Due to recent releases, you may find some of the contents of this online manual, including the video tutorials, to be outdated. Specifically, it's important to note that the current Mac version of PokerSnowie does not yet contain all the features, since the Hands Import and Hand Range are not yet implemented. However, our team is working on it. We are also currently in the process of updating these materials. In the meantime, you can get a more accurate description of PokerSnowie's features on the various platforms by visiting the Downloads page and try out the software.
Evaluation and Hand Strength
The evaluation panel displays PokerSnowie's advice on the current situation. On the left hand side, the player's move is described and classed as 'correct' or 'wrong'. The 'error' is simply the EV difference (in big blinds) between the best move and the played move. A mouse-over hint transforms the EV difference into the money amount given up.
On the right hand side, you can select the bet size. By default, PokerSnowie's proposed bet size, displayed in green, is already activated. For every bet size there are three possible actions: fold, check/call, bet/raise. Every action is assigned a percentage value, which is the percentage of the time the corresponding action should be played.
In most cases one move should be played 100% of the time. Sometimes, however, a mixed action is proposed. For example, 90% 0% 10% means that the hand should be folded 90% of the time, never called and 10% bluff-raised.
Next to the percentages the EV (expected value) is displayed in big blinds. Again, a mouse-over hint shows the money amounts.
In the hand strength panel, the hand of the player is compared to the ranges of the opponents.
The scale of 'showdown strength' and 'betting strength' goes from 0.0 to 2.0, independently of the number of players still in the pot. This normalization has been done for easy comparison of the numbers and for clear classification of bets or raises with WEAK hands (as a bluff), STRONG hands (for value) and MEDIUM strength hands.
The 'showdown strength' provides an estimation of how well the specific hand would perform against the ranges of all opponents still in the pot, with no more betting allowed (as if everybody was all-in).
In the specific case of only one opponent, dividing the showdown strength by 2 gives you the player's 'equity vs. range'. For example, a value of 1.20 corresponds to 60% 'equity'; 60% chance of winning a showdown against the opponent's range.
The 'betting strength' is very similar to 'showdown strength', but it considers only the non-folding ranges of the opponents. We have defined 3 brackets. A low value classifies the hand as WEAK (0 - 0.6 on the scale), a high number would be considered as a STRONG hand (> 1 on the scale). A value between 0.6 and 1 would indicate a hand of MEDIUM strength.
Again, in the case of having only one opponent, a value of 1.20 corresponds to a 60% chance of winning against the opponent's non-folding range.
The 'betting strength' is different for each bet size. In general, the higher the bet size, the lower the betting strength.