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Feb 03 2023

Brad Owen’s Brutal Decision With Flopped Nut Flush (Analysis)

Could poker vlogger Brad Owen have gotten away from this one? If you think you should never fold the top of your range in poker, your answer will probably be no. But should it be? This concept of...

Jan 31 2023

The Biggest Poker Winners of 2022 Battle for $28,719

Two of online poker's biggest winners in 2022 -- Linus "LLinusLLove" Loeliger and Ignacio "Nacho124441" Morón -- have battled in some epic poker hands. Let's take a look at one big pot they played in a 3-handed game of $50/$100 No Limit Hold’em. Each player has roughly $14,000 (140 big blinds)...

Jan 27 2023

How to Play Seven-Six Suited in Cash Games

Suited connectors are a fan favorite, especially Seven-Six suited. Seven-Six suited is a highly versatile hand with fantastic playability. It has good equity against almost every range of hands, and it's one of the very few starting hands with an over 20% chance of cracking Pocket Aces (22.29% to be exact)....

Jan 17 2023

Poker Players Battle for $1,158,000 Pot (Analysis)

It's hard to even fathom what it would be like to play a cash game pot for over $1,000,000. But I'm going to do my best to break it down in this hand analysis. Today's hand took place on the Hustler Casino Live stream. The stakes are a whopping $200/$400/$800/$1,600. The effective stack is just about $580,000...

Jan 10 2023

[Updated] How A Beastly Pro Approaches Micro Stakes Games (Hand Analysis)

When it comes to the big blind, size does matter. People at different stakes play differently. Because of this, we thought it would be great to bring you some insight into how a higher stakes professional -- used to all of those theoretically advanced poker shenanigans -- approaches a game like good ol' $0.25/$0.50 (aka 50NL). To do this, Upswing coach David "MissOracle"...

Jan 06 2023

Elite Poker Pros Battle For $70,620 (Analysis)

There have been some massive online poker cash games going on recently. For today's article, we're going to look at a big pot played by tournament end boss Michael Addamo and online cash destroyer Markus Leikkonen (aka makeboifin on PokerStars). The game is No Limit Hold’em, the blinds are $200/$400, and the action is hot!...

Jan 02 2023

How Poker Players Can Accomplish New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 02 2023 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker strategy

There's more to being a successful poker player than having a good preflop strategy and choosing the correct bet size. If you want to win big and move up in stakes, you must be on your A-game as much as possible. But there are many vices that prevent players from accomplishing their poker goals, like drinking, binge eating, lack of exercise, etc. Today's...

Dec 28 2022

The Best Free Upswing Poker Content of 2022

Dec 28 2022 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker strategy

Upswing Poker exists to help poker players get better and win more money… …and a big part of how we accomplish that is through free content. I sifted through the 100+ articles and quizzes published on Upswing Poker in 2022 to find the most popular in each of the following 5 categories....

Dec 23 2022

The Worst Poker Hand Of His Life (Analysis)

Every time you sit down at the poker table, you make mistakes (even if you're Phil Ivey). What matters is how you learn from those mistakes. Jamie Nixon is one of the brightest young poker talents in the UK and, like most great players, he is immensely self-critical. In 2019, when he was up against high stakes regular Örpen Kısacıkoğlu in a WPT...

Dec 20 2022

The Preflop Poker Quiz (Only 20% of Poker Players Will Get 10/10)

Preflop is the most important street in poker… …so we made this quiz to put your preflop strategy to the test. You're about to answer 10 questions, and you'll get assigned a poker player based on your final score. Good luck! (Note:...

Dec 16 2022

3 Situations to Fold a Pair On The Flop In Poker

Poker is a funny game. Sometimes it's correct to make a big call with just Ace-high on the river. Other times it's correct to fold a pair on the flop! Today I'm going to explore the latter by listing three situations in which you should fold a pair on the flop in cash games....

Dec 14 2022

What is Doug Polk’s “Postflop Playbook” Launching on December 19th?

Dec 14 2022 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history poker strategy

The brand-new Postflop Playbook is a two-hour crash course that will teach you a proven poker strategy quickly. The aptly-named course equips poker players with the fundamental concepts necessary to compete in poker in 2023 and beyond. Upswing Poker co-founder Doug Polk is your instructor for the course, designed for players of all...

Dec 13 2022

Savage Billionaire Bluffs All-In For $127,000 (Analysis)

Watching super high stakes poker is the best. You get to watch players win and lose life-changing amounts of money from the comfort of your own home. Tough to beat that! Let's take a look at a hand from a $100/$200/$400 ($200 ante) game on Hustler Casino Live, featuring billionaire poker enthusiast...

Dec 09 2022

How to Play Chinese Poker: Rules, Strategy & Variants

Dec 09 2022 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

Chinese poker is a card game in the poker family that plays quite differently from traditional game variants that most poker players are familiar with (like Texas Hold’em). Each player gets 13 cards in a game of Chinese poker, and is tasked with making two five-card hands and a three-card hand....

How Phil Hellmuth Lost His $1.6 Million Match Against A Top Pro (Analysis)

Phil Hellmuth has been an absolute wrecking ball in high stakes heads-up matches on PokerGO… …but he just went up against the impenetrable fortress that is elite poker pro Jason Koon. This article will retell the story of that match by recapping (and briefly analyzing) the 9 most notable hands. But first, let's set the stage. Note: All images in this article are...

Dec 06 2022

Stop Bleeding Money in Straddled Pots (3 Tips from Nick Petrangelo)

If you want to be a winning live poker player, you need to have a good handle on how to play straddled pots. Straddles are quite common in live cash games, but most live players make the same mistakes over and over again when the straddle is on. For this article, I dove into Nick...

Dec 02 2022

How to Play Ace-Queen Suited in Cash Games

Ace-Queen suited is a beastly hand, but it has limits. This article will help you play it better before and after the flop. Let's get started with how to play Ace-Queen suited in common preflop scenarios. How To Play Ace-Queen Suited Preflop Unopened Pots...

Nov 29 2022

Should She Fold Aces Full in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event? (Analysis)

What does it take for you to lose all your chips in level 1 of the WSOP Main Event? With 300 big blinds and the slowest structure of any live tournament… …it should require the coldest of cold decks. Let's look back on a classic, crazy hand from the 2017 Main Event that demonstrates what it takes for an accomplished pro to exit...

Nov 22 2022

[Quiz] Do You Play Pocket Aces Like A Pro?

How good is your strategy with the best hand in the game, Pocket Aces? This quiz will test your skills with preflop and postflop situations. In all 10 situations, you hold Pocket Aces. Let’s see what your score looks like at the end (be sure to drop a comment with your results). You'll...

Nov 18 2022

How to Play Top Pair Top Kicker in Cash Games

When you have Top Pair Top Kicker, you should expect to make a decent amount of money on average. But you have to avoid overvaluing or undervaluing the hand. Those mistakes can cost you a lot of money in the long run. By the time you finish this article, you'll be less likely to make those mistakes better results in your poker sessions...