Forum Functions and rules to post a sample hand

in this guide, you will get a short overview about the relevant forum functions in the hand evaluation forums. Furthermore you will get tips about what you should consider, when you post your sample hands in order to get them analysed.

You will learn how:
  • to understand the processing status of your sample hand
  • to accelerate the hand evaluations
  • to interact in a more self-confident fashion

Forum functions

[COLOR=darkred][b]Which processing-status does my hand currently have?[/b][/COLOR]

"evaluated by Name"
Your hand has already been processed by a hand judge.

An Arrow beside the gap means, that your hand has already been processed. „evaluated by“ remains as long as a member responds and uses the respond-option "Advise the judge of taking another look at this thread". Afterwards, "evaluated by Name" is going to disappear and the thread will be marked with an exclamation mark. The Handjudge will recognize, that another question came up and will process the thread as soon as possible.

[COLOR=darkred][b]How to attract a hand judge on a particular Hand?[/b][/COLOR]

If you have an urgent question or want a handjudge to give a statement about a particular matter, respond by additionally clicking on the responding-option "Advise the judge of taking another look at this thread".

How to post a samplehand correctly?
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

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. Pick your most interesting hands.
In order to keep the quality standards high, every user should carefully pick their most interesting hands and therefore we restrict the amount of threads to 10 per day in each subforum.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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!