How to Save and Replay Your Poker Stars Hand History

Reviewing and analyzing your hand history is a crucial part of your studying routine. Every poker players, serious about progressing in the game should be doing that.

Reviewing a session you have played starts with setting up your poker client to Save your hand histories to a specific place on your computer.

Save Poker Stars Hand History

1. Open Your PokerStars Client

2. Click the Setting tab from the right vertical menu

3. In the Setting panel chose “Playing History > Hand History”

4. Make sure the check mark is clicked and select your preferred folder

Save Your Hand History

Your default folder for saving hand histories is: C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\PokerStars\HandHistory

Reviewing Your Hand History

Now you are all set and ready to play. After you finish your tournament or cash game session you will see .txt file(s) in your Hand History folder.

If you try to open these with notepad or other text editor you will see endless scroll of raw text, which is not what we are aiming for.

In order to make your life easy and review your hands in a close to the real table environment, you will need a software to convert this text into visual graphics for you.

If you use Holdem Manager or Poker Tracker software you will have the option to review your hand history within them.

Free Hand History Replayer

Universal Replayer is the most used free poker replayer known to humanity. The software uses Java, so you will need to have it installed on your computer in order to run the Replayer.

By default, Java security settings will prevent Universal Replayer from running. What you have to do in this case is adding the URL to the program exception site list. See the video below:

After completing the process you will be able to run the Universal Replayer and import your hand history for review!

Import & Replay Your Hand History

Once you run the Replayer you will see the following screen:

Universal Poker Replayer

From here the easiest way is to Drag and Drop your .txt file to this window. Note that Universal replayer works with .xml files and the program has to convert the default Poker Stars generated file into a suitable for displaying one. This is a quick process as the software is doing it for you.


Hit OK and Voila! You are now in your seat from the first hand you have played in that particular tournament/ cash game.

Now just navigate with the buttons on the bottom of the screen to move the action forward. The interface is not complicated at all so you will quickly learn how this works.

Enjoy this great free replayer and don’t forget to find time to review your game, take notes, and improve strategies.