Tag: intermediate

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...

Nov 15 2022

High Stakes Poker Pro PUNTS $28,038 Pot (Analysis)

One of my favorite ways to study poker is to look at hands between the best players in the world. By reviewing hands like the one below, you can gain valuable insight into how these poker beasts think about the game… …but sometimes, even the top players make what seem like glaring mistakes. So, let's dive into a $50/$100 hand on PokerStars between...

Nov 11 2022

We’re Cutting Prices for Black Friday & Cyber Monday (25% Off)

Have you considered upgrading your poker skills with one of Upswing's best- selling courses? It's time to get off the fence because we're slashing prices by 25% for Black Friday! Everything on the site will be 25% off. That includes the Upswing Lab, Nick Petrangelo's brand new Smash Live Cash course (ft Brad Owen), and all advanced courses. The sale begins on Tuesday, November...

Nov 09 2022

How to Play Double Gutshot Straight Draws

Double gutshot straight draws are very strong hands and you can pick up a lot of extra money if you play them well. This article covers how to play double gutters (aka double belly busters) effectively in a variety of situations. The focus will be on deep stack cash game play. Let’s dive in! What Is...

Oct 28 2022

How to Play Pocket Threes in Cash Games

You've probably been dealt Pocket Threes, also known as crabs, quite a few times. Have you ever wondered if you played them well? Time to find out! This article covers: How to play Pocket Threes in common preflop situations 3 tips for...

Oct 20 2022

Garrett Adelstein Hates How He Played This $164,000 Hand (Analysis)

There have been some insane high stakes hands on poker live streams recently. Garrett Adelstein has been involved in a number of them, including the 6-figure pot that is the subject of today's article (No, not that one.) The hand takes place on Hustler Casino Live at the massive stakes of $100/$200/$400 ($200 Big blind ante). Read on for a recap...

Oct 18 2022

5 Common Mistakes Live Cash Game Players Make

If you play live poker, you probably notice your opponents making a lot of mistakes… …but could you be making any big mistakes yourself? Nick Petrangelo put together a list of the 5 most common mistakes that he sees live cash game players make. Watch or read on for that list....

Oct 14 2022

The $150,000 Bluff That Never Should Have Happened (Analysis)

Eric Persson and Alan Keating are two high-stakes poker players that have made quite a name for themselves over the past few years. In the hand we're about to review, the pair clashed horns in a colossal half-a-million-dollar pot. You just need to check out how this hand went down! The blinds are $200/$400/$800 with a few extra...

Oct 12 2022

Sneak Peek Inside Smash Live Cash with Nick Petrangelo (ft Brad Owen)

Want to maximize your winnings at the live cash game tables? Read (or watch) on....

Oct 11 2022

6 Tips for When The Flush Gets There (And You Don’t Have It)

It's happened to us all…and it sucks. You flop a solid hand like top pair or a straight draw -- let's say on a J♥ 8♣ 4♥ flop -- but then the turn is a pesky third flush card (like the 5♥). Navigating these situations can be tricky, but this article will make them a bit easier for you....

Oct 07 2022

Doug Polk Flops a Monster at $100/$200/$400/$800 (Multiway Analysis By Top Pro)

Elite high stakes poker pro Nick Petrangelo is back this week as he continues his sneak preview series for his upcoming Smash Live Cash course! In this article/video, Nick will walk you through a multiway pot that happened in a massive stakes cash game at...

Oct 04 2022

How to Play Ace-Four Suited in Cash Games

Like it's brother Ace-Five suited, Ace-Four suited has become a quite trendy hand in recent years. That's because it has so much potential. Ace-Four can hit the strongest top pair, disguised straights, and nut flushes. In this article, I am going to help you get closer to...

Sep 30 2022

5 Heads-Up Poker Hands Analyzed By A Pro

Heads-up No-Limit Hold'em (HUNL) is arguably the purest form of poker. You sit across the table from 1 opponent and your job is to beat 'em. It's that simple. This article/video zooms in on 5 hands that were played by an Upswing Lab member...

Sep 28 2022

How to Play Big Pocket Pairs in Cash Games

Big pocket pairs will usually be your biggest money makers… …but, as you probably know all too well, they can also cost you an entire chip stack. To help you get max value and avoid costly mistakes, you're about to learn some key tips for playing the three biggest pocket pairs in No Limit Hold'em. Let's start at Pocket Queens and work up...

Sep 23 2022

Patrik Antonius Hero Calls Bottom Pair with $825,000 On The Line (Analysis)

Could you make a sick call with bottom pair with 3 players left in a big tournament? It takes guts, the lack of a certain type of fear, and a level of confidence that is often the result of years of experience playing at a high level. Patrik Antonius is no doubt a player with those traits. With an $825,000 first prize on...

Sep 14 2022

Pro Poker Player Moves Down in Stakes (to Help You Move Up)

If you play relatively low stakes (online or live), read on. One of our coaches, Gary “GazzyB123” Blackwood, recently dropped down to 10NL ($0.05/$0.10) at the request of...

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