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Are there any sources of poker hands, including how they play out with betting etc... I am imagining the log files of some poker site somewhere.

I am looking for complete hand histories - and especially interested in tournament play.

I am only really interested in Texas Holdem No Limit, but any link to something that might lead to some stats would be great.

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I have a small question for you: if you find something that fits this criteria, what will you do with that information ? Are you trying to learn the game that way ? Are you trying to make an AI (Artificial Intellignce) system ? –  Radu Murzea Nov 26 '12 at 9:36
    
@SoboLAN I want to be able to test the quality of robots, as I am thinking of making a poker site that features robots. Also, for my own interest, I want to try a bit of data mining on the results, to see if there are any unknown strategies that could be profitable - for example, betting on low joined suited cards on the off chance that something unexpected and good comes up in the flop, catching the opponent off guard - they never expect a full house of 7s and 2s if you bet pre-flop. I want to find out if that could ever be profitable, or any other unusual patterns. –  Billy Moon Nov 26 '12 at 9:51

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If you are really interested in some stats about the winnings of various participants you should visit http://www.wsop.com/tournaments/updates.asp. It will give you the latest updates and info on all the participants of World Series of Poker, their winnings and their currents ranks.

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Not sure if it covers the games you're looking for but it's a useful resource to mention anyway.

University of Alberta Computer Poker Research Group Database has something like 10 Million hands for free to download. Check it out.

As a side note, their papers about Poker AI and decision making are always very insightful.

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Well that is the closest I have come so far to what I want. I really want to know the folded cards too, but I guess that might be asking too much. Thanks for the link. –  Billy Moon Nov 26 '12 at 1:13
    
You're welcome :). I hope it helps. –  Toby Booth Nov 26 '12 at 3:06

Caution: Buying hand histories are against rules on most poker sites!

Anyway... The most known shops with handhistories are :

http://www.hhsmithy.com/

http://www.pokertableratings.com/buy-hand-histories

I have never tried them, so I can't tell you anything about usefullnes of these services, also I'm not sure if they provide tournaments histories.

Long time ago, I saw some site with anonymized hand histories for science/math research but despite my effort, I can't find that site now.

Gl at tables!

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It seems hand histories were made available by bodog, but I think only for your own games. Still, I would expect someone has archived a decent amount of games they played, and made it available. I can't find any though... –  Billy Moon Nov 6 '12 at 17:47
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Plenty of individual players have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of hands in their databases (I have somewhere around 400k and my volume was never that great). Problem is, they won't give it away without a huge price because of all of the valuable information it has. –  Silversana Nov 7 '12 at 0:38

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