Tag: tournaments

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 …...

Mar 15 2022

Should He Call This Jam for His Tournament Life? (Analysis)

There is perhaps nothing more satisfying in poker than watching your opponent fall into the trap that you carefully set....

Feb 25 2022

[QUIZ] Do You Know When to Shove a Short Stack?

Knowing when to shove with a short stack in a tournament has a massive impact on your ROI in tournaments. This quiz will test your ability to do just that. For each question, assume the following: You are playing at an 8-handed table There is a Big Blind ante You are playing a shove or fold strategy (no limps or non-all-in opens) Your...

Jan 21 2022

Coach Nick Petrangelo CRUSHES the Poker Series for $1.8 Million

Nick Petrangelo absolutely smashed the 2022 Stairway To Millions series. Upswing Poker's resident multi-table tournament expert crushed his way through the high-stakes series, clinching the Stairway...

Dec 30 2021

The 5 Best Poker Strategy Articles of 2021

If you want to crush your poker games in 2022, read on. These 5 must-read articles published on the poker strategy blog will prepare you to dominate the tables in 2022 and beyond. I included something for everyone, regardless of your skill level (#5 is introductory, #2-4 are intermediate, and #1 is relatively advanced). (I recommend saving or bookmarking this page so you...

Dec 25 2021

The 5 Best Poker Hand Reviews of 2021

If you like expert poker hand analysis, you've come to the right place. The Upswing Poker team is constantly on the lookout for interesting hands to review. When we stumble upon a great one, we analyze and publish it on the poker strategy blog. This is a list of the 5 most notable/interesting/thought- provoking hands reviewed on the blog this year -- the...

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...

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