Tag: cash games

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 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 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...

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...

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

The 10 Biggest Bluffs from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400

The Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Grudge Match has exceeded expectations across the board. With the whole poker world watching, the two poker titans have battled for 19,922 hands of the 25,000 hand challenge. Doug currently leads by $701,948, but there's no telling how the final sessions will go down. For today's article, we're going to take a look at the biggest...

Jan 27 2021

[Updated] The 100 Most Valuable Poker Strategy Articles for 2021

Hopefully you've taken advantage of all the great strategy content that's available here at Upswing. But in case you've missed something, or want to double back and reinforce what you've learned, we've compiled our top strategy articles. Each of them falls under one of the following categories (click to jump to that section): General poker strategy articles & guides...

Jan 26 2021

The 100 Most Valuable Poker Strategy Articles for 2021

Hopefully you've taken advantage of all the great strategy content that's available here at Upswing. But in case you've missed something, or want to double back and reinforce what you've learned, we've compiled our top strategy articles. Each of them falls under one of the following categories (click to jump to that section): General poker strategy articles & guides...

Jan 22 2021

How to Play a Flopped Straight in Cash Games (4+ Unique Spots)

Boy, oh boy -- you flopped a straight! All you can think about is Vegas and the fuckin' Mirage. But before counting your opponent's stack, you have some decisions to make. How do you extract max value from your opponent now? In this article, we'll go over four preflop scenarios (and two "sub-situations") and cover how you should play flopped straights in each....

Jan 14 2021

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

What goes through your mind when you look down at Ace-Ten suited? Some people love it, some people hate it, but there's not doubt that Ace-Ten suited can be a very profitable hand if you play it well. In this article, I will be covering how to play it in various preflop situations and also how to approach different postflop situations. Let’s dive...

Jan 11 2021

Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu at $200/$400: Two Live Bluffs Analyzed

If you haven't been following the Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Heads Up Grudge Match, you've been missing out. Doug jumped out to a lead of almost a million, but Daniel has since cut the deficit to just under $500,000. The match has already provided amazing entertainment value to those following the action. But on top of all that, the grudge match...

Jan 07 2021

5 Paired Board Tips to Help You Win More Chips

Paired flops can be quite tricky to play. All paired boards are different, but there are some general tendencies that you can follow. In this article, I will share 5 tips for playing paired flops. Given that this is one of the most frequent types of flop (roughly 17% of flops are paired), these tips may have an outsized impact on your win-rate....

Jan 04 2021

How to Play Strong Hands in a 3-Bet Pots (Hand Examples)

If you want to crush poker in 2021, you need to be an expert in 3-bet pots. Which is why for today’s article, we're going to be reviewing a few hands from a recent 500NL Zoom session played by cash game pro and Upswing Lab coach Fried ‘mynameiskarl’ Meulders. The focus of this review is going to be on playing strong hands in...

Dec 21 2020

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 the good ol' $0.25/$0.50 (aka 50NL). To do this, Upswing coach David...

Dec 18 2020

Top 10 Questions from Doug Polk’s “Ask Me Anything”

Dec 18 2020 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  cash games poker strategy

So far, things have been going well for Doug Polk in his Heads Up Grudge Match versus Daniel Negreanu. Since the $200/$400 Challenge began in early November, Doug has jumped out to an $814,290 lead through the first 10,784 hands. Doug recently posted a...

Dec 15 2020

How to Play Pocket Nines in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & Postflop Tips)

Middling pairs like pocket nines are among the most difficult-to-play starting hands in No-Limit Hold'em. Of course, even many beginners know that when you flop a set with a hand like nines you should usually be looking to put as many chips into the pot as possible… …but since you will only flop a set around 12% of the time,...

Dec 07 2020

The Most Unbelievable $135,657 Pot in Poker History (Berri Sweet vs LLinusLLove Analysis)

While the poker world has been zoned in on the Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu grudge match, another high stakes match has been brewing over on PokerStars. Two poker end-bosses -- Berri Sweet and LLinusLLove -- have been battling it out in both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Sweet is a PLO crusher while LLinusLLove is considered to be one...

Dec 03 2020

How to Play Flopped Sets in 8 Common Situations

Who doesn't love the feeling you get when you flop a set? When it happens, all you can think about is Vegas and the f-in Mirage. But not every flopped set is the same. There are different factors that shape the way you should play your sets. In this article, I'll explain how to approach playing sets in 8 specific situations (assuming 100...

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