HoldemManager 2 and PokerTracker 4 are still the market leaders.
HoldemManager 2 uses a lot of ram, especially when you play 12+tabled and use a HUD.
But when you play on MacOSx you can only use PokerTracker 4 - because Holdem Manager 2 is Windows only.
But it also depends on which stakes you play. If you only play micros and do not want to spend 100$ for ...
One of the easiest things you can look at is which hands are making money and which hands are losing money. Sort by number of blinds won/lost per hand type if you can, and then start at the bottom. These are the hands that are losing the most money and are very likely your worst leaks. You will probably be surprised at which hands you find here! Either ...
I have started doing a bit more analysis in my games. I load up HEM2 before a session and review a few tournaments from the day before.
I mainly look at the hands where I have lost the most money and see how it could have been avoided. Look for the following:
Should I have been in the hand in the first place?
Did I play a marginal hand too aggressively?
If you're on Mac it's got to be Poker Copilot. It's really simple to use, simple to set up and they give a really decent trial period - although it costs £49 (~$80) to purchase once it's ran out, so it can be quite pricey.
I also like the PokerZebra software (available on the Mac app store for a few pounds) to calculate pot odds quickly.
I agree, FPDB is a great, valid, and valuable utility that is 100% and open source last time I checked. And it works just fine at sealswithclubs :)
If you want a relatively 'light' database and hand tracker/analyzer, DEFINITELY try out FPDB.
If you are looking for a highly valuable, and game changing leak buster, I suggest HoldemManager HIGHLY. Do not ...
Usually, for preflop play it goes like this:
VPIP / PFR / 3B / F3
1) VPIP: Voluntarily Put Money in Pot, i.e. how often a player raises & calls. The higher the stat, the looser the player
2) PFR: Preflop Raise. How often the player raises preflop. The bigger the gap between VPIP and PFR, the more passive the player is.
3) 3B: 3-bet percentage ...
There are two main options for poker analysis on Mac OS X:
There are some other products but they all seem to have been abandoned or have a limited feature set.
(Disclaimer: my company makes one of the two products I listed).
Yes! You could turn off the tracking program :p But seriously this is very easy to do right at the table with Pokertracker 4. You just click on the little PT4 icon at the top and then click "Disable HUD." I am not sure about HEM but I am sure that it is equally easy.
I was on Bovada (not anymore, its totally rigged), and using an online hand converter to convert my hands to pokerstars, which seems to be the standard people are using for conversion. However, some of the hands didn't parse properly and errored in HM2, (about 30% of them). I didn't have time to spend figuring out why, I'd rather just code my own ...
In January 2016:
PokerTracker and Hold'em Manager still dominate. The two companies merged in late 2014, so they are now two products from the same company, with identical pricing and similar features.
Poker Copilot was for a long time only for Mac OS X, but since November 2015 is also for Windows.
The poker sites I've played offer me these stats:
(1) Number of flops seen in the BB position
(2) Number of flops seen in the SB position
(3) Number of flops seen in other positions
(4) Number of flops seen in total
(5) Hands won at showdown
(6) Hands won without showdown
Where applicable these are also displayed in terms of a ...