- Type of Game: Heads Up, Shorthanded, Full Ring, 3-handed, etc. This is VERY important.
- Stakes: $100 NL, 2/4 NL, etc.
- Site/Location: PokerStars, Full Tilt, Bellagio, Grand Resort in Tunica, etc.
- General description of the situation. For specific hand posts: 88 in the BB, AKo facing a reraise, etc. For theory posts, please make the title as descriptive as possible.
- First and foremost, if the hand is from online poker, please convert your hand using one of the following hand converters: Bad Beats and Good Vibes Converter, Flop, Turn, River Converter. For information on the hand converters, please refer to the Forum Posting Guidelines. For live hands, please do your best to make them appear similar to the converted hands, including all of the same information (pot size, positions, etc).
- Please include ALL relevant information. This includes stack sizes (make sure the option is checked when converting your hands), any reads you had at the time of the hand, including PokerTracker statistics, etc.
- Do NOT include results of the hand. This includes BOTH the cards villains held, as well as their actions after the play you are questioning. For example, if you are asking about a preflop push, include upto your push, and do NOT show whether or not villains called or folded, etc. Regardless of what you think, this information will bias the replies.
- Bad beats, coolers, or brag posts: These happen in poker, and generally have no place in a strategy discussion. Some hands you are just destined to go broke, and some hands you get the money in as a significant favorite at lose. I reserve the right to move any post that I deem fit to the Bad Beat Forum, or close the topic altogether. Similarly, brag posts where you think you made a hero call, or a sensational fold, etc should not be posted unless there is legitimately some strategic discussion that could come from them. Again, I reserve the right to close any topics that I deem to not offer any strategic discussion.
- General questions: Poker is a situational game, general questions in themselves are usually counterproductive to the learning process. You should not be asking what to do in general situations because in reality, there are no general situations. Each situation is different, and should be approached as such. Asking, and thinking in generalities will have a negative effect on your ability to assess specific situations as the unique situations that they are.