker. Until about 3 years ago, I rarely played poker and never played poker online. Then I started playing poker using Zynga Poker on Facebook and MySpace.   Being into data visualization, I was naturally inclined to keep weekly statistics.

I started playing with an open mind and wanting to learn. I was surprised with issues including gaming systems, cheating, breaking rules, violating regulations, collaboration, social relationships, team challenges, etc . I soon realized that my opponents would range from beginners like me to highly skilled poker players. Also included were moochers, cheaters, sociopaths and degenerates. Still, I was highly impressed with the potential lessons to be learned through poker. Strategy, competition, discipline, patience, logic and statistics were all part of this fascinating game.
Just six months ago, I ran across PokerBuddy Pro in beta. It's a free downloadable poker application that provides real-time advice as you play.  I signed up immediately, and quickly became impressed with the many features and helpful tips. Color coding, video playback and a choice of advisors all became useful learning tools for me. Sometimes I had to upgrade with new versions two or three times within a few days, but I liked PokerBuddy's efforts and determination for new and better ideas. Using Get Satisfaction, they welcome and encourage feedback and quickly respond to suggestions.

Has PokerBuddy made me a better poker player? The data visualization below is via Many-eyes and shows my poker statistics of seven IDs for one year from May 2010 to April 2011. Midway on the graph (Oct. 19, 2010), the six-month time period begins when I started using PokerBuddy. My analysis isn't too scientific, but it definitely indicates to me the benefits of learning poker with PokerBuddy.

If you play Texas Holdem using Zynga Poker, you should give PokerBuddy a try. It’s free and works through Facebook, MySpace and Yahoo. It's a one-of-a-kind training tool in the form of a trusted buddy.

Last year, this TechCrunch article also featured PokerBuddy.

Poker Stats in Stack Graph (May 2010 - April 2011) Many Eyes


Vicki said...

It does look impressive

Garry said...

Thanks. It's not compatible with your Mac OS, but PokerBuddy works great with all browsers.