Tag: tournaments

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 10 2020

$22 Becomes $100,061 in Unbelievably Huge Tournament (Hand Analysis)

Who hasn't dreamed of turning a small tournament buy-in into a fortune? Upswing coach Daniel "Daniel" McAulay actually pulled off this impressive feat last year. After outlasting over 59,000 players (!!!) in the MicroMillions Main Event on PokerStars, his $22 buy-in had grown to over $100,000. That's over 5,000 buy-ins! In this article, we are going to have an analytical look at 4...

Oct 30 2020

How “Game Flow” Should Impact Your Decisions in Poker

People aren't robots. Poker can be a very emotional game, which can cause even experienced players to lose control of their strategy as their stack rises and falls. A tight player with well-memorized ranges might start spewing chips after losing a few big pots. A maniacal 3-bettor might take his foot off the gas if he feels like no one is folding anymore....

Oct 13 2020

How ICM Should Impact Your Play at Final Tables

You don't want to be the person who blows a huge opportunity because of one avoidable decision at a final table....

Oct 09 2020

When Should You Slow-Play A Flopped Flush?

Up there with flopping a set, there aren't many feelings more thrilling in poker than flopping a flush. Just imagine it for a moment. You raise with a hand like A♦ 5♦ and the flop comes…...

Oct 02 2020

Push Fold Strategy in Poker Tournaments: Beginner’s Guide with Charts!

It happens in most poker tournaments. Your stack gets short and your preflop options are reduced to two: push all-in or fold. Playing optimally in these push-or-fold situations is one thing that separates tournament crushers from average joes. In this article, we'll cover: What is Push/Fold Strategy? ICMIZER and Chip EV Explained...

Sep 24 2020

10 Poker Infographics That Will Help Your Game

Infographics are a fun and effective way to learn, which is why we've created numerous infographics throughout the years. Today's article is an aggregate of 10 of the most bookmark-worthy poker infographics graphics that we have created. Starting with beginner-friendly topics, the infographics get more advanced as you scroll. Be sure to download the ones you find most helpful! Let's jump in....

Sep 15 2020

4 Valuable Pieces of Poker Tournament Advice for Beginners

You’ve played your A-game for hours and you made some hands when you needed to. Now, it has finally happened: you’re at the final table eyeing the biggest score of your life. Whether it's for a pile of bricks or a few Benjamins, there are few sweeter feelings in poker than winning a tournament. Photo: Joe Giron In order to make more moments...

Sep 11 2020

Pros & Cons of Poker Tournament Satellites

Poker tournaments are the favorite format of many. Whether you play just for fun or have more serious aspirations with poker, tournaments have their appeal. Many of them offer a chance at a big win that can provide a serious boost to your bankroll and sometimes even change your life entirely. However, even for the best in the game, the variance that comes...

Sep 04 2020

Single-Raised Pots vs 3-Bet Pots: How Should Your Strategy Differ?

If you want to make as much money in poker as possible, you need to be well versed in the most common spots. In this article, we are going to take a look at the differences between the two most common types of pots in poker: single raised pots and 3-bet pots. Based on the differences that I will expose, we will see...

Sep 02 2020

WSOP 2020: Breakdown of the First Online WSOP Thus Far

`When WSOP officials decided to move the Series to the virtual realm due to the whole pandemic situation, reactions from the poker public were mixed. Although a majority supported this decision, some were skeptical about the idea. Could you really break decades of tradition and do things differently without losing the spirit of the event? Doubts about the success of the first- ever online...

Sep 01 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Squeezing in No Limit Hold’em

The "squeeze" play -- 3-betting preflop versus a raise and one or more callers -- was once a staple of TV poker. Players used to be much more likely to just call raises before the flop, which presented many squeezing opportunities for aggressive players. Squeezing is a less frequent part of the game nowadays, especially online, but it is nonetheless important to understand...

Aug 28 2020

Poker Staking: Is It Good or Bad for Poker?

Staking has been an integral part of the poker community for a long time. Lately, however, it’s become hugely popular, especially in big buy-in events. Many people familiar with poker and with access to funds are more than happy to front winning players with six and even seven-figure amounts to put them in a tournament in exchange for a share of profits. This...

[QUIZ] Can You Ace 10 Super Tough Poker Questions?

There are dozens of poker quizzes here on Upswing Poker. Over the past few days, my team and I sifted through each of them to find the 10 questions that were answered incorrectly at the highest frequency. In other words, these are the most challenging Upswing Poker quiz questions ever. All were answered correctly by less than 40% of quiz-takers. Good luck! If...

Aug 25 2020

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing a Bet

Learning poker in 2020 can feel overwhelming. The poker community is always buzzing about solvers and theoretically optimal play -- and for good reason. In order to reach the highest levels of the game, you need to be familiar with these things. But for most people, especially those who are newer to the game, mastering the fundamentals will be a better use of...

Aug 24 2020

9 Tips for Your First Live Poker Tournament

Walking into a casino to play your very first poker tournament is an exciting and memorable experience. But, it can be quite scary, too. Although I’ve played countless tournaments over the years, I still remember that very first one from well over a decade ago. It’s just something that sticks with you. It’s perfectly normal to be nervous and slightly anxious about it....

Aug 21 2020

3 Crucial Types of Poker Software for Serious Players in 2020

If you're serious about poker, there are a few must-have types of poker software / poker tools. Whether you play online or live, these tools can help take your game to the next level so you can maximize your winnings and rise up in stakes. In this article, I am going to review the three most important types of poker tools and poker...

Jun 07 2020

Crushing Fishy Poker Tables

Fishy tables are typically your most profitable kind of poker table. Lots of players who are making massive strategic mistakes allow you to play a simple strategy that allows them to beat themselves. And while you could implement a simple style that makes some money, there are some key areas that you can focus on […] The post Crushing Fishy Poker Tables first...

May 31 2020

Should You Play Cash Games, Tournaments or Sit and Gos? [2020]

When you first start playing online poker you have a choice to make: Should I play cash games, tournaments or sit and gos? They are all poker. There is no difference in the rules. However, they are vastly different formats that each require a completely separate set of strategies for success. Here is a quick breakdown of the differences between them. In cash...

May 26 2020

Poker Players Can Learn A Lot From Fish

I came across this quote the other day and absolutely fell in love with it because it’s not just applicable to life, but it suits the poker table as well. "It's good to learn from mistakes. It's better to learn from other people's mistakes." Warren Buffet The first thing I asked myself was, “Who makes […] The post Poker Players Can Learn A...

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