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Here is a guide to converting a poker hand history so you can post it for review on a poker forum or website. I’ll use a Full Tilt hand from a Twitter Poker Tour points event for reference but many of the online poker sites provide you with hand history files that you can use.
Converting a Poker Hand
What you need to start with is the raw hand history. You can get this if you are saving your hand histories locally on your pc or mac, or you can get them directly from the Full Tilt Hand Replayer.
To Save Hand Histories Locally
- In Full Tilt click Options > Hand History
- Click the checkbox to enable saving locally and choose the folder to save them (or leave the defaults).
- When you want to access your hands, open the folder you selected above and then open the history file that relates to your event > table.
- Copy the relevant hand to your clipboard.
The Raw Hand History
Hand histories, in general, are difficult to read. So we use a hand history converter to clean it up and highlight the most important parts so that we can share them and get advice.
Here is what a typical hand history looks like:
Full Tilt Poker Game #25867085833: Twitter Poker Tour (195584590), Table 5 – 25/50 – No Limit Hold’em – 21:21:11 ET – 2010/11/25
Seat 1: djm182 (2,621)
Seat 2: BigBlindsNick (2,475)
Seat 3: cprpoker (3,860)
Seat 5: winner19802 (5,610)
Seat 6: laurenwill (2,578)
Seat 7: Col Higgins (4,345)
Seat 9: Rokudan (2,945)
Rokudan posts the small blind of 25
djm182 posts the big blind of 50
The button is in seat #7
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to cprpoker [Kh Jd]
cprpoker raises to 100
winner19802 raises to 200
Col Higgins folds
Rokudan has 15 seconds left to act
cprpoker calls 100
*** FLOP *** [Kc 8c 7c]
winner19802 bets 475
cprpoker calls 475
*** TURN ***
…..clipped for your own sanity.
Using a Hand History Converter
I use the hand converter from DeucesCracked for converting my raw history files when I need to post them to a forum. It’s fairly straight forward to use, here is what I do:
- Use the raw hand history we copied to our clipboard in the 1st section.
- Go to handconverter.com
- Choose the following options
- Paste the raw history
- Then click CONVERT.
- The HTML converted results will display to the right of where you pasted the raw file.
- Copy the results and use them for review or display on a website or forum.
The Converted Hand
djm182 (BB): t2621 52.42 BBs
BigBlindsNick (UTG): t2475 49.50 BBs
Hero (UTG+1): t3860 77.20 BBs
winner19802 (MP): t5610 112.20 BBs
laurenwill (CO): t2578 51.56 BBs
Col Higgins (BTN): t4345 86.90 BBs
Rokudan (SB): t2945 58.90 BBs
Pre Flop: (t75) Hero is UTG+1 with K J
1 fold, Hero raises to t100, winner19802 raises to t200, 4 folds, Hero calls t100
Flop: (t475) K 8 7 (2 players)
Hero checks, winner19802 bets t475, Hero calls t475
Turn: (t1425) 7 (2 players)
Hero bets t900, winner19802 raises to t4935 all in, Hero calls t2285 all in
River: (t7795) 5 (2 players – 2 are all in)
Final Pot: t7795
Hero shows K J (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
winner19802 shows Q K (two pair, Kings and Sevens)
winner19802 wins t7795
Helpful Hints when Converting a raw Hand History
- The settings I used above product HTML output of the converted hand. That is great for posting on your website or blog or forums that render HTML (like the TPT Forum). Most hand converters also produce output for popular forums like Two Plus Two and the DeucesCracked forums.
- When posting a hand for review, you should rarely post the results of the hand in the initial post. You want to give you peers the relevant information about the hand up until the point where you are unsure about the decision you made and are looking for help on. Posting the results clouds the analysis of your peers. I’ll typically convert the entire hand, but just post the part I want revealed.
- Play around with the settings to get the output to be the way you want, the settings above are just what I happen to use.