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In case you haven’t heard of it, HandHQ offers hand history files to anyone for a nominal investment. The reason that someone would want to engage in such a transaction is to bulk up his or her hand history database. This gives players the ability to get a ton of history on their opponents without having to log hands in massively long sessions.
Only a short number of weeks ago, PokerStars, the largest online poker room, introduced Cap tables across all levels. One of the goals of Cap tables was to curb the growing sentiment against short-stackers and how they are the plague of the games on PokerStars.
Because PokerStars refused to take a stand like most other sites and eliminate short-stacking altogether, these troublesome cash game players were relegated to short buy-in games. Unfortunately for a lot of regulars, the recreational fish stopped buying into the regular games and instead headed for the short games, which resulted in the games getting incredibly harder at most of the small- and mid-stakes tables.
To once again address this issue, PokerStars altered the short buy-in games to become Cap games to further curtail a short-stacker’s advantage against other players. However, many regulars still feel that PokerStars is simply pandering to the needs of a select few to the detriment of the overall game. Whichever side of the story you identify with, HandHQ will now be there to fill up your databases with hands from either normal tables or Cap tables.
In order to get a leg up on your competition, simply head over to HandHQ today. Once there, you’ll see that the navigation can take you to “Benefits,” “Purchase,” “Download,” “FAQ,” and “Converter.” On the home page, you’ll see some interesting information about the data mining site, including the fact that it sells hand histories for the largest rooms in the business. You can even buy a 10,000-hand sample pack for just $0.99 to check out the service.
The “Benefits” tab outlines why you would want to buy hand histories in the first place. The positives include being able to have as much information as possible in your HUD in order to get the best possible picture of your opponents.
To initiate a purchase, click on the “Purchase” tab in the top menu. From there, pick the site, game type, level, number of players, and number of hands you wish to purchase. The Cap table games mentioned earlier are included within the regular purchase, so there is no difference in the buying experience. Now, you’ll get all of the hands from a particular game and stake.
For example, if you pick a site such as PokerStars, $0.50BB ($0.25-$0.50 blinds), and Full Ring, you’ll get all hands, including Cap games. Pricing on the site is pretty reasonable, as one million hands will run you $32 and, if you want to make the more modest purchase of 200,000 hands, the cost is a nominal $10.
Once you put in your order, you will receive a confirmation email. The batch is put into the queue and when your hands are ready to be picked up, you will be sent a link. From there, you can go to the “Download” section and pick up your order, which is in a ZIP file for you to unpack and import.
Also adding Cap hands in recent days was Hand-Histories.com. Whereas HandHQ offers packs with Cap and non-Cap hands mixed together, Hand-Histories.com allows you to separate the two when you purchase batches of hands. If you purchase a subscription on Hand-Histories.com, then Cap and non-Cap hands will be mixed.
Hand HQ currently accepts VISA, MasterCard, and other forms of payment.
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