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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The ONLY Poker Beginner Books You Need to Read [2019]

People often ask me what are the best poker beginner books. And believe me, I get it. There are so many poker books out there these days, it can be hard to know where to even start!

As a 10+ year poker pro myself I have read a few poker books over the years. So I have a pretty good idea of which poker books are best for beginners.

I also know which poker books helped me the most in those

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8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

The tournament grind is tough. You can go months without a solid score, all the while watching other players succeed around you. Tournaments are nonetheless a high-value format because of the soft competition. So, if you don’t mind the variance, or if you enjoy the format more than cash games, then by all means play […]

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8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

The tournament grind is tough. You can go months without a solid score, all the while watching other players succeed around you. Tournaments are nonetheless a high-value format because of the soft competition. So, if you don’t mind the variance, or if you enjoy the format more than cash games, then by all means play […]

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21 Texas Holdem Tips That Will Skyrocket Your Winnings [2019]

People often ask me what my top Texas Holdem tips are these days.

Texas Holdem is a skill based card game played by people from all over the world in casinos and online. It is particularly popular in America which is also the birthplace of the game.

Many people dream of winning the World Series of Poker Main Event which crowns the unofficial best No Limit Texas Hold’em player every year.

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The Best Free Poker Guide Written by a Poker Pro [2019]

Are you looking for a free poker guide that was actually written by a poker pro?

For the first time ever I am re-releasing my hugely popular "Massive Profits at the Micros" free poker strategy guide.

This is the hugely popular free poker strategy guide (read by over 100k people now), that outlines the exact poker strategies I used to create the highest winnings in online poker history at

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Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

You’re about to improve your final table skills with Nick Petrangelo’s third and final free strategy video before the release of his new course High Stakes MTT Sessions. Nick starts the video with a short walkthrough of the course, then moves on to a final table hand review. Enjoy! [This post contains video, click to […]

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Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

You’re about to improve your final table skills with Nick Petrangelo’s third and final free strategy video before the release of his new course High Stakes MTT Sessions. Nick starts the video with a short walkthrough of the course, then moves on to a final table hand review. Enjoy! [This post contains video, click to […]

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High Stakes MTT Sessions with Nick Petrangelo Walkthrough (Out Now)

High Stakes MTT Sessions with Nick Petrangelo Walkthrough (Out Now)

Nick Petrangelo is back with an advanced training course to help you run deep in more tournaments. It’s called High Stakes MTT Sessions and you can get it here. The 20+ hour course features a hand review-heavy format that you’re sure to find fun and valuable. Here’s what Nick had to say about it: I […]

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How to Win When Your Opponent Straddles (3 Crucial Tips)

How to Win When Your Opponent Straddles (3 Crucial Tips)

Adding a straddle into the game creates a whole new set of dynamics which are not so easy to figure out on the fly. However, learning how to play well with a straddle in play is important for your bottom line since pots will be much bigger and stacks will be flying back and forth. […]

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How Poker Pros Deal With a Bad Luck Streak

People often ask me how poker pros deal with a bad luck streak. As a 10+ year poker pro myself I can tell you that I have been through countless long and painful unlucky streaks.

So much so that I have thought about quitting the game entirely on a few occasions when it literally felt like I would never win another hand of poker again!

In this article I am going to break it all down for you.

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This is the Best Free Poker HUD for 2019

People often ask me, what is the best free poker HUD these days? A poker HUD by the way is short for "heads up display" which gives you information on your poker opponents.

This can be highly useful especially when you are multi-tabling online poker or if you play Zoom. It allows you to keep track of dozens of opponents all at the same time.

As a 10+ year professional poker player I believe

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Poker Professor Reviews Doug Polk’s Advanced Heads-Up Mastery Course

Poker Professor Reviews Doug Polk’s Advanced Heads-Up Mastery Course

Editor’s Note Poker strategy is ever-evolving. If one wants to maintain a competitive edge and compete as “the best-of-the-best” they must embrace progression and criticism. Indeed, even the game’s greatest understand the value in an objective evaluation of their work. For this reason, it is important to call upon fellow poker experts to review and […]

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Blind vs Blind Play Explained by a Super High Roller

Blind vs Blind Play Explained by a Super High Roller

As promised, Nick Petrangelo is back to help you improve your poker skills. The focus of this hand review video is blind versus blind strategy, but some money bubble-related concepts come up as well. Enjoy! [This post contains video, click to play] Check back for video #3 next Friday! It will cover a big spot […]

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If You Can’t Ace This Cash Game Quiz, You Need to Join the Lab

The Upswing Lab training course has helped poker players of all levels exceed their goals. The Lab’s greatest success story is probably high stakes regular Ali Imsirovic, but many more have seen dramatic improvements as well. If you can’t get all 10 questions correct on this quiz, you really need to get the Lab (unless […]

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If You Can’t Ace This Cash Game Quiz, You Need to Join the Lab

The Upswing Lab training course has helped poker players of all levels exceed their goals. The Lab’s greatest success story is probably high stakes regular Ali Imsirovic, but many more have seen dramatic improvements as well. If you can’t get all 10 questions correct on this quiz, you really need to get the Lab (unless […]

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What Stakes Do Professional Poker Players Play? Finally Revealed

People often ask me what stakes do professional poker players play. They also ask me what stakes I personally was playing when I turned pro 10+ years ago.

The truth is that is varies greatly depending on the person.

Most professional poker players will play at stakes of at least NL25 online or $2/$5 live. However, there are many cases where a professional poker player can play at stakes even

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Does PokerStars Have Bots? Here are the Facts [2019]

People often ask me if there are bots on PokerStars. And believe me I get it, there are a lot of tight players these days who seem to play a very robotic style of game.

It is definitely a legitimate concern that some of these players might be non-human bots. A poker bot by definition is a non-human poker player.

So in this article I am going to break it all down for you. Does PokerStars

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Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

High stakes tournament BOSS Nick Petrangelo is here to bolster your multiway pot game. He’s also got a special announcement about a new project he’s been working on. Watch below! [This post contains video, click to play] Want to win a free shirt, hat, or hoodie from the Upswing shop? For a chance to win, […]

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Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

High stakes tournament BOSS Nick Petrangelo is here to bolster your multiway pot game. He’s also got a special announcement about a new project he’s been working on. Watch below! [This post contains video, click to play] Want to win a free shirt, hat, or hoodie from the Upswing shop? For a chance to win, […]

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How to Play Three-Card Poker

How to Play Three-Card Poker

Three-Card Poker sounds like a prison game, doesn’t it? In fact, Three-Card Poker has become one of the most popular table games in casinos across the US. Not only is the game quite simple to learn and play, but it is relatively slow-paced (so you won’t lose as much as faster-paced games) and also great […]

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The ONLY Poker Courses You Need [2019] – Voted by Pros

People ask me all the time what are the best poker courses. And I know it can be difficult with so many options out there these days.

Also, many poker courses are aimed at different skill levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. As a 10+ year poker pro I have studied many poker courses over the years to improve my own skills at the poker table.

Many of my poker pro friends have also used

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Did Jason Koon Make a Million Dollar Mistake vs Kane Kalas? (Analysis)

Did Jason Koon Make a Million Dollar Mistake vs Kane Kalas? (Analysis)

Did this super high roller make a million dollar mistake? We are about to analyze one of the biggest televised No Limit Hold’em cash game hands of all time, which took place on the Triton Poker Million Euro Cash Game in Montenegro. There were 8 poker players at the table with €2,000/€4,000 blinds and a […]

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Crush Live Poker Games With These 8 Battle-Tested Tactics

Crush Live Poker Games With These 8 Battle-Tested Tactics

It is no secret that live poker games are far softer than online games. Most successful online players could switch to live poker and win at a solid rate from the get-go. The same can not be said for successful live players who hop online. Yet the players who have the highest hourly win-rates in […]

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How Online Poker Allowed Me to “Live The Dream”

I post a lot of pics on my Instagram of world travel, luxury condos, exotic tropical beaches, rooftop infinity pools and so on. And I get DM’s every single day from people telling me that I am living what they call the "dream life."

Some people might even think that my entire life is just one big vacation! And to be honest, it kind of is, I can’t lie. But this was also the entire point all

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What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

You’re about to learn how professional poker players approach 4-betting. You’ll find the answers to these key questions in this article: Why do we 4-bet? With which hands should we 4-bet? What 4-bet size should we use? How should we adjust our 4-bet sizes in tournaments? The answers are actually quite simple and you can […]

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What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

You’re about to learn how professional poker players approach 4-betting. You’ll find the answers to these key questions in this article: Why do we 4-bet? With which hands should we 4-bet? What 4-bet size should we use? How should we adjust our 4-bet sizes in tournaments? The answers are actually quite simple and you can […]

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PokerSnowie Review by a Poker Pro – Is It Worth It?

People often ask me if they should use a poker AI program like PokerSnowie in order to improve their game.

Well, as a 10+ year poker pro I can tell you that I haven’t bothered with many poker AI programs over the years. I tend to think they are not advanced enough and probably won’t help me.

However, I will say that after testing out PokerSnowie my opinion has changed a little bit about poker

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High Stakes Pro Daniel “DANMERR” Merrilees Joins Team Upswing

High Stakes Pro Daniel “DANMERR” Merrilees Joins Team Upswing

Dan Merrilees is one of the most feared players in the streets of online poker, and he’s joined the Upswing team to make coaching content members of the Lab training course. The man known as “DANMERRRRRRR” on PokerStars began his poker journey playing €10 sit-n-gos at 17 years old. Now 25, the UK-born grinder has […]

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

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

Does it feel like you’ve been getting into more blind versus blind battles recently? If so, you are correct. Blind versus blind battles have become more frequent and important in the past few years due to a change in the meta-game. Players used to open significantly more often from the cutoff and on the button, […]

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Phil Ivey MasterClass Review – A Complete Walkthrough

I won’t deny it.

Whenever somebody asks me who my favorite poker player is my answer is always the same, Phil Ivey.

He was a huge inspiration for me especially during my early years when I was struggling to make it as a poker pro.

I love the way he thinks about the game and his quiet confidence at the table. And then there is the famous Ivey death stare at the poker table along with some of

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WSPLuxor

WSPLuxor

The World Poker Tour made a big change last year. They announced that all of their televised final tables would be delayed final tables that would play out at the HyperX Esports Arena at the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas. Sasha Salinger of PokerNews went t…

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Record-Breaking $438,900 Pot on Live at the Bike (Analysis)

Record-Breaking $438,900 Pot on Live at the Bike (Analysis)

You’re about to read analysis of a hand played just last week between Live at the Bike staple Andy and a recreational player named Jacky. The pot settled just under $439,000 and, spoiler alert, it was not a chop — only one of the players took home the 2.2 Lamborghini pot (a new Live at […]

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