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Feb 26 2021

Igor Kurganov: Poker Results and Relationship With Liv Boree

Feb 26 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker players

Igor Kurganov emerged as one of poker's top tournament players in the 2010s. He might best be known for his relationship with fellow poker pro Liv Boeree, but Kurganov boasts an all-time great list of...

Feb 24 2021

Poker Hand Rankings: Two Pair

Feb 24 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

Making two pair in a game of poker often gives you a strong enough hand to win the pot. To make two pair, you must draw two distinct pairs in the same five- card hand. Two pair beats one pair and also beats high card hands. Three-of-a- kind (along with everything above it in the poker hand rankings)...

Feb 23 2021

What Is Equity Distribution & Why Does It Matter?

There's no doubt about it: Poker has gotten tougher over the years. There are many concepts that shape modern strategy that were unheard of during the height of the poker boom. One of those concepts is equity distribution. If you want to play (close to)...

Feb 22 2021

Why Does a Straight Beat Two Pair?

Feb 22 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history

Strong poker hands don't come around all that often, so it's crucial to know just where your made hand stacks up in the poker hand rankings. If it's a hand like two pair or a straight, it probably has a good chance of holding up as the winner when you take it to showdown. Both a straight and two pair represent strong...

Feb 18 2021

Doug Polk Reveals His Graph vs Negreanu (with Red/Blue/EV Lines)

Feb 18 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history poker players

Two weeks ago, Doug Polk secured victory in his Heads Up No Limit Grudge Match vs. Daniel Negreanu. He won $1,201,807 over the course of 25,000 hands. The two battled on WSOP.com, which does not allow HUDs or tracking software. However, after the conclusion of the...

Feb 16 2021

How Being Scared Money Can Cost You Big Money (Hand Analysis)

Have you ever been scared money? It can do funny things to you. Some players adjust too aggressively and fire out loose 3-bets and 4-bets, afraid to trust their postflop skills. Others get too timid and look for reasons not to put chips in the pot....

Feb 12 2021

Poker Hand Rankings: High Card

Feb 12 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

A high card hand consists of five cards that don't make a pair or any other kind of made hand. The lowest-ranking hand in the poker hand rankings, high card hands can only beat other high card hands. Ace-high represents the strongest high card hand, while the lowest possible five-card high card hand is six-high. An example of a high...

Poker Hand Rankings: One Pair

Feb 12 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

A pair represents the lowest-ranking made hand in the standard poker hand rankings. A one pair hand consists of two of the same ranking card, along with three other unpaired cards in a five-card hand. One pair hands beat high card hands, but a pair loses to every other made hand. For example, three-of-a- kind,...

Feb 11 2021

How to Play Flopped QUADS (And Other Ultra Strong Hands)

The flop comes… and you SMASH it -- you've got the mothereffin’ nuts! Flopping hands like quads and boats doesn't happen particularly often. But when it does, you should try to make the most of it by extracting as much money as possible. This article will help you do that. Let's dive in straight away. Note: Want to quickly become a winner at...

Poker Hand Rankings: Three of a Kind

Feb 11 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

Making three-of-a-kind often gives you a hand that's strong enough to win the pot in a game of poker. You've made three-of-a-kind when you hold three of the same ranking card, along with two other unpaired cards, in a five-card hand. Three-of-a-kind ranks as the seventh-best possible hand in the standard poker...

Feb 09 2021

[Updated] The Range C-Bet: 10 Spots to Continuation Bet 100% of the Time

Poker strategy changes a lot over time. Before the poker boom, people generally played too passively. Then there was an over-correction by some players, who would continuation bet (c-bet) almost 100% on every flop. This is known by some as a "range c-bet" (shorthand for "c-betting with range"). While c-betting 100% in...

Feb 05 2021

10 Baddest (& Biggest) Beats from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400

Luck was a big topic of conversation in the Doug Polk vs. Daniel Negreanu Grudge Match. Through different points of the challenge, both players felt that they were been victim to worse luck. Today's article will look at 10 bad beats that went for $108,389.96+. Before you get worked up at the order or contents of this list, keep in mind: The beats...

10 Bonus Beats from Polk vs Negreanu

Feb 05 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history

This is a continuation of our countdown of the 10 Baddest (& Biggest) Beats from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400. We couldn't fit all of the worst beats in that article, so we listed the rest here. Enjoy! 10 Bonus Beats: These hands weren't for as much money as the ones listed above, but they were still some...

Feb 04 2021

Polk Wins $1.2 Million in 25,000 Hands vs Negreanu

Feb 04 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history poker players

One of the most fervently followed heads-up matches in poker history came to an end with a seven-figure victory for Upswing Poker founder Doug Polk. Polk came away with $1.2 million in profit in a heads-up match against archrival Daniel...

Poker Hand Rankings: Straight

Feb 04 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

True to its name, a straight consists of five sequential cards in a game of poker. Straights are often strong enough to win in a poker showdown and rank sixth in the poker hand rankings. A straight only loses to a royal flush,...

Poker Hand Rankings: Flush

Feb 04 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

Making a flush can often result in winning the pot in a game of poker. One of the stronger hands you can make, the flush ranks fifth in the poker hand rankings, behind the royal flush,...

Feb 03 2021

How to Play Ace-Five Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

Ace-Five suited (A5s) is a powerful hand that has generated a lot of conversation in the past few years. If you've ever looked at preflop ranges, you've likely noticed that A5s gets included in a lot of different ranges, even when some higher suited aces are not....

Feb 02 2021

The Range C-Bet: 10 Spots to Continuation Bet 100% of the Time

Poker strategy changes a lot over time. Before the poker boom, people generally played too passively. Then there was an over-correction by some players, who would continuation bet (c-bet) almost 100% on every flop. This is known by some as a "range c-bet" (shorthand for "c-betting with range"). While c-betting 100% in...

Jan 29 2021

Poker Hand Rankings: Full House

Jan 29 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

Making a full house gives one of the strongest hands you can make in a game of poker. The full house ranks as the fourth-best hand in the poker hand rankings, only losing to four-of-a-kind,...

Poker Hand Rankings: Four of a Kind

Jan 29 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  guides & reviews

Four-of-a-kind marks one of the rarest and strongest hands you can possibly make in a poker game. The third-strongest hand in the standard poker hand rankings, four-of-a-kind only loses to straight flushes and...

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