Tag: intermediate

May 14 2021

[QUIZ] Do You Have the Skills to Smash Live $2/$5 Games?

There's some serious money to be made in live poker, especially as players rush back to card rooms after a year of mandatory off-time. The following 10 hand scenarios will test how prepared you are to profit from the live poker gold rush of 2021 and beyond. Each question covers typical spots that you may face during your next trip to the casino/card...

May 07 2021

3 Micro Stakes Players Pick Up Premium Hands in 3-Bet Pots (Analysis)

Improving at poker is easier when you're surrounded by like-minded people. That's why those of us at Upswing Poker take great pride in the exclusive Upswing Poker Engage group. In the private Facebook group for members of the Upswing Lab training course,...

Apr 30 2021

How Would You Play Pocket Aces at This Final Table? (Analysis)

Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall is one of the most fearsome online and live poker players that the UK has ever produced. He is also one of the most ICM-aware opponents you are ever likely to face. That expert knowledge often comes to the fore on final tables, when ICM considerations play a big part in ultimate decision making. In 2019,...

Apr 23 2021

Polarized Ranges vs Linear (Merged) Ranges Explained

If you’ve been around poker for a little while, you have probably heard the terms "polarized" and "linear" when referring to ranges. These are key concepts to know for those who want to crush poker. In this article, you will learn the answers to the following questions: What is a "Range"? What is a Polarized Range? What is a Linear (or Merged) Range?...

Apr 13 2021

Should He Fold Trips vs An Aggressive Pro? ($25K High Roller Analysis)

I've got an interesting hand for you today, folks. Three huge factors were at play in this one: A $25,000 buy-in online is just about...

Apr 09 2021

High Stakes Reg Pulls the Trigger on 443 Big Blind Bluff (DEX88 vs uwintakeit Analysis)

Have you been following our four-part article series that analyzes some of the craziest nosebleed stakes from early 2021? (If you haven't, check out parts one and two.) This is part three, in which we will take a look at some super...

Apr 06 2021

3 River Bluffing Tips That Will Help You Smash Cash Games

Bluffing is the most fun part of poker for some people. For others, it’s the most terrifying part. On the river, when the pot is at its biggest, it can be especially hard to pull the trigger. But you can't let the fear of getting called deter you from...

Mar 30 2021

Why You Must Embrace Variance to Succeed in Poker

Nothing invokes larger emotional response to poker players than the word variance. Defined simply as the expected fluctuation of the average result, variance is meant to quantify the uncertainty around a typical outcome generated by the luck of the draw. Stochastic events (such as expected amount of money won, number of times making the nuts per session, or even life expectancies and...

Mar 26 2021

How Would You Play This 6♦ 5♦? (Pro Analysis)

Have you ever asked yourself something like… Would a top-level pro have played this hand the same way I just did? If you're like most people, you probably have. Whenever an Upswing Lab member finds themself...

Mar 23 2021

Why Was This Pot So Small? (Limitless vs Stefan11222 Analysis)

2021 has had some intense high stakes action. This is the second installment of an article series covering the craziest hands since the year began (see part 1 here). Today we're going to look at another nosebleed hand that took place at the “modest” stake of $50/$100. It’s from a heads-up battle between two high-stakes juggernauts -- Limitless and...

Mar 17 2021

Heads-Up for €29,620 — Should David Lappin Call with Jack-High?

For my fifth strategy article, I thought I’d put myself on the chopping-block and breakdown a hand from the 2018 Irish Open. I made the final table of the ‘JP Masters’, eventually finding myself heads-up against breakout poker star and WSOP Main Event 8th place finisher Jack Sinclair. The hand is the poker version of a game of ‘cat...

Mar 12 2021

This is When (And Why) World-Class Players Overbet the Turn

I think we can all agree there isn’t anything sexier in poker than a big overbet. (If there is, let me know what in the comments below.) From the early days of high stakes online poker, the overbet was first popularized by online legends like Tom Dwan...

Mar 09 2021

Doug Polk Flops a Straight vs Phil Hellmuth — And Lays It Down?!

Last week, Doug Polk was the talk of the poker world for making a massive fold in his debut on High Stakes Poker on PokerGo. Squaring off against the legendary Phil Hellmuth, Polk mucked the second nut straight on the flop -- a play that many players wouldn’t even consider. The Hand Blinds: $200/$400...

Mar 05 2021

You Should Feel Pain While Playing Poker — Here’s Why

Mar 05 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  intermediate poker strategy

If you're like most poker players, you've felt legitimate pain while playing the game. Such pain is usually caused by bad luck, which can come in many forms: Getting the money in as a favorite and losing; Having a long streak of unfavorable results to no fault of our own; or (even more subtly) Running into the...

Mar 03 2021

The Craziest High Stakes Online Poker Hands of 2021: Part One

There has been some crazy high-stakes action since the beginning of 2021. No Limit Hold’em end-bosses have been throwing money around, trying to prove who reigns supreme on the felt. And many of these crazy hands have been anything but "standard." Because relatively few people have seen these hands, we're going over the wildest ones in a new article series. This will be...

Feb 26 2021

Top Pro Plays Pocket Queens Passively with $2.7 Million On the Line

Dominik Nitsche is considered by many to be one of the best tournament players in the world, and for good reason. In his career, the German native has amassed $18,649,880 in live tournament earnings, including 4 World Series of Poker...

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 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...

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