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Ozone Oct 18, 2005 9:53pm

A Reoccuring Problem With Hand History Posts
Something has concerned me about this forum's attitude towards discussing hands. Lately, I've noticed a lot of hand histories which are really nothing other than bad beat posts not-so-cleverly disguised as strategy advice solicitations.

I know what its like to be drawn out on with two outs. You get a sick to your stomach feeling that makes you want to sit someone down and explain to them how stupid your opponents are. Taking the hand history from a bad beat hand, copy pasting it on these forums, and asking "did I play this right" (all while really just looking for some sympathy) isn't helping any of us become better players. However, it does waste a lot of time.

Now, I'm all for posting bad beats in the "Poker Stories" forum for those real crazy 1 in 1,000 suckouts that just leaves you in tears. I mean... do share. But lets try to keep all bad beat posts in the Poker Stories forum.

It would bring me great joy to see the quality of discussions on these forums make some improvements. Here are two examples of hand histories that might help you understand what on Earth I'm talking about.

This is not a good hand history to post. This is nothing other than a bad beat:

I had 77, flop came 972. I bet, guy raised, I went all in, he called and showed 99. What did I do wrong? How would you have played it?!

We would have played the exact same way. This is a bad beat. There was nothing you could do to avoid losing lots of money. Welcome to poker. Post hands like this in the Poker Stories if you feel so compelled.

A good hand history to post might go something like this:

1/2 NL
I have AJ of hearts in middle position with a stack of $230
After it folds to me, I open for $6 and it folds around to the big blind, who, with a stack of $650, has been playing very loose, but strong.
He min-raises to $10, I call.
The flop comes A77, no hearts. He leads out for $25.
What do you do?
Whats the plan for the rest of the hand?

If you'll notice a few things about this hand, I did not show the results of the hand. I stopped giving readers information about the hand near the point in the hand where things became very confusing for me. By doing this, I am giving everyone a chance to be in my shoes, and give me some nice replies rich in content and analysis. When you post the whole hand and conclude with "he had AK", its much easier for everyone to second guess you by saying "you need to fold on the flop, blah blah blah" rather than feel challenged with a tricky situations that tests one's poker smarts.

So in the future, before you post a hand history for everyone to read, ask yourself:

1.) What is the purpose of posting this? To get a little sympathy, or to improve my game by learning more about situational play?

2.) Is it wise to post the entire hand history, or should I refrain from posting the results of the hand until members have had a chance to weigh in?

3.) Did I list all important facts that readers should know about this hand, such as position, blinds, tendencies of opponent, recent hands that might play a factor in the decision making of this hand, how many players are being paid (if it is a tournament), etc etc etc ?

A lot of you already know much of what has been said in this post, and if that is the case, then go on happily as though you never read this. For the rest of you, I hope this is really taken to heart.

I believe the quality of content on these forums as well as the quality of our poker abilities could grow considerably if we all worked towards discussing hands that challenge our poker smarts rather than our emotional fortitude. :D Cheers

the_fox31 Oct 18, 2005 10:33pm

'Bout time something like this got posted. Thank you very much.

As you can probably guess by my recent outbursts, I've grown sick of these stories too.

aseyer Oct 18, 2005 11:14pm

"We would have played the exact same way. This is a bad beat."

Actually, it's not a bad beat, you never ahead. You were cold decked.

MannyIsGod Oct 18, 2005 11:27pm

I think the hand history I posted yesterday probably falls into catagory one and I'll keep in mind for future posts. I think I'm probably eager to pick the brains of the people in this forum because of the pool of knowledge, but I'll do so in the appropriate manner.

LuckyMobius Oct 28, 2005 5:46am

personaly i think there should be a 1 min unblockable pop up of this tread befor anyone can get to see the rest of the forum. Because u just know that no one is going to read it except mabey the regulars.

miser Oct 28, 2005 11:51pm

Re: A Reoccuring Problem With Hand History Posts

Originally Posted by Ozone
2.) Is it wise to post the entire hand history, or should I refrain from posting the results of the hand until members have had a chance to weigh in?

And don't forget to return and post the actual results after a few days.

Hint, hint seyer. ;-)

aseyer Oct 29, 2005 6:50am

Which one?

miser Oct 29, 2005 8:01pm


Originally Posted by aseyer
Which one?

This one.

Demonnic May 04, 2006 7:18pm

hey now, that's not fair!
I'm a complete NEWB to this forum and this is one of the first posts I read. Actually, it was the first post I read in this particular subsection, I'd read significant portions of the players lounge and cyb forums first.

anyhow, we're not all ignant. :lol:

cool cat May 23, 2006 9:18pm

your right
i shall scream for joy every time i make someone cry by laying a bad beat on they're ass and take it like a man if it happens to me

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