Tag: introductory

Jul 22 2022

Why You Should NOT Chop When Deep In A Tournament

If you have ever made a deep run in a tournament, you may have been asked “Do you want to chop?” It's no wonder why. Especially in bigger tournaments, the pay jumps at final tables can be steep. You are playing for massive stakes with no idea what the future holds. But while...

Jun 01 2022

What is a Poker Straddle? And Should You Ever Straddle?

Poker straddles can cause confusing situations for newcomers to live poker. This article will shed light on what poker straddles are, and if you should ever straddle yourself. What is a Straddle in Poker? A poker straddle is a voluntary blind bet made by a player before cards are dealt. A player who straddles is effectively buying the big blind and doubling the...

Feb 18 2022

How to Play Pocket Twos in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

Since you will usually flop either a set or an underpair to the board, playing Pocket Twos is usually pretty easy. However, there are still some things you should consider when playing the Deuces. In this article, I'll cover: How to Play Pocket Twos Preflop 3 Tips for Playing Deuces as the Preflop Raiser (Single Raised Pots) 3 Tips for Playing Deuces in...

Feb 02 2022

How to Play King-Ten Suited in Cash Games

King-Ten suited (KTs) is one of my favorite hands to play. It's just so damn good-looking. It's a strong hand because it has great playability and solid blocker effects. However, you often need to be careful with King-Ten suited in case you're...

Jan 07 2022

How to Play Combo Draws in Cash Games

Combo draws are super strong hands, especially on the flop… …but their value can obviously change drastically by the time you reach the river. You may end up with a strong five-card hand, a total airball, or something in between (like one pair). To help you navigate this dynamic, this article covers how to play combo draws on every street. For the newer...

Dec 30 2021

The 5 Best Poker Strategy Articles of 2021

If you want to crush your poker games in 2022, read on. These 5 must-read articles published on the poker strategy blog will prepare you to dominate the tables in 2022 and beyond. I included something for everyone, regardless of your skill level (#5 is introductory, #2-4 are intermediate, and #1 is relatively advanced). (I recommend saving or bookmarking this page so you...

Dec 25 2021

The 5 Best Poker Hand Reviews of 2021

If you like expert poker hand analysis, you've come to the right place. The Upswing Poker team is constantly on the lookout for interesting hands to review. When we stumble upon a great one, we analyze and publish it on the poker strategy blog. This is a list of the 5 most notable/interesting/thought- provoking hands reviewed on the blog this year -- the...

Dec 21 2021

How to Play King-Jack Offsuit in Cash Games (Preflop & Postflop)

King-Jack offsuit (KJo) is one of those hands that looks super strong to newer players. That's why Daniel Negreanu calls it "the rookie hand" -- it's easy to overplay KJo and many players make mistakes with it. But after reading this article, you will be better prepared to win more (or lose less) money when this hand gets tossed your way. We will...

Oct 27 2021

How a Top Live Poker Crusher Deals with Six-Figure Losses

Oct 27 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  introductory live poker poker strategy

Unless you’re an absolute sicko, you probably hate losing money....

Aug 25 2021

10 Cash Game Poker Tips for Dominating the Table

Do you plan on playing a cash game anytime soon? You're in luck! Today we’ll cover 10 fundamental tips that will help you dominate your cash game competition. You'll learn when to bluff on the flop, how to play versus limps, and more. And make sure you stay tuned until the end for 2 bonus audio tips from 2 poker strategy masterminds, Doug...

Aug 22 2021

Playing with Deep Stacks: Tips, Tricks, & Adjustments to Help You Win

If playing with deep stacks (150bb+) makes you feel anxious or confused, this article will make your life easier. You're about to learn how to: Adjust your preflop bet sizing when deep stacked. Choose the correct hands to 3-bet and 4-bet when deep stacked. Adjust your postflop game plan when deep stacked. Let’s dive in! What is a Deep Stack Poker? A deep...

Aug 21 2021

How Poker Antes Should Change Your Tournament Raising Strategy

Do you open roughly the same range from each position regardless of antes? If so, you are making a costly mistake. Many players leak chips by failing to adjust their preflop ranges when there's dead money to go after. With antes in play, the pot is roughly 40% bigger preflop. This means we need to play much looser than we do when there...

Aug 20 2021

5 Tips for Playing Backdoor Flush & Straight Draws

Backdoor draws play a significant role in the range construction process. If you don't regularly consider backdoor draws when making decisions at the table, this short list of tips is for you. As you're about to learn, backdoor draws aren't valuable just because of their additional equity to hit a strong hand. Backdoor draws are also...

Aug 19 2021

5 Best Moments from Phil Hellmuth on the Doug Polk Podcast

Aug 19 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  introductory poker strategy

Whenever Phil Hellmuth is in front of a camera or microphone, you can expect to hear some pretty… interesting things. His recent appearance on the Doug Polk Podcast is no exception. The conversation was good-natured, but Doug wasn't afraid to challenge some of Hellmuth's statements. Not everyone has the time to watch/listen to a nearly two hour interview,...

Jul 30 2021

How to Play Poker in a Casino (Beginner’s Guide & 5 Pro Tips)

You can find many different ways to play poker without ever stepping into a casino. That first trip to a casino poker room can be an intimidating venture, however, no matter how much time you've put into online poker or home games. Casino poker rooms operate with their own sets of standards, and the specifics of certain rules can vary at different...

Jul 07 2021

What is Fold Equity and Why Does it Matter?

If you've played poker for a while, you've probably heard the term fold equity. In this article, I am going to explain what fold equity is and why it’s important to understand if you want to maximize your winnings at the tables. What is Fold Equity? Fold equity is the probability that a player will fold...

Jul 05 2021

[Updated] What is Two Pair & How Should You Play Two Pair?

Two pair is usually quite a strong hand in a game of poker. To make two pair, you must have two distinct pairs in the same five-card hand. Here is an example of two pair:...

Jun 15 2021

4 Poker Career-Changing Insights I Learned from Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is one of the most mysterious figures in poker. For the past 20 or so years, Ivey has dominated both the live and online poker streets. He racked up 10 World Series of Poker bracelets in addition to $31,377,928 in live tournament earnings. Ivey has also performed well in high-stakes cash games, both live and online. Despite Ivey's...

Jun 11 2021

How to Play Suited Gappers in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

What’s not to love about suited gappers? You can hit flushes, weird two-pairs, trips, and super disguised straights! A suited gapper is a starting hand with two non-consecutive cards...

May 18 2021

4 Tournament Mindset Tips for Poker Success (ft. ALLinPAV)

Upswing coach Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic has proven that the poker dream is still alive. About five years ago he was grinding micro stakes with a small bankroll. Fast forward to today, and he’s a mid/high stakes tournament...

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