Due to recent releases, you may find some of the contents of this online manual, including the video tutorials, to be outdated.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.
Ranges and Preflop Table
The Analysis Tool panel gives you access to the advanced features listed below.
The preflop advice table is a great tool to visualize PokerSnowie's preflop strategy in one glance.
The table displays one field for each of the 169 different hole card combinations: the diagonal covers the pocket pairs, the upper right triangle the suited cards and the lower left triangle the off-suited cards.
The colour code indicates the advised action, green for raise, yellow for call and white for fold. If a number is displayed in the field, this is the percentage of times this hand should be raised.
It is possible that some hole card combinations are not in the preflop range anymore. If you have previously raised and it is your turn again, you would not be holding 72o, for example, because you would have folded it already. Those fields are greyed out. However, it is still possible to see how PokerSnowie would continue with these hands, by activating the option 'show full table'.
The default table is the one for the proposed bet size, the bet sizes PokerSnowie considers as best. You can click on the buttons '1/4 POT', '1/2 POT', 'POT' and '2 POT' to switch between the bet sizes and see the alternative tables.
The hand range feature calculates a list of all hands that PokerSnowie would hold, given the circumstances of the game. At the top of the window the hand range is split by hand type. Clicking on the '+' sign opens the branch of the corresponding hand type and splits it further.
At the bottom all individual hands are displayed. They are grouped by hole cards that are considered the same. For example, on preflop all 12 combinations of JTo are grouped together and all 4 combinations of JTs.
The 'Combinations' column tells you the number of combinations remaining from that group. The combinations value may be further decreased by a certain percentage if PokerSnowie would have made the move the player made. If, for example, the player raised and PokerSnowie's advice is to raise 20% of the time, the combinations are multiplied by 0.2.
The 'Probability' column assigns a probability for each hand normalized over the whole hand range, so the sum of that column adds up to 100%.
The next column specifies the hand type, and the last column the draw type (if the situation is not on the river), for each hand. 'Straight (1)' is a gut shot straight draw and 'Straight (2)' an open-ended straight draw.
You can sort each column by clicking on the column name.
Please note that it can happen that no hands are found. That means that PokerSnowie would not have played the same way as the player did with any hand.
This feature is only available for the player to act. It works very similarly to the hand range feature but also constructs folding, checking/calling and betting/raising ranges.
Selecting one of those ranges provides distribution information about the hand type and details for all hands that comprise the corresponding range.
PokerSnowie has 4 different ranges for the bet sizes: 1/4 pot, 1/2 pot, pot and 2 pot. By default PokerSnowie selects the bet size it considers best, but it can be switched manually to see ranges for alternative bet sizes.
It is also possible to see how PokerSnowie would play hands that are not in its hand range anymore. Clicking 'show all hole cards' provides the evaluations for all hole cards, independent of the hand range.