Tag: intermediate

Dec 03 2021

How to Play Pocket Eights in Cash Games (Preflop & Postflop)

Let's talk about the snowmen! Playing pocket eights can be tricky. The middling pair is a strong hand that's very frequently worth playing preflop, but most of the time the flop will have at least one overcard. This makes them difficult to play, so I wrote this article to make it a little easier for you. Here is what it covers: How to...

Nov 30 2021

[QUIZ] Would You Win the WSOP Main Event?

Every poker player has dreamed of playing at the final table of the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event. This quiz will give you that chance, putting you in the shoes of 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion Koray Aldemir. Your goal is to pick the move that he chose. And because Aldemir is a world-class...

Nov 19 2021

What are Reverse Implied Odds & Why Do They Matter?

You're probably familiar with implied odds, but what about reverse implied odds? If you are not familiar with implied odds, I recommend checking out How to Use Implied Odds Like a Veteran Pro before reading on. Reverse implied odds can be a tricky concept to wrap your head around, but today's article will make it easier...

Nov 08 2021

How to Play Open-Ended Straight Draws in Cash Games

I get a rush of positive energy whenever I flop an open-ended straight draw. It's just so amazing to hit one of those 8 sneaky outs and win a huge pot. I'd be willing to bet that most of you feel similarly. But playing straight draws correctly isn't necessarily easy. This article will help you play them better by covering: How to Play...

Nov 05 2021

What is Geometric Bet Sizing & How Do You Use It?

Geometric bet sizing -- sounds pretty math-y and complicated, doesn’t it? It's actually not that complicated at all. In fact, there's a good chance you've basically applied this concept at the table before, even if you didn't know it by name. When used in the proper situations, geometric bet sizing will help you win your opponent's whole stack more often when you're holding...

Oct 29 2021

Elite Pros Battle for Chip Lead With 0 Pairs Between Them (Analysis)

When two elite players are seated together late on in a tournament, it is often wise for them to steer clear of one another. This is even more so the case if they both have big stacks. That being said, sometimes butting heads will be unavoidable. That is what happened in the later stages of a $700 WCOOP event when high stakes pros...

Oct 15 2021

How to Play King-Queen Suited in Cash Games (Preflop and Postflop)

King-Queen suited is a pretty premium hand, but that doesn't stop your average poker player from playing it poorly. It's hard to mess up too much with super- premiums like pocket Aces or even Ace-King. But I see players overplay and underplay King-Queen...

Oct 12 2021

How to Play Trips Flops Like a Poker Boss

Trips flops are the rarest kind of flops in poker. Out of a total of 22,100 distinct flops, only 52 of them are trips flops. This means that you will encounter such a flop once every 400 flops or so. Nonetheless, trips flops are still part of the game, so it's still worth your time to learn about them. This article covers playing...

Oct 08 2021

Should He Fold Pocket Aces to a Close Friend? (Analysis)

When two friends clash at the poker table, it generally goes one of three ways: Some friends go after each other relentlessly; Others (consciously or unconsciously) try to avoid each other; And some just play their game and let the cards fall where they may. I ended up in this situation when I squared off vs my podcast co-host and friend Dara O’Kearney...

Oct 06 2021

How to Play Pocket Queens in Cash Games (Preflop & Postflop)

Who doesn't love looking down at Pocket Queens? The ladies are the third strongest starting hand in No Limit Hold’em, and you should expect to win the pot very often when you get them. Despite the raw power of Pocket Queens, not everyone knows how to play them optimally. With the help of this article, however, you can increase your win-rate and find...

Oct 01 2021

Doug Polk Semi-Bluffs All-In With $3.7 Million at Stake (Analysis)

To mark the beginning of the 2021 World Series of Poker (which started yesterday), today's article zooms in on a key hand from the 2017 WSOP....

Sep 29 2021

What is a Solver in Poker? How Solvers Work & How to Think About Them

A solver is a powerful piece of poker software that calculates ‘optimal’ strategies (called solutions) for user-inputted scenarios. The most commonly used solvers include PioSolver, GTO+ and Simple Postflop. Solvers have changed the game since they became commercially available in 2015, raising the standard of play significantly. A solver's solutions contain a lot of valuable insights, but how exactly do solvers work? And...

Sep 24 2021

When Should You Call With Just Ace-High?

Do you ever try calling with Ace-high? You probably see the pros pulling off this move pretty often on live streams. But, unless you've worked on this part of the game, you may be making these relatively light calls at the wrong times. This article explains when it is (and isn't) okay to call with an Ace- high hand. Let’s begin! When You Should...

Sep 17 2021

What is a Button Straddle & Should You Ever Do It?

Listen up, live poker players. If you've spent enough time on the live felt, there's a good chance you've encountered a Button straddle. Button straddles create interesting table dynamics that are worth exploring. This article answers the following questions: What is a Button straddle? How should you adjust your strategy when the Button straddles? Should you ever straddle on the Button?...

Sep 14 2021

The $2.5 Million Bluff That Changed The Poker World Forever (Moneymaker vs Farha Analysis)

Heads-up for the WSOP Main Event title. A bracelet and $2.5 million on the line. The poker veteran in a sharp suit, shirt unbuttoned, bedazzled with chains. The accountant with the implausibly perfect name, wearing a beige Poker Stars baseball cap and sunglasses. A bluff that will change the poker world forever....

Sep 10 2021

[Updated] What is Board Coverage & Why Does It Matter?

Board coverage is a relatively new concept in the poker world. It became a hot topic when solvers gained widespread use, but not everyone knows what it is. To bridge that gap, this article will answer some questions about it: What is board coverage? Why does board coverage matter in theory? How much does board coverage matter in practice? Let’s dive in!...

Sep 08 2021

[QUIZ] When Should You C-Bet with Ace-King?

Getting dealt Ace-King is cause for some excitement… …but oftentimes no ace or king comes on the flop and our enthusiasm fades away. This quiz will test your ability to identify situations in which you should c-bet with Ace-King, as well as situations in which you should slow down with a check....

Sep 03 2021

What is Board Coverage & Why Does It Matter?

Board coverage is a relatively new concept in the poker world. It became a hot topic when solvers gained widespread use, but not everyone knows what it is. To bridge that gap, this article will answer some questions about it: What is board coverage? Why does board coverage matter in theory? How much does board coverage matter in practice? Let’s dive in!...

Sep 01 2021

How to Get Max Value from Poker Database Software

Whether you play online poker seriously or just for practice, using database software like PokerTracker or Hold'em Manager is an easy way to study and increase your win-rate. The following tips will help you use these powerful pieces of software to their full potential. Note: Don't have database software yet? You...

Aug 27 2021

WSOP Main Event Winner Stoyan Madanzhiev Joins Team Upswing

The perfect way to hone your skills in preparation for the World Series of Poker is here… Bulgarian tournament poker pro Stoyan Madanzhiev won $4 million and a WSOP Main Event bracelet last year. Now, he's signed on to be a guest coach in the...

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