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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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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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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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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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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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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Big Blind Defense Strategy 101: Tournaments vs Cash Games

Big Blind Defense Strategy 101: Tournaments vs Cash Games

Did you know that it is basically impossible to win money from the big blind in the long run? The big blind has to pay a full blind without looking at their cards (a massive disadvantage) and will be out of position against most opponents postflop. It’s an unforgiving position with many opportunities for mistakes. […]

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Playing with Deep Stacks: Tips, Tricks, & Adjustments to Help You Win

Playing with Deep Stacks: Tips, Tricks, & Adjustments to Help You Win

If playing with deep stacks (150bb+) makes you feel anxious or confused, this article will make your life easier. You’re about to learn how to: Adjust your preflop bet sizing when deep stacked. Choose the correct hands to 3-bet and 4-bet when deep stacked. Adjust your postflop game plan when deep stacked. Let’s dive in! […]

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How to Win on Low Flops When You’re Out of Position

How to Win on Low Flops When You’re Out of Position

If you’ve ever looked down at a low flop and been unsure how to proceed, this is the article for you. Today we’re going to focus on how to play on low boards out of position after raising before the flop. This can be an intimidating spot because the stack-to-pot ratio is high (making it […]

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(QUIZ) Can You Face Down a Double Barrel on the Turn?

(QUIZ) Can You Face Down a Double Barrel on the Turn?

Do you know when to fold, call, and raise against a double barrel on the turn? Let’s find out! Answer the following 10 questions in which you are the big blind versus a player who raised on the button, bet on the flop, and bet again on the turn, then you’ll get an online poker […]

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When a WSOP Champ Called All-in with Ten-High (Analysis)

When a WSOP Champ Called All-in with Ten-High (Analysis)

With 5 players left in the 2019 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event, Ryan Riess and Manig Loeser played a hand that shocked poker fans around the world. Here’s what the stacks looked like before the hand was dealt: And the prize structure: Riess started the hand as by far the shortest stack — even shorter […]

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When a WSOP Champ Called All-in with Ten-High (Analysis)

When a WSOP Champ Called All-in with Ten-High (Analysis)

With 5 players left in the 2019 EPT Monte Carlo Main Event, Ryan Riess and Manig Loeser played a hand that shocked poker fans around the world. Here’s what the stacks looked like before the hand was dealt: And the prize structure: Riess started the hand as by far the shortest stack — even shorter […]

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7 Poker Tournament Tips for Running Deep More Often

7 Poker Tournament Tips for Running Deep More Often

Poker tournament tips is, apparently, a pretty common search term on Google. I assume the searchers are looking for a quick checklist to go over before playing a tournament, and not advice on how much to tip the dealers after a big win. When I searched “poker tournament tips” for myself, none of the results […]

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Why Are Most Poker Players Wimpy Bluffers?

Why Are Most Poker Players Wimpy Bluffers?

(Photo: PartyPoker) In part 1 of this article series, I told you about the Honesty Principle. The Honesty Principle: As a whole, the poker community bluffs much less than it should. In part 2, you read about the poker artificial intelligence Libratus and its uncanny ability to bluff at balanced frequencies. It should be fairly […]

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When a Poker A.I. Went Crazy with Five-Three Suited (Analysis)

When a Poker A.I. Went Crazy with Five-Three Suited (Analysis)

In part 1 of this article series, we talked about the fact that the vast majority of poker players do not bluff often enough. As a result, their betting actions generally represent “honesty” (value hands) rather than “dishonesty” (bluffs). This led me to introduce what I call the Honesty Principle. The Honesty Principle: As a […]

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When to Avoid Playing Theoretically Sound

When to Avoid Playing Theoretically Sound

I was just listening to a podcast with Doug Polk and Andres “Educa-p0ker” Artinano. This quote from Andres stood out (paraphrased): Solvers are very good for studying the preflop and flop strategy, but not so useful for studying the turn and the river. Andres is basically saying that it’s less important to play theoretically sound […]

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Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Have you ever wondered why pure bluffs work when they do? By pure, I mean situations where the player who is betting has absolutely nothing (not even a draw) while the player who ends up folding has something decent, say at least a pair. Let’s consider the following situation in a live $5/$10 cash game […]

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Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Have you ever wondered why pure bluffs work when they do? By pure, I mean situations where the player who is betting has absolutely nothing (not even a draw) while the player who ends up folding has something decent, say at least a pair. Let’s consider the following situation in a live $5/$10 cash game […]

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3 Hands That Will Help You Bluff-Catch with More Success

3 Hands That Will Help You Bluff-Catch with More Success

Is there a more satisfying feeling in poker than calling a bluff? I really don’t think there is. I’m sure you want to experience feeling as much as possible, so you’re about to see 3 hand breakdowns that will help you sniff out more bluffs and fold at the right time. Each hand will include […]

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Introduction to Pot Odds | How and When to Use Pot Odds in Poker

Introduction to Pot Odds | How and When to Use Pot Odds in Poker

If you aren’t familiar with pot odds in poker or if you just want a refresher, you’re reading the right article. You are about to learn what pot odds are and how to calculate them step-by-step. After that, we will go over 3 examples of using pot odds in different situations (preflop and postflop). Finally, […]

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Who is Jason McConnon? Meet the Cash Game Beast Now on Team Upswing

Who is Jason McConnon? Meet the Cash Game Beast Now on Team Upswing

photo via PokerNews (Jayne Furman) Jason McConnon is a fixture on the mid-high stakes online poker scene, and the man known as JASON.MAC100 on PokerStars has spent the latter part of the 2010s as one of the UK’s most respected cash game specialists. Now, he’s joined Team Upswing to teach Lab members how to crush […]

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The Only Two Valid Reasons to Bet in Poker (Every Other Reason is Wrong)

The Only Two Valid Reasons to Bet in Poker (Every Other Reason is Wrong)

Why do we bet? This question has fascinated the best poker players for decades now. The legendary David Sklansky probably had the biggest contribution to the unraveling of the reasons behind fundamentally sound betting. Until recent years, the consensus was that there are two reasons to bet: To get value with our strong hands from […]

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This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

You want to increase your live poker earnings, right?  Today you will learn a battle-tested method for doing just that. And all you need to pull it off is an online poker account, a small deposit, and a little bit of free time. The idea is to use online poker as a tool to improve […]

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This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

You want to increase your live poker earnings, right?  Today you will learn a battle-tested method for doing just that. And all you need to pull it off is an online poker account, a small deposit, and a little bit of free time. The idea is to use online poker as a tool to improve […]

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Hand Reading 101: How to Read Hands Better Than a TV Pro

Hand Reading 101: How to Read Hands Better Than a TV Pro

Hand reading is one of the most misunderstood concepts among casual poker players. The mistake these casual players make is trying to put their opponent on one specific hand. That may make for good TV, but it’s not a practical or effective way to approach hand reading. You’re about to learn the right way to […]

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Hand Reading 101: How to Read Hands Better Than a TV Pro

Hand Reading 101: How to Read Hands Better Than a TV Pro

Hand reading is one of the most misunderstood concepts among casual poker players. The mistake these casual players make is trying to put their opponent on one specific hand. That may make for good TV, but it’s not a practical or effective way to approach hand reading. You’re about to learn the right way to […]

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How to Win More Chips When Out of Position in 3-Bet Pots

How to Win More Chips When Out of Position in 3-Bet Pots

Like I said in part 1 of this series, a quick way to increase your win-rate is to improve your c-betting strategy in 3-bet pots. Last time you learned about c-betting in position (IP) as the 3-bettor on two different types of flops (coordinated and uncoordinated). Today you’ll learn about c-betting out of position (OOP) as the […]

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What the Best Poker Pros Already Know About Playing vs. Double Barrels

What the Best Poker Pros Already Know About Playing vs. Double Barrels

I know something about you without having met you: you love strategy games. (If you didn’t, you probably wouldn’t have clicked on an article about poker strategy.) Whether its chess, Magic: The Gathering, or League of Legends, you’ve probably spent a lot of time playing these games. So, you must already know that there are […]

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When Should You Bet on the Flop After 3-Betting?

When Should You Bet on the Flop After 3-Betting?

A quick way to increase your win-rate is to improve your c-betting strategy in 3-bet pots. This article series will help you get ahead of your competition by improving your understanding of these crucial spots. In this first part, we’ll take a look at c-betting in position (IP) as the 3-bettor on two different types of […]

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[Quiz] Are You a Boss or a Fish When Your Opponent 3-Bets?

[Quiz] Are You a Boss or a Fish When Your Opponent 3-Bets?

Are you ready to test your skills versus 3-bet? This quiz will reveal two things: your understanding of the theoretical aspects of playing versus 3-bets and your understanding of the practical ways to adapt based on reads.  If you want to study this spot before taking the quiz, read this article on reacting to 3-bets. […]

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5 Strategic Mistakes Poker Players Make (And How to Exploit Them)

5 Strategic Mistakes Poker Players Make (And How to Exploit Them)

Exploiting your opponents’ leaks is how you really take your win-rate to the next level.  What is a Leak in Poker? A leak is a consistent strategic mistake made by a poker player. This article is written so you don’t need to understand poker game theory to use these specific tactics to crush your opposition. That […]

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These 4 Poker Cheat Sheets Will Make Your Life Easier

These 4 Poker Cheat Sheets Will Make Your Life Easier

Poker cheat sheets can be great tools for improving your skills. To help you crush your competition this year, we’re giving you 3 sheets that will help you avoid costly and embarrassing mistakes at the table. The sheets we’re giving you today include (click to jump to that sheet): Poker Hand Rankings Cheat Sheet Table […]

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3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

Hey guys! In this article, we are going to take a close look at 3 hands in which we 3-bet on the button against a cutoff open. Upswing Lab coach Fried “mynameiskarl” Meulders played these hands at 500NL Zoom on PokerStars (a game he crushes). Then, he analyzed each one for his last Lab video […]

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3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

Hey guys! In this article, we are going to take a close look at 3 hands in which we 3-bet on the button against a cutoff open. Upswing Lab coach Fried “mynameiskarl” Meulders played these hands at 500NL Zoom on PokerStars (a game he crushes). Then, he analyzed each one for his last Lab video […]

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Why Bad Beats are a Poker Player’s Greatest Gift

Why Bad Beats are a Poker Player’s Greatest Gift

A smart friend once suggested to me that perhaps poker would be better if every time players were all-in, the dealer split the pot according to their equity, instead of running it out and pushing everything to the winner of the hand. For instance, if Alice had AA and Bob had KK and both went […]

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This Poker “Cheat Code” Will Help You Win More Hands

This Poker “Cheat Code” Will Help You Win More Hands

You’re about to learn about a powerful play that was kept secret for years by elite poker pros. It’s called “the weak lead”, and it entails leading on the turn into a player who just c-bet the flop. If you’re thinking “isn’t this called donk-betting?” the answer is yes! A decade or so ago, donk-betting […]

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[Quiz] The Preflop Raiser Checks Back… What’s Your Play on the Turn?

[Quiz] The Preflop Raiser Checks Back… What’s Your Play on the Turn?

To probe or not to probe — that is the question. The following 10 hand questions take place on the turn after the preflop aggressor checked back on the flop. This is a super common spot that you need to understand if you want to succeed in poker.  Want to study this situation before taking […]

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[Quiz] The Preflop Raiser Checks Back… What’s Your Play on the Turn?

[Quiz] The Preflop Raiser Checks Back… What’s Your Play on the Turn?

To probe or not to probe — that is the question. The following 10 hand questions take place on the turn after the preflop aggressor checked back on the flop. This is a super common spot that you need to understand if you want to succeed in poker.  Want to study this situation before taking […]

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How to Win More Money with Your Bluff-to-Value Ratios

How to Win More Money with Your Bluff-to-Value Ratios

Have you ever heard of bluff-to-value ratio? When understood correctly, this concept will help you to make more profitable plays both as the bettor and versus bets. In this article, you’ll learn all you need to know about this ratio: what it is, theoretically correct ratios, and what its limitations are.  What is a Bluff-to-Value […]

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How to Win More Money with Your Bluff-to-Value Ratios

How to Win More Money with Your Bluff-to-Value Ratios

Have you ever heard of bluff-to-value ratio? When understood correctly, this concept will help you to make more profitable plays both as the bettor and versus bets. In this article, you’ll learn all you need to know about this ratio: what it is, theoretically correct ratios, and what its limitations are.  What is a Bluff-to-Value […]

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5 Quick Guidelines for Playing Versus C-Bets on the Flop

5 Quick Guidelines for Playing Versus C-Bets on the Flop

Poker is a bit like American football. It’s important to have a solid offense (playing as the aggressor), but if your defense (playing vs. the aggressor) sucks, you’re going to have a tough time winning. Perhaps the most crucial defensive situation in poker is playing vs. a flop c-bet after defending your big blind. This […]

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes to Keep Your Poker Journey on Track

Avoid These 3 Mistakes to Keep Your Poker Journey on Track

If you want to be a successful poker player in 2019, you need to prioritize your fundamentals. (That’s what I explained in part 1 of this article series. If you missed it, you may want to check it out before reading on — click here to read part 1 now.)  In this article, we will […]

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Stop Bleeding Money in 3-Bet Pots (Playing Vs Missed Turn C-Bet)

Stop Bleeding Money in 3-Bet Pots (Playing Vs Missed Turn C-Bet)

The fastest way to improve at poker is to study the most consequential and frequent spots, such as 3-bet pots. In this article, you will find some tips and tactics for 3-bet pots that will help you win more consistently. More specifically, we are going to analyze 3 hands which have the following in common: […]

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This is How You Should Study Poker If You Want to Win in 2019 (Part 1)

This is How You Should Study Poker If You Want to Win in 2019 (Part 1)

Q: What is more important than hard work? A: Harder work! Malcolm Gladwell made that very clear in his 2011 bestseller “Outliers,” where he popularized the concept that is now known as the 10,000-hour rule. The idea is that in order for someone to achieve mastery in any domain, they have to spend – you […]

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3 Concepts That Should Shape Your Postflop Strategy in 2019 (Positional, Range, and Nut Advantage)

3 Concepts That Should Shape Your Postflop Strategy in 2019 (Positional, Range, and Nut Advantage)

Are you familiar with positional, range, and nut advantages in poker? Using these concepts to shape your postflop strategy will help you make more money in advantageous situations and limit your losses in disadvantageous ones. In this article, you will learn about each of these concepts and how exactly they should impact your strategy. Let’s […]

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3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

Should you favor a theoretically sound strategy or play exploitative poker? This question has been a hot debate in the poker world for the past several years. Some are fierce supporters of theory (sometimes to their stack’s detriment), while others insist that theoretically sound poker has no value and should be disregarded (an absurd proposition). […]

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3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

Should you favor a theoretically sound strategy or play exploitative poker? This question has been a hot debate in the poker world for the past several years. Some are fierce supporters of theory (sometimes to their stack’s detriment), while others insist that theoretically sound poker has no value and should be disregarded (an absurd proposition). […]

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How a Strategy Mastermind Adjusts in Smaller Games (3 Hands)

How a Strategy Mastermind Adjusts in Smaller Games (3 Hands)

Adjusting your strategy to exploit weak players is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a poker player. Today we’ll take an in-depth look at 3 hands played by strategy mastermind Ryan Fee during a 50NL session he recorded for Upswing Lab members.  While analyzing each hand, we’ll focus on Fee’s read-based […]

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How a Strategy Mastermind Adjusts in Smaller Games (3 Hands)

How a Strategy Mastermind Adjusts in Smaller Games (3 Hands)

Adjusting your strategy to exploit weak players is one of the most valuable skills you can have as a poker player. Today we’ll take an in-depth look at 3 hands played by strategy mastermind Ryan Fee during a 50NL session he recorded for Upswing Lab members.  While analyzing each hand, we’ll focus on Fee’s read-based […]

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When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

It’s generally not a good idea to slow-play strong hands — you’ll usually win more money by fast-playing — but there is a time and a place for every move in poker. In this article, you’ll learn how to identify spots in which a tricky slow-play is more profitable than playing straightforward, and spots where […]

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When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

It’s generally not a good idea to slow-play strong hands — you’ll usually win more money by fast-playing — but there is a time and a place for every move in poker. In this article, you’ll learn how to identify spots in which a tricky slow-play is more profitable than playing straightforward, and spots where […]

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[Quiz] Can You Beat $0.10/$0.25 on PokerStars in 2018?

[Quiz] Can You Beat $0.10/$0.25 on PokerStars in 2018?

Poker games are getting tougher to beat by the day, especially on the world’s most competitive poker site. Even at the once-super-soft micro stakes tables, you will run into many players who are serious about the game. Can you beat $0.10/$0.25 on PokerStars in 2018? This 15-question quiz will put your skills to the test […]

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[Quiz] Can You Beat $0.10/$0.25 on PokerStars in 2018?

[Quiz] Can You Beat $0.10/$0.25 on PokerStars in 2018?

Poker games are getting tougher to beat by the day, especially on the world’s most competitive poker site. Even at the once-super-soft micro stakes tables, you will run into many players who are serious about the game. Can you beat $0.10/$0.25 on PokerStars in 2018? This 15-question quiz will put your skills to the test […]

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How Should You React to Check-Raises on the Flop?

How Should You React to Check-Raises on the Flop?

It sucks to get check-raised, especially if you’re not sure how to react to them. It’s easy if your opponent is a tight player who rarely bluffs — against whom you should fold all but your strongest hands. But what about when a tough player — a guy who is capable of bluffing — check-raises […]

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The Ultimate Guide to 6-Handed Poker | 6-Max Cash Game Strategy

The Ultimate Guide to 6-Handed Poker | 6-Max Cash Game Strategy

6-max (or 6-handed) poker is by far the most popular online cash game format. 6-max games are so popular that they’ve almost completely replaced full-ring (or 9-handed) games on most online poker sites. If you want to become a successful online cash game player, having a strong 6-max game is mandatory. If you’re a tournament […]

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What is Short Deck (6 Plus) Hold’em? | Six Plus Hold’em Rules & Strategy

What is Short Deck (6 Plus) Hold’em? | Six Plus Hold’em Rules & Strategy

Short Deck Hold’em only hit the poker mainstream in 2018, but it looks like it’s here to stay. Short Deck Hold’em is an action game very similar to Texas Hold’em, except it’s played with a 36-card deck, with all of the 2s through 5s removed. This game is also known as 6 Plus Hold’em. Today […]

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This PLO Solver Gives You the Perfect Preflop Strategy with Two Clicks

This PLO Solver Gives You the Perfect Preflop Strategy with Two Clicks

If you play Pot Limit Omaha, this tool will blow your mind. It’s called the PLO Matrix. This easy-to-use PLO solver shows you exactly how to play any hand in any preflop situation. All it takes is two clicks (other than the initial setup). Let me show you how it works. Prefer watching to reading? […]

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How Doug Polk Reacts to Flop Raises (3 Example Hands)

How Doug Polk Reacts to Flop Raises (3 Example Hands)

You’re about to get a look at three hands played by Doug Polk at $2/$5 on WSOP.com. The focus of each hand is on how to properly play against flop raises, which can be pretty tricky. Doug recorded this session for members of the Upswing Lab to watch and learn from. Get in the Lab […]

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How Doug Polk Reacts to Flop Raises (3 Example Hands)

How Doug Polk Reacts to Flop Raises (3 Example Hands)

You’re about to get a look at three hands played by Doug Polk at $2/$5 on WSOP.com. The focus of each hand is on how to properly play against flop raises, which can be pretty tricky. Doug recorded this session for members of the Upswing Lab to watch and learn from. Get in the Lab […]

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3 Spots You Should Actually Consider Theory (And 3 Spots You Shouldn’t)

3 Spots You Should Actually Consider Theory (And 3 Spots You Shouldn’t)

Poker theory can baffle new players, partly because they have preconceived notions about the game — they’ll say things like, “look him in the eye and you’ll know if he’s bluffing,” or, “I had a feeling that raising was the right play.” Usually, these players learn the hard way that there is much more to […]

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2 Strategies You Need to Crush Passive Tables

2 Strategies You Need to Crush Passive Tables

Playing against passive opposition might be easier than you think. It’s very easy to realize equity against these players, and that incentivizes you to use more aggressive strategies both preflop and postflop. In this article, we’ll discuss those aggressive strategies, and how to play against one move in particular that is characteristic of most live […]

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2 Strategies You Need to Crush Passive Tables

2 Strategies You Need to Crush Passive Tables

Playing against passive opposition might be easier than you think. It’s very easy to realize equity against these players, and that incentivizes you to use more aggressive strategies both preflop and postflop. In this article, we’ll discuss those aggressive strategies, and how to play against one move in particular that is characteristic of most live […]

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[Quiz] Do You Know How to Play Versus Check-Raise?

[Quiz] Do You Know How to Play Versus Check-Raise?

Playing against check-raises on the flop is an important aspect of a poker player’s game. If you don’t know how to counter check-raises, you open yourself up to being exploited every time you c-bet. This 10-hand quiz is going to test your fundamental understanding of playing versus check-raises. Good luck! Note: These questions assume you […]

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3 Poker Study Techniques That Will Make You a Stronger Player

3 Poker Study Techniques That Will Make You a Stronger Player

Poker is a strategically rich game with a colossal amount of strategic possibilities. And those possibilities only increase with more players at the table. Consequently, in order to book consistent wins, you need to have a better understanding of the game than your opponents. To accomplish this, you need to make studying the game part of […]

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What Are Implied Odds? How to Use Implied Odds Like a Veteran Pro

What Are Implied Odds? How to Use Implied Odds Like a Veteran Pro

Implied odds aren’t difficult to understand, but many players misapply them while playing. This leads to easily avoidable but costly mistakes. To help you avoid such mistakes, you’re about to learn what implied odds are, how they work, and how they should help shape your strategy. We will cover: What are implied odds? How do […]

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Pros and Cons of 66% & 100% Pot-Sized C-Bets (The Ultimate Guide, Part 2)

Pros and Cons of 66% & 100% Pot-Sized C-Bets (The Ultimate Guide, Part 2)

Ready to bolster your flop c-betting skills? Today you’re going to learn the advantages and disadvantages of two common flop c-bet sizes: 66% and 100% pot-sized bets. This is part 2 of The Ultimate Guide to Flop C-Bet Sizing. Check out part 1 here. Here’s the example situation we’ll use throughout this article: You are playing […]

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tonkaaaap Reveals 3 Insights On His Way To A 2000% ROI

tonkaaaap Reveals 3 Insights On His Way To A 2000% ROI

“Do as I say, not as I do” -Parker “tonkaaaap” Talbot as he analyzes a hand from a $530 multi-table tournament (MTT) on PartyPoker, which he went on to win for about $10k. In this 1.5 hour hand review for Upswing Lab members, tonkaaaap walks you through every hand he played in this MTT. I […]

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tonkaaaap Reveals 3 Insights On His Way To A 2000% ROI

tonkaaaap Reveals 3 Insights On His Way To A 2000% ROI

“Do as I say, not as I do” -Parker “tonkaaaap” Talbot as he analyzes a hand from a $530 multi-table tournament (MTT) on PartyPoker, which he went on to win for about $10k. In this 1.5 hour hand review for Upswing Lab members, tonkaaaap walks you through every hand he played in this MTT. I […]

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What Flop C-Bet Size Should You Use in Cash Games? (The Ultimate Guide, Part 1)

What Flop C-Bet Size Should You Use in Cash Games? (The Ultimate Guide, Part 1)

Here’s a situation you’ve probably faced many times. You are playing a $0.50/$1.00 cash game. The action folds to you on the button, and after raising to $2.50, the big blind calls and you see a flop that looks like this: Q♠ T♦ 5♥ The big blind checks. You have a hand to continuation bet […]

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How to Play Limped Pots Perfectly

How to Play Limped Pots Perfectly

A game with a lot limped pots is a game you want to be playing. These games are often full of weak players because strong players rarely limp. (You may remember this from our How to Destroy Limpers article.)  These small pots will have a big impact on your bottom line. If you want that impact […]

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How to Play Limped Pots Perfectly

How to Play Limped Pots Perfectly

A game with a lot limped pots is a game you want to be playing. These games are often full of weak players because strong players rarely limp. (You may remember this from our How to Destroy Limpers article.)  These small pots will have a big impact on your bottom line. If you want that impact […]

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Suited Connectors: 5 Strategic Mistakes Poker Players Should Avoid

Suited Connectors: 5 Strategic Mistakes Poker Players Should Avoid

It can be tough to know when (and how) to play a suited connector in Texas Hold’em. If you neglect to consider important factors — such as stack sizes and your opponent’s tendencies — you will likely make a costly mistake with these hands. You’re about to read 5 tips that will help you understand […]

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Suited Connectors: 5 Strategic Mistakes Poker Players Should Avoid

Suited Connectors: 5 Strategic Mistakes Poker Players Should Avoid

It can be tough to know when (and how) to play a suited connector in Texas Hold’em. If you neglect to consider important factors — such as stack sizes and your opponent’s tendencies — you will likely make a costly mistake with these hands. You’re about to read 5 tips that will help you understand […]

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Take a Sneak Peek at Winning Poker Tournaments with Nick Petrangelo

Take a Sneak Peek at Winning Poker Tournaments with Nick Petrangelo

Wouldn’t it be nice to steal a super high roller’s strategy to use in poker tournaments you play? Nick Petrangelo has teamed up with Upswing to bring you Winning Poker Tournaments, an in-depth training course that is available right here, right now! Nick is widely regarded as one of the best live and online tournament […]

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Stop Letting Your Poker Ego Cost You Money & Happiness

Stop Letting Your Poker Ego Cost You Money & Happiness

What’s going on, Upswing fam? Today we’re mixing things up with a guest post that aims to help you with your mental game. Konstantinos “Duncan” Palamourdas is an award-winning math professor from UCLA who specializes in the mathematics of poker, as well as in poker education. He currently teaches poker classes at UCLA extension which […]

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When Should You Set Mine with a Pocket Pair? These 5 Tips Will Clear Things Up.

When Should You Set Mine with a Pocket Pair? These 5 Tips Will Clear Things Up.

You call a big re-raise with pocket sevens and stare anxiously as the dealer reveals the flop… Queen… Jack… SEVEN! As soon as you see that seven, your anxiety fades and your eyes dart to count your opponent’s stack. You’re going to try to get it all. There is nothing in poker like this — […]

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[QUIZ] Phil Hellmuth Sees Poker Players as Animals. Which One Are You?

[QUIZ] Phil Hellmuth Sees Poker Players as Animals. Which One Are You?

When Phil Hellmuth sees a poker player, he sees an animal (according to his book Play Poker Like the Pros). The specific animal he sees — whether it be a mouse, an eagle, or something else — is based on that player’s style. Ready to find out which animal Phil thinks you are? Take this […]

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How Should High Rake Impact Your Poker Strategy

How Should High Rake Impact Your Poker Strategy

More rake is NOT better. Nobody likes rake, except the house of course, yet it’s a necessary part of the game. And since it’s not going away anytime soon, you might as well learn to adjust to it. This is what this article is going to cover: how to adjust to the most common rake […]

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No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Rules

No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Rules

For the past two decades, No-Limit Texas Hold’Em (NLHE) has increased dramatically in popularity. In addition to being a relatively easy game to learn, there is also the potential for some huge pots and exciting games. To become a big winner, however, you must have a thorough understanding of the game and No-Limit Texas Hold’Em […]

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10 Must-See Strategy Chats from the Upswing Engage Community

10 Must-See Strategy Chats from the Upswing Engage Community

When it comes to improving at poker, few things are more effective than discussing strategy with friends. For meaningful discussions about poker from all angles of the game, you need look no further than our Lab members-only group, Upswing Poker Engage. With over 3,100 members and dozens of new posts every day, it’s easy to […]

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How to Thin Value Bet Like a Veteran Pro (3 Tips for Thin Value Betting in Poker)

How to Thin Value Bet Like a Veteran Pro (3 Tips for Thin Value Betting in Poker)

Value betting is how you’ll make most of your money at the tables. This is especially true against recreational players, who tend to be on the over-calling side of the spectrum. Today I am going to share 3 tips for thin value bets that will help you squeeze every last drop of cash from your opponents. […]

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The Smart Approach to Losing Poker Sessions (3 Questions to Ask Before Quitting)

The Smart Approach to Losing Poker Sessions (3 Questions to Ask Before Quitting)

It’s tough to know when to walk away from the poker table, but sometimes it’s the most valuable skill you can have. A few days ago, I was sitting at my home in Las Vegas and suddenly felt the itch to hit the live felt. This is a rare feeling for me. But when you […]

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10 Cash Game Poker Tips for Dominating the Table

10 Cash Game Poker Tips for Dominating the Table

Do you plan on playing a cash game anytime soon? You’re in luck! Today we’ll cover 10 fundamental tips that will help you dominate your cash game competition. You’ll learn when to bluff on the flop, how to play versus limps, and more. And make sure you stay tuned until the end for 2 bonus […]

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5 Can’t-Miss Insights from an Online Cash Game Juggernaut

5 Can’t-Miss Insights from an Online Cash Game Juggernaut

We Lab members are truly fortunate. We get to watch a top online cash game player, Fried “mynameiskarl” Meulders, play some serious poker, and then we get to pick his brain afterward to further increase the edge we have on our opponents. But even if you aren’t a Lab member, you’re in luck because you’re […]

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5 Tips for Staying Focused at the Poker Table

5 Tips for Staying Focused at the Poker Table

Being able to focus for extended periods of time is one of the most important skills a poker player can have. Better focus during sessions will increase your win-rate substantially, and it separates okay-to-good poker players from the great players. Giving the game your undivided attention might even be more important than figuring out your […]

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3 Strategic Mistakes to Avoid in Tournaments with Nick Petrangelo

3 Strategic Mistakes to Avoid in Tournaments with Nick Petrangelo

Meet the latest elite player to join the Upswing team: Nick Petrangelo. Nick is a tournament crusher who you’ve probably seen playing the world’s biggest buy-in tournaments. He’s 30th on the all-time money list, with cashes totaling about $16,000,000. In the past 4 months alone, he’s cashed for ~$5,700,000 and won his second WSOP bracelet. […]

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Don’t miss these POWERFEST Tips from some of the world’s best poker players

The $60 million guaranteed POWERFEST heads to partypoker from September 2nd and brings with it 670 fantastic tournaments over the course of three weeks. Tens of thousands of poker players from around the world will descend on partypoker, including many members of the Team partypoker stable. We are extremely proud of all our Team partypoker […]

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Do You Defend Your Big Blind Like a Poker End Boss? – Poker Strategy Quiz

Do You Defend Your Big Blind Like a Poker End Boss? – Poker Strategy Quiz

Your play from the big blind has a massive impact on your win-rate. Consequently, all of the best poker players are master defenders of the big blind. Choose the option with the highest expected value (EV). After answering each question, you will be shown the EV of each option along with an in-depth explanation so […]

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Stop Tanking: 5 Reasons Why Playing Faster Will Make You Richer & Happier

Stop Tanking: 5 Reasons Why Playing Faster Will Make You Richer & Happier

Trends in live poker seem to come and go overnight. One that hasn’t gone away yet, unfortunately, is slow play and excessive tanking. The following updated article, originally published in 2016, is a good reminder to slow players why they need play faster. — I’m angry. There was a time when No Limit Hold’em tournaments […]

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How to Crush Nits (10 Tactics to Maximize Profit Against Tight Players)

How to Crush Nits (10 Tactics to Maximize Profit Against Tight Players)

A “nit” is a player with a noticeably weak playing style, and they won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. With so many nits out there, learning how to exploit them is very important for your long term win-rate. And beyond that, it’s actually pretty darn fun to exploit these players. Today we’ll discuss how to […]

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6 Game-Changing Tactics from 500NL Zoom Destroyer Fried Meulders (mynameiskarl)

6 Game-Changing Tactics from 500NL Zoom Destroyer Fried Meulders (mynameiskarl)

Upswing Lab cash game coach Fried “mynameiskarl” Meulders continues to crush 500NL Zoom ($2.5/$5) on PokerStars, the toughest game consistently running online.  His win-rate since the beginning of the year, across 250k hands, is an impressive 4.16 big blinds per 100 hands. And over the past 100k hands he’s won a staggering (and certainly unsustainable) […]

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What You Must Know About PLO Poker and PLO Strategy

What You Must Know About PLO Poker and PLO Strategy

Considering a switch to the great game of PLO poker? Want to know everything you can about PLO strategy? Well, you’re in luck! Check out the infographic below for the basic differences between No Limit Hold’em (NLHE) and Pot Limit Omaha (PLO), and read on for an advanced explanation from PLO theory expert Tom Chambers. […]

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How to Make the Most Profitable Decision Against Any Bet Size [2nd Edition]

How to Make the Most Profitable Decision Against Any Bet Size [2nd Edition]

Faced with a bet, you can react in one of three ways: call, fold, or raise. It’s usually pretty apparent when raising is the correct decision–with super strong hands that want to extract value and with bluffs that want to steal the pot. Whether to call or fold, on the other hand, is often not […]

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Can You Crush Like OtB_RedBaron? — Advanced Poker Strategy Quiz

Can You Crush Like OtB_RedBaron? — Advanced Poker Strategy Quiz

‘Otb_Redbaron’ is considered the best 6-max player right now, and Upswing’s own Andres Artinano (‘Educa-p0ker’) has been battling him for years. In fact, Andres built his strategy by studying the Baron’s strategy, and he has decided to share his knowledge in his advanced Crush the Baron training course. This quiz is based on the tactics and strategies revealed […]

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How to Use DriveHUD Tracking Database Software to Improve Your Win Rate

How to Use DriveHUD Tracking Database Software to Improve Your Win Rate

Believe it or not, a lot of poker players never study the game because they either don’t see the value in studying or simply don’t know how to get started. For those players in the latter group, it’s best to start with the easiest and possibly most efficient way to study poker. Using tracking software like […]

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How to Play Poker in a Casino: 5 Valuable Tips for Live Poker Games

How to Play Poker in a Casino: 5 Valuable Tips for Live Poker Games

The average live poker game is softer than its online counterpart. The barrier for entry is much lower and many recreational players overvalue their home game experience. Improving live casino poker play can be difficult but not impossible. Take a look at these 5 tips and learn how to play poker in a casino better. […]

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How to Analyze Your Poker Hands Effectively in 5 Minutes

How to Analyze Your Poker Hands Effectively in 5 Minutes

(If Google sent you here to find out what beats what in poker, check out our guide to poker hands.) The difference between a strong player and a weak player is what they do after a poker session. Weak players play poker hands and forget about them. They put themselves in tough spots and fail […]

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Five Monster Series Tips From Joao Simao

Team partypoker’s Joao Simao is one of the world’s best poker tournament players. With live earnings of more than $2.1 million and online winnings of almost $7.4 million, it is safe to say Joao knows a thing or two about multi-table tournaments. So who better to give five tips for enjoying a successful Monster Series […]

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How to Beat the Guy Who Is Always Betting — Countering an Aggressive Poker Strategy

How to Beat the Guy Who Is Always Betting — Countering an Aggressive Poker Strategy

Geez, this guy just won’t stop betting. I just need to be patient, wait for a strong hand, and then I’ll win a fat pot from him! You’ve probably thought something similar to this while facing an ultra-aggressive player. But while this line of thinking seems to make sense, a patient approach is not always […]

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How to Destroy an Open Limper Like a High Stakes Pro

How to Destroy an Open Limper Like a High Stakes Pro

Think of limpers as your most valuable customers. Every time you see a player limping you should see an opportunity to take their stack–or at least a big chunk of it–in a rather short span of time. You’re about to learn how to absolutely destroy these players. Here’s what you will find in this article […]

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How to Destroy an Open Limper Like a High Stakes Pro

How to Destroy an Open Limper Like a High Stakes Pro

Think of limpers as your most valuable customers. Every time you see a player limping you should see an opportunity to take their stack–or at least a big chunk of it–in a rather short span of time. You’re about to learn how to absolutely destroy these players. Here’s what you will find in this article […]

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Check-Raise Strategy Quiz — How Much Do You Know About Check-Raising?

Check-Raise Strategy Quiz — How Much Do You Know About Check-Raising?

Do you have sweet check-raising skills? Do your opponents shake with fear before firing a c-bet? Let’s find out!  For each question, assume you have no solid reads on your opponent. And make sure you share your score at the end! Note: Just because an answer is ‘wrong’ doesn’t mean it’s a losing play. It […]

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Playing Blind vs Blind — 5 Tips to Help You Stack More Chips

Playing Blind vs Blind — 5 Tips to Help You Stack More Chips

Sub-optimal blind vs blind play is a common leak among amateurs and professionals alike. Players often neglect this part of their game because blind versus blind situations seem relatively infrequent, but they probably happen a lot more often than you think. In this article, we’ll discuss 5 tips for improving your blind versus blind strategy. […]

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10 Quick Poker Tips That Will Help Your Game In 5 Minutes

10 Quick Poker Tips That Will Help Your Game In 5 Minutes

If you’re looking for easy to remember and quick poker tips that will help you win, you’re in luck! Today we’ve compiled 10 tactics and strategies that will make you a more confident and profitable poker player. Now, this list won’t teach you how to win every time – not even the greatest poker players […]

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How to Make $500 a Month Playing Poker

Could you use an extra $500 a month playing poker? Most people would probably answer yes to that question. And luckily it actually isn’t as difficult as you might think.

In fact, even for a mediocre poker player, with consistent play, this amount can be made fairly easily at the lowest stakes online like NL2, NL5 or NL10 or in a live poker cash game like $1/$2.

I know because I have done it

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When Should You Continue Barreling on a Brick Turn Card?

When Should You Continue Barreling on a Brick Turn Card?

If you’ve ever been confused on the turn after c-bet-bluffing on the flop, then this article is for you. Knowing whether or not to fire that second barrel will have a huge impact on your overall results. Today I’m going to help you understand when to continue barreling and when it’s best to surrender the […]

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Rounders Analyzed: What Can We Learn from Mike McDermott & Teddy KGB?

Rounders Analyzed: What Can We Learn from Mike McDermott & Teddy KGB?

What’s your favorite poker movie? And why is it Rounders? Today we’re going to analyze 3 hands played in this iconic movie. If you haven’t seen Rounders, don’t worry: you’ll still learn from the strategy talk. That said, you should stop reading if you want to avoid spoilers! The 3 hands we’ll discuss are played […]

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How Equity Denial Influences (Almost) Every Decision & Your Results

How Equity Denial Influences (Almost) Every Decision & Your Results

Equity denial underlies almost all of your decisions at the poker table, even if you don’t realize it. When understood and considered correctly, it can increase your edge in every spot and thus increase your win rate. In this article, I will explain exactly what equity denial is and how it ought to shape your […]

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Which Draws Should You Semi-Bluff With?

Which Draws Should You Semi-Bluff With?

Bluffing is an indispensable part of the game—as Doug likes to say, “Bluffing is life in poker.” In this article, we’ll discuss how to go about choosing hands to semi-bluff, and we’ll break down the process that every elite player uses to fine-tune this aspect of their game. What makes a good semi-bluffing hand? There […]

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3 Hand Histories That Highlight a Sneakily Crucial Poker Concept

3 Hand Histories That Highlight a Sneakily Crucial Poker Concept

With so much post-flop play, it might seem like cash games are more difficult than tournaments. The best tournament players, however, are adept at playing every street across a range of different stack depths.  In this article, we’re going to discuss stack-to-pot ratio (SPR) and how it affects post-flop play. We’ll be looking at three […]

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My New Poker Strategy: Less Tables, More Study and Brand Building

Let’s face it, poker has changed a lot over the years. This is especially true for the online version of the game.

I can still remember the "good old days" when I could hop on 12+ NL100 tables on PokerStars and be able to literally print money at $100+ an hour almost in my sleep.

I think I and several others thought it would last forever. This was pretty naive thinking looking back now.

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Only 20% of Poker Players Will Ace This C-Betting Quiz

Are you a c-betting-boss? We’re about to find out! For each question, assume you have no solid reads on your opponent. Some questions have more than one correct answer. Become an Expert Overbettor, Punish Your Opponents, And Print Money  Preview Doug Polk’s Overbetting module below–1 of 56 learning modules in the Upswing Lab Join us […]

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Only 10% of Poker Players Will Ace This C-Betting Quiz

Only 10% of Poker Players Will Ace This C-Betting Quiz

You’re about to find out if you’re an END BOSS when it comes to c-betting on the flop versus a big blind defender. For each question, assume your opponent is a competent player against whom you have no specific reads. This quiz has been updated (originally published in June 2018). If the quiz is not […]

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3 Heads-Up Rules Drawn from a $20,000 Buy-In Match

3 Heads-Up Rules Drawn from a $20,000 Buy-In Match

Let’s talk heads-up poker! Today we dive into a $100/$200 cash game match between Doug Polk and Ben ‘Sauce123’ Sulsky–two world-class heads-up players that have faced off many times.  Doug recorded the match and analyzed every notable hand in an 11-part video series for his advanced heads-up training course. I’ve watched the first few parts of this […]

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3 Aggressive Tactics Winning Regulars Are Already Using

3 Aggressive Tactics Winning Regulars Are Already Using

Hoping to gain insight into where good aggressive players take advantage of their opponents, I recently watched Fried “mynameiskarl” Meulders play $5/$10 Zoom in the Upswing Lab. Fried is an absolute cash game beast who crushes Zoom on PokerStars–some of the toughest poker games in the world. Here’s his results from a 100k hand sample […]

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3 Aggressive Tactics Winning Regulars Are Already Using

3 Aggressive Tactics Winning Regulars Are Already Using

Hoping to gain insight into where good aggressive players take advantage of their opponents, I recently watched Fried “mynameiskarl” Meulders play $5/$10 Zoom in the Upswing Lab. Fried is an absolute cash game beast who crushes Zoom on PokerStars–some of the toughest poker games in the world. Here’s his results from a 100k hand sample […]

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What is a Good Poker Hourly Rate?

Last week I wrote about what is a good poker winning percentage. But something else that people often ask me is what is a good poker hourly rate.

Now as I often say, poker is not like a regular job where you can expect to just show up and earn a fixed income. In poker some months you will be up and some months you may even be down.

Yes, you heard that right. Lose money.

I don’t know of any

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7 Tips You Can Learn from 1 High Stakes Online Poker Hand

7 Tips You Can Learn from 1 High Stakes Online Poker Hand

Have you ever wondered what the end bosses of poker are doing that makes them so much better than everyone else? If you’re like me, then you most certainly have. Lucky for us the end bosses at Upswing listen to what the people want, and have dedicated an entire Upswing Lab module to breaking down hands […]

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2018 World Series of Poker Schedule – Highlights and Breakdown

2018 World Series of Poker Schedule – Highlights and Breakdown

SCOOP and Power Fest have come to a close online, which means it’s time once again to forget your sweatshirt (because it’s 115 degrees outside) only to shell out $40 for a new one once you sit down and think to yourself… “Are we playing poker on top of an ice rink?”   No, friend. […]

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3 Can’t-Miss Lessons from a $12,895 Tournament Score

3 Can’t-Miss Lessons from a $12,895 Tournament Score

‘A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool.’ It takes a certain kind of wisdom to gain and maintain success at the poker table. Since poker isn’t a solved game, there’s always room to improve. The most successful players understand and respect this fact, but to […]

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Strategy from Kristen Bicknell: Transitioning from cash games to tournaments

Strategy from Kristen Bicknell: Transitioning from cash games to tournaments

Team partypoker’s Kristen Bicknell used to be better-known for her cash game prowess, but now she crushes the biggest online and live tournaments. Here are her tips for making the transition from cash games to tournament poker. Most of my time at the poker table has been spent playing cash games, until recently. In the […]

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When to Cash Out in Poker (5 Step Strategy Guide)

Knowing when to cash out in poker is almost as important as having the right bankroll. Much like you can’t out-train a bad diet, you can’t out-play a bad poker cash out strategy.

People who do not know when to cash out often end up harming their progress at the poker tables considerably. So it is vitally important that as a winning poker player you understand exactly when and why you should be

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If You Get 8/10 On This 3-Bet Pot Quiz, You’re a Shark

How competent are you at playing 3-bet pots as the defender? Take your time and think carefully, because these 10 questions are tough. For each question, assume that you have no information about your opponent. And be sure to share your results at the end. Best of luck!  Note: Everything on upswingpoker.com is 25% off […]

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Give the Gift of Poker Strategy and Save 25% (Christmas Sale)

Give the Gift of Poker Strategy and Save 25% (Christmas Sale)

Christmas is a time for giving and saving on upswingpoker.com! Everything on the site is 25% off from now until December 28th, including all premium training courses. Take this quick quiz to find out which course is best for your poker playing needs, or keep scrolling for a breakdown of each course. What game do […]

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Final Table Poker Strategy: The #1 Biggest Mistake to Avoid

Final Table Poker Strategy: The #1 Biggest Mistake to Avoid

With steep pay jumps and top-heavy payout structures, the final table of any poker tournament is where big money is earned or burned. In this article, we’ll look closely at the biggest mistake made at final tables: overly tight/passive play. Along the way, we’ll have real-world examples to discuss from live tournaments, along with key […]

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3 Quick Poker Tips from a Cash Game Session with Doug Polk

3 Quick Poker Tips from a Cash Game Session with Doug Polk

There’s something to learn from every video in the Upswing Lab. The same is true for the following Doug Polk Play & Explain session, in which he battled across 4 tables at mid-stakes on America’s Card Room. In this article, I’d like to share 3 of the best poker tips that I learned from watching […]

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How to Play Low Pocket Pairs in Cash Games

How to Play Low Pocket Pairs in Cash Games

Get in cheap, try to flop a set, and hope your opponent pays you off. This oversimplified approach is probably how most of you play your low pocket pairs. It’s a fairly valid approach, but it’s incomplete. Unless you want to leak money with your low pocket pairs, you’d be wise to employ a more […]

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The Ultimate Poker Cheat Sheet for 2018

Learning how to play consistent winning poker isn’t always so easy these days. So that is why I decided to put together this ultimate poker cheat sheet for 2018.

This guide below is going to give you everything that you need to know in order to start winning big right now at the lowest stakes online (NL2 or NL5) and live ($1/$2 or $2/$5).

Let me be clear that this guide is NOT going to turn

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How to Squeeze Max Value from Juicy Live Tournaments

How to Squeeze Max Value from Juicy Live Tournaments

Live poker tournaments have much softer fields than online tournaments. The Big $109 on PokerStars, for example, is a tougher tournament than many WSOP $1,500 events. This difference in player quality presents many factors that aren’t present online. In order to maximize our winnings in live tournaments, we must understand and adjust for these factors. […]

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Team partypoker’s Natalia Breviglieri’s tips for succeeding in satellites

Team partypoker’s Natalia “N4talB” Breviglieri gives here tips for partypoker blog readers who want to take their satellite game to the next level. With the Monster Series starting in Jul. 29 and the $60 million guaranteed POWERFEST just around the corner, playing satellites can be a great way to give your bankroll a big boost. […]

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Floating Strategy | The Complete Guide

Floating Strategy | The Complete Guide

What is floating? Floating is a must-have weapon for every aspiring poker crusher. It’s an advanced play, however, which entails calling with a weak hand on the flop in order to win the pot on a later street by either showing down or bluffing an opponent. The main reason floating is such an effective weapon […]

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Stop Fearing Triple Barrels with this Professional Approach

Stop Fearing Triple Barrels with this Professional Approach

Let’s be honest: we all sigh when an opponent fires that dreadful triple barrel, putting us to the test both technically and mentally. A triple barrel is when a player bets on the river after betting on the flop and turn. There is a deeply embedded fear in most players that their opponents are not […]

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Five tips for low stakes MTT players for building a bankroll

Team partypoker’s Louise “lou045” Butler has won more than $450,000 from online poker tournaments and is currently ranked eighth in the Irish online poker rankings, according to PocketFives.com. Louise has penned this poker strategy article to give you five tips on how to build a bankroll if you a a low stakes tournament player, which […]

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Pot Limit Omaha Strategy Quiz – Only a PLO Expert Will Score 9/10

Ready to put your Pot Limit Omaha skills to the test?  These 10 quiz questions are based on cutting-edge PLO solver research, and many of the correct answers are only slightly better than the other options. When you get a question correct, make a note and share your total score at the end. Only a true […]

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Pot Limit Omaha Strategy Quiz – Only a PLO Expert Will Score 9/10

Pot Limit Omaha Strategy Quiz – Only a PLO Expert Will Score 9/10

Ready to put your Pot Limit Omaha preflop skills to the test? The answers to these 7 quiz questions are based on what cutting-edge PLO solvers would do in each situation. Only a true Pot Limit Omaha expert will get 6 or more correct. Assume you are 100BB deep in each situation unless otherwise noted. Good […]

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How to Check-Raise on the River Like a Pro

How to Check-Raise on the River Like a Pro

It’s difficult to play out-of-position as the preflop caller. In this scenario our opponent, the preflop raiser, has both a range advantage and a positional advantage. However, we can still implement a well-thought-out check raising strategy, which will hinder our opponent’s ability to bet thinly for value and bluff. How important is check-raising? To demonstrate […]

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How to Check-Raise on the River Like a Pro

How to Check-Raise on the River Like a Pro

It’s difficult to play out-of-position as the preflop caller. In this scenario our opponent, the preflop raiser, has both a range advantage and a positional advantage. However, we can still implement a well-thought-out check raising strategy, which will hinder our opponent’s ability to bet thinly for value and bluff. How important is check-raising? To demonstrate […]

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4 Insights from 11 Years, 70,567 MTTs, and 6,304,190 Hands of Poker

4 Insights from 11 Years, 70,567 MTTs, and 6,304,190 Hands of Poker

I’ve written poker strategy at Upswing for the past year and a half. During this time I’ve mostly covered specific topics – like bounty MTTs, blind defense, and staking. I strongly believe that working on just one area of your game at a time is the best way to improve, but as someone who’s mentored and […]

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How to Destroy Your Opponent After Seeing One Showdown

How to Destroy Your Opponent After Seeing One Showdown

Sometimes it takes just one showdown for a great poker player to change their game plan and start crushing opponents. In this article I will teach you how to start thinking like a truly great player when it comes to making these immediate adjustments. You will first be presented with three hand examples that reach […]

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Poker Bankroll Management Tips & Tools That Work In 2018

Poker Bankroll Management Tips & Tools That Work In 2018

Part of becoming a great player is establishing proper poker bankroll management principles. Not only do you need to be skilled to be a great player, you also need discipline and money management abilities. Top players go broke sometimes. Even Upswing’s own Doug Polk once felt he’d reached the end of his rope. But what makes […]

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