The Most Useful HUD Stats

There are hundreds of stats which can be displayed on a poker HUD, but if you display too many statistics for each individual player at the table, I think the stats will create confusion more then anything.

Instead, when you first starting using a HUD, there really are only a few useful HUD stats you want to display in the main HUD, and the rest of the statistics can be displayed in the pop-up menu.

The most useful HUD stats you want displayed without having to click on a pop-up window, because you will tend to rely on them a lot. Below I will discuss the 7 most useful HUD stats for most players.

VPIP (Voluntarily Put Money in Pot).

This number is a percentage of how many times a player voluntarily put money into the pot divided by how many times they could have put money in the pot when given the opportunity (times 100).

As the name suggests, you must have voluntarily put money in the pot for it to affect your VPIP. If you're in the BB and the SB folds, well then you haven't voluntarily put money in the pot, but if you're in the SB and you complete the small blind, you have.

This is one of the most useful HUD stats you should include in the main HUD, next to PFR which I will talk about next, as it allows you to quickly recognize if a player is tight/loose, based on the percentage of hands they are playing.

PFR (Pre-Flop Raise).

This number is a percentage of how many times a player raises pre-flop divided by how many times they could have open raised when given the opportunity (times 100). This is another incredibly useful pre-flop statistic you need to make use of in your HUD.

If your opponent has a large gap between their VPIP and PFR it is usually a good indicator that they are a weaker player (because they are mostly calling preflop, whilst good players raise with most of their hands). Using VPIP and PFR stats together, will allow you to determine useful information on your opponent's pre-flop raising and calling hand ranges.

Cbet %.

This number is a percentage of how many times a player continuation bets (cbet for short) divided by how many times they could have cbet when given the opportunity (times 100). In online poker, this is a useful HUD statistic to look at, because so many online players make use of the continuation bet.

Fold to cbet %.

This number is a percentage of how many times a player folded to a cbet divided by how many times they could have folded when facing a cbet (times 100). This is an important stat to look at when you are the pre-flop aggressor and need to determine if it would be profitable to cbet bluff when you miss the flop.

If your opponent has a high fold to cbet% there is a good chance it will work, but you need to consider the board texture and your opponents range as well.

3bet %.

The 3 bet stat is one of the most important pre-flop statistics on a heads-up display. This number is a percentage of how many times a player 3bet divided by how many times they could have 3bet when given the opportunity (times 100).

This is combined for 3bets in all positions to form the 3bet % for a player. If you were to 3bet the top 3% of hands, it would include the range QQ+/AK (suited/unsuited). A higher 3bet stat can mean different things.

Some players will 3bet a polarized range, which includes premium hands and bluffs to keep their opponents guessing, whilst some players will 3bet a merged range, which includes a wider value range, so their range will look something like 88+/AQ+.

Fold to 3bet %.

This number is a percentage of how many times a player folded to a 3bet divided by how many times they could have folded when facing a 3bet (times 100). This is combined for all fold to 3bets in all positions to form the fold to 3bet %.

If a player is raising a wide range they will likely have a higher fold to 3bet % in comparison to someone who is open raising a much tighter range, since its difficult for them to continue versus a 3bet with a weaker holding.

Attempt to steal %.

It is considered an attempt to steal if it is folded to you in the cutoff, button or small blind positions and you raise. This number is a percentage of how many times a player raised divided by how many times they could have raised (times 100). This is combined for all steal attempts to form the attempt to steal %.

This is an important stat to look at when using a poker HUD because some players can be aggressive stealers when it gets folded around to them in late position or the blinds, so you want to be looking to defend your blinds by re-stealing on occasion.

Further reading.

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