View and Comment on a Hand - Discuss and analyze with the PokerPoise community
Where are hands?
All hands are located in the PokerPoise Poker Room. You can access the PokerPoise Poker Room from any page by clicking "Poker Room" in the top navigation bar.
How do I find a specific hand?
The PokerPoise Poker Room logically organizes hands based on the following characteristics of the hand: 1) whether the hand was played live or online; 2) whether the hand was played in a Cash Game or Tournament; 3) the game that was being played (e.g., PLO, NL Hold'em); and 4) the stakes.
For cash games, stakes are measured based on the amount of the Big Blind. For tournaments, stakes are measured based on the amount of the buyin.
To find the hand your looking for, simply click the appropriate button at the top of the PokerPoise Poker Room.
Once I find a hand, how do I view it?
Once you find a hand in the PokerPoise Poker Room, simply click the name of the hand. Upon clicking the name, you will be brought to the individual hand and provided with background information of the hand. When ready, click the "Play" button and the hand action will be replayed.
It is important to note that PokerPoise will automatically pause the hand at 1) the end of each street; and 2) a decision point. Once paused, you can comment on the hand action at that point.
How do I view comments on a hand?
When viewing a hand, the hand will automatically pause at the conclusion of each street (Pre-Flop, Flop, Turn, River). Once you reach the end of each street you will see a comments box specific to that street.
It is important to note that EACH street has a dedicated comments box, giving you the ability to comment and view comments on the action specific to that street. For example, when viewing a hand the system will pause once all Pre-Flop action is complete. At that point, you will see a comments box that contains all discussion pertaining to the Pre-Flop action. Similarly, the same will happen for the Flop, Turn, and River.
How do I add comments to a hand?
To add a comment, simply type your comment and click "Submit" at the bottom of the comments box. You can only add a comment for a given street when viewing the last action for that street (e.g., to comment on the Flop action you must view every action on the Flop).
Create a Hand - Getting started
How do I create a hand?
There a two ways to create a hand in PokerPoise: 1) use the PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard; or 2) copy and paste a hand history played online.
To start, simply click the PokerPoise Card located in the top right of every page. By default, you will be brought to Step 1 of the PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard. If you want to copy/paste a hand played online, click the link that says "Click here to copy and paste the hand history." You will brought to a page whereby you can proceed with creating your hand.
If you choose to use the PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard, simply follow the four step process. For questions on what to do within a specific step, see the FAQs below and videos on the right hand side of this page.
PokerPoise Wizard - What to do in Step 1?
The first step in the PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard, Step 1, is used to gather background information on the hand. Specifically, you are required to fill out the following:
- Hand Name: Type a name that describes the hand at a high-level. This name will appear in the PokerPoise Poker Room under the "Hand Name" column.
- Setting: Click the dropdown and select whether you played this hand Live (e.g., Brick and Mortor Casino, Home Game, etc.) or Online (e.g., PokerStars).
- Cash Game or Tournament: Click the dropdown and select whether this hand was played as part of a Cash Game or Tournament.
- What Game: Click the dropdown and select whether you played 1) NL Hold'em; 2) Limit Hold'em; or 3) Pot Limit Omaha (PLO).
- How many players at the table: Click the dropdown and select how many players were at the table. You can choose anywhere from 2-10 players. This helps us setup the correct number of seats at the table.
- Small Blind: Type the amount of the small blind. You can only enter a number in this field, which can include a non-whole number (e.g., 0.50).
- Big Blind: Type the amount of the small blind. You can only enter a number in this field, which can include a non-whole number (e.g., 1.50).
- Was there an ante: Select whether or not this hand had an ante. By default, we assume there wasn't an ante; however, if you choose yes you will then be asked to type the Ante Amount.
- Tournament Buyin: If this hand was played as part of a tournament, you must type the amount of the tournament buyin. You can only enter a number in this field.
Once all of the above has been provided, you can proceed to Step 2!
PokerPoise Wizard - What to do in Step 2?
The second step in the PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard, Step 2, is used to gather information about the players in the hand. To do this, there is a table to easily provide information about each player at the table.
Based on the number you provided in Step 1 for "How many players at the table?", you will see a row for each player. By default, the following information is populated for each seat:
- Who is this: By default, a generic Villain is used; however, you can click the dropdown to select any of your saved/existing Villain or specify that this is you...the hero! If you would like to create a new Villain, simply type the name of the new Villain in this field and we will automatically add to your repository of Villains.
- Stack Size: If this is a cash game, the default Stack Size will always equal 100x the Big Blind (e.g., if a $2/$5 game the default Stack Size will be $500). If this is a tournament game, the default Stack Size will always equal 20x the Big Blind (e.g., if the blinds are 50/100, the default Stack Size will be 2,000). To change the stack size of a relevant player, type a new value in the appropriate field.
- Player's Cards: By default, no players cards are added. While you are not required to add anyone's cards (including the hero), to add cards simply click the "Add Cards" link for the given player. You will then be presented with a modal whereby you select the suit and card # of each card. Once you've added cards for a given player, you will see a link to "Update Cards".
- Button: By default, Seat 1 is checked as the button. To change the button location, click the button check box for the appropriate seat. As you might expect, only one player can be checked as the button!
- Straddle: If this is a cash game, you will see the ability to add a Straddle. By default, we assume there wasn't a straddle; however, if you choose yes you will then be asked to 1) select who straddled; and 2) type how much the straddle was.
It is important to note that since everything has a default value, you aren't required to do anything on Step 2 to proceed to Step 3! However, to more accurately recreate the hand take the time to update the information for at least the relevant players in the hand.
PokerPoise Wizard - What to do in Step 3?
The third step in the PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard, Step 3, is used to gather the action of the hand. Based on the information you provide in Step 2, Step 3 will display a table with the appropriate player's and stack sizes.
PokerPoise will guide you through the process of defining the action. For each player, you must specify whether the player 1) folded; 2) called; 3) checked; 4) bet; or 5) raised. If this is a NL Hold'em game, you also have the ability to select "All-In"! Yep you guessed it...selecting "All-In" will put all the players chips in the pot!
Once you get to the end of a given street (Pre-Flop, Flop, Turn), PokerPoise will ask you to specify the community cards. For example, once you define all the Pre-Flop action, PokerPoise will display a modal whereby you define the Flop cards. Once you define all the Flop action, PokerPoise will display another modal whereby you define the Turn card. And once you define the Turn action, PokerPoise will display a modal whereby you define the River card.
For every seat that you added cards in Step 2, you will see these cards face up throughout Step 3. Once the hand is created and a user is viewing the hand, they will only see the Hero's cards face up; they will see the Villains cards at the end of the hand.
As a note, you are only required to define the action of one player to proceed to Step 3. To ensure your hand is highly viewed by the PokerPoise community, make sure you define all of the action!
PokerPoise Wizard - What to do in Step 4?
The fourth step in PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard, Step 4, is used to gather any additional information you want to provide about the hand. While Step 4 is completely optional and you can skip if desired, we recommend providing as much information as possible to ensure your hand is highly viewed by the PokerPoise community!
How do I copy/paste a hand history from online?
To copy and paste a hand history played on an online poker site, first copy the hand history text from your poker site. There are multiple ways to get your hand history from your online poker site, including 1) instant hand history functionality; 2) email request; and/or 3) a file automatically saved on your computer (many sites store in a file on your computer). To find out more, the help section of your online poker site will have additional information.
Once you've copied the hand history text, simply paste it into the "Hand History" field on PokerPoise. From there, PokerPoise will process your request and if anything goes wrong you will immediately be notified.
Upon successfully processing, you will be brought to Step 4 of the PokerPoise Create a Hand Wizard. When you land on Step 4, PokerPoise will have the data from your hand pre-loaded throughout all 4 steps. From there, you will have the ability to 1) edit any existing information; 2) add any additional information; and/or 3) add one or many decision points. It is important to note that you must click "Finish" on Step 4 to post your hand history to the PokerPoise poker room.
Decision Point Analysis - The only way to discuss and analyze a hand
What is a decision point?
A Decision Point is a logical stopping point in the hand. When viewing a hand, the system will automatically pause at the Decision Point, providing viewers the ability to comment on 1) how the hand was played up until that point; and/or 2) what action should be taken next.
How do I add a decision point?
You can add up to four decision points per hand. There are two ways to add a decision point:
- Click the "Add Decision Point" link while defining an individual action on Step 3. Or
- Under the "Hand Action Tools", click the "Add Decision Point" link. From there, you will see a dropdown that lists all of the hand action. Click the individual action where you would like to add the Decision Point.
How do I view a decision point?
To view a Decision Point, you must first click the hand and initiate the view a hand process. From there, you can view a decision point in one of two ways:
- Click the "Play" button and PokerPoise will automatically pause once the Decision Point has been reached. Or
- Click the "Take me to the:" dropdown and select the desired Decision Point.
When you've reached a Decision Point, PokerPoise will display a dedicated comments box where you can view and add your analysis specific to the Decision Point.
My Table - Your personal hand index
What is My Table?
My Table aggregates all hands that you've 1) created; and 2) commented on.
My Table can be accessed from any page by clicking "My Table" in the top navigation bar.
How do I manage my hands?
For every hand that you create, you have the ability to 1) edit the hand; 2) delete the hand; and/or 3) make a copy of the hand.
All of these actions are located under the "Actions" column within My Table. To edit a hand, click the pencil icon for the given hand. To delete the hand, click the "X" icon for the given hand. To make a copy of the hand, click the file icon for the given hand.
How do I edit my hands?
To edit your hand, click the "Pencil" icon under the "Actions" column within My Table. From there, you will be brought to Step 1 of the Create a Hand process, with all of the data for the hand pre-loaded.
You have the ability to edit anything; however, PokerPoise will notify you if you edit something that impacts the rest of the hand.
My Villains - Keep tabs on your opponents
Where do I access my repository of villains?
To access all of the villains you've added, first go to the "My Table" page. From there, click the tab that says "Villains I've Added".
How do I add a villain?
To add a villain, click the "Add New Villain" button on the "Villains I've Added" tab and follow the instructions.
What are villain reads?
Villain reads are a unique feature to PokerPoise whereby you can create a repository of notes for any villain you've added. Villain reads can be updated from the "Villains I've Added" tab or directly in the Create a Hand process.
Aside from saving reads for villains you've added, you can also temporarily add villain reads to a default villain. For example, you have a generic villain in a hand you create, say Villain 1. You can add as many reads as you would like for Villain 1, but they will only be seen when viewing this hand.
A villain read can be any information about the villain that you would like viewers to know. For example, you could add: "Old man coffee that's extremely nitty. He's only played a few hands in the 5+ hours I've been playing with him. However, when he plays a hand he has trouble folding if he's hit any piece of the flop."
Forums and Blogs - Interact with the PokerPoise community
What are the PokerPoise forums and blogs?
PokerPoise forums are standard forum threads to help promote discussion and interaction amongst the PokerPoise community.
PokerPoise blogs are used for users to share their journey...whether that journey is playing poker full-time, part-time, or not at all.
How do I view and/or reply to a forum thread?
To view a forum thread, first access the Forums which can be accessed from any page by clicking "Forums" in the top navigation bar.
When you land on the PokerPoise forums home page, select a group that interests you (e.g., Trip Reports, Fantasy Sports, etc.). From there, you will see all forum threads within the group. Simply click on an individual forum thread to view and reply (as a note, you must be logged in to reply to a forum thread).
How do I create my own forum thread?
To create your own forum thread, select a group on the PokerPoise forums (e.g., Trip Reports, Fantasy Sports, etc.). From there, click the "Create New Thread" button and follow the instructions.
How do I view a blog?
To view a blog, first access the Blogs which can be accessed from any page by clicking "Blogs" in the top navigation bar.
When you land on the PokerPoise blogs home page, you will see a list of all blogs created and maintained on PokerPoise. Simply click the blog that interests you to view posts and comments.
How do I comment on a blog?
To comment on a blog, you must first view the blog post you would like to comment on. Once you've accessed the blog post, scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a box where you can add comments.
How do I create my own blog?
To create your own blog, first make sure you've signed in...or registered! Once you've signed in, click the "Create New Blog" button on the PokerPoise blogs home page.
As a note, you can only create one PokerPoise blog per user. If you've already created a blog, you will see "Go to My Blog" button instead of "Create New Blog".
How do I post new content to my blog?
To post new content to your blog, first access your blog. Once you've accessed your blog, click the "Add New Blog Post" button and follow the instructions.
Sharing and Social Media Integration - Share with your network
What can I share on PokerPoise?
You can share any hand history or blog on PokerPoise.
What sites can I share to?
PokerPoise supports sharing to hundreds of Social Media sites, as well as various messaging applications (e.g., email). To see all supported sharing sites, click the "Share Hand" button on any PokerPoise hand or the "Share" button on any PokerPoise blog.
How do I share a hand?
To share a PokerPoise hand history, click the "Share Hand" button on any PokerPoise hand. From there, select from one of hundreds sites you would like to share to. For your convenience, we automatically include a link to the URL of the hand history you're sharing.
How do I share a blog?
To share a PokerPoise blog, click the "Share" button on any PokerPoise blog. From there, select from one of hundreds sites you would like to share to. For your convenience, we automatically include a link to the URL of the blog you're sharing.
Profile and Settings - Personalize PokerPoise
How do I change my personal information?
To change your personal information you must access your profile by clicking either 1) your name in the top right; or 2) "Profile" within the settings wheel dropdown in the top right.
Once on your profile page, follow the instructions to change any of your information, including your avatar, email, etc.
How do I change my avatar?
To change your avatar, click on one of the many "Change Avatar" links (e.g., your profile) and follow the instructions in the modal.