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1  Investing Guide / Insurance / Re: Health Insurance Guide HSAs on: May 27, 2009, 05:35:37 AM
I am 27 and perfectly healthy. I havent been to a doctor in about 5 years and was just wondering which company and plan people could advise me to go with. I am a single male and currently have no insurance for health

Hi, I probably can't legally recommend an exact insurance company, but I can give you a few ideas.

I personally looked through eHealthinsurance to see what my options were for HSA + High Deductible plans, and ended up going with Humana's version.

There are many other out there, and you'll probably have to look at their various rules on prescriptions, etc for your general case.  Some even include some nice preventative care.

PM me if you'd like some more details
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Just saying "Hi" on: February 17, 2009, 05:49:00 PM
Hi from me too. The hands search engine is a great idea and I hope the site's gaining traffic. I blogged about you as every little thing helps...

Thanks for the kind words.  I haven't put much effort in lately, but I've been getting a lot of feedback and might pick up this project again.

What's your blog?
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Handcrawler! on: January 15, 2009, 10:11:06 AM
howdy -

I haven't been playing too much but when I do I still use your genius idea web site  Smiley  but I take it not many others are?  the scanned hand count hasn't changed from ~38k for a while (just curious).

anyway, thanks for keeping the site up

Ya, unfortunately I've been pretty busy at my regular 9-6 job.  I plan on updating my code to start crawling sites again.  We're getting a few hundred visitors a month, but nothing drastic.

Please tell your friends!  I hope you find it useful.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Handcrawler! on: July 07, 2008, 01:42:25 PM
1.  I am working on this and will try to warn people to give more broad matches.  I'll also add stickiness to the original search factors.

Any progress on adding stickiness?

Poker Notes's search button is almost useless without stickiness, since the queries it generates are virtually always too specific.


I've been pretty busy with my normal 9-6 job, but I'll take a shot at it this weekend.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Just saying "Hi" on: June 18, 2008, 12:13:45 PM

Nice site, nice idea. Congratulations on putting it together. I'll be sure to link to you. Smiley

All the best.


Thanks!  I'll take all the help I can get bringing more traffic in here.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Sng/cash filter on: June 18, 2008, 12:13:12 PM
Is it possible to add this filter?

Currently we are only outputting cash games.  When we add SnG's, this filter will definitely be there Smiley
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Handcrawler! on: May 16, 2008, 09:35:35 PM
Do you prefer bug reports in the forum or via email?

Anyway, I've noticed that some hands are not parsed correctly.  I noticed this while doing a search for hands with "Flop is paired" and "Monotone flop".  Since this is impossible, there should be no results, but I found several fascinating hands where players were somehow dealt less-than symbols. ;-) 


I know Smiley  Just so everyone understands - there are a LOT of different hand formats I'm trying to support.  For example, Leggopoker by itself has something like 6 different variations of their hand histories.  The same goes for FTR and others.

I plan on working on the bugs on the most common formats, and storing the oddball ones for later (to parse or skip depending on how ambitious I'm feeling)
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Handcrawler! on: May 15, 2008, 01:29:28 PM
Thanks for the input Daniel - in regards to your questions:

1.  I am working on this and will try to warn people to give more broad matches.  I'll also add stickiness to the original search factors.

2.  I actually like the dropdown, just because people can type in so many combinations of the hand incorrectly.

For example, A clubs K clubs... is it AcKc, AKcc, AKs, AK, etc?

3.  When I introduce the other forums I am crawling, these stakes will be simplified to a broader category

4.  In 6max, the position following the button is generally UTG.  If a converter displays this differently though, there's nothing I can do.  Note though, that you can use the "Early" option to pick either UTG or UTG+1

5.  This is intentional, but I may tweak it a bit Smiley
9  General Category / Strategy Videos (100% free) / TAGFish Series - #2 on: May 11, 2008, 04:45:09 PM

Here is video #2.  Here, I am facing several opponents that are incredibly loose-passive.

These types of players are my biggest struggle.  Please help me decide when to:

1.  Call down light
2.  C-bet or just give up
3.  What to do when raised on a raggy flop w/ 2 overcards

Video here:

(TSCC codec required to watch)
10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Handcrawler! on: May 05, 2008, 09:03:15 AM
Just a thought, but is it possible to have something like "late position" and "early position" or
"in position" and "oop" or something in addition to a defined seat?  I realize you're probably using the info in the hh post to make a match but I ask because often IMO it isn't important what my seat is but whether or not I have position on the other(s).  Obv I could pick "button" just to be sure but then I'm guessing all the matches where villain is utg and hero is hj (for example) aren't going to show up.

Sure - I've considered adding this as well.  It wouldn't be hard to do.

I'm thinking (for 6max):

Blinds = SB,BB

I can just rewrite the query to be something like this:

if ( $position == 'blinds' ) { $extraquery .= ' and position in ( 'SB','BB' )'; }


I'll have to experiment with it.

Limit is a whole different beast - I plan to support it in the future, but it basically involves rewriting the entire analysis script because of the different terminology (caps, etc).

11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Handcrawler! on: May 04, 2008, 03:59:49 PM
great, great idea!  2p2 search is ok I guess but anything that means I never again have to ask why it's so stupid is nirvana Smiley

would it be possible for the "any stakes" box to be a preference or something so that we don't have to pick it every time?  I'm only going to be searching one group of hands so that's never going to change for me (or maybe just make it so that whatever you chose last is there the next time?).

I also notice that when I search something all the "any" dropdowns and check boxes go blank (so I can't see what conditions I initially searched for or make a tweak and re-search) - think those could be persistent somehow or maybe add a "clear all" or something?


Good suggestions.  I'll make some adjustments to make the search options more persistent on the next revision.
12  General Category / Strategy Videos (100% free) / Re: TAGFish Series - #1 on: May 04, 2008, 12:25:11 PM
First, thanks for this interesting experiment. Smiley

Downloaded, but how to watch it?
What do I do with a codec?
What player to use?


Just download the codec and run it.

Then, simply open the video in windows media player like you normally would.

(TSCC is a codec used by camtasia that makes screen capture videos really small and clean looking.  If this becomes a problem later I'll just switch to XVID/DIVX)
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Welcome to Handcrawler! on: May 04, 2008, 12:22:59 PM
First post... on the whole forums!   Grin

I just thought I'd say that I'm extremely impressed with the website you've made here, and I think the tool you've created will be invaluable for all players who are trying to improve. Good luck, I really hope the site takes off!

Thanks froobert.  I appreciate the kind words.  Please tell others people about it, and let me know if there are any improvements you'd like to see!
14  General Category / Strategy Videos (100% free) / TAGFish Series - #1 on: May 03, 2008, 01:27:48 PM
Hi all,

This board was created to help players (like myself) convert from a weak-tight ABC poker player to a much more aggressive player.

A little about me, and what I'm hoping to get out of this series:

I've been playing poker casually since college.  I found strategy boards years ago, but never really took it seriously.  I also work a 9-6 type job, so I can only get in a limited number of hands.  That said, in the last year or so I've been trying to really focus on becoming a better player.  I've mostly been playing break-even, or a little bit above breakeven, and making my money from rakeback Smiley

I'm pretty comfortable with preflop and flop play.  I would say my biggest weaknesses are:

- folding too much on the turn/river vs. aggressive opponents when I have a marginal holding
- not winning enough small pots
- very poor at adjusting to loose villains who don't fold the flop and bluff later streets
(pfr/cbetting into loose villain and check/folding too many turns and rivers)

I open quite a few hands, and my usual stats are something like 22/14

I will try to put up a 30-40min video once a week, and look for feedback.  Reading through the forums and talking with stronger players has helped my game, but I feel that when you are left on your own you can slip back into common mistakes that you might not make otherwise.

So, here we go:

Video #1 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=SRWRD7T5
(you have to type in the letters at the top-right of the screen to download)

Please leave comments on hands, and the appropriate time in the video when it happens.  You'll need the TSCC codec to view these (keeps the files nice and small)
It is available here:  http://download.techsmith.com/tscc/tscc.exe

My first comment on the video is that I think I should have called the weak river bet with my pair of 7's early in the video Smiley  I was just setting up recording and made a fold without thinking about it too much.
15  Investing Guide / Taxes and Incorporation / Taxes for Poker Players 101 on: May 03, 2008, 12:45:49 PM
Hi all,

This forum will soon contain lots of information for poker players on tax law, deductions, and how optimize your tax returns.

In the meantime, here are some resources you can use:

General Gambling Tax Information

Cardplayer Article on Taxes

Pocket 5's Poker Tax Q&A

In Canada?  Tax information for poker players here:

More general questions here

Credit to UglyOwl's 2p2 Post:

1. Only made a small amount playing poker last year, what to do about taxes:


2. What to expect for an audit:


3. What can you deduct:


4. Finding a tax professional that deals with poker:


5. Standard deduction problems and gambling losses:


6. "I have no idea how to deal with taxes":


7. What is a session:


8. Is it income if I haven't cashed out:


If you have any more threads or info you'd like to link to, or are a CPA and would like to write a guideline, we'd love for you to make a post!
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