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Hand Histories Don’t.

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A hand history does not describe a situation in poker. In the proper situation any action could be justified, folding Aces or raising with 7-2os. The cards are immaterial. A simple hand history only reflects the cards and the betting for a particular hand. It does not show what has occurred before or how the opponents perceive your play. For example: On an incredible streak of good cards, you have caught pocket Aces there times in a row. You raise pre flop, and raise on the flop where you win the pot without showing. On the fourth hand you catch pocket Aces again and raise preflop, then continue to raise to the river where a caller catches a Jack for a set of Jacks. He didn't really play badly. He doesn't know you have aces, or that you had bet Aces on the three previous hands. He only knows that you had won three hands in a row with aggressive betting. He had a hand suitable to test you. He did and got lucky. Another situation simply involves aggressive play by you that has resulted in you showing rather marginal hands. Regardless of the results more players will be apt to take more marginal hands to the river with you.
A simple hand history just doesn't reflect these player perceptions. So the next time you want comments on a hand you might consider adding some additional information:

• Has the table been tight, average, or loose?
• Has your opponent in this hand been tight/loose and aggressive/passive?
• What is your image at the table tight/loose, and aggressive/passive?
• Have you been showing good solid cards or have you made hands with marginal cards?
• In a Tournament; what are the relative tournament positions and stack sizes. (big stacks and short stacks often make loose plays dictated by their "M."
• Add any other piece of information that reflects the texture of the game.

Example:

• The table is relative loose 43% seeing the flop and several of the players are quite aggressive.
• The Button shows a tendency to steal from late position
• The Big Blind will reraise with marginal cards
• Most players will limp with many marginal cards
• The players in seat 2 and 7 have not played many hands since I sat down. ~50 hands
• I have played 6 hands since I sat down only two have gone to show down and I had the lead on the flop in both hands. My last hand went to showdown. I won with Big Slick/ 2 pair. I haven't seen many flops, but I'm not sure most of the players are aware of that, they tend to ignore most of the non-action
• The Button chats a lot and is giving the big blind a hard time for poor play.

Full Tilt Poker Game #1358726886: Table FTP Forum - $0.10/$0.25 - No Limit Hold'em - 18:07:02 ET - 2006/12/05
Seat 1: bertkc ($36.05)
Seat 2: Takeover_inc ($10)
Seat 3: Big Slick x13x ($22.40)
Seat 5: ambitious207 ($44.70)
Seat 6: Riddim ($24.55)
Seat 7: CISK EXPORT ($16.60)
Seat 8: UFO1947 ($19.75)
Seat 9: ridic x ($24.75)
ambitious207 posts the small blind of $0.10
Riddim posts the big blind of $0.25
The button is in seat #3
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to ridic x {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}
Riddim: hey, we need to get a forumer in that empty seat
CISK EXPORT calls $0.25
UFO1947: did u guys have to work to get the table up or was it already here?
UFO1947 folds
jcgee05 sits down
jcgee05 adds $25
ridic x raises to $1.25
bertkc folds
Riddim: they had to work
Riddim: then i came in and finished it
Big Slick x13x raises to $3.50
ridic x: I raise too much :-/
ambitious207 folds
Riddim folds
CISK EXPORT folds
ridic x calls $2.25
*** FLOP *** {A-Diamonds}{K-Clubs}{5-Clubs}
ridic x checks
Big Slick x13x bets $4
ridic x calls $4
Riddim: it was the 2nd table i opened
*** TURN *** Ad Kc 5c - Kd
ridic x checks
Big Slick x13x bets $8
ridic x raises to $16
Big Slick x13x calls $6.90, and is all in
ridic x shows {K-Spades}{K-Hearts}
Big Slick x13x shows {A-Clubs}{A-Hearts}
Uncalled bet of $1.10 returned to ridic x
Big Slick x13x: god damn it
*** RIVER *** Ad Kc 5c Kd - 4h
UFO1947: OMG
Riddim: ouch
ridic x shows four of a kind, Kings
Big Slick x13x shows a full house, Aces full of Kings
ridic x wins the pot ($43.15) with four of a kind, Kings
Big Slick x13x: so &!&%ing gayt
ridic x: wow....
Big Slick x13x is sitting out

There is quite a bit of additional information in my post, but all of it is really needed.

If you expect reasoned good comments on a situation in poker, you need to provide all of the available information, and remember, "Like politics, poker can be more about perceptions than the actual facts."

GL

jb

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