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Learn to win: Evaluate and Discuss Your Hands

Everything we do is geared towards helping poker players learn to win. Hand discussion forums are where we talk poker. If you post your example in the forum, where our experts and other community members judge how you played, you'll receive these benefits:

 Tailored tutoring for you, by our experts
 Rapid improvement in your poker game of choice
The combined poker knowledge of a global community

How do I begin a hand discussion?

To begin a hand discussion you must post a hand you played in the forum, which allows other people to share their advice about the hand. This process of discussion and analysis allows for a larger rate of improvement.

A beautifully converted hand history
A converted hand history in the forums.
Once you've played a hand, there are three steps to follow:

Step 1: find your hand
Take the raw hand history of the hand you want to discuss or evaluate.

Step 2: convert your hand
Use one of several tools to make your hand history more user-friendly and readable (shown right).

Step 3: post your hand
Post in our hand discussion forums

Step 1: find your hand

Your "hand history" - the raw output from the poker client - is saved to your computer by your poker client. This option is usually switched off by default, so it's important that you change this in the options of your poker client. Once you do, you must collect the hand history data.

You have a few options to obtain your hand history:

The SideKick Tracking Software Your poker client
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• Automated storage
• Easy conversion
• Automated storage
• Some conversion required
• Manual extraction
• Manual conversion

Please see the 
Hand Posting Guide in the forum for a detailed walkthrough for each option.

Step 2: convert your hand

We must now convert the hand information to "BB-Code", the format used in our forums. You have three options here:

• If you use the SideKick, you do not need to convert. Simply click the "Copy BB-Code" button and paste it in the forum.

Hold 'em Manager 2 can convert your hand automatically to the correct format we use, in the hand replayer or by right-clicking the hand you want.

• Using the poker client, we need to extract the raw hand data using the hand history options within the client and then convert this raw information to BB-Code so we can post in the forum. To do this we must paste the raw data into a Hand Converter.

Step 3: post your hand

Our hand is ready to be posted in the forum. Now we want to find the best place to post it, so we note the gametype & stakes of our hand so the experts can advise us on how we played.

Open the correct forum for your hand from the list of forums and click "New Thread"
For example, the hand at the top of the page belongs in the No Limit Hand Evaluations forum. You can see this forum represented by the stakes of the hands it contains - the hand is from a $0.25/$0.50 No Limit game, so it belongs in the forum "Hand Evaluations No Limit 0.10/0.20 to 0.25/0.50"

Paste the BB-Code of your hand into the new thread and click "Post New Thread"
(see screenshot below)
Be sure to add any thoughts or comments you have on the hand, your own line or your opponents. The more information you add to your post, the more relevant any replies will be and there is a greater chance of in-depth hand discussion.

Begin your hand discussion!
A short time after you post, some discussion will take place in your thread, which you should of course participate in - so keep your eye on your thread until you get a reply!

full list of discussion forums is also available for you to find the one you want at a glance.

A Hand post showing the forum editor and the hand information in the "BB-Code" format

Final notes

• Read the Forum Hand Guide, it has all the details you need.
• Posting hands can get tricky - let us know if you need help in the Beginners' Forum.
• The SideKick remains the easiest way to post your hands, get it here.

Comments (8)

#1 deive201, 16 Jan 15 13:23


#2 bibie999, 19 Mar 15 07:58


#3 Stroill343, 09 Aug 15 07:32

I played a hand without without the upper mentioned tools. Is it still possible to put my hand history here?

#4 Alx111, 23 Dec 15 18:55


#5 choru, 04 Mar 16 03:58


#6 bancha7058, 07 Apr 17 09:48


#7 bouhmid11115, 08 Nov 17 13:10


#8 neni0444, 10 Jan 18 13:25

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