GGPoker's Smart HUD Update is a Major Step Forward for Built-In Tracking Tools GGPoker's Smart HUD Update is a Major Step Forward for Built-In Tracking Tools

GGPoker has revamped its industry-leading feature, Smart HUD, adding new stats into their built-in heads-up display (HUD).

Smart HUD has been active in the client since 2018, with GGPoker becoming one of the first operators to offer the functionality in-client. It has since gone through a recent rework to provide much more functionality to players.

The new-look HUD improves the multi-street functionality of the tool, offering a breakdown of stats per street as well as all-time frequencies.

Among the new stats on offer are continuation bet percentages on the flop and turn, as well as showdown stats on the river. Additionally, a player’s all-time VPIP (Voluntarily Put Money in Pot), attempt to steal and pre-flop raise have been added, among others.

Shift to In-Client Tools

HUDs have been a controversial part of online poker for many years. Initially, HUDs began as third-party tools, such as Poker Tracker and Hold’em Manager. These third-party apps relied on hand histories from poker clients to import action on the fly and analyze the results, displaying data to players live on-screen as they played.

The use of external apps for tracking created something of a two-tiered system where players with access to a third-party HUD had more information at the tables than their opponents without them.

GGPoker found a middle ground: It prohibits the use of third-party tools but offers an in-client HUD but with limited capability.