Tag: introductory

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...

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...

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