Your first steps with PokerSnowie!

PokerSnowie is an artificial intelligence software that allows you to perfect your poker. You will be able to analyse later played hands, learn the optimal ranges in different situations and improve your poker with the help of the software's tips. PokerSnowie is an AI that has learned to play poker by playing poker hands against itself. To date, billions of hands have been played and the software learns optimal strategies by itself, through trial and error

This article will guide you through your first steps with PokerSnowie. You will learn in detail how to install and use the software. You will also be entitled to a free trial to test the software

How do I install PokerSnowie?

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At the top right of the screen, you will see an icon to take advantage of your Free Trial:

Installing Pokersnowie

Once you have clicked on the icon, you will be prompted to create your (free) account

Creating a Pokersnowie Account

Once your account has been created, you will now be able to download the software and log into your account

You will be able to download the software by clicking on "Downloads"

Download pokersnowie

You will then be able to choose between 4 versions; choose the one that best suits your needs:

All 4 versions of pokersnowie

For this demonstration, we will install the Windows version. The steps are similar for the MAC version. Note that the Android and iOS versions of PokerSnowie offer less functionality than the Windows and MAC versions. To get the full PokerSnowie experience you will need to use it on your computer and not on your mobile phone or tablet

Once you have downloaded the installation file, run it to start the installation

After choosing the installation language, click OK.

Read the "Licence Agreement" document, accept and press "Next"

Starting the installation

By default, the software will be installed here:

Pokersnowie installation path

It is best to let the software install here, but you can make changes if you wish to install PokerSnowie at a different location

PokerSnowie also creates a shortcut. You will be able to change the name of the shortcut if you deem it necessary

Creating Pokersnowie shortcut

Check this box if you wish to have an icon on your desktop:

Pokersnowie on your desktop

Then press Next.

Here it is, it's ready, you can start the installation by clicking on Install

Click on install

Here we go!

Installation in progress

Once the installation is successfully completed, you will be able to read this dialog box. Click on "Finish".

Finish installation

Once the installation is complete, the software will automatically launch and you will be prompted to enter your user name and password

Launching Pokersnowie

Enter your details and click on "Login"

Here is an overview of the software:

Overview of Pokersnowie

We will review the main features of the software

The main features of PokerSnowie

PokerSnowie offers a lot of options, but for the sake of brevity we will deal with the three main options that PokerSnowie offers, i.e. creating scenarios, importing previously played hands and the Training section

Section training

Rubrique training

After clicking on the training section, you will see this window:

Training section overview

The freezeout option allows you to practice your skills in tournaments. You will be able to choose the number of players per table, the number of starting chips, whether to add antes or not and choose the structure of the blinds (the speed at which the blinds increase, i.e. Turbo, Standard or Slow)

Freezeout option

Once you have indicated your preferences, press START to start the game

You will then be launched immediately into your poker game.

Poker game

You will notice in the top left corner of the image, the option to get "Live Advice".

If you don't want to be swayed by PokerSnowie's suggestion, leave the "Live Advice" option OFF, but if you're ever curious about PokerSnowie's advice on a hand, you can activate the option. Let's see an example

Live advice

No big surprise, the suggestion here will be to raise at a 100% frequency. We can see that this game has an expected payout of 3.02 big blinds per 100 hands. As for the call, it has an expected payout of 2.73 big blinds per 100 hands. The "1 Pot" option tells us that the suggested raise is 1 time the size of the pot

After raising, our opponent calls the bet.

At the flop, we have several options. Let's see what PokerSnowie suggests

Suggestions for the flop.

By default, PokerSnowie will present us with the most profitable suggestion. For example, here, we're suggested to bet 25% of the pot size. Betting 50% of the pot size or pot betting will also see a long term payoff, but less significant than betting 25% pot. We also note that the check has a positive payoff expectation. PokerSnowie doesn't have the science, so depending on how bad you really are, adjust yourself. If your villain is hyper aggressive, a check will, in the long run, probably be more profitable than a bet. The freezeout option has many advantages, including the ability to work on your shortstack game (when the mats are small in tournaments)

The Import section

The Import section allows you to analyse sessions you have already played. For example, let's take the session we played above. Let's say that during our session, the "Live Advice" option was OFF. Now we want to know if we made a lot of mistakes in our session

Import heading

After pressing Import, we see the last session we played

Dernière session

To get the analysis of your session, click on "View analysis"

You will then get a report of your session:

Session report

We can review our previous sessions in several variations (Profit, mistakes, opponent, etc.). Let's see here our hands played according to our mistakes (Errors):

Previous sessions

For the purposes of the case, we pushed all in to the flop and this is obviously a mistake as PokerSnowie confirms. The best suggested play was to bet 25% of the pot size or check. Our mistake will have cost us 0.24BB in the long run

Pokersnowie Betting Error

In the red box above, you can see how easy it is to navigate through the played hands in which we made one or more mistakes.

The Scenario Option

Scenarios Option

The Scenario Option allows us to create hands from scratch to get advice from PokerSnowie's Artificial Intelligence. This option can be useful for analyzing hands that you might have played live, in casinos, at friends' homes or in poker rooms

The first step is to choose the table: 2 players, 6 players or 10 players. Once this is done, choose the size of the blinds and the ante (if any). When it's done, click on "add player"

PLEASE NOTE that the first player you click on will automatically be the dealer (dealer or button, as the case may be)

For this example, we'll be on the small blind with a pair of jacks.

Pair of Jacks

The floor here is to player 4 who is Under The Gun (UTG). If we right-click on the player, we will have several options:

4 players

The Preflop advice option allows us to see the optimal range of hands to open depending on the position of the player:

Preflop advice

A green box represents a hand that should be opened at 100% frequency. When the box contains a number, it is a frequency. For example, a hand like 5-5 should optimally be opened 14% of the time

Other options are rather useful after the flop.

To assign a hand to a player, simply click on the card in hand and then choose the card you want to assign to the player from the "Card selection" section

To award a hand to a player, simply click on the card in hand and then choose the card you want to award to the player in the

Here, the UTG player will raise preflop and the other players will fold to us, on the small blind

UTG

PokerSnowie then displays the best option depending on our hand and position. In this case, a raise is suggested

In this example, the player in the big blind position called the bet just like the UTG player. We have no idea what BB's precise hand is, but if he is playing optimally, here's what PokerSnowie believes he should have in his hand. This information is obtained by right-clicking on the player and then selecting "Hand Range".

Pokersnowie example

Following PokerSnowie's instructions, our hero here will bet 25% of the pot size.

The BB goes down and now it's up to the UTG player:

The big blind folds

The optimal play here is to raise. Let's say that the player in this situation raises all in because that's how our friend had played the hand at our evening at the casino. We want to know if we made a good call

Optimal play

So here we learn that our call was a long term losing game, a long term losing game of 5.76 big blinds.

It is important to realize that PokerSnowie's advice assumes that you are playing against a player who is playing optimally. Therefore, the above suggestion to fold is good if the UTG player is playing perfect poker, which will rarely be the case in your poker games. Therefore, you should not only follow the PokerSnowie recommendations, but also adjust them according to the information you have about the players. If the real villain of this hand in UTG is known to everyone as a hyper aggressive maniac, calling will be a better game than folding. In poker, you always have to know how to adapt and adjust

For more details on this hand, you can click on "Analysis tools".

Analysis tools

You will then see this window appear:

Pokersnowie window

The hands shown in this window are the possible hands in our range that PokerSnowie would have fooled with. Heroes could have any of these hands in their range and PokerSnowie would have folded them every time

Who's PokerSnowie for?

PokerSnowie is for all Texas Hold'em players who want to improve their understanding of poker. It is important to repeat this, but PokerSnowie is artificial intelligence and its suggestions are good against players who have a good understanding of solid poker. Suggestions given by PokerSnowie can be questioned depending on the bad guys. PokerSnowie aims to play GTO (Game Theory Optimal), i.e. non-exploitable poker. When one of your opponents plays exploitable, the best game to play against him will always be to adjust to his tendencies. For example, if you have a nuts (the best possible hand) on the river against a calling station player, you may want to bet more than the suggestion given by PokerSnowie

PokerSnowie should be regarded as a tool and not as a software program that knows everything. If you are playing against skilled players, PokerSnowie will be of great help in helping you to perfect the range of hands you will play depending on the situation

How much does PokerSnowie cost?

The software is offered on an annual subscription basis. There are 2 types of subscription: Intermediate and Pro

Intermediate subscription includes:

  • PokerSnowie Training and Live Advice
  • Scenario Evaluations
  • Hands Import and Analysis options
  • The Error Rate, Game Balance and Statistics options
  • Preflop Tips
  • The ability to analyze 8,000 hands per month
  • The ability to create 1,200 scenarios per month

The Pro subscription includes:

  • PokerSnowie Training and Live Advice
  • Scenario Evaluations
  • Hands Import and Analysis options
  • The Error Rate, Game Balance and Statistics options
  • Preflop Tips
  • The Hand range section
  • The Range advice section
  • The Strategy Advisor option
  • The 120,000 hands per month analysis
  • The ability to create 3,000 unique scenarios per month

Here is a summary table of the options in the different versions of PokerSnowie

Different versions of Pokersnowie

The Intermediate version is available for $99.00 (USD) per year. The Pro version is available for $229.95 (USD) per year

In closing, PokerSnowie is highly recommended for all Texas Hold'em players, from Intermediate to Advanced, who would like to perfect their poker skills

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