Hopefully you’ve taken advantage of all the great strategy content that’s available here at Upswing. But in case you’ve missed something, or want to double back and reinforce what you’ve learned, we’ve compiled our top strategy articles.
Each of them falls under one of the following categories (click to jump to that section):
Whether you want to binge-read a dozen articles or call it a day after a single one, this list has the potential to be a valuable resource for improving your poker skills. Consider bookmarking or saving this page in case you want to reference it in the future.
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General poker strategy articles and guides
7 Things to Consider Before Becoming a Professional Poker Player
Deciding to become a professional poker player is a big decision. This article outlines what you should think about before making that choice.
3-Step Poker Warm Up Routine That Will Improve Your Results
Ben Ward outlines how you can improve your results by embracing a warm up routine. A few big name pros cut in at the end to share their own personal poker session warm up routine.
5 Can’t-Miss Insights from an Online Cash Game Juggernaut
These insights helped shape an elite player’s strategy.
Playing with Deep Stacks: Tips, Tricks, & Adjustments to Help You Win
If you find yourself playing in games with deep stacks, you need to familiarize yourself with this article.
How to Crush Nits (10 Tactics That Win Against Tight Players)
These tactics will help you run over weak players that fold too much.
How to Beat the Guy Who Is Always Betting — Countering an Aggressive Poker Strategy
Figuring out how to beat aggressive players is an extremely valuable skill.
5 Tips To Help You Break Out of Micro Stakes
The goal of every player is to move up in stakes, and this article will help you do that.
How to play specific hands
Use These 3 Tips To Stop Spewing Chips with Pocket Jacks
Lots of people hate Pocket Jacks. This article will make sure you’re not one of them.
When Should You Set Mine with a Pocket Pair? These 5 Tips Will Clear Things Up.
This article tells you exactly when you should look to set mine with pocket pairs.
Suited Connectors: 5 Strategic Mistakes Poker Players Should Avoid
Everyone loves suited connectors, but not everyone plays them correctly. This article will clear things up.
Why 5♠ 4♠ is Better Than 9♠ 8♠ (And How That Should Impact Your Strategy)
A fascinating look into why in many cases, lower suited connectors are more valuable than higher ones.
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Pocket Aces
Don’t get too tricky with Pocket Aces. Make sure that you don’t make one of these common mistakes.
How to Play Jack-Ten Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)
Jack-Ten suited a is beloved because it can make tons of strong hands.
Preflop poker strategy
12 Pre-flop Mistakes to Avoid At All Costs
Avoid these 12 pre-flop mistakes and your results will almost certainly skyrocket.
5 Tips for 4-Betting That Every Aspiring Pro Needs to Know
Find out when it is optimal to 4-bet pre-flop with these 5 tips for 4-betting.
This Is Why (And How) You Need to 3-Bet More Often
Aggressive pre-flop play can reap huge rewards in No Limit Hold’em. Here’s why and how you should add it to your game.
5 Tips to Stop Bleeding Chips from the Small Blind
Stop leaking chips from the small blind with these 6 effective pre-flop tips.
Should You Stop Cold-Calling in Cash Games?
The definitive answer to whether or not you should ever just call a raise preflop instead of 3-betting.
The Ultimate Guide to Squeezing in No Limit Hold’em
Everything you need to know about the squeeze play.
Limps in Poker: The Ultimate Guide to Crushing Open Limpers
These strategies will make you a limper’s worst nightmare.
Big Blind Defense Strategy 101: Tournaments vs Cash Games
The differences in defending the Big Blind in tournaments compared to cash games.
Postflop strategy articles
Should You Ever Donk-Bet on The Flop in No Limit Hold’em?
Learn the best time to lead out with a bet on the flop after defending a pre-flop raise.
How to Avoid Getting Crushed After Defending with a Weak Hand
Sometimes you must defend your blind with a relatively weak holding. This guide provides suggestions on how to minimize losses in those situations.
8 Rules to Help You Choose the Perfect Bet Size
Everything you need to know about choosing the correct bet size in No-Limit Hold’em.
How to Play Flopped Sets in 8 Common Situations
Win as much as possible whenever you flop a set with these eight strategies.
Which Draws Should You Semi-Bluff With?
This article explores how you should decide which draws you should bluff with.
3 Tips for Winning with Gutshot Straight Draws
Make sure you use these tips for playing your inside straight draws.
5 Tips for Playing Backdoor Flush & Straight Draws
Backdoor draws have a lot of value if you use the strategies that we recommend.
When Should You Slow-Play A Flopped Flush?
Learn the factors that go into slow-playing a flopped flush.
10 Fundamental Tips for The Most Common Types of Flops
There are 10 common types of flops. This article breaks down the differences in each one.
Checking Flops with Overpairs: When Should You Do It?
All of the world’s best players have this move in their arsenal.
5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today
These check-raising strategies will make your opponents fear betting into you.
When to Attack After Your Opponent Checks Back (4 Tips for Probing)
Learning when to probe is an essential skill for poker players.
Want Your Bluffs to Work More Often? Try “Delaying” Them
Learn the secrets behind delayed c-betting.
Multi-table tournament strategy articles
5 Poker Tournament Myths Way Too Many Players Believe
Many people claim these things, but there’s no truth to them.
8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard
These tips will allow you to reach more final tables.
The 4 Dumbest Career-Ending Mistakes Tournament Players Make
Make sure you don’t fall victim to one of these common mistakes.
4 Insights from 11 Years, 70,567 MTTs, and 6,304,190 Hands of Poker
An experienced tournament player gives four crucial insights into his approach.
4 Valuable Pieces of Poker Tournament Advice for Beginners
This article is aimed at giving tournament beginners a better chance to succeed.
Late Registering Online Tournaments: How Late Is Too Late?
The definitive answer to when you should enter a tournament.
How to Squeeze Max Value from Juicy Live Tournaments
These strategies will allow you to win as much as possible when playing against soft competition.
€1,115,207 On The Line…Should She Fold A SET? (Analysis)
Analysis of a wild hand where Maria Ho folded a set on the flop.
How To Open-Raise In MTTs So The Big Blind Doesn’t Crush Your Soul
The raising strategy that you should adopt into your own game.
How Poker Antes Should Change Your Tournament Raising Strategy
This is exactly how the presence of antes should impact your tournament strategy.
Complete Guide to Tournament C-Betting Strategy
Everything you need to know about c-betting in tournaments.
How to Dominate Weak Tournament Competition Post-flop
Make as much as possible against weak competition in tournaments.
How to Negotiate Final Table Deals Like a Pro
Consider this before making a deal at the Final Table.
How ICM Should Impact Your Play at Final Tables
Exactly how ICM impacts your decisions when you make the Final Table.
Live poker strategy
8 Live Poker Tips That Will Put More Cash in Your Pocket
These tips are especially useful for live players.
10 Things You MUST Know Playing In A Poker Home Game
If someone invites you to their home game, consider these things.
7 Multiway Tactics You Should Know Going Into 2020
Live poker has a lot of multiway pots. These seven concepts will help you crush them.
How to Adjust Your Strategy in Splashy Live Games
Everything you need to know about adjusting your strategy in loose games with a lot of weak players
Advanced poker theory articles
3 Spots You Should Actually Consider Minimum Defense Frequency (And 3 Spots You Shouldn’t)
Minimum defense frequency is a concept that you always have to consider when you face a bet.
The Only Two Valid Reasons to Bet in Poker (Every Other Reason is Wrong)
If you bet for another reason, you’re making a mistake.
How Equity Denial Influences (Almost) Every Decision & Your Results
This is a crucial concept to understand if you want to move up in stakes.
3 Hand Examples That Will Help You Overbet Better
Overbetting is a strategy that is used by all of the world’s best players.
3 Concepts That Should Shape Your Postflop Strategy in 2021 (Positional, Range, and Nut Advantage)
These concepts are essential for every poker player to understand.
How to Dominate Ace-High Flops in 3-Bet Pots (Deep Analysis)
An advanced look into this common spot.
This Poker “Cheat Code” Will Help You Win More Hands
The definitive answer to when you should lead into the aggressor on the turn.
Hand analysis articles
Rounders Analyzed: What Can We Learn from Mike McDermott & Teddy KGB?
A strategic look into the hands that made Rounders great.
When a WSOP Champ Called All-in with Ten-High (Analysis)
This was one of the craziest hero calls of all-time.
Record-Breaking $438,900 Pot on Live at the Bike (Analysis)
Analysis of the biggest pot in Live at the Bike history.
When a Poker A.I. Went Crazy with Five-Three Suited (Analysis)
Why would a solver take such a crazy line with such a weak hand?
Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP After Semi-Bluff (Analysis)
Phil Hellmuth lost his mind after this hand.
BONKERS Bluff With $992,500 On The Line (Analysis of PokerGO’s Record-Breaking Pot)
Analysis of an insane hand that settled for almost a million dollars.
Bluff-Raising to $302,000 vs Patrik Antonius (Analysis)
Doug Polk put in a huge bluff-raise in this hand vs. Patrik Antonius.
Jungleman Hits $825,635 Straight Flush vs Phil Ivey’s Quads (Analysis)
One of the biggest coolers in history happened between two of the world’s best players.
The Most Unbelievable $135,657 Pot in Poker History (Berri Sweet vs LLinusLLove Analysis)
There’s no doubt that this is one of the craziest hands you’ll ever see.
The best poker quizzes
[QUIZ] Can You Ace 10 Super Tough Poker Questions?
These are our 10 hardest questions from all of our quizzes. No question was answered correctly by more than half of our audience.
[QUIZ] Can You Size Your Bets Like a Poker Boss?
This quiz tests your ability to size your bets.
[Quiz] Can You Beat $0.10/$0.25 on PokerStars?
If you play Micro-stakes, you should take this quiz.
Check-Raise Strategy Quiz — Are Your Check-Raising Skills Razor Sharp?
Do you know how to check-raise like an end boss?
[QUIZ] Are You a Double Barrelin’ Cowboy at the Poker Table?
This quiz tests your ability to bet the turn after betting the flop.
Poker strategy training courses
Postflop Game Plan ($7)
Make use of this foundational, multi-media guide that shows when and how to categorize poker hands profitably.
The Upswing Lab
This No Limit Hold’em training course is what our world-class team of coaches would teach their younger selves, if they could send information back in time. Updated monthly with a new strategy module, and once a week with a new Play & Explain video.
Advanced Cash Game Strategy
Immediately improve your strategy with guidance from a cash game millionaire. Discover cutting-edge strategies taught by legendary pro Alex “Kanu7” Miller.
Advanced PLO Mastery
Advanced PLO Mastery is a comprehensive & digestible training course that will help you demolish Pot Limit Omaha games and become an end boss.
Advanced Heads-Up Mastery
Join Doug Polk as he shows you step-by-step how he mastered HUNL play. The advanced poker tips and strategies in this course will help much more than your heads-up game because understanding wide range situations apply to all forms of poker.
Mastering Mixed Games
Learn how to crush the softest games available as Jake Abdalla teaches you through his winning strategy for Omaha 8, Stud, Stud 8, Razz, and Triple Draw.
High Stakes MTT Sessions
Join Nick Petrangelo as he walks you through dozens of his real-life sessions and shares his battle-tested tactics.
Short Deck Course
This comprehensive course by Kane Kalas will help you tap into big potential win-rates and cutting-edge strategies for this relatively unsolved and misunderstood game.
A tool that shows you the optimal way to play any preflop hand in Pot Limit Omaha. Based on GTO preflop ranges from state of the art solvers.
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