Tag: poker strategy

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,...

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 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 29 2021

[Updated] This High Stakes Pro Played $0.50/$1.00 — Here Are 5 Tips from His Session

Apr 29 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  cash games online poker poker strategy

David "MissOracle" Yan has won a fat chunk of change in poker....

Apr 27 2021

This High Stakes Pro Played $0.50/$1.00 — Here Are 5 Tips from His Session

Apr 27 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  cash games online poker poker strategy

David "MissOracle" Yan has won a fat chunk of change in poker....

Episode 352: Byron Jacobs

Byron Jacobs is the B in D&B Poker, publishers of Modern Poker Theory and Why Alex Beats Bobbie at Poker among many other books. He and Andrew discuss the past, present, and future of poker publishing, the Rio convention center ... Read more...

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 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...

Apr 16 2021

Bizarre Multiway Pot Between 3 High Stakes Regs ($28,350 Pot Analysis)

Nosebleed online poker has been active in 2021. We've been tracking some of the craziest hands, as you can see with our first, second and third installments of this four-part...

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...

Apr 02 2021

How to Play Flopped Two Pair in Cash Games

Finally! You've flopped that two pair you’ve been waiting for. You're already smiling inside, thinking how you’re gonna scoop this pot. But what should you do to win the biggest possible pot? That’s what I’m going to cover in this article because, as you’ll see, it’s not always best to play two pair fast. Not All Two Pairs Are Created Equal Some two...

Mar 31 2021

Episode 350: Keith Dunlap

Keith Dunlap is a poet, novelist, and memoirist took up poker after a cancer diagnosis whose chemotherapy treatment required him to quarantine before it was cool. We talk about why poker interests him, why he thinks it's good for people, ... Read more...

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 19 2021

How to Print Money on Paired Flops as the Preflop Raiser

Playing well on paired boards is crucial in order to maximize your win-rate. To help with this, cash game pro Fried ‘mynameiskarl’ Meulders launched a learning module in the Upswing Lab course, focusing on how to play paired flops....

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...

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