Wind Creek Poker Room Review (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)

Wind Creek Poker Room Review (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)

Located just over an hour outside of Philadelphia, Wind Creek Poker Room (formerly known as Sands Bethlehem) is one of the top choices for poker players in Pennsylvania. The poker room is open 24/7, features 26 tables, and is open to anyone 21+.  Due to its proximity to Philadelphia, the room attracts locals in addition […]

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Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks

Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks

Home George Mathias|Poker Strategy|Oct 15, 2019 Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks George Mathias|Poker Strategy|Oct 15, 2019 A “calling station” is a player who calls often regardless of their hand strength. These fold-averse players are most commonly found in live and low stakes online games. […]

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Can Anyone Learn to Win at Poker? Yes and No.

A common question that people ask me is can anyone learn to win at poker. Or can anyone learn to become a poker pro.

I think that ultimately most people can learn to win at poker eventually, but becoming a poker pro is a lot more difficult, and something that only a very small amount of people can do.

And what’s more is that in my opinion there are certain personality traits that make some

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What Happened to Full Tilt Poker?

What Happened to Full Tilt Poker?

Full Tilt Poker was synonymous with the “poker boom” era of the 2000s. Once one of the largest and most popular online poker sites, Full Tilt was a place to play real money poker games, owned by professional poker players. The brand was an inescapable presence in the poker industry during it’s heyday from 2004-2011. Owned by big-name pros like Chris Ferguson, Howard […]

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What is a Good WTSD in Poker? (Optimal Numbers)

People often ask me what is a good WTSD (went to showdown percentage) in poker. This is a popular HUD stat that is usually abbreviated as WTSD or WTSD%.

WTSD essentially tells you what percentage of the time somebody goes to showdown. Showdown in poker is when the cards are flipped over on the river and the person with the best hand wins the pot.

So WTSD is very important when determining

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Does a Flush Beat a Straight? Yes, and Here’s Why

Does a Flush Beat a Straight? Yes, and Here’s Why

Judging by how many people search “does a flush beat a straight” on Google, it’s clear that many people don’t know the answer to this question. Have they not seen the I Love Lucy episode where Ricky teaches Lucy what beats what in poker? Who hasn’t seen that!? In all seriousness, the simple answer is: […]

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What is a Good AF in Poker? (The Proven Data)

People often ask me what is a good AF in poker. And this is very important to know because AF is one of the most reliable HUD stats available for determining player type.

In general, an AF of 1 is extremely passive, an AF of 2 is moderately passive, an AF of 3 is a normal moderately aggressive player, and any AF of 4 and above is starting to get into over-aggressive territory. Most winning

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The Top 10 Poker Movies of All-Time

Poker has a long tradition of being used in movies for dramatic effect. When done right, these movies do a lot more than just showcase the game accurately. A great poker movie gives viewers a sense of poker subculture, and how it affects those who play it. Loosely defined, there are probably hundreds of ‘poker […]

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How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser)

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 As I said in part 1 and part 2 of the series, blind vs blind battles are happening way more […]

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How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser)

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 As I said in part 1 and part 2 of the series, blind vs blind battles are happening way more […]

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How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser)

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 As I said in part 1 and part 2 of the series, blind vs blind battles are happening way more […]

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How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser)

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Battles (as the Preflop Raiser) Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 11, 2019 As I said in part 1 and part 2 of the series, blind vs blind battles are happening way more […]

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How Much Should You Raise Preflop? (Use These Amounts)

Something that people often ask me is how much should you raise preflop in poker. And this is something that has been debated a lot over the years.

But I believe that there are a set of more or less "proven" preflop bet sizes that will work best for you in small stakes poker cash games and tournaments.

In this article I am going to break down all the numbers for you. Here is your complete

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How Much Should You Raise Preflop? (Use These Amounts)

Something that people often ask me is how much should you raise preflop in poker. And this is something that has been debated a lot over the years.

But I believe that there are a set of more or less "proven" preflop bet sizes that will work best for you in small stakes poker cash games and tournaments.

In this article I am going to break down all the numbers for you. Here is your complete

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What is a Good PFR in Poker? (The Proven Numbers)

PFR is one of the absolute most important HUD stats in poker. PFR stands for preflop raise percentage and it is one of the #1 stats I rely on when playing online poker to determine player type.

A good PFR in a 6max poker game is around 18. And a good PFR in a 9max poker game is around 12. But it is important that your PFR is reflected by your play style and also your VPIP.

Let’s dig into

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What is a Good VPIP in Poker? (The Proven Numbers)

People often ask me what is a good VPIP in poker. This depends tremendously on what poker tables you play at.

Do you play in 9 person games? 6 person games?

Here are some rough guidelines though:

A good VPIP percentage in a 9 person poker game is around 15%. A good VPIP percentage in a 6 person poker game is around 21%. The optimal VPIP percentage for you though is going to be the one that

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What is a Good VPIP in Poker? (The Proven Numbers)

People often ask me what is a good VPIP in poker. This depends tremendously on what poker tables you play at.

Do you play in 9 person games? 6 person games?

Here are some rough guidelines though:

A good VPIP percentage in a 9 person poker game is around 15%. A good VPIP percentage in a 6 person poker game is around 21%. The optimal VPIP percentage for you though is going to be the one that

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4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

Home Patrick Harvey|Poker Strategy|Oct 8, 2019 4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling 4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling Patrick Harvey|Poker Strategy|Oct 8, 2019 Facing a bet with a marginal hand is one of the most uncomfortable feelings in poker. If you’ve ever felt lost in spots like this, you aren’t alone. […]

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4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

Home Patrick Harvey|Poker Strategy|Oct 8, 2019 4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling 4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling Patrick Harvey|Poker Strategy|Oct 8, 2019 Facing a bet with a marginal hand is one of the most uncomfortable feelings in poker. If you’ve ever felt lost in spots like this, you aren’t alone. […]

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4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session

4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 4, 2019 4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session 4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 4, 2019 Feel like improving your poker strategy? You’re about to learn 4 lessons from a live mid-high stakes cash game session that online beast and Upswing Lab […]

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When Should You Go All In Preflop? Read This First.

People often ask me when should you go all in preflop? And this is a tricky question to answer because it depends on a lot of different factors.

For example, what type of poker hand do you have? Is your opponent tight or loose? Is there anybody left to act behind you? And there are many other considerations for both cash games and tournaments.

But in general, you should only go all in

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How Do You Win at Poker Every Time?

People often ask me how do you win at poker every time? Now, unfortunately my answer might disappoint you a bit.

Because, well, you can’t.

However, there are several strategies that you can use to make sure you win at poker more often. I am going to explain them all for you in this article.

1. Why Can’t You Win at Poker Every Time?

First off, why can’t you win at poker every time?

Well

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Stones Live Poker Player Accused of Cheating On Stream

Mike Postle and Stones Poker Cheating Allegations: Here’s What We Know Allegations of a cheating scandal featuring Mike Postle, a regular at the Stones Gambling Hall, have taken over the poker world the past few days. Postle is a regular on the livestreamed cash games at Stones, which feature $1/$3 and $5/$5 games, sometimes with […]

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Stones Live Poker Player Accused of Cheating On Stream

Mike Postle and Stones Poker Cheating Allegations: Here’s What We Know Allegations of a cheating scandal featuring Mike Postle, a regular at the Stones Gambling Hall, have taken over the poker world the past few days. Postle is a regular on the livestreamed cash games at Stones, which feature $1/$3 and $5/$5 games, sometimes with […]

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Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis)

Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis)

Home Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Oct 1, 2019 Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis) Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis) Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Oct 1, 2019 There’s no doubt that Phil Hellmuth has had a very successful poker career. He tops the all-time WSOP bracelet list with fifteen, a whopping five more than those tied for second (Doyle Brunson, Phil […]

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How to Crush a Poker Nit – Copy This Strategy!

Do you want to know one of the easiest ways to get mediocre poker results in today’s game? It’s simple, play like a nit.

A poker nit by the way is somebody who plays too tight and only wants to put significant money into the pot when they have a big hand.

Poker nits are the kind of players who will only play about 12% of the hands that are dealt to them in a full ring (9 person) game, and

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ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 Tournament players, rejoice! ICMIZER 3, the latest update in the cutting-edge ICMIZER series of poker tournament analysis tools, has arrived. [This post contains video, click […]

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ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 Tournament players, rejoice! ICMIZER 3, the latest update in the cutting-edge ICMIZER series of poker tournament analysis tools, has arrived. [This post contains video, click […]

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How to Choose Between Small vs Big Bet Sizes

How to Choose Between Small vs Big Bet Sizes

[breadcrumbs] Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Sep 27, 2019 How to Choose Between Small vs Big Bet Sizes How to Choose Between Small vs Big Bet Sizes Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Sep 27, 2019 Imagine you’re playing $1/$2. You raise preflop with 8♥ 7♥ and get called by the player in the big blind. The flop comes… …and your opponent […]

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What Is ICM? – How the Pros Use it to Win Tournaments

Written by Lars Kyhnau Hansen

If you have ever played poker tournaments, you have probably heard the term ICM. It stands for Independent Chip Model, but what is it actually?

And how should it influence our strategy, if we are a cash game player mixing in some tournaments on the weekend or getting a ticket for a freeroll?

ICM exist in tournaments that pay more than one place, because this

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Daytona Beach Poker Room: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Daytona Beach Poker Room: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Located on the beautiful coast of northern Florida, Daytona Beach Kennel Club offers some of the best poker games in the area.  The massive room includes 55 tables and 24/7 play from Friday through Sunday. The room is open from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Monday through Thursday. The card room is 18+, so […]

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Should You Play Poker as a Part Time Job?

Something that people ask me a lot is if you should play poker as a part time job. I think the answer to that question is yes for most winning poker players.

Why not earn some extra income from something that is already a hobby of yours? Again, this is assuming that you are a winning poker player.

But that of course is the kicker though. Because as I have said before, I believe only around 30

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What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020

What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020

Home » Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Sep 20, 2019 What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020 What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020 Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Sep 20, 2019 If you had to choose one, would you use a game theory or exploit based strategy at the table? This has been one of the […]

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Is Partypoker Rigged? Here are the Facts [2019]

People often ask me if partypoker is rigged or not. And believe me I get it, sometimes you can get an unbelievable amount of bad beats when you play on partypoker.

In fact, this was the first online poker room I ever played on when I first discovered the game of poker way back in 2004.

So here’s the gist of it:

Partypoker is not rigged. It just feels that way sometimes due to the

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5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

You’re about to get schooled on check-raising strategy. A member of the Upswing Lab posted this hand history in our private group and asked how he should play his range: Online $1/$2. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $200. Hero is dealt two cards in the big blind 3 folds. Button raises to $5. sb folds. Hero calls. […]

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5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

You’re about to get schooled on check-raising strategy. A member of the Upswing Lab posted this hand history in our private group and asked how he should play his range: Online $1/$2. 6-Handed. Effective Stacks $200. Hero is dealt two cards in the big blind 3 folds. Button raises to $5. sb folds. Hero calls. […]

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What Percentage of Poker Players Are Winners? (2019)

People often ask me what percentage of poker players are winners or how many poker players make money.

And this is a difficult question to answer because most poker card rooms do not release this kind of information.

But as a 10+ year poker pro myself, I believe that I can give a pretty good estimate of how many poker players are actually winners over the long term.

It is likely that only

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7 Multiway Tactics You Should Know Going Into 2020

7 Multiway Tactics You Should Know Going Into 2020

If you want to improve your results in pots with three or more players, keep reading. You’re about to learn seven tactical adjustments that will help you play better in multiway pots. This one is going to be especially helpful for the live players out there! Each section below covers a different multiway spot. If […]

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Is 888 Poker Rigged? Here are the Facts [2019]

People often ask me if 888 poker is rigged. And believe me I get it, sometimes the amount of bad beats that you take in online poker is simply unbelievable.

So I decided to write this blog post to finally answer once and for all if 888 poker is rigged or if it is legit.

Here is the short answer:

888 poker is not actually rigged or rigged for action. It can just seem that way due to the

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5 Tips for Playing Backdoor Flush & Straight Draws

5 Tips for Playing Backdoor Flush & Straight Draws

Backdoor draws play a significant role in the range construction process. If you aren’t 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 […]

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Should You Play GTO Against Bad Poker Players?

Written by Lars "fundiver199" Kyhnau Hansen

One of the most talked about concepts in poker in recent years is GTO, which stands for Game Theory Optimal. In short it’s an attempt to play in a way, so that our opponents can’t beat us, no matter what they do.

In the classic game of rock, paper, scissors, the GTO style would be to randomly select either rock, paper or scissors a third of the

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Tom Dwan’s Aces Up vs a Chinese Billionaire (Analysis)

Tom Dwan’s Aces Up vs a Chinese Billionaire (Analysis)

Perhaps the most infamous young poker player of the modern era, Tom Dwan blew away casual poker fans with his loose-aggressive strategy on televised high stakes cash games from 2008-2011. Then he went from hero to villain in the eyes of many as he has neglected to finish his 50,000 hand “durrrr challenge” — which […]

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Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Silks Poker Room at the Tampa Bay Downs race track is one of the Florida panhandle’s most popular card rooms for poker players. It’s proximity to the city and coast allow easy access for both local residents and travelers. The Silks Poker Room features 23 tables that are used for both cash games and daily […]

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Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Silks Poker Room at the Tampa Bay Downs race track is one of the Florida panhandle’s most popular card rooms for poker players. It’s proximity to the city and coast allow easy access for both local residents and travelers. The Silks Poker Room features 23 tables that are used for both cash games and daily […]

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Win More Money vs Limpers NOW!

Win More Money vs Limpers NOW!

It’s fish frying time! You are about to learn how absolutely crush a recreational player who frequently limps. This article covers both preflop and postflop play versus a single limper, focusing mainly on flop strategy. Preflop Strategy Every player approaches limping differently — limping a wider or narrower ranges of hands. Shifting your strategy to counter […]

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12 Advanced Online Poker Tips Used By Pros [2019]

People often ask me what are my best online poker tips these days.

As somebody who has played online poker for 10+ years as a pro, this is a topic I wanted to finally cover in detail here on my blog.

So here are my 12 best online poker tips used by pros for 2019: 

1. Learn to crush the micro stakes first
2. Always enter the pot with a raise
3. Don’t be afraid to re-raise a lot preflop
4.

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How to Set Up a $145,084 Run in the Sunday Million (Analysis)

How to Set Up a $145,084 Run in the Sunday Million (Analysis)

If there’s one online poker tournament that everyone wants to final table, it’s the PokerStars Sunday Million. Tournament crusher Moritz ‘Mo’ Dietrich recently did just that, taking home $145,084 after making a deal with two players left. In this article, Mo reveals the strategy behind the first hand he played in the tournament — a […]

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5 Ways to Quickly Build a $10000 Poker Bankroll

Do you want to quickly build a $10000 poker bankroll? I feel like this is sort of the real dividing line between serious poker players and amateurs.

Because once you build a $10000 poker bankroll you can finally start playing in some bigger games and make some real significant money in poker. However, you should know that building a $10000 poker bankroll is neither quick nor easy in most

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(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

If you frequent live poker games with a $2, $3, or $5 big blind, this quiz is for you. Your goal is to choose the most profitable play based on the situation and reads provided. At the end of the quiz, you’ll get assigned with a live poker player based on your score. Good luck! […]

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(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

If you frequent live poker games with a $2, $3, or $5 big blind, this quiz is for you. Your goal is to choose the most profitable play based on the situation and reads provided. At the end of the quiz, you’ll get assigned with a live poker player based on your score. Good luck! […]

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Erica Schoenberg: How a Blackjack Genius Became a Poker Pro

Erica Schoenberg: How a Blackjack Genius Became a Poker Pro

Erica Schoenberg Lindgren is an American professional poker and blackjack player as well as a former model, beach volleyball player, and personal trainer. The 41-year-old Schoenberg has competed in both the World Series of Blackjack (WSOB) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in addition to the Ultimate Blackjack Tour and World Poker Tour (WPT). […]

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3 Small Stakes Hands Analyzed by High Stakes Veterans

3 Small Stakes Hands Analyzed by High Stakes Veterans

Have you ever wanted to pick the brain of an experienced high stakes poker player? In a recent module available in the Upswing Poker Lab, Doug Polk and Ryan Fees analyzed cash game hand samples that were submitted by Lab members. These hands have a micro-small stakes theme, with stakes ranging from $0.02/$0.05 to $0.25/$0.50. […]

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What is Expected Value (EV) in Poker? This Basketball Analogy Will Make it Clear

What is Expected Value (EV) in Poker? This Basketball Analogy Will Make it Clear

Today we’re going to discuss expected value — what it means, why it’s important, and how to apply it. It’s one of the most basic concepts in poker, and one of the most important to understand. Table of Contents: What is Expected Value (EV)? Real World Example: The Steph Curry Bet How to Calculate Expected […]

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What is Expected Value (EV) in Poker? This Basketball Analogy Will Make it Clear

What is Expected Value (EV) in Poker? This Basketball Analogy Will Make it Clear

Today we’re going to discuss expected value — what it means, why it’s important, and how to apply it. It’s one of the most basic concepts in poker, and one of the most important to understand. Table of Contents: What is Expected Value (EV)? Real World Example: The Steph Curry Bet How to Calculate Expected […]

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How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Wars (When Facing a Limp)

How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Wars (When Facing a Limp)

Last time we talked about blind vs blind battles, the focus was on playing as the big blind versus a raise. This time, we’ll be talking about how to approach playing as the big blind versus an open-limp by the small blind. Considering how often a player in the small blind should limp (in theory) […]

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10 Common Ways Poker Beginners Beat Themselves

Let’s face it, poker is a tough game to consistently win at.

Players are better these days, even in low limit games, and if you don’t have a good strategy, good game selection and some reasonable tilt control, then you will probably struggle to win.

However, having coached 100’s of poker students in the past, one thing I noticed is that many beginners in particular actually beat themselves.

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How to Maximize Your Winnings Versus Multiple Limpers

How to Maximize Your Winnings Versus Multiple Limpers

You are playing in a darn good game if you’re often facing multiple limps. To help you maximize your winnings in these juicy games, I am going to shed light on how you should adjust your preflop strategy when more than one player has limped in front of you. Table of Contents: Raising Over Multiple […]

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Who is Mike McDonald? How “Timex” Became a Poker Legend

Who is Mike McDonald? How “Timex” Became a Poker Legend

Mike McDonald, at 29 years old, has already just about done it all in poker. The man known as “Timex” started racking up an online poker bankroll before he could even legally play, starting on Partypoker in 2005 at age 16. Fast forward to 2019, and McDonald’s resume includes more than $13 million in live […]

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What an Elite Player Thinks During a Big Final Table (Analysis)

What an Elite Player Thinks During a Big Final Table (Analysis)

Many tournament players love to talk about their bust out hands. They might play dozens of interesting hands over a 10-hour span, yet that final one is usually all you’ll hear about. We’ve all done it, but this really misses the bigger picture. What separates the tournament crushers from the bad regs isn’t just how […]

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How to Beat 10NL: The Definitive Guide [2019]

People ask me all the time how to beat 10NL online these days. And believe me, I get it. 10NL is not exactly a walk in the park anymore.

10NL by the way means the $10 maximum buyin no limit holdem cash games with 5 cent and 10 cent blinds. Some people also call it NL10, which means the same thing.

On most online poker sites these days the 10NL games are still fairly soft with a lot of weak

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How to Beat 10NL: The Definitive Guide [2019]

People ask me all the time how to beat 10NL online these days. And believe me, I get it. 10NL is not exactly a walk in the park anymore.

10NL by the way means the $10 maximum buyin no limit holdem cash games with 5 cent and 10 cent blinds. Some people also call it NL10, which means the same thing.

On most online poker sites these days the 10NL games are still fairly soft with a lot of weak

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How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

If facing a turn check-raise has ever made you hate life, this is the article for you. We are about to go over both the theoretical and practical aspects of this situation so you can quickly identify the winningest strategy for your given hand. Table of Contents: General Advice for Playing vs Turn Check-Raise Practice […]

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How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

If facing a turn check-raise has ever made you hate life, this is the article for you. We are about to go over both the theoretical and practical aspects of this situation so you can quickly identify the winningest strategy for your given hand. Table of Contents: General Advice for Playing vs Turn Check-Raise Practice […]

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Bryn Kenney Becomes #1 in Tournament Winnings with $20,563,324 Score

Bryn Kenney Becomes #1 in Tournament Winnings with $20,563,324 Score

Bryn Kenney continued his incredible 2019 with a second place finish in the Triton Million for Charity Saturday afternoon. Despite placing second, Kenney negotiated a chop at the start of heads-up play that allowed him to take $20,563,324 compared to the $16,775,820 for eventual winner Aaron Zang. Table of Contents: Who is Bryn Kenney? Bryn […]

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A 3.7 Million Dollar River Card at the WSOP (Hand Analysis)

A 3.7 Million Dollar River Card at the WSOP (Hand Analysis)

It’s the 2017 WSOP One Drop final table and just two players remain. The $3,686,865 up top is going to either Upswing Poker’s own Doug Polk or high stakes pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier.  Doug is sitting on a stack of 37.6 million chips (47bb) while Elky has 27.4 million chips (34bb). Doug is on the […]

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The ONLY PokerTracker Review You Need (2019)

As an online poker pro people ask me all the time what poker tracking software and HUD I use.

And as I have stated before, I have been using PokerTracker 4 for a little over 7 years now, essentially since it was first released.

But I have never done a full PokerTracker 4 review before in order to explain exactly why it is that I rely on PokerTracker solely as a poker pro.

So in this article

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(Quiz) Are You a Double Barrelin’ Cowboy at the Poker Table?

(Quiz) Are You a Double Barrelin’ Cowboy at the Poker Table?

Are you a double barrelin’ cowboy or a city slicker when it comes to c-betting on the turn? We’re about to find out! You’re about to “play” 10 hands that reach the turn after you’ve c-bet on the flop. You’ll have two simple options in each hand: bet or check. Keep in mind that a […]

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(Quiz) Are You a Double Barrelin’ Cowboy at the Poker Table?

(Quiz) Are You a Double Barrelin’ Cowboy at the Poker Table?

Are you a double barrelin’ cowboy or a city slicker when it comes to c-betting on the turn? We’re about to find out! You’re about to “play” 10 hands that reach the turn after you’ve c-bet on the flop. You’ll have two simple options in each hand: bet or check. Keep in mind that a […]

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How to Beat 5NL: The Definitive Guide [2019]

People often ask me how to beat 5NL these days. And as someone who has made tens of thousands of dollars in these games (maybe the most ever?), I wanted to finally write this step by step guide.

By the way 5NL refers to the $5 maximum buyin no limit holdem cash games online. Some people also call it NL5, which means the exact same thing.

The blinds in a 5NL game are always 2 cents in the

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4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

Tournament poker can be the most glorious form of the game, or the most brutal. When variance is on your side and you win one, it feels like you’re the best player on the planet. On the other hand, when you are running bad and busting tournament after tournament, it feels like you can’t do […]

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4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

Tournament poker can be the most glorious form of the game, or the most brutal. When variance is on your side and you win one, it feels like you’re the best player on the planet. On the other hand, when you are running bad and busting tournament after tournament, it feels like you can’t do […]

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The ONLY Poker Training Sites You Need [2019]

People ask me all the time what are the best poker training sites these days. Now in recent years there has been a lot of changes in the poker training industry.

For example, many of the poker training sites that were popular 5-10 years ago (i.e. CardRunners) are either non-existent today or do not have the best poker coaches anymore.

In fact, as many of you know I was a lead instructor for

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How to Get Max Value from Poker Database Software

How to Get Max Value from Poker Database Software

Whether you play online poker seriously or just for practice, the following tips will help you improve your skills and win-rate with database software (like PokerTracker, Hold’em Manager, or DriveHUD). 1. Build yourself an effective HUD An effective HUD is one that contains only the most important and frequently used stats. These crucial stats will […]

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The Best Free Poker Training for 2019 [Used by Pros]

People often ask me what is the best free poker training in 2019. Now first off, I gotta say, like with anything in life, when something is free it is not likely to be of the highest quality.

Most of the best poker training available nowadays (taught by world class pros) is on poker training sites or through coaching which of course is not going to be free.

However, for beginners just getting

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The Best Free Poker Training for 2019 [Used by Pros]

People often ask me what is the best free poker training in 2019. Now first off, I gotta say, like with anything in life, when something is free it is not likely to be of the highest quality.

Most of the best poker training available nowadays (taught by world class pros) is on poker training sites or through coaching which of course is not going to be free.

However, for beginners just getting

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$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

Ready to improve your live cash game skills? Today we are going to look at three hands that Doug Polk played during a $5/$10 cash game session at the Aria. (This session was documented in a vlog on Doug’s YouTube channel — watch it here.) Let’s get started. Hand #1 9-Handed. Effective Stack $1,000. Doug […]

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$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

Ready to improve your live cash game skills? Today we are going to look at three hands that Doug Polk played during a $5/$10 cash game session at the Aria. (This session was documented in a vlog on Doug’s YouTube channel — watch it here.) Let’s get started. Hand #1 9-Handed. Effective Stack $1,000. Doug […]

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The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

At some point in every poker player’s career it happens. You finally build up the courage and bankroll to take a shot at a bigger game, but the moment it starts going poorly you begin to question every decision.  That’s just what happened to Tanner, a member of the Upswing Lab training course. Luckily he […]

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The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

At some point in every poker player’s career it happens. You finally build up the courage and bankroll to take a shot at a bigger game, but the moment it starts going poorly you begin to question every decision.  That’s just what happened to Tanner, a member of the Upswing Lab training course. Luckily he […]

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How to Beat 2NL: The Essential Guide [2019]

People often ask me how to beat 2NL online poker games these days.

And as someone who has made over 20k USD in this one particular game alone (likely the most of all-time?), I feel obliged to give an answer!

2NL by the way (also often referred to as NL2) stands for "no limit" and "2" means $2 which is the maximum buyin. These games have blinds of 1 cent and 2 cent and they are extremely

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