If You've Never Participated in Hand Analysis Before:
If you're a newer player, or new to poker strategy
discussions, hand analysis is one of the most valuable tools available for learning. While reading and watching videos are important tools in learning the game, there's no substitute for actually playing - and then reviewing your play to see where a better play may have been available. If you don't review the hands you play and look for better ways to have played specific situations, you're missing out on some great improvement opportunities.
While you're reviewing hands, you'll frequently have questions about the situation - that's where hand analysis comes in - you can post your hands in the appropriate Hand Analysis forum (Cash
(https://www.cardschat.com/f50/) or Tournament
(https://www.cardschat.com/f51/)) and get feedback from the CardsChat community.
Hand Analysis is also a place where you can interact with like-minded players pursuing the same learning opportunities. Peer discussion is one of the best tools available for improving your game, and can lead to sweat sessions and further discussions in and outside the forum.
Be prepared for a lot of fun and some great insights into different ways to play the game. But also be prepared to have your preconceptions challenged by a community composed of newer, intermediate, and experienced players. Check your ego at the door, there are very few of us who couldn't stand to learn more about the game.
For some specifics:
1. Skim through some of the threads in the Hand Analysis forums, you'll get a sense for how analysis is performed and what you can gain from it.
2. Be prepared to be challenged if you state something as a fact. If you say "He always has AA here", get ready to say why you think that if it's not completely obvious.
3. If you're relatively new to poker strategy, be prepared to have a lot of ideas you may be taking for granted challenged. If you think AK is an overrated hand, or that JJ is unplayable, or have never heard of things like "ranges", "ICM", "M", or "stack to pot ratio", there are a lot of cool fun ideas waiting for you in the Hand Analysis forums. But getting the most out of hand analysis as an activity will require you to be open to new ideas - look forward to having some of your basic ideas about the game challenged.
4. We have some great threads related to poker strategy at CardsChat. Use the "Search" function here to find threads on topics that you're unfamiliar with, but interested in. Also check out our Strategy Articles.
5. If some of the lingo is unfamiliar, check out this thread: Hand Analysis Lingo & Other Poker Terms
6. Please be respectful of other participants in Hand Analysis. Keep in mind that different players are at different points in their learning curves. Excessive trolling and flaming of fellow members will not be tolerated.