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Nov 24 2021

What is a Suited Hand & How Should You Play Them?

Nov 24 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

When you play or observe Texas Hold'em or Omaha, you'll eventually hear the term "suited." Hole cards of the same suit are referred to as suited, like A♠K♠ and 9♥ 7...

Oct 29 2021

What is the Lowest Pair in Poker?

Oct 29 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

A pair is the most commonly seen made hand in poker. Holding a pair often gives you a chance of winning the pot in Texas Hold'em. Whether your dealt a pocket pair or make one on the board, a pair beats any high-card hand in a showdown. What is the lowest pair in poker? What is the highest? Let's take a look:...

What Are The Odds of Hitting a Draw in Poker?

Oct 29 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

To become a winning poker player, you must master the fundamental math concepts at the core of the game. In Texas Hold'em, understanding the math behind draws is critical to success at the poker table. It's always exciting to see a flush or straight draw materialize on the flop, but you need to know the odds of those draws becoming...

Oct 19 2021

What Are The Odds of Flopping Each Poker Hand?

Oct 19 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Successful Texas Hold'em players must make themselves familiar with the mathematics of the game. When you decide to play a hand preflop, the cards that hit the board on the flop dictate your strategy for the rest of the hand. What are the odds...

Oct 08 2021

What Are The Odds of Two Flushes in Poker?

Oct 08 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

When you play Texas Hold'em for any significant number of hands, you'll eventually see a scenario where two players turn over a flush in the same hand. Such a scenario leads to one of the worst feelings in poker for the player with the losing hand in a flush versus flush setup. What are the chances of two players making a flush in...

What Are The Odds of Winning with Pocket Aces?

Oct 08 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Pocket Aces are the best possible starting hand in a game of Texas Hold'em. While you're not going to automatically win the pot just because you picked...

Sep 20 2021

How Do Poker Staking Agreements Work?

Sep 20 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Many of the players that frequent high-stakes poker games aren't playing with their own money. Staking agreements allow players to jump into games that go beyond the boundaries of their bankroll. Some of the world's most successful players rapidly rise up the poker ladder thanks to staking agreements. These...

How to Tell if Someone is Bluffing in Poker

Sep 20 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Is there really a way to tell when someone is bluffing in a poker game? You could theoretically make big money at the poker table if you always knew when another player was bluffing. Even for the world's top pros, however, picking up live...

Sep 16 2021

Is Poker Considered Gambling? The Debate is Over

Sep 16 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

The long-running debate on whether poker is a game of skill has a definitive answer. Poker is a game of a skill, and in the long term skilled poker players will win money from players with less skill. While poker can be definitively called a game of skill, is playing the game still considered a form of gambling? Let's discuss in this article....

Sep 15 2021

Is Poker a Game of Skill or Just Luck? The Debate is Over

Sep 15 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Are the world's most successful poker players products of hard work and skill? Or are the highest-earning players in the history of the game simply the luckiest? The debate on whether poker is a game of skill or luck will probably persist for as long as poker exists. Like all gambling games, luck does play a major role in poker,...

Sep 10 2021

Re-Raising in Poker: When to Re-Raise (& How Much)

Sep 10 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Raises occur frequently in a game of poker, as most pots don't get through to the showdown without someone raising along the way. While raising is a common occurrence, re-raising in a poker game happens much less often. Re-raising in a game like Texas Hold'em often signifies a very strong hand. Skilled players...

Sep 08 2021

Who Goes First in Texas Hold’em Poker?

Sep 08 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

When you sit down at a poker table for your first game of Texas Hold'em, you might wonder what determines which player goes first. There are a few factors that determine who is first to act in a game of poker. For example, the preflop betting...

Sep 02 2021

Do You Have to Show Your Hand in Poker?

Sep 02 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Poker is a game of information, and in many cases, players want to reveal as little as possible about the cards they're holding. Sometimes showing your hand comes down to player etiquette, while other situations mandate that one or more players involved in a showdown have to turn over their hands. If you've wondered when you have to show your hand in a...

Aug 30 2021

What Happens When Everyone Checks in Poker?

Aug 30 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Not all poker hands end up with heaps of the chips in the middle. In community card games like Texas Hold'em, all postflop betting rounds include the option for players to check when no other player has put out a bet. Checking allows players to pass the...

Aug 18 2021

What is a Kicker in Poker?

Aug 18 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

When you play in a poker game for a while, you'll inevitably hear the term "kicker" and see the kicker concept applied at the table. A kicker is a card used as a tiebreaker when two or more players get to showdown with the same hand strength. If you're wondering how kickers work in poker, this article is for you....

How Long Does a Game of Poker Take?

Aug 18 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Experienced poker players know that they shouldn't sit in on a poker game if they don't have adequate time to play. The length of a poker game can vary significantly, depending on which format you're trying to play. Let's take a look at a few guidelines on how long it takes to play a game of poker. How Long Does a Game of...

Aug 05 2021

Trips vs Sets: Is There A Difference?

Aug 05 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

The difference between trips and a set might present one of the biggest points of confusion in poker. The "trips" moniker certainly makes sense when referring to any three of a kind hand, but seasoned players know the distinction between trips and a set. If you've ever wondered what makes these two terms for three of a...

Aug 04 2021

Who Wins If Two Players Have the Same Hand in Poker?

Aug 04 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Poker hand rankings determine which hand wins each pot in a game of poker. But what happens when two or more players show up with the same hand? Tiebreaker rules for poker hands vary across the different ranks of hands. Some ties result in a split pot, while some...

Jul 29 2021

What is the Highest Suit in Poker?

Jul 29 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

When it comes to the standard poker hand rankings, suits of cards generally rank equal to each other. The ace of hearts is just as strong as the ace of spades, for example. There are some situations where the suit of a card determines which hand wins. The hierarchy of suits differs depending on where you play, but in the US all...

Jul 27 2021

Does Three of a Kind Beat a Flush?

Jul 27 2021 Published at Upswing Poker under tags  poker news & history questions

Knowing how the standard poker hand rankings work is one of the most important fundamentals in poker. Nobody learns the hand rankings in just one session, however. New players and experienced grinders alike get excited when they pick up a hand like...

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