Tag: tournaments

Nov 19 2021

What are Reverse Implied Odds & Why Do They Matter?

You're probably familiar with implied odds, but what about reverse implied odds? If you are not familiar with implied odds, I recommend checking out How to Use Implied Odds Like a Veteran Pro before reading on. Reverse implied odds can be a tricky concept to wrap your head around, but today's article will make it easier...

Nov 14 2021

Live & Casino Poker Strategy 101

Live poker, and poker played in casinos and cardrooms, requires some strategic nuance to win more per hour. With some basic adjustments and a deeper understanding of the game flow, you’ll find both preflop and postflop much easier to play. This guide is going to break down some easy adjustments you can make to your […] The post Live & Casino Poker Strategy...

Nov 05 2021

What is Geometric Bet Sizing & How Do You Use It?

Geometric bet sizing -- sounds pretty math-y and complicated, doesn’t it? It's actually not that complicated at all. In fact, there's a good chance you've basically applied this concept at the table before, even if you didn't know it by name. When used in the proper situations, geometric bet sizing will help you win your opponent's whole stack more often when you're holding...

Oct 29 2021

Elite Pros Battle for Chip Lead With 0 Pairs Between Them (Analysis)

When two elite players are seated together late on in a tournament, it is often wise for them to steer clear of one another. This is even more so the case if they both have big stacks. That being said, sometimes butting heads will be unavoidable. That is what happened in the later stages of a $700 WCOOP event when high stakes pros...

Oct 08 2021

Should He Fold Pocket Aces to a Close Friend? (Analysis)

When two friends clash at the poker table, it generally goes one of three ways: Some friends go after each other relentlessly; Others (consciously or unconsciously) try to avoid each other; And some just play their game and let the cards fall where they may. I ended up in this situation when I squared off vs my podcast co-host and friend Dara O’Kearney...

Oct 01 2021

Doug Polk Semi-Bluffs All-In With $3.7 Million at Stake (Analysis)

To mark the beginning of the 2021 World Series of Poker (which started yesterday), today's article zooms in on a key hand from the 2017 WSOP....

Sep 14 2021

The $2.5 Million Bluff That Changed The Poker World Forever (Moneymaker vs Farha Analysis)

Heads-up for the WSOP Main Event title. A bracelet and $2.5 million on the line. The poker veteran in a sharp suit, shirt unbuttoned, bedazzled with chains. The accountant with the implausibly perfect name, wearing a beige Poker Stars baseball cap and sunglasses. A bluff that will change the poker world forever....

Sep 10 2021

[Updated] What is Board Coverage & Why Does It Matter?

Board coverage is a relatively new concept in the poker world. It became a hot topic when solvers gained widespread use, but not everyone knows what it is. To bridge that gap, this article will answer some questions about it: What is board coverage? Why does board coverage matter in theory? How much does board coverage matter in practice? Let’s dive in!...

Sep 03 2021

What is Board Coverage & Why Does It Matter?

Board coverage is a relatively new concept in the poker world. It became a hot topic when solvers gained widespread use, but not everyone knows what it is. To bridge that gap, this article will answer some questions about it: What is board coverage? Why does board coverage matter in theory? How much does board coverage matter in practice? Let’s dive in!...

Aug 27 2021

WSOP Main Event Winner Stoyan Madanzhiev Joins Team Upswing

The perfect way to hone your skills in preparation for the World Series of Poker is here… Bulgarian tournament poker pro Stoyan Madanzhiev won $4 million and a WSOP Main Event bracelet last year. Now, he's signed on to be a guest coach in the...

Aug 23 2021

Stop Punting Away Your Equity in Knockout Tournaments

A Wise Hitman Chooses His Targets Carefully… If you aren't playing knockout poker tournaments as a part of your schedule, you're seriously missing out. They're both the most fun and the biggest value format on the internet these days. What is a Knockout / Bounty Tournament? In Knockout/Bounty tournaments, a bounty is a set amount of prize money...

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...

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 23 2021

Hellmuth Crushes Negreanu’s Soul with 8♣ 3♣ (Analysis by Polk & Negreanu)

Sometimes you see a hand that makes you think: “what the hell am I looking at right now?” This hand between Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth is a perfect example. Half of the analysis in this article is directly from Daniel, as he explained his thought process on a recent episode of the Doug Polk...

Jul 20 2021

The Filthiest Hand from the $10,000,000 Wynn Millions (Analysis)

Imagine this… You are playing one of the first $10,000 buy-in tournaments post-lockdown, and it's the biggest tournament of the summer. You build up a huge stack on day 1 -- one of, if not the biggest in the field -- only to run the best possible full house into a top pro's quads on day 2. Sounds unrealistic, doesn't it? Well, it...

Jul 16 2021

How to Take Notes on Your Opponents Like a Pro

Learning how to take notes efficiently is an underrated skill in online poker. By taking notes, you give yourself easily accessible information about how certain players approach the game. This article will help you take better notes on your...

Jul 13 2021

Two Top Pros Play Perfectly with $450,076 on the Line (Hand Analysis)

Welcome to some of the toughest poker games on the planet: $25k High Roller Tournaments. These events attract the best of the best, all competing for millions of dollars and the prestige that comes with winning a high roller title. This article will analyze a crucial hand from a recent online $25k High Roller event. I will run the hand through PioSolver on...

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...

Jun 22 2021

14 Players Away from €300,000 — Should He Hero Call This Hand?

When your opponent either has the nuts or nothing, it can make sense to bluff- catch with a marginal hand. Today's hand is an example of such a situation. In October 2018, The Battle of Malta boasted a then-record field of 3,816 players. British tournament specialist Andy Hills made it to the final table but, on his way there, he faced an excruciatingly difficult...

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