Jivaro – Is the colorful, free poker HUD good for something?
The online poker tracking and HUD market has been dominated by PokerTracker and HoldemManager for many years. After merging a year ago , the two companies more or less hold a monopoly in the tracking market.
Now the Icelandic supplier Jivaro is trying to penetrate the market with its own product.
Jivaro takes a different approach than PokerTracker and Holdem Manager. While these products provide the player with an immense amount of information and you can view almost any statistic, a Jivaro will only display the data needed for the situation and will appear very minimalist.
At the moment, Jivaro only works on PokerStars and only on Windows machines.
The free Jivaro version
Jivaro is free in the basic version. This version can not do much, though.
Three standard statistics are displayed:
– VPIP : What percentage of his hands the player plays preflop
– PFR : What percentage of his hands the player raises preflop
– AFQ : What percentage of the player’s actions are aggressive (Bet / Raise vs. Check / Call)
For the collection of the statistics only the own data from the stored hand histories are used.
This is certainly not enough data for high poker, but for the beginning and for low limits, this information is a good start.
Jivaro adapts to the chosen layout on PokerStars and actually looks very clear and somehow even chic.
Those who only play low limits and have shunned the grip on a tracker and HUD for reasons of cost, will probably find added value to the free version of Jivaro.
Much more features for 5.49 a month
Jivaro Premium costs € 5.49 (or $ 5.99) a month and offers a much wider range of functions.
So it shows significantly more statistics – such as 3-bet rate before the flop, C-bet frequency, steal frequency and dozens of post-flop statistics.
However, Jivaro remains true to its minimalist principle and only displays the data that is currently relevant to the player in question. Preflop only shows preflop and postflop only postflop data.
In addition, Jivaro takes into account the position of each player and indicates appropriate hints – so steal frequencies are shown only in the players in late position.
Also, the premium version has a tournament mode, which prepares the statistics accordingly.
Is the product worth it?
The free Jivaro is definitely recommended for players without HUD. It is a lightweight optical and uses little resources. It is a small information support in cash games and definitely helps to classify the opponents at the table a little better.
For the premium version monthly € 5.49 are due (cancellable at any time) and for this price Jivaro is a very rich offer.
Jivaro is not a real alternative to PokerTracker and Holdem Manager. These are much more mature and offer not only a fully customizable Hud but also an extensive tracking software for analyzing your own game.
However, if you would only use a fraction of the features in PokerTracker and Holdem Manager, and if the programs are too expensive (Holdem Manager costs around $ 100, or $ 60 in the small-stakes version), Jivaro Premium is a viable alternative that intelligently processes a large amount of information.
However, the intelligent processing of Jivaro’s information could become a problem in the medium term. Because PokerStars is considering revamping the software guidelines. Then programs that display or process information for themselves could be banned. This would probably affect, among others, NoteCaddy, HEM Autorate or NoteTracker. Jivaro Premium could also be on the strike list.
But how PokerStars wants to deal with third-party software in the future has not yet been decided and Jivaro Premium will continue to work without any restrictions – provided you play on PokerStars and have a Windows machine.