Tag: tournaments

Feb 07 2023

Should He Fold Pocket Aces At The Final Table? (Analysis)

Some poker players love to set traps. Players who trap too often are pretty easy to play against, but so are those who never trap. Like most things in poker, balance is the key. It’s also important to navigate cautiously when a trap doesn’t go exactly to plan. In 2017, Irish poker pro Dara O’Kearney made the final table of the Killarney...

Dec 23 2022

The Worst Poker Hand Of His Life (Analysis)

Every time you sit down at the poker table, you make mistakes (even if you're Phil Ivey). What matters is how you learn from those mistakes. Jamie Nixon is one of the brightest young poker talents in the UK and, like most great players, he is immensely self-critical. In 2019, when he was up against high stakes regular Örpen Kısacıkoğlu in a WPT...

Dec 20 2022

The Preflop Poker Quiz (Only 20% of Poker Players Will Get 10/10)

Preflop is the most important street in poker… …so we made this quiz to put your preflop strategy to the test. You're about to answer 10 questions, and you'll get assigned a poker player based on your final score. Good luck! (Note:...

Dec 09 2022

How Phil Hellmuth Lost His $1.6 Million Match Against A Top Pro (Analysis)

Phil Hellmuth has been an absolute wrecking ball in high stakes heads-up matches on PokerGO… …but he just went up against the impenetrable fortress that is elite poker pro Jason Koon. This article will retell the story of that match by recapping (and briefly analyzing) the 9 most notable hands. But first, let's set the stage. Note: All images in this article are...

Nov 29 2022

Should She Fold Aces Full in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event? (Analysis)

What does it take for you to lose all your chips in level 1 of the WSOP Main Event? With 300 big blinds and the slowest structure of any live tournament… …it should require the coldest of cold decks. Let's look back on a classic, crazy hand from the 2017 Main Event that demonstrates what it takes for an accomplished pro to exit...

Nov 22 2022

[Quiz] Do You Play Pocket Aces Like A Pro?

How good is your strategy with the best hand in the game, Pocket Aces? This quiz will test your skills with preflop and postflop situations. In all 10 situations, you hold Pocket Aces. Let’s see what your score looks like at the end (be sure to drop a comment with your results). You'll...

Oct 04 2022

Leveling & GTO Poker Strategy

The most interesting poker is played when two players are deeply thinking about their opponent’s range, what they are likely to do, what they likely think the other player has, and how they can craft a play based upon that. This idea of “leveling” in poker gives strategy extra depth, and is … Leveling & GTO...

Sep 23 2022

Patrik Antonius Hero Calls Bottom Pair with $825,000 On The Line (Analysis)

Could you make a sick call with bottom pair with 3 players left in a big tournament? It takes guts, the lack of a certain type of fear, and a level of confidence that is often the result of years of experience playing at a high level. Patrik Antonius is no doubt a player with those traits. With an $825,000 first prize on...

Jul 22 2022

Why You Should NOT Chop When Deep In A Tournament

If you have ever made a deep run in a tournament, you may have been asked “Do you want to chop?” It's no wonder why. Especially in bigger tournaments, the pay jumps at final tables can be steep. You are playing for massive stakes with no idea what the future holds. But while...

Jul 15 2022

[Updated] Should He Try To Bluff The Recreational Player? (Analysis)

I've analyzed a lot of high stakes tournament hands here on the Upswing Poker blog, so I figured some readers might appreciate a dip into a low stakes hand. After all, tournaments in the $10-50 buy-in range online and the $100-500 buy- in range live are what the majority of poker players prefer to play. That's why this article zooms in on a hand...

Jul 09 2022

5 Tips to Get Prolific Results in Poker Tournaments

Poker tournaments are well-structured events of different sizes and shapes. For example, it depends on buy-ins, the number of chips, antes time limits, and blinds. These tournaments are fast-paced, exciting, and intense, but they can also be ‘too much for beginners, especially if they don’t know where to start. If you are a professional player, you might know that the technique used...

Jul 01 2022

Should He Try To Bluff The Recreational Player? (Analysis)

I've analyzed a lot of high stakes tournament hands here on the Upswing Poker blog, so I figured some readers might appreciate a dip into a low stakes hand. After all, tournaments in the $10-50 buy-in range online and the $100-500 buy- in range live are what the majority of poker players prefer to play. That's why this article zooms in on a hand...

Jun 24 2022

Should He Call All-In With Ace-High in a $250,000 Tournament? (Analysis)

One of the toughest spots in poker is when you have a marginal hand and face a decision for all of your chips. It doesn't matter if you play the micros online or live high rollers, these situations are almost always anxiety- inducing. Cut to the Triton $250,000 Buy-In High Roller tournament, in which Daniel Dvoress was put all-in by David Peters when the...

Jun 10 2022

[QUIZ] Do You Know When to C-Bet in 4-Bet Pots?

Poker players get more aggressive (on average) every year. As a result, playing well in 4-bet pots has become a vital skill if you want to succeed in today's games. This quiz will help you improve that skill. The focus will be on playing 4-bet pots as the preflop aggressor (a future quiz will have you playing as the caller)....

Apr 27 2022

[QUIZ] Do You Know How to Play vs Preflop Raises?

It's extremely tough to become a long-term winning poker player without a good grasp on the fundamentals… …and one of the most important fundamentals is only playing hands that profit when a player raises in front of you. This quiz will put you in 8 different preflop situations in which you face a raise before the flop. Sometimes there will be a...

Apr 26 2022

[Updated] Free Pot Odds & Implied Odds Poker Calculators

Odds in poker can be a bit…odd. So let's break down pot odds, implied odds, and give you some free tools so you can quickly calculate these on your own. Or skip ahead to the calculator for you: Pot Odds Calculator (Facing Bets) Offering Pot Odds Calculator (Making Bets) Implied Odds Calculator … Free...

Apr 12 2022

What is Equity in Poker & Why Does it Matter?

Equity is the most fundamental concept in poker. If you're not very familiar with it, then this article is going to be extremely valuable for your poker game. Let's dive into what equity is and why it matters so much. What is Equity? Equity refers to the share of the pot that...

Apr 11 2022

[Updated] Blockers In Poker: How They Work In 2022

The concept of blockers in poker has been around for a while but, until recently, it’s one that has been far more stressed in Omaha games. Lately, however, we’re seeing the concept applied more in Texas Hold’em as well. While the value of blockers may not be as high in Hold’em as … Blockers In Poker: How They Work...

Apr 02 2022

Simple Poker Bluff Math

The honest truth is that poker bluffs are simple with a small amount of math. But in saying that, I also realize that many players are scared of poker math. It can look overwhelming at first, but with some basic knowledge, it becomes very easy to do. And with a just little … Simple Poker Bluff Math Read More »...

Mar 25 2022

Paired Boards & Textures Strategy

Paired boards are an interesting board texture that all poker players need to understand. First, these textures are more common than you might think. Secondly, players tend to craft their strategies in very predictable ways on these boards. And third, knowing how to choose the best lines when the board pairs will …...

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