Dear PokerStrategy.com member,

This guide will give you an idea of what to pay attention to when posting a sample hand for analysis in the forum.

1. Write an informative headline.

Your headline should include the limit, variation and situation at hand. Here is an example:


AK Top Pair Top Kicker + Nut flush draw - Turn play


2. Use a hand converter.

Nothing is more painstaking and time consuming than trying to piece together the pieces of an unconverted hand. You can use the PokerStrategy Hand Converter to convert hands from the most popular poker platforms:

PokerStrategy Poker Hand Converter

You may have to use a different converter for less popular poker platforms:

Various Hand Converters (Change link!)


3. Do not post more than 3 hands in one thread.

Please do not include more than 3 hands in a single thread. This saves our hand evaluators a lot of scrolling.

There's another reason for including as few hands as necessary in your thread: the fewer hands in the thread, the more in depth the analysis of each hand. The hand evaluators can then spend more time on a single hand and you will probably get more out of the analysis for yourself.

4 Don't post the hand results.

You don't need to know how a hand played out to make an objective analysis - knowing the result can even be counter-productive.

If you do want to include the result, be sure to make it invisible, so that each user can choose whether or not to see it.


5. Don't expose players' identities.

Every member has a right to anonymity at the poker table. If you happen to know the a member's poker screen name as well, always ask for his permission before revealing it.


6. Include as much information as possible.

A lot of sample hands are submitted without including any information or even asking a question about the hand. Poker is a unique game - you have to adapt to your opponents, as well as a number of other factors. It's impossible to say how a hand can be best played when no additional information is included. You may fold two cards at one table, and raise with the same two at another - poker isn't in black and white.

Examples of relevant information to include:

  • Information on your opponents' playing style

  • What happened in previous hands against the same opponent(s)

  • Your image (loose/tight, aggressive/passive) at the table


Every bit of information helps. The more questions you ask and the more information you include, the better the hand evaluators can judge your play and the situation at hand.
Tell the hand evaluator where you are having difficulties. Include your own thoughts on the hand and on your opponent's hand range. The more you give, the more you get back!