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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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 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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(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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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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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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$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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Find a Live Poker Tournament

How to Find a Live Poker Tournament

Poker tournaments are still the most popular way to play poker. You have many tools at your disposal when you’re looking for information on live poker tournaments in your area. Whether you’re looking for a local tournament, on vacation, or searching for opportunity to travel and live the poker dream, here are some of the […]

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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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Upswing Coach Moritz Dietrich Wins $144,869 in SCOOP Sunday Million

This past Sunday, Moritz “MuckCallOK” Dietrich got 2nd in the $215 buy-in SCOOP-04 Sunday Million on PokerStars. He took home $145,084 for his efforts after making a deal heads-up. The man we call “Mo” did it quietly, too. Our team at Upswing didn’t even know it happened until another pro (Matt Staples) tweeted about his […]

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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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Did David Sklansky Invent GTO Poker Strategy?

Did David Sklansky Invent GTO Poker Strategy?

David Sklansky is the father of mathematical poker theory. His 1987 book, The Theory of Poker, is considered to be one of best poker books of all time. Sklansky is truly a pioneer in the realm of applying mathematical principals to poker strategy. At the time of its release The Theory of Poker was unlike […]

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Texas Hold’em Starting Hands Guide

Texas Hold’em Starting Hands Guide

Success in Texas Hold’em starts with good preflop hand selection. If you’re playing a winning strategy, you’ll be folding preflop more than 70 percent of the time. It’s critical to have a solid understanding of poker hand rankings, what hands are worth playing, and how those hands change based on your position at the table. […]

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Win a $250 Ticket This Sunday on Natural 8 (Upswing-Exclusive, 10 Seats Added)

Win a $250 Ticket This Sunday on Natural 8 (Upswing-Exclusive, 10 Seats Added)

Upswing has partnered with Natural8.com to run an exclusive $10 buy-in satellite to the $500k guaranteed GG Series $250 Main Event with 10 seats added to the prizepool. The satellite tournament starts this Sunday, May 12th, at 4pm CET (11am ET) and is exclusively for Upswing members and readers. You will need this password to […]

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Win a $250 Ticket This Sunday on Natural 8 (Upswing-Exclusive, 10 Seats Added)

Win a $250 Ticket This Sunday on Natural 8 (Upswing-Exclusive, 10 Seats Added)

Upswing has partnered with Natural8.com to run an exclusive $10 buy-in satellite to the $500k guaranteed GG Series $250 Main Event with 10 seats added to the prizepool. The satellite tournament starts this Sunday, May 12th, at 4pm CET (11am ET) and is exclusively for Upswing members and readers. You will need this password to […]

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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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What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

Imagine being able to sit in with Doug Polk while he plays an online session and explains the strategy and reasoning behind his every move. The Upswing Poker Lab offers you that opportunity with the ‘Play and Explain’ series. This collection of videos featuring Upswing’s world-class coaches playing sessions and going through their thought processes […]

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What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

Imagine being able to sit in with Doug Polk while he plays an online session and explains the strategy and reasoning behind his every move. The Upswing Poker Lab offers you that opportunity with the ‘Play and Explain’ series. This collection of videos featuring Upswing’s world-class coaches playing sessions and going through their thought processes […]

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What is an Upswing Poker Module?

What is an Upswing Poker Module?

Upswing Poker Lab members have access to the most comprehensive collection of cutting-edge poker training materials ever assembled. This vast and ever-expanding library of knowledge is organized into “modules,” each covering a different aspect of the Upswing Poker’s overall approach to strategy. You can think of the modules as classes that you need to pass […]

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Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

What does the future look like for legal online poker in the United States? It’s been nearly a decade since the shutdown of PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet, and U.S. players are still waiting and hoping that the online game returns to the glory days of the 2000s at some point. Is online […]

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Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

What does the future look like for legal online poker in the United States? It’s been nearly a decade since the shutdown of PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet, and U.S. players are still waiting and hoping that the online game returns to the glory days of the 2000s at some point. Is online […]

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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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Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

Joey Ingram is one of the biggest stars on the modern poker landscape. He’s not playing the game as much as he used to, but the 33-year-old is one of poker’s most important personalities, creating content, advocating for players and promoting the game like no one else can. Ingram’s poker content, including the award-winning Poker […]

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Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

Joey Ingram is one of the biggest stars on the modern poker landscape. He’s not playing the game as much as he used to, but the 33-year-old is one of poker’s most important personalities, creating content, advocating for players and promoting the game like no one else can. Ingram’s poker content, including the award-winning Poker […]

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Is Online Poker Legal in the USA?

Is Online Poker Legal in the USA?

What does the future look like for legal online poker in the United States? It’s been nearly a decade since the shutdown of PokerStars, Full Tilt and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet, and U.S. players are still waiting and hoping that the online game returns to the glory days of the 2000s at some point. Is online […]

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7 Poker Slang Terms Players Love to Say (And What They Mean)

7 Poker Slang Terms Players Love to Say (And What They Mean)

If you hang out with poker players, you are bound to hear poker slang terms to describe things away from the table. Not being familiar with these poker terms can make it seem like the person saying them is speaking a different language, or maybe they’re concussed. We asked our followers on Twitter and Facebook […]

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The Three Best Ways to Get Poker Coaching

The Three Best Ways to Get Poker Coaching

It’s never been tougher to consistently win at poker, and if you want to see great results in 2019, it’s probably time to look into poker coaching. Poker players now have more options than ever before when it comes to poker coaching. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to improve your […]

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High Stakes Poker: The Original High Roller Cash Game

High Stakes Poker: The Original High Roller Cash Game

High Stakes Poker is still an all-time favorite in the realm of televised poker shows, and fans of the iconic program rejoiced last summer when the entire series was re-released on YouTube. Originally aired on the Game Show Network, High Stakes Poker ran for seven seasons from 2006-2011 and remains one of the most popular […]

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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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How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

One of the more difficult assessments for experienced poker players is assigning accurate ranges to their opponents. Good poker players have honest disagreements all of the time about someone’s check/calling range, bluffing range, and value range, as examples. Taking the time to evaluate your opponent’s range in your post-session analysis is one the absolute best […]

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How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

One of the more difficult assessments for experienced poker players is assigning accurate ranges to their opponents. Good poker players have honest disagreements all of the time about someone’s check/calling range, bluffing range, and value range, as examples. Taking the time to evaluate your opponent’s range in your post-session analysis is one the absolute best […]

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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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Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas

Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas

There’s nothing quite like the excitement of playing in a Las Vegas poker tournament. Let’s take a look at the best poker tournaments in Las Vegas, including: On the Strip Off the Strip Tournaments offering the best value Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas: On the Strip Aria Resort & Casino The Aria is a […]

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WSOP Magic: Top 10 Memorable Hands from the World Series of Poker

WSOP Magic: Top 10 Memorable Hands from the World Series of Poker

(Photo credit: PokerPhotoArchive) Everything is magnified when a World Series of Poker bracelet is on the line. With millions of dollars changing hands on the drop of a card, some of the craziest hands from the WSOP Main Event and Big One for One Drop will live on in poker lore forever. For the viewer […]

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WSOP Magic: Top 10 Memorable Hands from the World Series of Poker

WSOP Magic: Top 10 Memorable Hands from the World Series of Poker

(Photo credit: PokerPhotoArchive) Everything is magnified when a World Series of Poker bracelet is on the line. With millions of dollars changing hands on the drop of a card, some of the craziest hands from the WSOP Main Event and Big One for One Drop will live on in poker lore forever. For the viewer […]

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The History of Poker Chips

The History of Poker Chips

Next to the cards themselves, no tangible item is more deeply ensconced in the zeitgeist of poker than the poker chip. Nothing feels better in your hands, and if you can shuffle poker chips well, or even passably, you feel like a badass poker pro. If you’re into poker, you probably want to know how […]

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Melanie Weisner: Meet the Multi-Talented and Fierce Poker Pro

Melanie Weisner: Meet the Multi-Talented and Fierce Poker Pro

American poker pro Melanie Weisner, aka Callisto5 on PokerStars, is one of today’s most accomplished female poker players. Let’s take a look at Weisner’s poker accomplishments, including some of the most interesting hands she’s played: Early Years and Online Poker The 31-year-old hails from Houston, Texas. Before making a splash in the poker world, she […]

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3 Tips for Winning with Gutshot Straight Draws

3 Tips for Winning with Gutshot Straight Draws

If you’ve ever been unsure of what to do with a gutshot straight draw, you’ve found the right article. Today you’ll learn 3 tips that will help you decide when to bet and when to check so that you start earning more money when you hold this type of draw. But first… What is a […]

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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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10 of the Best Episodes from Andrew Neeme’s Poker Vlog

10 of the Best Episodes from Andrew Neeme’s Poker Vlog

Poker vlogger Andrew Neeme’s YouTube channel is up over the 100k subscribers mark. If you’re not one of them already, you probably will be after checking out a few episodes of his work. Since rolling out the vlog’s pilot in October 2016, Neeme has produced more than 150 episodes and earned a reputation as one […]

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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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How to Deal Texas Hold’em

How to Deal Texas Hold’em

Knowing how to deal a game of Texas Hold’em poker is a valuable skill. Play in enough home games and you’ll eventually find yourself in a situation where poker dealer duties rotate around the table with the dealer button. You’ll definitely want to know what you’re doing when it comes your turn. It’s also good […]

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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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Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

Understanding poker odds and equity is crucial to a winning poker strategy in 2019. Luckily for us, poker players have access to a number of poker odds calculators that help us calculate and understand how equity works. These tools range from simple, free, no-download software, to advanced programs that break down ranges, board textures and […]

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Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

Understanding poker odds and equity is crucial to a winning poker strategy in 2019. Luckily for us, poker players have access to a number of poker odds calculators that help us calculate and understand how equity works. These tools range from simple, free, no-download software, to advanced programs that break down ranges, board textures and […]

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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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How to Find Live Poker Games Near You with Poker Atlas

How to Find Live Poker Games Near You with Poker Atlas

If you’re looking for poker games to play in your area, you’ve come to the right place. The following is a 3-step guide to help you find the poker game you’re looking for with Poker Atlas. We’ll also talk about another way to find poker games just in case there aren’t any poker rooms near […]

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Who is Cary Katz and What Does He Bring to the Poker World?

Who is Cary Katz and What Does He Bring to the Poker World?

Cary Katz is a successful businessman, high-stakes tournament player, and one of poker’s most important figures. Known to some as ‘El Jefe’, Katz has long since surpassed the title of “businessman who plays poker” based on his results. He currently has $17 million in career tournament earnings and frequently makes final tables in high roller […]

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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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The Amazing Work of Poker Photographer Drew Amato

The Amazing Work of Poker Photographer Drew Amato

Some people are just born to accomplish certain things in life. When a person finds his or her calling, then all seems right with the world. When Drew Amato picked up a camera and found his calling, the poker world was truly blessed.  Take a look at some of this amazing photographer’s truly spectacular portfolio. […]

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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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Jacqueline Burkhart Details Her $0 to $86,400 Poker Story

Jacqueline Burkhart Details Her $0 to $86,400 Poker Story

Jacqueline Burkhart is a poker player from Portland who has built an impressive resume in just a few years of side-hustling poker. Her biggest scores include a deep run in the WSOP Monster Stack for nearly $30k and a final table in the WSOP Ladies Championship for $28k. Most recently, Jacki reached the final 5 […]

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Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

The poker world is chock full of a variety of personalities. Some are larger-than-life like Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow, while others—albeit highly talented and successful—are a bit more conservative and down-to-Earth. Meet Eric Baldwin, aka “basebaldy,” a Las Vegas local who—despite his immense success in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and other large-scale […]

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Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

The poker world is chock full of a variety of personalities. Some are larger-than-life like Phil Hellmuth and Mike Matusow, while others—albeit highly talented and successful—are a bit more conservative and down-to-Earth. Meet Eric Baldwin, aka “basebaldy,” a Las Vegas local who—despite his immense success in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and other large-scale […]

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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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Lowball Poker Rules & Hand Rankings Explained (Ace-to-Five & Deuce-to-Seven)

Lowball Poker Rules & Hand Rankings Explained (Ace-to-Five & Deuce-to-Seven)

Lowball is a type of poker in which the lowest hand wins the pot. There are two types of lowball hand rankings: Ace-to-Five Lowball  Deuce-to-Seven Lowball Some games reward the whole pot to the lowest hand, while others reward half of the pot to the lowest hand and the other half to the highest hand (according […]

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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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Mid-States Poker Tour Tournaments in 2019 | MSPT Schedule

Mid-States Poker Tour Tournaments in 2019 | MSPT Schedule

What is the MSPT? The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) was born in December 2009 as the Minnesota State Poker Tour. In 2011, the tournament crossed into Iowa, and more expansion led to the tour’s rebranding. Now in its tenth season, the MSPT hosts more than 30 events each year across the United States. Whereas the […]

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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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When Shana Hiatt Took on the World Poker Tour

When Shana Hiatt Took on the World Poker Tour

Model, actress, and television spokesperson Shana Hiatt is best known for hosting the first three seasons of the Travel Channel’s World Poker Tour from 2002 to 2005. Her fun and insightful commentary introduced many viewers to the exciting world of high stakes poker, the exotic locations, poker personalities, and interesting tidbits about the game. Hiatt’s […]

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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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Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

Opened in 1983, the privately-owned Commerce Casino and Resort sits a mere five miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles in the city of Commerce. The Commerce poker room is the largest— based on number of tables—in the world. With 243 tables—and plans for 100 more in the near future—the Commerce is internationally renowned, largely due […]

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Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

Opened in 1983, the privately-owned Commerce Casino and Resort sits a mere five miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles in the city of Commerce. The Commerce poker room is the largest— based on number of tables—in the world. With 243 tables—and plans for 100 more in the near future—the Commerce is internationally renowned, largely due […]

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Gus Hansen: 7 Hands that Epitomize “The Great Dane”

Gus Hansen: 7 Hands that Epitomize “The Great Dane”

There are just some poker players who seem to have a sixth sense, Gus Hansen is one of them. Known as “The Great Dane” and “The Madman” to everyone in the poker world, this 44-year-old poker pro has one World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet and was the first player to win three World Poker […]

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Venetian Poker Room: Boycott and Sheldon Adelson

Venetian Poker Room: Boycott and Sheldon Adelson

Since the whole Black Friday debacle, debate over the future of online poker has occupied many poker discussions across the U.S. The Venetian Poker Room has landed right in the middle of the debate as numerous poker pros are boycotting this well known property. Why the boycott? Despite growing support for legalizing online poker domestically, […]

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Rick Salomon to Famous Poker Pro: You Called the Cops on Me!

Rick Salomon to Famous Poker Pro: You Called the Cops on Me!

What do you get when you cross a Cassanova poker pro with a YouTube sensation high-stakes pro? In this hilarious tale from the always entertaining Doug Polk, we have a high-stakes cash game at a high-end poker room, ladies’ man Rick Salomon, a few rather large egos, Polk’s unique storytelling prowess, dick jokes, and the […]

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Rick Salomon to Famous Poker Pro: You Called the Cops on Me!

Rick Salomon to Famous Poker Pro: You Called the Cops on Me!

What do you get when you cross a Cassanova poker pro with a YouTube sensation high-stakes pro? In this hilarious tale from the always entertaining Doug Polk, we have a high-stakes cash game at a high-end poker room, ladies’ man Rick Salomon, a few rather large egos, Polk’s unique storytelling prowess, dick jokes, and the […]

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Ray Bitar: Full Tilt Poker Ponzi Scandal and happy ever after?

Ray Bitar: Full Tilt Poker Ponzi Scandal and happy ever after?

Ray Bitar was one of the founders and the chief executive officer (CEO) of Full Tilt Poker. He was indicted in 2011 on numerous charges in connection with a nearly $400 million Ponzi scheme the site was accused of running. Yet Bitar managed to escape serious punishment. At the heart of the scandal were allegations […]

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Paul Phua: Bookmaking, Organized Crime and Poker

Paul Phua: Bookmaking, Organized Crime and Poker

On 5 August 2014, international bookie and high-stakes gambler Paul Phua (pronounced “Pwa”) appeared in a Las Vegas federal court to answer to charges of running an illegal sports betting enterprise—a “wire room”—out of a Caesars Palace villa during the 2014 World Cup and 2014 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Phua pled not guilty and […]

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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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Chino Rheem: Poker and a Mountain of Debt

Chino Rheem: Poker and a Mountain of Debt

Los Angeles native Chino Rheem is a professional poker player best known for finishing seventh in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event. For his efforts Rheem earned a hefty $1.77 million. The 38-year-old’s poker successes include being only the fourth person in World Poker Tour history (along with Gus Hansen, Carlos Mortensen, and […]

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Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

The poker world is chock full of talented female players: Annette Obrestad, Liv Boeree, Melanie Weisner, Vanessa Rouso, and Vanessa Selbst, to name a few—each of whom have enjoyed considerable success both online and in live arenas. Add to that list French poker pro Gaelle Baumann who is, perhaps, best known as the final table […]

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Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

The poker world is chock full of talented female players: Annette Obrestad, Liv Boeree, Melanie Weisner, Vanessa Rouso, and Vanessa Selbst, to name a few—each of whom have enjoyed considerable success both online and in live arenas. Add to that list French poker pro Gaelle Baumann who is, perhaps, best known as the final table […]

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Andrew Robl: Profile of a “Holla Balla”

Andrew Robl: Profile of a “Holla Balla”

Andrew Robl is a 31-year-old poker pro who has experienced considerable success both online under his moniker, “good2cu” and on the live felt. The young internet phenom has made a successful migration from online to live play and continues to make a name for himself in the poker world. We’ll take a look at Robl’s […]

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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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Mandalay Bay Poker Room: Small but Chock Full of Action

Mandalay Bay Poker Room: Small but Chock Full of Action

Located at the far south end of the Las Vegas Strip is the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Opened in 1999, the Mandalay Bay Poker Room is a nice little room . Adjacent to the sportsbook in its own elevated area stands the Mandalay Bay Poker room. With Roman-style pillars and ornate railings this […]

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Joe McKeehen: A Tale of Two Bracelets—And Twitter

Joe McKeehen: A Tale of Two Bracelets—And Twitter

26-year-old poker pro Joe McKeehen hails from North Wales, Pennsylvania. He is, perhaps, best known as the 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion. In the beginning  McKeehen won the Risk (board game) world championship in 2010 (I did not realize this was a thing.) He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan: Eagles, Flyers, and the 76ers. In […]

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Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Poker Room: is it out of this world?

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Poker Room: is it out of this world?

For a casual, fun poker room on the Strip that offers numerous promotions and tournaments look no further than the Planet Hollywood Las Vegas poker room. Overview Planet Hollywood Las Vegas sits atop the space formerly occupied by the Aladdin Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip. It officially opened in April 2017 and  has […]

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Sam Grizzle: The Poker Brat’s Arch-Nemesis

Sam Grizzle: The Poker Brat’s Arch-Nemesis

While oftentimes regarded as quite funny at the poker table—due, largely, to his thick southern drawl—and is able to make others laugh, Sam Grizzle has a reputation for being an addictive gambler, a deadbeat dad, and, well, an asshole. Trying to find a Sam Grizzle biography online is like trying to find a needle in […]

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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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William Kassouf: “King of Speech Play”

William Kassouf: “King of Speech Play”

If you thought Mike Matusow had a mouth, please allow me to introduce William Kassouf. Have you ever been at a table where someone just talks and talks and drives you crazy? William “Will” Kassouf—also known as “The King of Speech Play”—is that person. William Kassouf finds poker The 35-year-old Londoner and former lawyer turned poker […]

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What is a Capped Range? How to Take Advantage of (And Protect Your Own) Capped Ranges

What is a Capped Range? How to Take Advantage of (And Protect Your Own) Capped Ranges

You probably already know that a range is the totality of hands that a player can have in a situation. You also probably know that focusing on ranges, not specific hands, is the professional way to approach poker. But are you familiar with the concept of capped ranges? Learning what a capped range is and […]

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David Williams: Master Poker Chef

David Williams: Master Poker Chef

There are professional poker players and then there are poker pros with additional impressive talents. In the same vein as Alex Jacob, poker and Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions champion, there is David Williams. In addition to being a talented and prolific poker pro, Williams was the runner up on Season 7 of the popular show […]

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Bicycle Casino Poker Room Review

Bicycle Casino Poker Room Review

The world-famous Bicycle Casino—lovingly nicknamed “the Bike”—is a Los Angeles staple. At first glance, the 100,000-square-foot Bicycle Casino poker room is, indeed, the gold standard when it comes to poker rooms. However, when you read some reviews, people either love the Bike or truly despise it. Located in Bell Gardens, this world-renowned and popular casino offers […]

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Who is Marle Coirdero? Meet the Polarizing Poker Player & Vlogger

Who is Marle Coirdero? Meet the Polarizing Poker Player & Vlogger

Marle Cordeiro’s poker vlog is a polarizing mix of dark humor, poker lifestyle commentary, and hand analysis.  The 27-year-old cash game player has undeniably grabbed the attention of the poker community since launching the vlog in September, finding both fans and detractors of her satirical style. The vlog takes us through Marle’s adventures on the […]

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Huck Seed: The King of Prop Bets

Huck Seed: The King of Prop Bets

A former high school and college basketball player turned American poker pro, Huck Seed is also an insane prop better. Early life Seed—born Huckleberry Seed in Santa Clara, California—was, incidentally, featured in the 2006 documentary Quantum Hoops that chronicled Cal Tech’s quest to end a 21-year losing streak. This makes sense since Seed is six-foot-six—or […]

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Foxwoods Poker room: What you need to know

Foxwoods Poker room: What you need to know

Located in the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the Foxwoods poker room is the largest poker room on the East Coast and the largest casino-based poker room in the world. Foxwoods hosts World Series of Poker (WSOP) circuit events, WPT tournaments, and the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. A brief history of Foxwoods Situated on Mashantucket Pequot […]

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Foxwoods Poker room: What you need to know

Foxwoods Poker room: What you need to know

Located in the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the Foxwoods poker room is the largest poker room on the East Coast and the largest casino-based poker room in the world. Foxwoods hosts World Series of Poker (WSOP) circuit events, WPT tournaments, and the Foxwoods World Poker Finals. A brief history of Foxwoods Situated on Mashantucket Pequot […]

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Nick Schulman Makes it all Look Easy

Nick Schulman Makes it all Look Easy

Manhattan, New York native Nick Schulman is a professional poker player who is known for winning Season 4 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Poker Finals NL Hold’Em event in 2005 at Foxwoods. For his efforts, Schulman pocketed a hefty $2,167,500—the single-season record for a regular WPT event. Adding to this impressive feat, Schulman […]

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Nick Schulman Makes it all Look Easy

Nick Schulman Makes it all Look Easy

Manhattan, New York native Nick Schulman is a professional poker player who is known for winning Season 4 of the World Poker Tour (WPT) World Poker Finals NL Hold’Em event in 2005 at Foxwoods. For his efforts, Schulman pocketed a hefty $2,167,500—the single-season record for a regular WPT event. Adding to this impressive feat, Schulman […]

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Sammy Farha: Fashion, Finesse, and Felt

Sammy Farha: Fashion, Finesse, and Felt

Poker pro Sammy Farha is a prolific tournament player with three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets who is quite well known as the runner up to “every man” Chris Moneymaker in the 2003 WSOP Main Event. He is also a familiar face on GSN’s popular program High Stakes Poker. Farha is truly one-of-a-kind. His expensive […]

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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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The Bellagio Poker Room Review: Extravagance Defined

The Bellagio Poker Room Review: Extravagance Defined

The Bellagio poker room is one of the largest and most luxurious in Las Vegas. Its history, game options, and the availability of high stakes make the Bellagio one of the most famous poker rooms in the world. Overview Located near the sports book, the Bellagio poker room is one of the most renowned poker […]

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Lacey Jones: Poker Barbie and so Much More

Lacey Jones: Poker Barbie and so Much More

Known as “Poker Barbie,” Lacey Jones is among the most popular poker players in the world. In addition to her beauty, Jones is quite fascinating, having been a fashion model, international television host, poker commentator, and social network phenomenon. In the beginning Jones was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1979 where—even though she enjoyed […]

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The Borgata Poker Room: An Insider’s Guide Every Visitor Should Read

The Borgata Poker Room: An Insider’s Guide Every Visitor Should Read

My name is Katie Stone and I play online poker in New Jersey for a living. I started playing poker casually in 2005 and by the end of 2009, I was a full-time online MTT grinder. Since I was born and raised in NJ, the majority of my live poker experience has taken place at Borgata Hotel […]

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The Borgata Poker Room: An Insider’s Guide Every Visitor Should Read

The Borgata Poker Room: An Insider’s Guide Every Visitor Should Read

My name is Katie Stone and I play online poker in New Jersey for a living. I started playing poker casually in 2005 and by the end of 2009, I was a full-time online MTT grinder. Since I was born and raised in NJ, the majority of my live poker experience has taken place at Borgata Hotel […]

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Kevin Martin: Big Brother Canada Winner and Twitch Sensation

Kevin Martin: Big Brother Canada Winner and Twitch Sensation

Kevin Martin is a Canadian professional poker player, Big Brother Canada champion, and prominent Twitch live-streaming personality. The 25-year-old former radio DJ from Calgary, Alberta, has been playing his way up the online poker ranks. He now does so full-time thanks to tens of thousands of subscribers on Twitch, Twitter, and YouTube. While Martin occasionally […]

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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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Who is Jared Bleznick, and Why is He Controversial?

Who is Jared Bleznick, and Why is He Controversial?

Jared Bleznick is a fixture at the Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars high-stakes tables, particularly PLO. He started playing high-stakes online poker under the name “Harrington25” on Full Tilt site and “Harrington10” on PokerStars. According to High Stakes Database, Harrington25 is currently ranked 34th with total cash game profits of nearly $2 million, and Harrington10 has won […]

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Who is Jared Bleznick, and Why is He Controversial?

Who is Jared Bleznick, and Why is He Controversial?

Jared Bleznick is a fixture at the Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars high-stakes tables, particularly PLO. He started playing high-stakes online poker under the name “Harrington25” on Full Tilt site and “Harrington10” on PokerStars. According to High Stakes Database, Harrington25 is currently ranked 34th with total cash game profits of nearly $2 million, and Harrington10 has won […]

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Jeff Gross: Poker Pro and Social Media Sensation

Jeff Gross: Poker Pro and Social Media Sensation

If you’re looking for a guy who does it all, look no further than Jeff Gross. Gross is known as “Kidwhowon” online. According to PocketFives, Kidwhowon’s online total winnings are nearly $1.13 million, and he is ranked 376th in the world. Gross is also becoming a social media icon. Early life Gross’ first dream was […]

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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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What is “Pot Committed,” Exactly?

What is “Pot Committed,” Exactly?

Anyone who has ever played poker—or watched it—will almost always hear someone justify a bad call because he was pot committed.  But what does this actually mean, and how do you protect yourself from making this common mistake when playing games such as No-Limit Hold’Em or Pot Limit Omaha in which you can lose a […]

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How is Brandon Adams so Successful?

How is Brandon Adams so Successful?

How is Brandon Adams so successful? Wait, who is Brandon Adams? He is certainly not a name that arises frequently in poker conversations, but given his recent success at the table, he, undoubtedly, will be. Let’s take a look at this intriguing man: Harvard Business School graduate and lecturer, author, entrepreneur, and poker pro. Books […]

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Haralobos Voulgaris: Poker Pro, NBA Bettor, Future GM?

Haralobos Voulgaris: Poker Pro, NBA Bettor, Future GM?

The uniquely named Greek-Canadian Haralobos Voulgaris, who goes by Bob or H-Bob, is a professional gambler who is considered to be one of the top NBA sports bettors in the entire world. He is also a talented and successful professional poker player to boot. Today Voulgaris boasts an incredible statistical database, a network of trusted […]

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Haralobos Voulgaris: Poker Pro, NBA Bettor, Future GM?

Haralobos Voulgaris: Poker Pro, NBA Bettor, Future GM?

The uniquely named Greek-Canadian Haralobos Voulgaris, who goes by Bob or H-Bob, is a professional gambler who is considered to be one of the top NBA sports bettors in the entire world. He is also a talented and successful professional poker player to boot. Today Voulgaris boasts an incredible statistical database, a network of trusted […]

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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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David Peters: The Silent Assassin

David Peters: The Silent Assassin

Poker pro David Peters has certainly been making quite the name for himself. The 31-year-old high-stakes tournament pro from Toledo, Ohio, nicknamed the “silent assassin” recently won the 2018 Poker Masters $100,000 NLHE Main Event and a hefty $1.15 million. David Peters decided to start playing poker after watching Chris Moneymaker emerge victorious in the […]

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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 is Bravo Poker Live and the Bravo Poker App?

What is Bravo Poker Live and the Bravo Poker App?

Bravo Poker is a convenient, secure, and free poker information source available on the web and via a mobile app. Created by Genesis Gaming Solutions, Bravo Poker Live acts as a liaison between poker room managers and poker players all over the world. The Bravo Poker App provides players with a wealth of information right […]

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What is Bravo Poker Live and the Bravo Poker App?

What is Bravo Poker Live and the Bravo Poker App?

Bravo Poker is a convenient, secure, and free poker information source available on the web and via a mobile app. Created by Genesis Gaming Solutions, Bravo Poker Live acts as a liaison between poker room managers and poker players all over the world. The Bravo Poker App provides players with a wealth of information right […]

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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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Gabe Kaplan: Mr. Kotter, Financial Investor, and Poker Player

Gabe Kaplan: Mr. Kotter, Financial Investor, and Poker Player

73-year-old Gabe Kaplan has had quite the storied life. From baseball to comedy and acting to financial investing to playing poker to commentating, is there anything this man can’t do? The early years As a child in Brooklyn, NY, Gabe Kaplan aspired to be a professional baseball player. He was even invited to the San Francisco […]

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Jennifer Tilly: Life and Times of the Unabombshell

Jennifer Tilly: Life and Times of the Unabombshell

From acclaimed actress to successful poker pro, Jennifer Tilly has accomplished much in her life. The (hard-to-believe) 59-year old bombshell with a truly distinctive voice and a flair for comedy is an Academy Award nominee and World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner whose presence graces every poker table at which she plays. Jennifer Tilly: […]

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Jennifer Tilly: Life and Times of the Unabombshell

Jennifer Tilly: Life and Times of the Unabombshell

From acclaimed actress to successful poker pro, Jennifer Tilly has accomplished much in her life. The (hard-to-believe) 59-year old bombshell with a truly distinctive voice and a flair for comedy is an Academy Award nominee and World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner whose presence graces every poker table at which she plays. Jennifer Tilly: […]

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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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Who Won the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event? (2018 WSOPE)

Who Won the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event? (2018 WSOPE)

The 2018 World Series of Poker Europe has wrapped up! Let’s recap the events that unfolded, starting with the Main Event. Jack Sinclair (@jacksincredible) wins the 2018 WSOP Europe Main Event for €1,122,239, defeating Laszlo Bujtas heads-up. Bujtas earns €693,573 on finishing second. The final table recap will be posted shortly. pic.twitter.com/2m6YOk7tiN — WSOP (@WSOP) […]

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Poker Hand Rankings & Downloadable Chart (Top Texas Hold’em Hands)

Poker Hand Rankings & Downloadable Chart (Top Texas Hold’em Hands)

If you want to win at poker, you obviously need to know what hand you’ve been dealt and what hand wins. Here you’ll find a list of poker hands from highest to lowest to help you get started, as well as the top starting hands for Texas Hold’em. This cheat sheet displays the traditional poker hand […]

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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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Justin Bonomo the Biggest Winner in Poker History

Justin Bonomo the Biggest Winner in Poker History

Poker pro Justin Bonomo, known as ZeeJustin online, is probably best known (at the moment) for winning the 2018 World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) Big One for One Drop and a handsome $10 million. With this win, Bonomo surpassed former top earner Daniel Negreanu and now sits atop poker’s All Time Money List with total […]

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Moritz Dietrich Joins Team Upswing – Meet “Mo”

Moritz Dietrich Joins Team Upswing – Meet “Mo”

Meet your new tournament coach in the Upswing Lab: Moritz “Mo” Dietrich. Mo is a German-born poker pro currently living in Vienna, Austria. He’s been playing professionally for about 5 years and he’s cashed for over $1.5 million in his online career. He mainly plays on PokerStars (muckcallok), PartyPoker (chenlingseng), and Winamax (XiaoNiAhn). He’s also […]

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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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Shannon Elizabeth: Acting, Poker, and Saving the Planet

Shannon Elizabeth: Acting, Poker, and Saving the Planet

Model, actress and poker player Shannon Elizabeth is a multi-talented, beautiful woman with a big heart and incredibly positive attitude. Born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal in Houston, Texas, she is an exotic mix of Syrian, Lebanese, French, English, and Cherokee. Raised in Waco, Elizabeth was a cheerleader and played tennis in high school. During this time, […]

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Shannon Elizabeth: Acting, Poker, and Saving the Planet

Shannon Elizabeth: Acting, Poker, and Saving the Planet

Model, actress and poker player Shannon Elizabeth is a multi-talented, beautiful woman with a big heart and incredibly positive attitude. Born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal in Houston, Texas, she is an exotic mix of Syrian, Lebanese, French, English, and Cherokee. Raised in Waco, Elizabeth was a cheerleader and played tennis in high school. During this time, […]

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Antonio Esfandiari: Ten Best Hands

Antonio Esfandiari: Ten Best Hands

Anyone familiar with professional poker players should know about Antonio Esfandiari. Antonio “The Magician” does some awesome and elaborate chip tricks, and above all he is a world class poker player too! In this article we’ll take a look at: Antonio Esfandiari’s life before poker The Magician’s professional success Antonio Esfandiari’s top 10 hands  Also, […]

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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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Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly: A Poker Love Story

Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly: A Poker Love Story

Everyone knows Virginia is for lovers thanks to television advertising, but poker? Sure, why not? Just ask Phil Laak and Jennifer Tilly. Once upon a time, there was a handsome Irish poker pro and a gorgeous Hollywood actress who bonded at the poker table and have since been inseparable. Here is their tale. Phil Laak […]

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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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Americas Cardroom DDoS Attacks Continue

Americas Cardroom DDoS Attacks Continue

Between 27 April and 5 May, Americas Cardroom (ACR) informed its subscribers multiple times that it was undergoing a sustained series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. These attacks caused the site to cancel tournaments, refund entry fees, and divert resources toward addressing and mitigating the problem. These Americas Cardroom DDoS attacks date back […]

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7 Quick Short Stack Poker Tips To Crush The Competition

Are you ready to improve your short stack game? Read on! Being short stacked can happen in any game type. In formats like Hyper-Turbos and Spin-and-Go’s you start with a short stack, and in tournaments you’ll very often find yourself short-stacked. So let’s dive in! Tip #1: Learn your preflop ranges. Every decision you make […]

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7 Quick Short Stack Poker Tips To Crush The Competition

Are you ready to improve your short stack game? Read on! Being short stacked can happen in any game type. In formats like Hyper-Turbos and Spin-and-Go’s you start with a short stack, and in tournaments you’ll very often find yourself short-stacked. So let’s dive in! Tip #1: Learn your preflop ranges. Every decision you make […]

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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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Best Poker Players of All Time, 1-10

Best Poker Players of All Time, 1-10

There is lots of money to be made playing poker. Many of poker’s best players have climbed the ladder and made millions on the live and virtual felt. Here are the top ten best poker players of all time based on tournament winnings. Honorable mentions How about a shout-out to numbers 11-20! 20. Jason Mercier […]

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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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Top 5 Biggest Tournament Poker Wins

Top 5 Biggest Tournament Poker Wins

To many people, winning a million dollars playing poker is merely a dream; however, there have been some sick poker tournaments over the years with top prizes that were much, much bigger. Imagine winning $5 million or $10 million—or even $18 million in a single poker tournament win. In the poker world, these huge poker wins […]

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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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So, You Want to Know How to Play Omaha Poker

So, You Want to Know How to Play Omaha Poker

Omaha poker was derived from Texas Hold’Em with the main difference being each player getting four cards instead of two. Additionally, in Omaha you must use two cards from your hand regardless of the board.   Omaha poker isn’t difficult to understand, but as with everything, it takes practice and study to become elite. In this […]

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Here’s Something That Impacts Every Hand You’ll Ever Play

Here’s Something That Impacts Every Hand You’ll Ever Play

You’ve probably heard the term “equity realization” a few times – it’s been used in many articles here at Upswing. But if you don’t know what equity realization means, or how to use it, it’s time to learn. We’re about to cover this crucial poker concept, one that impacts every hand you’ll ever play. But […]

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The Top 7 Sickest Poker Coolers in the Biggest Games

The Top 7 Sickest Poker Coolers in the Biggest Games

We have all been there. We make a great hand and play it well, only to lose to a stronger hand. This is the dreaded poker cooler. A poker cooler refers to a situation in which a strong hand, played correctly, loses to an even stronger holding. Your gut may tell you to pass but you […]

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Did Will Kassouf Drunkenly Steal £100 Chips from His Friend’s Stack?

Did Will Kassouf Drunkenly Steal £100 Chips from His Friend’s Stack?

Will Kassouf has lost his Grosvenor Poker sponsorship after allegedly stealing £100 roulette chips from a friend during a stop on the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour. Kassouf and friends were drinking and playing roulette at the Grosvenor Leeds Watergate Casino when the incident took place, with Kassouf apparently palming and pocketing the chips after a […]

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Why Does Shaun Deeb Like to Slowroll his Opponents?

Why Does Shaun Deeb Like to Slowroll his Opponents?

Shaun Deeb is an American poker pro from Troy, New York, who boasts four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets, 17 WSOP money finishes, and five World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) titles. Despite his performance on the felt, he is particularly well-known for his love of—and success with—the infamous slowroll. Who is Shaun Deeb? […]

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What is a Hero Call in Poker? (Top 3 Hero Calls Ever)

What is a Hero Call in Poker? (Top 3 Hero Calls Ever)

You have probably heard the words “hero call” multiple times while playing or watching poker. But what, exactly, is a hero call? A hero call is a risky call oftentimes with a marginal hand. Because such calls are difficult and particularly brave—or heroic—the moniker “hero call” was born. Hero calls in Hold’Em and Omaha are […]

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What is a Hero Call in Poker? (Top 3 Hero Calls Ever)

What is a Hero Call in Poker? (Top 3 Hero Calls Ever)

You have probably heard the words “hero call” multiple times while playing or watching poker. But what, exactly, is a hero call? A hero call is a risky call oftentimes with a marginal hand. Because such calls are difficult and particularly brave—or heroic—the moniker “hero call” was born. Hero calls in Hold’Em and Omaha are […]

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The Poker Brat’s 12 Brattiest Moments at the Table

The Poker Brat’s 12 Brattiest Moments at the Table

Just say “Poker Brat” to anyone even remotely familiar with poker and they will immediately know who you’re talking about: the legendary Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth is notorious for smack talking and being a sore loser, hence his derogatory nickname. In this article we will cover: Phil Hellmuth’s rise to become one of the most talented […]

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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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What Has Jerry Yang Been Up to Since His WSOP Win?

What Has Jerry Yang Been Up to Since His WSOP Win?

2007 WSOP Main Event Champion Jerry Yang has been through a lot in his life. He fled Communist-occupied Laos, lived in a refugee camp in Thailand, won the WSOP Main Event for an epic $8.25 million, opened two restaurants, suffered the loss of his father, and had to deal with the IRS. Through it all, […]

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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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Ali Imsirovic: Profile of a Rising Poker Star

Ali Imsirovic: Profile of a Rising Poker Star

Even though Ali Imsirovic has only been playing poker professionally for a year and a half, he has, quite impressively, already built himself quite the resume. Almedin “Ali” Imsirovic credits Upswing Poker’s Lab with his impressive and rather quick journey from micro stakes to high rollers. He says the Lab made him realize some his […]

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Ali Imsirovic: Profile of a Rising Poker Star

Ali Imsirovic: Profile of a Rising Poker Star

Even though Ali Imsirovic has only been playing poker professionally for a year and a half, he has, quite impressively, already built himself quite the resume. Almedin “Ali” Imsirovic credits Upswing Poker’s Lab with his impressive and rather quick journey from micro stakes to high rollers. He says the Lab made him realize some his […]

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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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The 101 Best Quotes about Poker: Inspirational, True, and Funny Poker Quotes

The 101 Best Quotes about Poker: Inspirational, True, and Funny Poker Quotes

Everybody has something to say. And, apparently, many people have something to say about poker. From inspirational to true to obscure to funny poker quotes, and everything in between, take a look at these best quotes about poker. To make it a bit easier to navigate, I’ve divided these quotes about poker into these categories: […]

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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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Texas Hold’Em Betting Rules: No-Limit and Limit

Texas Hold’Em Betting Rules: No-Limit and Limit

Big blind, small blind, under the gun, ante, bet, raise, check, fixed limit—there is much terminology inherent to Texas Hold’Em that can make the novice player’s head spin. In reality, Texas Hold’Em betting rules are really not that complicated. In this article we’ll examine Texas Hold’Em betting rules for no-limit and limit games. But first, […]

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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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Doug Polk Wins the Bankroll Challenge – $100 to $10,000 in 58 Days

Doug Polk Wins the Bankroll Challenge – $100 to $10,000 in 58 Days

At the end of the 57th session of the Bankroll Challenge, Doug Polk was still $6,882 away from his goal of $10,000. (He started with $100.)    The challenge has taken place on and off over the past 2 years, and many people expected the finish line to be months away, if Doug ever completed […]

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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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Who is Mike Sexton? 10 Can’t-Miss Stories from the Poker Legend’s Life

Who is Mike Sexton? 10 Can’t-Miss Stories from the Poker Legend’s Life

Mike Sexton is widely known as the voice of World Poker Tour (WPT) along with Vince Van Patten. But there is far more to this poker legend than his colorful commentary. In addition to being a successful poker player, he very adeptly takes his gift for gab and entertains the masses with some fun, colorful, […]

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Fedor Holz’s Legendary Tournament Run – How Did a 22 Year Old Kid Win $21 Million?

Fedor Holz’s Legendary Tournament Run – How Did a 22 Year Old Kid Win $21 Million?

Fedor Holz’s sick run during 2016 and 2017 will likely go down in poker history as one of the best ever. Here’s what you’ll find in this article (click to jump straight to that section): Who is Fedor Holz? Fedor Holz’s poker career summarized A recap of Fedor’s sick tournament run (including video highlights) Who […]

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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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Poker Pro and Media Darling Jamie Kerstetter: Tournaments, Sarcasm, and Twitter

Poker Pro and Media Darling Jamie Kerstetter: Tournaments, Sarcasm, and Twitter

Jamie Kerstetter may not be a widely recognized name, but you should really familiarize yourself with one of the poker world’s most beloved members. Not only is Kerstetter one smart cookie—she graduated Rutgers University and obtained her J.D. from the University of Michigan—she is also quite an adept poker pro as well as a rising […]

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TwoPlusTwo: News, Views, Gossip, and Beyond

TwoPlusTwo: News, Views, Gossip, and Beyond

TwoPlusTwo Publishing is a private company created and owned by poker player and statistician Mason Malmuth. The company publishes various books on poker—theory, strategy, history, and more—written by renowned professionals in the field such as David Sklansky, Dan Harrington, and Malmuth himself. TwoPlusTwo poker has sold more than two million of its 40 titles, all […]

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TwoPlusTwo: News, Views, Gossip, and Beyond

TwoPlusTwo: News, Views, Gossip, and Beyond

TwoPlusTwo Publishing is a private company created and owned by poker player and statistician Mason Malmuth. The company publishes various books on poker—theory, strategy, history, and more—written by renowned professionals in the field such as David Sklansky, Dan Harrington, and Malmuth himself. TwoPlusTwo poker has sold more than two million of its 40 titles, all […]

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The Wild, Crazy, and Unconventional David Peat, a.k.a. Viffer

The Wild, Crazy, and Unconventional David Peat, a.k.a. Viffer

David Peat, better known as Viffer in the poker world, is a now-retired, high-stakes, predominantly cash player known for his skill and unorthodox play but may be even better known for his off-felt antics. In fact, just Google “Viffer stories” and you’ll have enough bathroom reading—and viewing material—for quite some time. Let’s just say he […]

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Isaac Haxton: On Poker and Refusing PokerStars’ Olive Branch

Isaac Haxton: On Poker and Refusing PokerStars’ Olive Branch

American poker pro Isaac Haxton is best known for his vast accomplishments in high-stakes online cash poker games and high-roller live tournaments. Born in New York City, the young-looking 32-year-old Haxton (who bears a slight resemblance to Harry Potter) was raised in Syracuse by his psychiatrist mother and English professor father. His father introduced Haxton […]

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Prahlad Friedman: From Poker Pro to Rapper/Music Producer

Prahlad Friedman: From Poker Pro to Rapper/Music Producer

American poker pro Prahlad Friedman hails from Los Angeles, California. The 40-year-old has logged considerable online hours under the names “Spirit Rock”, “Zweig”, “Pragress”, “Prefontaine”, and “Mahatma” on various well-known poker sites Such as PokerStars, Ultimate Bet, and Full Tilt. As a teenager, Friedman became interested in poker after his father won a local Lowball […]

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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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Did Dan Bilzerian Win His Money in Poker?

Did Dan Bilzerian Win His Money in Poker?

What do you do with more money than you could ever need? Just ask “King of Instagram” and “poker pro” Dan Bilzerian. Born in Tampa, Florida, this 37-year-old playboy, multi-millionaire, and Internet personality is renowned for his lavish lifestyle. Many in the poker world also know Bilzerian for his highly contested claims that he amassed his […]

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Who is Lex Veldhuis?

Who is Lex Veldhuis?

Hailing from Vlissingen, Netherlands, and quite possibly having the coolest name ever, Dutch Poker pro Lex Veldhuis has made quite the name for himself across the globe. He is, perhaps, best known for Twitch streaming under his online moniker RaSZi, his PokerStars ambassadorship, and his strong social media presence. In the beginning Like many professional […]

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Kelly Winterhalter: Beauty and the Brat

Kelly Winterhalter: Beauty and the Brat

American businesswoman and poker player Kelly Winterhalter is a truly interesting woman. Not only did she fall in love with poker a mere three years ago and has already played—and cashed multiple times—on the world’s biggest stage, but she is also the founder of a highly successful all-natural skincare company called Ellovi, a company she […]

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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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Who is Dan Colman?

Who is Dan Colman?

Dan Colman is an American professional poker player who hails from Holden, Massachusetts. He is best known for winning the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2014 Big One for One Drop tournament at the age of 23, beating Daniel Negreanu heads-up. At the time, Colman took home the second-largest single payout in poker tournament history. […]

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Who is Poker Pro (and MMA Fighter?) Olivier Busquet?

Who is Poker Pro (and MMA Fighter?) Olivier Busquet?

Native New Yorker Olivier Busquet is a unique, eclectic, and talented poker player, heralded as among the best heads-up, sit-and-go players in the world. Having gotten his start with online low-stakes games, Olivier Busquet has quickly progressed to high-stakes match-ups both online and live while building quite the bankroll along with impressive fame and fortune. His […]

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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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Red Rock Poker Room Review: Should You Play Here?

Red Rock Poker Room Review: Should You Play Here?

Las Vegas is chock full of poker rooms, and there really is one for everyone. In the category of off-the-beaten-path rooms is the awesome Red Rock poker room. Red Rock Casino opened in 2006 and sits on a roomy 70 acres near downtown Summerlin just off West Charleston Boulevard and the I-215. The resort has […]

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Heartland Poker Tour Tournaments in 2018 | HPT Schedule (& History)

Heartland Poker Tour Tournaments in 2018 | HPT Schedule (& History)

Since its creation in 2005 by friends Greg Land and Todd Anderson, the Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) has established itself as among the premier professional poker tours in the US with numerous annual events held from coast to coast. With a tagline of “Real People, Unreal Money,” the HPT has awarded more than $90 million […]

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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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The Bankroll Challenge Returns — Doug Polk Sets His Sights on $10,000

The Bankroll Challenge Returns — Doug Polk Sets His Sights on $10,000

Doug Polk returns to prove the poker dream is still alive with his Bankroll Challenge to turn $100 to $10,000. The poker world has seen a lot since this bankroll challenge started: scams being exposed, angle shooters being accused, and hashbrown kings rising and falling while pigeons fly by ignored. The challenge, however, remains. Doug […]

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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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What Can’t Vanessa Rousso Do? For One, She Can Shut Tony G. Up

What Can’t Vanessa Rousso Do? For One, She Can Shut Tony G. Up

Vanessa Rousso is an American poker pro, television personality, and DJ/music producer. In addition to her extensive education, Rousso has enjoyed many sponsorship deals, appeared on numerous television shows, has advocated for changes in gambling laws, and is a top-ten female poker player. Early life and education The 35-year-old poker pro hails from White Plains, […]

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The Top 20 Female Poker Players of All Time

The Top 20 Female Poker Players of All Time

Gone are the days when poker was strictly “for the guys.” The ladies have arrived, and these female poker players are amazing! Take, for example, Barbara Enright. Enright was the first woman inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, in 2007, right alongside “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth. Impressively, Enright is the only woman to have […]

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The Top 20 Female Poker Players of All Time

The Top 20 Female Poker Players of All Time

Gone are the days when poker was strictly “for the guys.” The ladies have arrived, and these female poker players are amazing! Take, for example, Barbara Enright. Enright was the first woman inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame, in 2007, right alongside “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth. Impressively, Enright is the only woman to have […]

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PokerGO, PokerGO.com and the Top 5 Poker Central Shows

PokerGO, PokerGO.com and the Top 5 Poker Central Shows

When Poker Central stopped its television channel after only a year of operation back in 2016, many people viewed this as a failed experiment; however, all it needed was a bit of reworking. The first thing Poker Central did was acquire the rights to broadcast WSOP final tables along with Twitch. These rights were formerly […]

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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 Did Jungleman Daniel Cates Become So Successful?

How Did Jungleman Daniel Cates Become So Successful?

Daniel Cates, also known as jungleman 12 or w00ki3z, is an American poker professional who was once considered to be one of the absolute best heads-up No-Limit Hold’Em players in the world. Born and raised in Bowie, Maryland, Cates started playing poker at age 15 with some high school friends during lunch where they used […]

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The Charismatic Scotty Nguyen Defined in 6 Hands: That’s Poker Baby!

The Charismatic Scotty Nguyen Defined in 6 Hands: That’s Poker Baby!

Thuận Scotty Nguyen is a well-known, lucky, adept, and oftentimes contentious Vietnamese American poker pro who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nicknamed the “Prince of Poker,” the 55-year-old Nguyen has earned an impressive five WSOP bracelets. Additionally, he is the only player to have won both the Main Event and $50,000 Player’s Championship. In […]

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The Charismatic Scotty Nguyen Defined in 6 Hands: That’s Poker Baby!

The Charismatic Scotty Nguyen Defined in 6 Hands: That’s Poker Baby!

Thuận Scotty Nguyen is a well-known, lucky, adept, and oftentimes contentious Vietnamese American poker pro who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nicknamed the “Prince of Poker,” the 55-year-old Nguyen has earned an impressive five WSOP bracelets. Additionally, he is the only player to have won both the Main Event and $50,000 Player’s Championship. In […]

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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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The Cliff Josephy Poker Phenomenon: Player, Trainer, and Staker

The Cliff Josephy Poker Phenomenon: Player, Trainer, and Staker

The Cliff Josephy poker phenomenon includes having made quite a name for himself—and a nifty living to boot—playing both live and online poker, producing poker training videos, and staking a “stable” of up-and-coming players. Cliff Josephy hails from Syosset, New York. The 44-year-old poker pro has been a fixture in both live and online poker […]

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Why was Justin Schwartz, aka Stealthmunk, Banned from the WSOP?

Why was Justin Schwartz, aka Stealthmunk, Banned from the WSOP?

Once considered among the top online players in the world, Justin Schwartz, a.k.a. “StealthMunk,” has certainly earned a reputation in the live poker world as well. His most recent, shall we say, adventure involved his banishment by the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bigwigs. Justin Schwartz is best remembered for his WSOP exit on day […]

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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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Poker Hobbyist Turns $7.50 into $94,901 on PokerStars

Poker Hobbyist Turns $7.50 into $94,901 on PokerStars

As any tournament grinder can tell you, it’s the occasional ‘big scores’ that propel a career forward. And it’s every aspiring professional’s dream to parlay a small buy-in into a massive sum of money. Last week, Upswing Lab member Shaun ‘shaundmaster’ Densmore did exactly that. With an outstanding run in the Pokerstars Sunday Million, Shaun […]

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Who is Annette Obrestad? | 7 Best Poker Moments of Annette_15

Who is Annette Obrestad? | 7 Best Poker Moments of Annette_15

Norwegian poker pro Annette Obrestad is the youngest person to ever win a WSOP bracelet—a feat she accomplished at the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event the day before her 19th birthday. The 29-year-old—also known as Annette_15 online and The Huntress—currently ranks second on Norway’s All-Time Money List and 285th on the […]

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Brady Returns for Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event

LAS VEGAS, NV—Today is moving day at the Rio, with less than 310 players remaining in this year’s WSOP Main Event. Among them is Mike Brady, Upswing Poker’s content manager par excellence, with a very respectable 686,000 chips. Heading into today’s play Mike reports that he feels “pretty good,” and that he’s “gonna get a […]

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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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This Guy is Ready to Escape His 9 to 5 (with the Upswing Lab’s Help)

This Guy is Ready to Escape His 9 to 5 (with the Upswing Lab’s Help)

Most of you are familiar with Doug, Ryan, Fried, and the other strategy wizards here at Upswing poker. They’ve built hugely successful poker careers, each in their own unique way, and some of them fairly recently. (Fried, for example, only began playing professionally in 2012—a year after Black Friday.) Their levels of success, though inspiring, […]

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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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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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Chris Ferguson Issues Black Friday Statement: Too Little, Too Late?

Chris Ferguson Issues Black Friday Statement: Too Little, Too Late?

On 23 May, Chris Ferguson issued a statement via Vimeo in regards to Black Friday. As we previously reported, Ferguson and Howard Lederer were partially responsible for the Full Tilt Poker fiasco seven years ago. In his 42-second address, Ferguson stated, “I deeply regret not being able to prevent Black Friday from happening.” While this […]

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Chris Ferguson Issues Black Friday Statement: Too Little, Too Late?

Chris Ferguson Issues Black Friday Statement: Too Little, Too Late?

On 23 May, Chris Ferguson issued a statement via Vimeo in regards to Black Friday. As we previously reported, Ferguson and Howard Lederer were partially responsible for the Full Tilt Poker fiasco seven years ago. In his 42-second address, Ferguson stated, “I deeply regret not being able to prevent Black Friday from happening.” While this […]

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Baffling ‘More Rake Is Better’ Billboard Paints Las Vegas Sky

LAS VEGAS, NV—Typically overlaid with advertisements for personal injury lawyers and “intimate product” retailers, a billboard adjacent to the Rio Hotel and Casino now bears a more intriguing message: More Rake is Better. Apparently aimed at poker players, and particularly those who plan to compete in this year’s World Series of Poker, the billboard’s message […]

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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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Poker Angle Shooting: The String Bet and String Raise

Poker Angle Shooting: The String Bet and String Raise

We’ve all seen a player place chips in the pot with multiple motions, or appear to call, puts chips in the pot, and then announce a raise and adds more chips. As our eyes roll in unison, the offender is likely unaware that they have committed a major poker transgression: a string bet or string […]

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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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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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Aria Poker Room Review: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Aria Poker Room Review: Is It Worth Your Rake?

For a taste of true Las Vegas high-roller poker, the Aria poker room is the place to play! Owned by MGM Resorts International, the Aria opened in 2009 and has since become quite popular with tourists and locals alike. A number of poker pros also favor this opulent, state-of-the-art poker room, including Phil Hellmuth, who […]

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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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Stu Ungar: A Legendary Poker Player and His Demons

Stu Ungar: A Legendary Poker Player and His Demons

Who is Stu Unger? Many consider Stu Ungar to be the greatest Texas Hold’Em and gin rummy player of all time. What Bobby Fischer was to chess, Ungar was to gin and poker. Known for a genius-level IQ and eidetic memory, Ungar’s story is as impressive as it is tragic. Stu, a.k.a. “Stuey” Ungar and […]

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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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Eli Elezra: Family Man, Businessman, Poker Pro

Eli Elezra: Family Man, Businessman, Poker Pro

Who is Eli Elezra? Eli Elezra, an Israeli poker professional and businessman, has made quite a name for himself in both pusuits. Also known as “Mr. Vegas” and “Wizard”, 57-year-old Elezra was born and raised in Jerusalem, and he currently resides in Henderson, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. In addition to starting several successful […]

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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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Poker Industry Update – United States

Poker Industry Update – United States

The United States poker industry has been in a transition stage since Black Friday 2011, with online card rooms and casinos jockeying for position in what has become an extremely competitive marketplace due to sporadic statewide regulation. Although the game of poker has experienced a steady downtrend in recent years, there are numerous current events […]

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Poker Industry Update – United States

Poker Industry Update – United States

The United States poker industry has been in a transition stage since Black Friday 2011, with online card rooms and casinos jockeying for position in what has become an extremely competitive marketplace due to sporadic statewide regulation. Although the game of poker has experienced a steady downtrend in recent years, there are numerous current events […]

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CoinPoker: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

CoinPoker: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

 The increased popularity of cryptocurrency has led to its expanded use in many spaces, and online poker is one of them. Among the myriad of cryptocurrency-based online poker sites is CoinPoker. Like other sites that rely on sponsorship by well-known poker pros, CoinPoker is heavily backed by Antanas Guoga—better known as Tony G. Some cryptocurrencies have […]

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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

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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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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Golden Nugget Poker Room Review: A Taste of Old Las Vegas

Golden Nugget Poker Room Review: A Taste of Old Las Vegas

The Golden Nugget poker room is located in the famed Golden Nugget in the heart of downtown Las Vegas across Fremont Street from the legendary Binion’s Gambling Hall. This room’s High Roller Suite is the home of the legendary television show High Stakes Poker for seasons one, five, and six, and several episodes of NBC’s […]

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Golden Nugget Poker Room Review: A Taste of Old Las Vegas

Golden Nugget Poker Room Review: A Taste of Old Las Vegas

The Golden Nugget poker room is located in the famed Golden Nugget in the heart of downtown Las Vegas across Fremont Street from the legendary Binion’s Gambling Hall. This room’s High Roller Suite is the home of the legendary television show High Stakes Poker for seasons one, five, and six, and several episodes of NBC’s […]

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Golden Nugget Poker Room Review: A Taste of Old Las Vegas

Golden Nugget Poker Room Review: A Taste of Old Las Vegas

The Golden Nugget poker room is located in the famed Golden Nugget in the heart of downtown Las Vegas across Fremont Street from the legendary Binion’s Gambling Hall. This room’s High Roller Suite is the home of the legendary television show High Stakes Poker for seasons one, five, and six, and several episodes of NBC’s […]

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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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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. It will make them think twice […]

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Poker’s Black Friday: 7 Years Later

Poker’s Black Friday: 7 Years Later

Seven years ago, today, the online poker world was thrust into the spotlight with what is now known as poker’s Black Friday. This fateful day virtually destroyed a once vibrant aspect of the U.S. online gaming industry when the U.S. government took legal action against several online poker sites due to the Unlawful Internet Gaming […]

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Poker’s Black Friday: 7 Years Later

Poker’s Black Friday: 7 Years Later

Seven years ago, today, the online poker world was thrust into the spotlight with what is now known as poker’s Black Friday. This fateful day virtually destroyed a once vibrant aspect of the U.S. online gaming industry when the U.S. government took legal action against several online poker sites due to the Unlawful Internet Gaming […]

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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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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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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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Big One for One Drop at the WSOP | History of the $1,000,000 Buy-In Tournament

Big One for One Drop at the WSOP | History of the $1,000,000 Buy-In Tournament

The 49th annual World Series of Poker will host the $1,000,000 USD buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament starting Sunday, July 15th at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This summer’s charity event is capped at 48 players. The tournament has historically attracted supporters of former fire-eating street performer and Cirque du […]

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Big One for One Drop at the WSOP | History of the $1,000,000 Buy-In Tournament

Big One for One Drop at the WSOP | History of the $1,000,000 Buy-In Tournament

The 49th annual World Series of Poker will host the $1,000,000 USD buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament starting Sunday, July 15th at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This summer’s charity event is capped at 48 players. The tournament has historically attracted supporters of former fire-eating street performer and Cirque du […]

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Mirage Poker Room Review: Are the New Digs Worth the Trip?

Mirage Poker Room Review: Are the New Digs Worth the Trip?

Once one of the longest continuously running poker rooms in Las Vegas prior to 25 January 2015, the Mirage poker room closed for nearly four months after a remodel. Despite the update, the Mirage poker room touts itself as where the past meets the present and where history repeats itself. Whereas the old Mirage poker […]

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Mirage Poker Room Review: Are the New Digs Worth the Trip?

Mirage Poker Room Review: Are the New Digs Worth the Trip?

Once one of the longest continuously running poker rooms in Las Vegas prior to 25 January 2015, the Mirage poker room closed for nearly four months after a remodel. Despite the update, the Mirage poker room touts itself as where the past meets the present and where history repeats itself. Whereas the old Mirage poker […]

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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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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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John Hennigan: From Pool Shark to Poker Pro

John Hennigan: From Pool Shark to Poker Pro

John Hennigan the poker player (not to be confused with John Hennigan wrestler) is an American pro who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His claim to fame is his impressive four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and a World Poker Tour (WPT) title. Thus far, anyway. Before his impressive poker career, Hennigan was a professional […]

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John Hennigan: From Pool Shark to Poker Pro

John Hennigan: From Pool Shark to Poker Pro

John Hennigan the poker player (not to be confused with John Hennigan wrestler) is an American pro who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His claim to fame is his impressive four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and a World Poker Tour (WPT) title. Thus far, anyway. Before his impressive poker career, Hennigan was a professional […]

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5 Biggest Online Poker Pots Explained

5 Biggest Online Poker Pots Explained

Today, we’re going to mix things up a bit by discussing the 5 biggest online poker pots in No Limit Hold’em (according to highstakesdb). All 5 pots are well over a half million dollars, and were played at “Rail Heaven,” which is a colloquial term for $500/$1,000 (the biggest game that used to run on […]

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4 Cash Game Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

4 Cash Game Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

Today we’re going to discuss some of the most common mistakes cash game players make, both novice and experienced alike, and what you can do to avoid them. Click to tweet. The 4 mistakes in this article are mostly general in focus, which means they’ll improve your playstyle overall rather than just in specific situations. This […]

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Mid-States Poker Tour Tournaments in 2018 | MSPT Schedule

Mid-States Poker Tour Tournaments in 2018 | MSPT Schedule

The Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) was born in December 2009 as the Minnesota State Poker Tour. In 2011, the tournament crossed into Iowa, and more expansion led to the tour’s rebranding. Now in its ninth season, the MSPT hosts more than 30 events each year across the United States. Whereas the majority of stops remain […]

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PokerStars Rake Changes Explained by Award Winning Personality

PokerStars Rake Changes Explained by Award Winning Personality

A new round of PokerStars rake hikes were announced by the world’s largest poker site recently. Moving forward, micro-and-small stakes Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) with buy-ins below $20 will cost players on the PokerStars dot-com platform and extra 20% in commission fees. In an official blog communication, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations Séverin Rasset justified […]

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Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker: What Happened?

Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker: What Happened?

It’s been more than a decade since the Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker scandals, but they continue to be discussed in the poker world. Given that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently authorized payments to players who were affected by the scandals, a refresher is in order. Ultimate Bet Poker: The Beginning  Once […]

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