Since its launch in 2017, Night Vision has expanded into an active Skype group of over 80 players, many of whom are high stakes winners. If you’re looking for a group of like-minded players who are relevantly exploring practical exploits using hundreds of millions of hands of data analysis, this is where you belong.
Below is a review given from a beta tester of the pack. He is a respected member of the poker community and the most frequent poster and points leader at “RunitOnce.com”. You may know him there as “ZenFish”.
During the last month I’ve had the opportunity to beta test the PokerDetox Night Vision pack built by Nick and his database crew. First reviewing the video tutorials and then rolling up the sleeves and implementing the Night Vision custom stats for Mass Database Analysis in Hand2Note.
Here’s how that went:
Review of the PokerDetox Night Vision package
What The Night Vision team aims to teach you:
A universal method for training accurate exploitative play against any player pool
How to gain (and keep) vision over your environment no matter what site and stakes you play
How to unleash the power of GTO solvers and use them to exploit on a massive scale
How to simplify your strategies and increase your win rate simultaneously
This has become possible by combining the two most powerful poker software products on the market today; PioSOLVER (which we all know and love) and Hand2Note (latest generation of tracker software that can handle humongous databases blazingly fast).
The Night Vision training starts with learning how to set up and use the software:
Pio tutorial (2 videos)
Hand2Note tutorial (3 videos)
HoldemManager tutorial (1 video)
After this section you will be able to do all the necessary Pio calculations and build advanced Hand2Note custom filters for Mass Database Analysis. If you want to stick with HEM2, there’s a guide for doing MDA with that as well. I recommend Hand2Note strongly because of the speed, ease of use, and custom stats power, but in principle you can do Night Vision work with any tracker.
The tutorials are clear and easy to follow. I did build-along in Hand2Note while watching and pausing the H2N videos and had the basic custom stats built after ~3 hours of work. Setting up all basic and advanced stats with board texture filters took me about two workdays.
After building up all the custom statistics, your Hand2Note Range Research module will change from this default setup:
to this custom made Mass Database Analysis monster machine:
This is a screenshot from a Mass Database Analysis of a player pool using 24M hands. The Night Vision statistics tell us the pool’s frequencies for selected post flop lines (blurred, so I don’t give away too much info) as averages and with variations over various board textures.
These numbers are to be compared with Pio calculations (to be filled in later) in order to identify the pool’s leaks for the postflop lines in question. Sample sizes for each post flop line statistic are given in parentheses. Note that the original Hand2Note statistics are still there (on the bottom of the list to the left) in case we need them.
After software training and stats building, you move on to the last part of the pack where Nick discusses universally exploitable player pool tendencies (“hotspots”) and how to build a hotspot blueprint for exploitative play vs the pool.
The course has a smooth progression and requires no previous skills in software use or advanced theory. First getting software setup and basic use out of the way, then moving on to advanced custom stats building, and putting the pieces together on the end.
When you are done, you will have an extensive Hand2Note Range Report setup for Mass Database Analysis work. You will have the skills to quickly extend the setup with more statistics and reports as you see fit. You will know how to combine player pool statistics with Pio calculations to detect player pool leaks for any scenario that you are interested in, preflop and postflop. And, most importantly, you will know how to put together a game plan that exploits your pool’s leaks.
The Night Vision method follows the principles of good science. It’s explicitly defined, reproducible, and testable (and built by a team with scientific pre-poker background). By building up the the Mass Database Analysis toolkit from scratch you get learning-by-doing right from the get-go, which is the best way to learn. If you get stuck with something, the Night Vision Skype group will be there with dedicated support.
I recommend this package highly for anyone on any level. It only requires an open mind and the willingness to do work on your own (or with other members of the Night Vision Skype group), the rest will be spoon-fed to you. If you feel stuck, paralyzed with theory, or you are already theory-strong but want to explore player pool exploits as a complementary approach, you should find the package extremely valuable.
I am pretty stoked at the moment with the potential of the Night Vision approach and I think it will refresh minds and spark enthusiasm for those who delve into it.
3 hours of free add-on videos have been added to this pack over the first 3 months following the release. The add-on material is be a combination of innovative H2N software analysis, practical training exercises, and answers to frequently asked questions occurring in the private Night Vision Skype group.
How much study time will it take me to go through the material and configure H2N for Night Vision work?
Going through the H2N tutorials and setting up the basic H2N filters without texture statistics is estimated to 5 hours of work. To go through all tutorials and complete the H2N setup with texture statistics, you will likely spend two work days.
How much work is it to map an environment and identify all hotspots?
To map a player pool completely we estimate between 1 and 2 weeks of work, depending on your computing power. Most of this time is spent waiting for PIO calculations to complete and you can play and do other work on the side.
Once you have completed the Night Vision package, configured H2N for your needs, and read in your database, mapping your environment consists only of PIO work that can run in the background while you do other things.
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