There are currently only two stable and comprehensive programs for analyzing poker statistics – Hold’em Manager 3 and PokerTracker 4. Which is the best poker tracker? When it comes to features, prices and service, both software programs are excellent and similar. Moreover, their use is supported on all major poker sites.
I have owned both for a long time and I can tell you that the choice is mostly a matter of personal preference. I started with PokerTracker Holdem v2 when I still had to buy the Ace HUD separately. Later, PokerTracker 3 included the Ace HUD, but at that time I preferred to use Hold’em Manager. Since winter 2019, the developers have finally released the long-awaited 3rd installment of Holdem Manager! And it was worth the wait!
Hold’em Manager 3, the smooth poker tracker
In August 2014, the two companies announced a merger that would allow them to focus on quality and new product development. However, the two companies are still in competition and the current versions are PokerTracker 4 and Hold’em Manager 3.
Of the two poker trackers, PT4 is available for both Windows and Mac platforms. While HM3 is Windows-based software and you can run it on a Mac only under emulation, but I would not recommend it. If you own a Mac, just use PokerTracker 4. Currently, the programs cost exactly the same: $60 for Small Stakes Holdem versions and $100 for all Holdem levels.
For those of you who also play Omaha, there is an Omaha version, at the same price, and combined Holdem and Omaha packages at $160.
Holdem Manager 3 is the latest and most accomplished version of the popular Holdem Manager poker tracker. Developers have been working for 4 years to improve and optimize it. Version 3 is finally available this winter! I have tested it and present you its new features. Find here the complete test of Holdem Manager 3.
PokerTracker 4, the ultimate poker tracker for analysis
An additional software, I would recommend TableNinja II saves you time when playing at multiple tables. How does it work? By automating tasks such as managing the time bank, setting up shortcuts, managing waiting lists, opening tables and much more.
Another useful tool is TableTracker. It is the ultimate table selection tool, available exclusively in PokerTracker as an add-on service. The idea is to find the most profitable tables and opponents. There is no point in playing against regular players. Even if you’re better than them, they play tight and the rake (the withdrawal made by the online poker room) will absorb your winnings. In order to maximize your winning rate, you need to find tables where the players are playing fast and wide. TableTracker makes this selection in a smooth and qualitative way and will offer you the softest tables.
Both programs are reliable and it is your personal preference which one you use. Recently, I used PokerTracker 4 myself – smooth performance and easy to set up. That said, if you are serious and studious about your poker and are always looking to improve, it’s a good idea to test each of these solutions for a week or two. You’ll have plenty of time to see which one makes more sense and is more organized. The one that works best for you.
Either way, sooner or later, you will choose one and stick to it. Indeed, it is easier and more relevant to keep one database up to date instead of two.
At the end of the day, don’t get too carried away. Go ahead and get the free trial versions and see which one will be the best poker tracker for you.
Download the trial version of PokerTracker 4 and Hold’em Manager 3 and improve your odds!