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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...

May 04 2021

How to Play Pocket Kings Like a Pro in Cash Games (Even When an Ace Flops)

Let's talk about Pocket Kings. Playing the cowboys is relatively easy most of the time, but every once in a while a dreaded Ace rolls off on the flop, which reminds me of this meme:...

Apr 20 2021

[QUIZ] Can You Ace These 10 Fundamental Preflop Decisions?

Ready to put your preflop fundamentals to the test? This quiz was made with relatively new poker players in mind, but anyone could benefit from a refresher on basic preflop decisions. For each of these questions, imagine that you just sat at a new cash game table with a 100 big blind stack and no reads on your opponents. Keep in mind that...

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...

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....

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...

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 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...

Dec 01 2020

Doug Polk Explains Five $105,976+ Pots He Played vs Daniel Negreanu

Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu have captivated the poker world with their $200/$400 Heads Up Grudge Match. Beginning in early November, the foes have squared off for 6,227 hands out of a planned 25,000, with Doug currently leading with $578,417.57 in profit. In an effort to keep his strategy to himself, Doug has been pretty quiet about specific hands. But that...

Nov 23 2020

Late Registering Online Tournaments: How Late Is Too Late?

You’re starting to take tournaments seriously. You put a decent amount of time into studying theory / analyzing hands. But you keep finding yourself asking the same question: When should I buy into a tournament? Should I always pre- register, register as late as possible, or something in between? The world of online tournament poker can be pretty daunting these days. There are so...

Nov 13 2020

The 10 Biggest Pots From The Polk vs Negreanu Challenge (So Far)

The most anticipated poker grudge match in years got underway last week and it hasn't disappointed. Through the first four sessions, the rivals have played 1,372 hands with Doug holding on to a strong $180,865.22 lead. There have already been 12 pots that have crossed the $75,000 threshold, four of which have seen over $100,000 exchange hands. This article will show you the...

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