Greg Merson: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Greg Merson: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Greg Merson’s place in the poker history books includes one of the all-time greatest runs at the World Series of Poker. Merson took down the 2012 WSOP Main Event and won the Player of the Year award, becoming the only player to ever do both in the same year. Merson’s incredible success at the 2012 […]

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How to Play Suited Gappers in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

How to Play Suited Gappers in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

What’s not to love about suited gappers? You can hit flushes, weird two-pairs, trips, and super disguised straights! A suited gapper is a starting hand with two non-consecutive cards of the same suit that can flop a straight (such as T♠ 8♠, 9♥ 6♥ and J♣ 7♣). In this article, you will learn how to […]

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How to Play 4-Straight & 4-Flush Boards Like a Pro (3 Key Tips for Each)

How to Play 4-Straight & 4-Flush Boards Like a Pro (3 Key Tips for Each)

4-straight and 4-flush boards are among the trickiest boards to play. They can happen in a variety of situations, from single raised pots to 4-bet pots and everything in between.  Since the topic is so broad, I will be sharing with you 3 general tips for each one that will guide you towards making the […]

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What is the Poker Game Tree & Why Does It Matter?

What is the Poker Game Tree & Why Does It Matter?

Learning poker is a gradual process. You start by learning about your hand strength and play poker without factoring in much else. Gradually, you start to consider more factors like board texture and ranges. But as you become a more advanced player, you start to look at the game differently. Sophisticated, high-level players take a […]

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What Happened to Jamie Gold?

What Happened to Jamie Gold?

Jamie Gold took down the biggest winner’s prize in the history of the World Series of Poker Main Event. The 2006 Main Event set WSOP records for both attendance (8,773 players) and first-place prize money ($12 million). Gold’s path to the championship included regular displays of speech-play antics, with a signature style that puts Gold […]

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Should David Lappin Fold a Full House on a Devilish Board? (Analysis)

Should David Lappin Fold a Full House on a Devilish Board? (Analysis)

In November 2018, the Unibet Open took place in my hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Home advantage meant I was familiar with more of my table mates than I normally am on the live circuit. Late on Day 1, I was moved to the TV table, where I got into a very non-standard hand with Richie […]

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How to Play PokerStars in the USA

How to Play PokerStars in the USA

Players all over the world can play online poker at PokerStars in some form. The PokerStars main client offers poker games around the globe, but players in some areas of the world can’t legally access the platform. The United States sits on the list of countries that can’t legally play on the PokerStars main client. […]

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Going for Value in Two High Stakes Tournament Hands (Analysis)

Going for Value in Two High Stakes Tournament Hands (Analysis)

To help you improve your strategy in tournaments, today we’re taking a look at two key tournament hands played by high stakes regular Moritz ‘MuckCallOk’ Dietrich. (We call him Mo.) These two hands are straight from Mo’s last video series in the Upswing Lab training course, which is a 5-part review of hands from some […]

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4 Tournament Mindset Tips for Poker Success (ft. ALLinPAV)

4 Tournament Mindset Tips for Poker Success (ft. ALLinPAV)

Upswing coach Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic has proven that the poker dream is still alive. About five years ago he was grinding micro stakes with a small bankroll. Fast forward to today, and he’s a mid/high stakes tournament pro that is one of the most popular Twitch poker streamers. There’s no doubt about it: rising through […]

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5 Places to Practice Texas Hold’em Poker for Free

5 Places to Practice Texas Hold’em Poker for Free

Jumping into the world of poker can be an intimidating task. Online poker games at even the lowest real money stakes still require a decent level of poker skills to beat. Aspiring poker players looking to learn Texas Hold’em can find several ways to do so at play money poker sites. These sites allow beginning players to play poker with no financial risk, saving their bankrolls until they’re ready to jump into real money Texas […]

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[QUIZ] Do You Have the Skills to Smash Live $2/$5 Games?

[QUIZ] Do You Have the Skills to Smash Live $2/$5 Games?

There’s some serious money to be made in live poker, especially as players rush back to card rooms after a year of mandatory off-time. The following 10 hand scenarios will test how prepared you are to profit from the live poker gold rush of 2021 and beyond. Each question covers typical spots that you may […]

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Daniel Coleman: “Very High Probability” Sean Perry is a Scammer

Daniel Coleman: “Very High Probability” Sean Perry is a Scammer

Daniel Coleman called out fellow high stakes poker player Sean Perry as a scammer, stating that Perry took seven figures off Coleman in a case of daily fantasy sports fraud. Coleman dropped that statement in a Friday afternoon tweet, which included a screenshot of a detailed summary of the scam as Coleman suspected it. Coleman […]

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3 Micro Stakes Players Pick Up Premium Hands in 3-Bet Pots (Analysis)

3 Micro Stakes Players Pick Up Premium Hands in 3-Bet Pots (Analysis)

Improving at poker is easier when you’re surrounded by like-minded people. That’s why those of us at Upswing Poker take great pride in the exclusive Upswing Poker Engage group. In the private Facebook group for members of the Upswing Lab training course, members and coaches interact for thoughtful, high-level poker discussions.  (If you’re not a […]

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Dario Sammartino: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Dario Sammartino: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Dario Sammartino’s career highlight reel includes a runner-up finish in the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event. The 34-year-old native of Naples, Italy took part in one of the most controversial hands in WSOP history on the way to that finish, which lives on in poker lore. Sammartino broke through in the high roller […]

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[QUIZ] Do You Know When to Hold’em/Fold’em at Micro Stakes?

[QUIZ] Do You Know When to Hold’em/Fold’em at Micro Stakes?

The dreaded micro stakes are where most poker dreams are born, but it can be surprisingly tricky to move past them. Beating the micro stakes is simple, but not easy. It’s simple because you are playing against less technically endowed players. It’s not easy because you are regularly forced to fight against your own biases […]

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How to Play Pocket Kings Like a Pro in Cash Games (Even When an Ace Flops)

How to Play Pocket Kings Like a Pro in Cash Games (Even When an Ace Flops)

Let’s talk about Pocket Kings. Playing the cowboys is relatively easy most of the time, but every once in a while a dreaded Ace rolls off on the flop, which reminds me of this meme: In this article, we will help you increase your win-rate with Pocket Kings by covering: How to play Kings in […]

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How Would You Play Pocket Aces at This Final Table? (Analysis)

How Would You Play Pocket Aces at This Final Table? (Analysis)

Tom ‘Jabracada’ Hall is one of the most fearsome online and live poker players that the UK has ever produced. He is also one of the most ICM-aware opponents you are ever likely to face. That expert knowledge often comes to the fore on final tables, when ICM considerations play a big part in ultimate […]

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The Best Blackjack Betting Strategy (Basic Explanation)

The Best Blackjack Betting Strategy (Basic Explanation)

Blackjack persists as one of the world’s signature casino games. Blackjack games are among the most popular pastimes at land-based and online casinos around the globe. While the house edge makes blackjack nearly impossible to beat in the long term, you can make the most of any blackjack session with a solid betting strategy. The […]

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This High Stakes Pro Played $0.50/$1.00 — Here Are 5 Tips from His Session

This High Stakes Pro Played $0.50/$1.00 — Here Are 5 Tips from His Session

David “MissOracle” Yan has won a fat chunk of change in poker. Today, we are here to help you replicate some of his success by bringing you five quick tips from the man himself. These were taken from a Play & Explain series in which he demonstrated his skill in a 100NL ($0.50/$1) 6-max Zoom […]

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Polarized Ranges vs Linear (Merged) Ranges Explained

Polarized Ranges vs Linear (Merged) Ranges Explained

If you’ve been around poker for a little while, you have probably heard the terms “polarized” and “linear” when referring to ranges. These are key concepts to know for those who want to crush poker. In this article, you will learn the answers to the following questions: What is a “Range”? What is a Polarized […]

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Joe Hachem: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Joe Hachem: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Joe Hachem won the World Series of Poker Main Event at the height of poker’s mainstream popularity in 2005. His poker accomplishments aren’t just limited to that championship run, however. Hachem also holds a WPT Main Tour title, along with 34 cashes and eight final table appearances at the WSOP over the course of his […]

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[QUIZ] Can You Ace These 10 Fundamental Preflop Decisions?

[QUIZ] Can You Ace These 10 Fundamental Preflop Decisions?

Ready to put your preflop fundamentals to the test? This quiz was made with relatively new poker players in mind, but anyone could benefit from a refresher on basic preflop decisions. For each of these questions, imagine that you just sat at a new cash game table with a 100 big blind stack and no […]

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Ryan “pokerwithriske” Riske Joins the Upswing Poker Team

Ryan “pokerwithriske” Riske Joins the Upswing Poker Team

Upswing Poker’s ever-growing roster of world-class coaches just added another cash game crusher. Ryan Riske joins the Upswing team of poker pros with a proven record of success in some of the world’s toughest online cash games. Subscribers to Ryan’s “pokerwithriske” Twitch channel have been watching Riske crush the games on PokerStars for the better […]

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Bizarre Multiway Pot Between 3 High Stakes Regs ($28,350 Pot Analysis)

Bizarre Multiway Pot Between 3 High Stakes Regs ($28,350 Pot Analysis)

Nosebleed online poker has been active in 2021. We’ve been tracking some of the craziest hands, as you can see with our first, second and third installments of this four-part series on the craziest cash game hands of 2021. The final hand of this series is a particularly weird one (definitely not solver approved) between […]

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Is PokerBROS Legit or a Scam?

Is PokerBROS Legit or a Scam?

What Is PokerBROS? PokerBROS functions as one of several mobile poker apps available for Apple iOS and Android devices. Downloading the PokerBROS app opens up access to thousands of online “poker clubs,” each operated individually around the world. Virtually anybody can start their own poker club, or join an existing club at PokerBROS. PokerBROS functions […]

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Should He Fold Trips vs An Aggressive Pro? ($25K High Roller Analysis)

Should He Fold Trips vs An Aggressive Pro? ($25K High Roller Analysis)

I’ve got an interesting hand for you today, folks. Three huge factors were at play in this one: A $25,000 buy-in online is just about as tough a game in which you could find yourself. Steve O’Dwyer is just about as tough an opponent with whom you could battle. Defending your big blind with a […]

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High Stakes Reg Pulls the Trigger on 443 Big Blind Bluff (DEX88 vs uwintakeit Analysis)

High Stakes Reg Pulls the Trigger on 443 Big Blind Bluff (DEX88 vs uwintakeit Analysis)

Have you been following our four-part article series that analyzes some of the craziest nosebleed stakes from early 2021? (If you haven’t, check out parts one and two.) This is part three, in which we will take a look at some super deep stack play that resulted in an enormous 890 big blind pot! Let’s […]

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3 River Bluffing Tips That Will Help You Smash Cash Games

3 River Bluffing Tips That Will Help You Smash Cash Games

Bluffing is the most fun part of poker for some people. For others, it’s the most terrifying part. On the river, when the pot is at its biggest, it can be especially hard to pull the trigger. But you can’t let the fear of getting called deter you from bluffing the river altogether. In order […]

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Alex Foxen: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Alex Foxen: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Alex Foxen’s poker resume makes him one of the most prolific tournament players in the modern era. Foxen holds the record for most consecutive weeks ranked No. 1 in the Global Poker Index, with a 38-week run in 2018-2019. Foxen and Kristen Bicknell form one of the game’s most formidable couples, as both stand as […]

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How to Play Flopped Two Pair in Cash Games

How to Play Flopped Two Pair in Cash Games

Finally! You’ve flopped that two pair you’ve been waiting for. You’re already smiling inside, thinking how you’re gonna scoop this pot. But what should you do to win the biggest possible pot? That’s what I’m going to cover in this article because, as you’ll see, it’s not always best to play two pair fast. Not […]

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Why You Must Embrace Variance to Succeed in Poker

Why You Must Embrace Variance to Succeed in Poker

Nothing invokes larger emotional response to poker players than the word variance. Defined simply as the expected fluctuation of the average result, variance is meant to quantify the uncertainty around a typical outcome generated by the luck of the draw. Stochastic events (such as expected amount of money won, number of times making the nuts […]

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How Would You Play This 6♦ 5♦? (Pro Analysis)

How Would You Play This 6♦ 5♦? (Pro Analysis)

Have you ever asked yourself something like… Would a top-level pro have played this hand the same way I just did? If you’re like most people, you probably have. Whenever an Upswing Lab member finds themself in a pickle, our Upswing Poker Engage Facebook group is there with like-minded people to help them find the […]

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Michael Mizrachi: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Michael Mizrachi: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Michael Mizrachi boasts a reputation as one of the greatest players in the history of the World Series of Poker. His WSOP resume includes five bracelet wins, including three victories in the $50,000 Poker Players Championship. Mizrachi arrived on the live tournament scene in the mid-2000s, and he’s stood the test of time as one […]

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Why Was This Pot So Small? (Limitless vs Stefan11222 Analysis)

Why Was This Pot So Small? (Limitless vs Stefan11222 Analysis)

2021 has had some intense high stakes action. This is the second installment of an article series covering the craziest hands since the year began (see part 1 here). Today we’re going to look at another nosebleed hand that took place at the “modest” stake of $50/$100. It’s from a heads-up battle between two high-stakes […]

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How to Print Money on Paired Flops as the Preflop Raiser

How to Print Money on Paired Flops as the Preflop Raiser

Playing well on paired boards is crucial in order to maximize your win-rate. To help with this, cash game pro Fried ‘mynameiskarl’ Meulders launched a learning module in the Upswing Lab course, focusing on how to play paired flops. In this article, you will learn some of the basic principles from this new lesson. I […]

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Heads-Up for €29,620 — Should David Lappin Call with Jack-High?

Heads-Up for €29,620 — Should David Lappin Call with Jack-High?

For my fifth strategy article, I thought I’d put myself on the chopping-block and breakdown a hand from the 2018 Irish Open. I made the final table of the ‘JP Masters’, eventually finding myself heads-up against breakout poker star and WSOP Main Event 8th place finisher Jack Sinclair. The hand is the poker version of […]

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This is When (And Why) World-Class Players Overbet the Turn

This is When (And Why) World-Class Players Overbet the Turn

I think we can all agree there isn’t anything sexier in poker than a big overbet. (If there is, let me know what in the comments below.) From the early days of high stakes online poker, the overbet was first popularized by online legends like Tom Dwan and Dan “Jungleman” Cates. The strategy behind overbetting […]

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Doug Polk Flops a Straight vs Phil Hellmuth — And Lays It Down?!

Doug Polk Flops a Straight vs Phil Hellmuth — And Lays It Down?!

Last week, Doug Polk was the talk of the poker world for making a massive fold in his debut on High Stakes Poker on PokerGo. Squaring off against the legendary Phil Hellmuth, Polk mucked the second nut straight on the flop — a play that many players wouldn’t even consider. The Hand Blinds: $200/$400 Big […]

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Why Does Four of a Kind Beat a Straight or a Flush?

Why Does Four of a Kind Beat a Straight or a Flush?

Holding a strong hand in a game of poker often leads to winning money. The strongest hands in the poker hand rankings don’t often occur in the game, and seeing two monster hands go head-to-head marks an even rarer event. Straights, flushes, and four-of-a-kind all rank as strong hands in poker. When a straight or […]

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Why Does a Straight Flush Beat Four of a Kind?

Why Does a Straight Flush Beat Four of a Kind?

The top hands listed in the standard poker hand rankings occur very rarely in the game. The less likely the probability of making a certain hand, the higher that hand ranks in a game of poker. The straight flush and four-of-a-kind sit near the very top of the poker hand rankings. Both occur extremely rarely, […]

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You Should Feel Pain While Playing Poker — Here’s Why

You Should Feel Pain While Playing Poker — Here’s Why

If you’re like most poker players, you’ve felt legitimate pain while playing the game. Such pain is usually caused by bad luck, which can come in many forms: Getting the money in as a favorite and losing; Having a long streak of unfavorable results to no fault of our own; or (even more subtly) Running […]

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The Craziest High Stakes Online Poker Hands of 2021: Part One

The Craziest High Stakes Online Poker Hands of 2021: Part One

There has been some crazy high-stakes action since the beginning of 2021. No Limit Hold’em end-bosses have been throwing money around, trying to prove who reigns supreme on the felt. And many of these crazy hands have been anything but “standard.” Because relatively few people have seen these hands, we’re going over the wildest ones […]

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Why Does Four of a Kind Beat a Full House?

Why Does Four of a Kind Beat a Full House?

Most poker games use the standard poker hand rankings to determine each winning hand. The rarer a hand occurs mathematically, the higher it stands in the hand rankings. Full house and four-of-a-kind both represent extremely strong poker hands. Picking up one of these hands in a game of Texas Hold’em gives you a strong chance […]

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Top Pro Plays Pocket Queens Passively with $2.7 Million On the Line

Top Pro Plays Pocket Queens Passively with $2.7 Million On the Line

Dominik Nitsche is considered by many to be one of the best tournament players in the world, and for good reason. In his career, the German native has amassed $18,649,880 in live tournament earnings, including 4 World Series of Poker bracelets. But being one of the greatest players in the world doesn’t mean others won’t […]

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Igor Kurganov: Poker Results and Relationship With Liv Boree

Igor Kurganov: Poker Results and Relationship With Liv Boree

Igor Kurganov emerged as one of poker’s top tournament players in the 2010s. He might best be known for his relationship with fellow poker pro Liv Boeree, but Kurganov boasts an all-time great list of results at the poker table. Kurganov entered 2021 at No. 32 on the Hendon Mob all-time tournament earnings list. With […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: Two Pair

Poker Hand Rankings: Two Pair

Making two pair in a game of poker often gives you a strong enough hand to win the pot. To make two pair, you must draw two distinct pairs in the same five-card hand. Two pair beats one pair and also beats high card hands. Three-of-a-kind (along with everything above it in the poker hand […]

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What Is Equity Distribution & Why Does It Matter?

What Is Equity Distribution & Why Does It Matter?

There’s no doubt about it: Poker has gotten tougher over the years. There are many concepts that shape modern strategy that were unheard of during the height of the poker boom. One of those concepts is equity distribution. If you want to play (close to) optimal poker in certain scenarios, understanding equity distribution is crucial. […]

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Why Does a Straight Beat Two Pair?

Why Does a Straight Beat Two Pair?

Strong poker hands don’t come around all that often, so it’s crucial to know just where your made hand stacks up in the poker hand rankings. If it’s a hand like two pair or a straight, it probably has a good chance of holding up as the winner when you take it to showdown. Both […]

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Doug Polk Reveals His Graph vs Negreanu (with Red/Blue/EV Lines)

Doug Polk Reveals His Graph vs Negreanu (with Red/Blue/EV Lines)

Two weeks ago, Doug Polk secured victory in his Heads Up No Limit Grudge Match vs. Daniel Negreanu. He won $1,201,807 over the course of 25,000 hands. The two battled on WSOP.com, which does not allow HUDs or tracking software. However, after the conclusion of the challenge, the site offered up the hand histories to Doug, […]

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How Being Scared Money Can Cost You Big Money (Hand Analysis)

How Being Scared Money Can Cost You Big Money (Hand Analysis)

Have you ever been scared money? It can do funny things to you. Some players adjust too aggressively and fire out loose 3-bets and 4-bets, afraid to trust their postflop skills. Others get too timid and look for reasons not to put chips in the pot. One way a person can be scared money is […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: High Card

Poker Hand Rankings: High Card

A high card hand consists of five cards that don’t make a pair or any other kind of made hand. The lowest-ranking hand in the poker hand rankings, high card hands can only beat other high card hands. Ace-high represents the strongest high card hand, while the lowest possible five-card high card hand is six-high. […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: One Pair

Poker Hand Rankings: One Pair

A pair represents the lowest-ranking made hand in the standard poker hand rankings. A one pair hand consists of two of the same ranking card, along with three other unpaired cards in a five-card hand. One pair hands beat high card hands, but a pair loses to every other made hand. For example, three-of-a-kind, straights, […]

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How to Play Flopped QUADS (And Other Ultra Strong Hands)

How to Play Flopped QUADS (And Other Ultra Strong Hands)

The flop comes… and you SMASH it — you’ve got the mothereffin’ nuts! Flopping hands like quads and boats doesn’t happen particularly often. But when it does, you should try to make the most of it by extracting as much money as possible. This article will help you do that. Let’s dive in straight away. […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: Three of a Kind

Poker Hand Rankings: Three of a Kind

Making three-of-a-kind often gives you a hand that’s strong enough to win the pot in a game of poker. You’ve made three-of-a-kind when you hold three of the same ranking card, along with two other unpaired cards, in a five-card hand. Three-of-a-kind ranks as the seventh-best possible hand in the standard poker hand rankings. This […]

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10 Baddest (& Biggest) Beats from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400

10 Baddest (& Biggest) Beats from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400

Luck was a big topic of conversation in the Doug Polk vs. Daniel Negreanu Grudge Match. Through different points of the challenge, both players felt that they were been victim to worse luck. Today’s article will look at 10 bad beats that went for $108,389.96+. Before you get worked up at the order or contents […]

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10 Bonus Beats from Polk vs Negreanu

10 Bonus Beats from Polk vs Negreanu

This is a continuation of our countdown of the 10 Baddest (& Biggest) Beats from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400. We couldn’t fit all of the worst beats in that article, so we listed the rest here. Enjoy! 10 Bonus Beats: These hands weren’t for as much money as the ones listed above, but they […]

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Polk Wins $1.2 Million in 25,000 Hands vs Negreanu

Polk Wins $1.2 Million in 25,000 Hands vs Negreanu

One of the most fervently followed heads-up matches in poker history came to an end with a seven-figure victory for Upswing Poker founder Doug Polk. Polk came away with $1.2 million in profit in a heads-up match against archrival Daniel Negreanu, with the last of the 25,000-hand match wrapping up Wednesday. Polk and Negreanu battled […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: Straight

Poker Hand Rankings: Straight

True to its name, a straight consists of five sequential cards in a game of poker. Straights are often strong enough to win in a poker showdown and rank sixth in the poker hand rankings.  A straight only loses to a royal flush, straight flush, four-of-a-kind, full house, or flush. Here’s an example of what […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: Flush

Poker Hand Rankings: Flush

Making a flush can often result in winning the pot in a game of poker. One of the stronger hands you can make, the flush ranks fifth in the poker hand rankings, behind the royal flush, straight flush, four-of-a-kind, and full house. A flush consists of any five cards that are all the same suit. […]

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How to Play Ace-Five Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

How to Play Ace-Five Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

Ace-Five suited (A5s) is a powerful hand that has generated a lot of conversation in the past few years. If you’ve ever looked at preflop ranges, you’ve likely noticed that A5s gets included in a lot of different ranges, even when some higher suited aces are not. That’s really no surprise given it’s powerful properties: […]

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The Range C-Bet: 10 Spots to Continuation Bet 100% of the Time

The Range C-Bet: 10 Spots to Continuation Bet 100% of the Time

Poker strategy changes a lot over time. Before the poker boom, people generally played too passively. Then there was an over-correction by some players, who would continuation bet (c-bet) almost 100% on every flop. This is known by some as a “range c-bet” (shorthand for “c-betting with range”). While c-betting 100% in every situation is […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: Full House

Poker Hand Rankings: Full House

Making a full house gives one of the strongest hands you can make in a game of poker. The full house ranks as the fourth-best hand in the poker hand rankings, only losing to four-of-a-kind, straight flushes, and royal flushes. A full house combines three-of-a-kind a and a pair in the same hand. An example […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: Four of a Kind

Poker Hand Rankings: Four of a Kind

Four-of-a-kind marks one of the rarest and strongest hands you can possibly make in a poker game. The third-strongest hand in the standard poker hand rankings, four-of-a-kind only loses to straight flushes and royal flushes. A 52-card poker deck features four aces, four kings, four queens, and so on. To make four-of-a-kind, you need to […]

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The 10 Biggest Bluffs from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400

The 10 Biggest Bluffs from Polk vs Negreanu at $200/$400

The Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Grudge Match has exceeded expectations across the board. With the whole poker world watching, the two poker titans have battled for 19,922 hands of the 25,000 hand challenge. Doug currently leads by $701,948, but there’s no telling how the final sessions will go down. For today’s article, we’re going […]

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Poker Hand Rakings: Straight Flush

Poker Hand Rakings: Straight Flush

The straight flush is one of the best five-card hands you can make in a game of poker. Only the royal flush outranks the straight flush in the poker hand rankings. A royal flush is actually the best possible straight flush you can make, and is made from a ten-to-ace straight of all the same […]

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Poker Hand Rankings: Royal Flush

Poker Hand Rankings: Royal Flush

The royal flush represents the best possible five-card you can make according to standard poker hand rankings.  A royal flush consists of a ten-to-ace straight, and all five cards must be the same suit. There are only four ways to make a royal flush out of a 52-card poker deck. Here’s an example of a […]

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Jason Mercier: Poker Results & Net Worth

Jason Mercier: Poker Results & Net Worth

Jason Mercier boasts a resume that could very well land him in the Poker Hall of Fame someday. Mercier’s poker accomplishments include five World Series of Poker bracelets and 34 tournament cashes of six figures or better. Mercier holds the all-time record for most weeks atop the Global Poker Index player rankings, topping the charts […]

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The 100 Most Valuable Poker Strategy Articles for 2021

The 100 Most Valuable Poker Strategy Articles for 2021

Hopefully you’ve taken advantage of all the great strategy content that’s available here at Upswing. But in case you’ve missed something, or want to double back and reinforce what you’ve learned, we’ve compiled our top strategy articles.  Each of them falls under one of the following categories (click to jump to that section): General poker […]

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How to Play a Flopped Straight in Cash Games (4+ Unique Spots)

How to Play a Flopped Straight in Cash Games (4+ Unique Spots)

Boy, oh boy — you flopped a straight! All you can think about is Vegas and the fuckin’ Mirage. But before counting your opponent’s stack, you have some decisions to make. How do you extract max value from your opponent now? In this article, we’ll go over four preflop scenarios (and two “sub-situations”) and cover […]

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Rainer Kempe: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Rainer Kempe: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

German-born Rainer Kempe stands among the world’s best high stakes poker tournament players. He emerged as one of an elite class of German players that rose to the top of the game in the mid-2010s. Kempe strikes a ubiquitous presence on the modern-day high-roller tournament scene. He’s also involved in a relationship with poker pro […]

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Jungleman Hits $825,635 Straight Flush vs Phil Ivey’s Quads (Analysis)

Jungleman Hits $825,635 Straight Flush vs Phil Ivey’s Quads (Analysis)

Half-man, half-machine, Steve Austin was the original six-million dollar man. With superhuman strength and speed, he battled evil for the good of mankind. (I feel like I’m showing my age here!) In this hand, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates is a modern-day Steve Austin, his superhuman brain battling poker legend Phil Ivey for over six-million HK dollars […]

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How to Play Ace-Ten Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & Postflop Tips)

How to Play Ace-Ten Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & Postflop Tips)

What goes through your mind when you look down at Ace-Ten suited? Some people love it, some people hate it, but there’s not doubt that Ace-Ten suited is a hand you can win a lot of money with. In this article, I will be covering how to play it in various preflop situations and also […]

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Sam Trickett: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Sam Trickett: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Sam Trickett’s poker resume details the accomplishments of one of the world’s most successful poker players. The high-stakes tournament fixture has amassed more than $21 million in career tournament earnings since taking up the game. Born in Nottinghamshire, England, in 1986, Trickett chose a path as a poker pro while at a crossroads in life […]

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Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu at $200/$400: Two Live Bluffs Analyzed

Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu at $200/$400: Two Live Bluffs Analyzed

If you haven’t been following the Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu Heads Up Grudge Match, you’ve been missing out. Doug jumped out to a lead of almost a million, but Daniel has since cut the deficit to just under $500,000. The match has already provided amazing entertainment value to those following the action. But on […]

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5 Paired Board Tips to Help You Win More Chips

5 Paired Board Tips to Help You Win More Chips

Paired flops can be quite tricky to play. All paired boards are different, but there are some general tendencies that you can follow. In this article, I will share 5 tips for playing paired flops. Given that this is one of the most frequent types of flop (roughly 17% of flops are paired), these tips may […]

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Become a Winner at Pot Limit Omaha FAST with the PLO Launch Pad Course

Become a Winner at Pot Limit Omaha FAST with the PLO Launch Pad Course

Taking up “The Great Game of Pot-Limit Omaha” can seem like an intimidating task. Even the most seasoned No-Limit Hold’em players might feel out of their depth when they sit down at a PLO table. Dylan “iheartco0kie” Weisman brings a new course to Upswing Poker aimed at giving newcomers to PLO a massive competitive edge. […]

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How to Play Strong Hands in a 3-Bet Pots (Hand Examples)

How to Play Strong Hands in a 3-Bet Pots (Hand Examples)

If you want to crush poker in 2021, you need to be an expert in 3-bet pots. Which is why for today’s article, we’re going to be reviewing a few hands from a recent 500NL Zoom session played by cash game pro and Upswing Lab coach Fried ‘mynameiskarl’ Meulders. The focus of this review is […]

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Can She Fold a Full House Getting 7 to 1? (Analysis)

Can She Fold a Full House Getting 7 to 1? (Analysis)

One of the many common cognitive biases is commitment bias. In short, commitment bias is our unwillingness to make decisions that contradict things that we have said or done in the past. In poker, that is commonly expressed as the feeling of being committed to a pot into which we have invested. Good poker players […]

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Sam Greenwood: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Sam Greenwood: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Self-titled “poker enthusiast” Sam Greenwood doesn’t consider himself a poker pro. With a resume that includes more than $22.5 million in career tournament earnings, however, Greenwood’s poker ability puts him among the elite level of poker’s top professional players. Greenwood turned 32 years old in 2020 and is currently enjoying the peak of an impressive […]

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Scott Seiver: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Scott Seiver: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Scott Seiver’s poker resume puts him in the elite class of poker’s most well-rounded players. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner stands as a good bet to win any tournament he’s in, no matter which poker variant is being played. The 35-year-old Ohio native boasts an impressive resume of results spanning the last 15 years. As […]

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How A Beastly Pro Approaches Micro Stakes Games (Hand Analysis)

How A Beastly Pro Approaches Micro Stakes Games (Hand Analysis)

When it comes to the big blind, size does matter. People at different stakes play differently. Because of this, we thought it would be great to bring you some insight into how a higher stakes professional — used to all of those theoretically advanced poker shenanigans — approaches a game like the good ol’ $0.25/$0.50 […]

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Poker Positions 101: Explaining What You MUST Know

Poker Positions 101: Explaining What You MUST Know

Position represents one of poker’s most important fundamental concepts. Newcomers to the game might hear terms like “under the gun,” “cutoff,” and “button,” and wonder what’s beings described by those words. Each of those terms describes a particular position at the poker table. Games like Texas Hold’em use a system of blinds, which are mandatory […]

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Top 10 Questions from Doug Polk’s “Ask Me Anything”

Top 10 Questions from Doug Polk’s “Ask Me Anything”

So far, things have been going well for Doug Polk in his Heads Up Grudge Match versus Daniel Negreanu. Since the $200/$400 Challenge began in early November, Doug has jumped out to an $814,290 lead through the first 10,784 hands.  Doug recently posted a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread in which he answered the […]

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John Juanda: Poker Results & Net Worth

John Juanda: Poker Results & Net Worth

John Junada’s career accomplishments put him among poker’s all-time greats. Juanda’s resume of big-money tournament finishes spans both the poker-boom era and the modern-day landscape of the game. Juanda’s feats in poker include five World Series of Poker bracelet wins and more than $25 million in live tournament earnings. He was a fixture on the […]

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How to Play Pocket Nines in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & Postflop Tips)

How to Play Pocket Nines in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & Postflop Tips)

Middling pairs like pocket nines are among the most difficult-to-play starting hands in No-Limit Hold’em. Of course, even many beginners know that when you flop a set with a hand like nines you should usually be looking to put as many chips into the pot as possible… …but since you will only flop a set […]

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€1,115,207 On The Line…Should She Fold A SET? (Analysis)

€1,115,207 On The Line…Should She Fold A SET? (Analysis)

The late Kenny Rogers famously sang: You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away, and know when to run. Today we are going to analyze a famous hand where the person in question (Mario Ho) didn’t know when to hold ’em. The hand sent shock […]

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The Most Unbelievable $135,657 Pot in Poker History (Berri Sweet vs LLinusLLove Analysis)

The Most Unbelievable $135,657 Pot in Poker History (Berri Sweet vs LLinusLLove Analysis)

While the poker world has been zoned in on the Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu grudge match, another high stakes match has been brewing over on PokerStars. Two poker end-bosses — Berri Sweet and LLinusLLove — have been battling it out in both No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Sweet is a PLO crusher […]

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How Upswing Member Ryan Ko Won $104,202 in WSOP Event

How Upswing Member Ryan Ko Won $104,202 in WSOP Event

The poker dream is alive. Ryan Ko had a summer to remember, highlighted by a second-place finish for $104,202 in an online WSOP event. So… That happened… I am such a luckbox wow pic.twitter.com/MVi1QAStNA — RYAN K😷 (@ryanko) July 3, 2020 Ryan has been a member of the Upswing Poker Lab since early 2019. More […]

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Jake Schindler: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Jake Schindler: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Poker’s small circle of high-roller tournament regulars includes Jake Schindler. Schindler’s poker ability makes him one of the most highly-regarded players in the world among his high-stakes peers. Still just 31 years old, Schindler has amassed more than $25 million in career tournament earnings. He’s a regular presence at the final table in poker tournaments […]

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How to Play Flopped Sets in 8 Common Situations

How to Play Flopped Sets in 8 Common Situations

Who doesn’t love the feeling you get when you flop a set? When it happens, all you can think about is Vegas and the f-in Mirage. But not every flopped set is the same. There are different factors that shape the way you should play your sets. In this article, I’ll explain how to approach […]

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Jason Koon: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Jason Koon stands as one of the top players in the modern era of poker. Few players can claim the resume that Koon has put together over the last decade-plus. Koon is a fixture on the high roller tournament scene, and can often be seen at final tables in high-stakes tournaments both domestic and abroad. […]

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Doug Polk Explains Five $105,976+ Pots He Played vs Daniel Negreanu

Doug Polk Explains Five $105,976+ Pots He Played vs Daniel Negreanu

Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu have captivated the poker world with their $200/$400 Heads Up Grudge Match. Beginning in early November, the foes have squared off for 6,227 hands out of a planned 25,000, with Doug currently leading with $578,417.57 in profit. In an effort to keep his strategy to himself, Doug has been pretty […]

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Kelly Minkin: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Kelly Minkin’s deep runs in the WSOP Main Event have earned her the title of “last woman standing” twice in the world’s biggest poker tournament. Minkin’s poker accolades include more than $1.5 million in cashes, regular appearances on poker television, and popular Instagram and Twitter accounts. Minkin’s success reaches far beyond the poker table. The […]

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Late Registering Online Tournaments: How Late Is Too Late?

Late Registering Online Tournaments: How Late Is Too Late?

You’re starting to take tournaments seriously. You put a decent amount of time into studying theory / analyzing hands. But you keep finding yourself asking the same question: When should I buy into a tournament? Should I always pre-register, register as late as possible, or something in between? The world of online tournament poker can […]

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We’re Slashing Prices for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

We’re Slashing Prices for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Have you considered upgrading your poker skills with one of Upswing’s training courses? It’s time to get off the fence because we’re slashing prices by 25% site-wide for Black Friday! And by site-wide, we mean every course and tool on the site will be 25% off, including the Upswing Lab, Nick Petrangelo’s tournament courses, Alex […]

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5 Burning Cash Game Questions Answered By Pros

5 Burning Cash Game Questions Answered By Pros

Poker is a very complex game. Thankfully, there is a place for players who are trying to improve where they can have direct contact with fellow grinders and experienced professionals. As a member of the Upswing Lab training course, you gain access to the Upswing Engage Facebook group, where interactions between members and pros are […]

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[QUIZ] Do You Know Which Hands to Bluff-Catch?

[QUIZ] Do You Know Which Hands to Bluff-Catch?

Get your thinking cap on because you are about to embark on a quiz about bluff-catching. A bluff-catcher is a hand that can beat the bluffs in your opponent’s range, but none of the value hands. You will be presented with 10 hand scenarios. Your goal is to choose the best bluff-catching hand out of […]

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The 10 Biggest Pots From The Polk vs Negreanu Challenge (So Far)

The 10 Biggest Pots From The Polk vs Negreanu Challenge (So Far)

The most anticipated poker grudge match in years got underway last week and it hasn’t disappointed. Through the first four sessions, the rivals have played 1,372 hands with Doug holding on to a strong $180,865.22 lead. There have already been 12 pots that have crossed the $75,000 threshold, four of which have seen over $100,000 […]

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$22 Becomes $100,061 in Unbelievably Huge Tournament (Hand Analysis)

$22 Becomes $100,061 in Unbelievably Huge Tournament (Hand Analysis)

Who hasn’t dreamed of turning a small tournament buy-in into a fortune? Upswing coach Daniel “Daniel” McAulay actually pulled off this impressive feat last year. After outlasting over 59,000 players (!!!) in the MicroMillions Main Event on PokerStars, his $22 buy-in had grown to over $100,000. That’s over 5,000 buy-ins! In this article, we are […]

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How to Play Jack-Ten Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

How to Play Jack-Ten Suited in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

Jack-Ten suited has to be one of the prettiest hands in poker. It’s not just a looker. Jack-Ten suited is considered to be a very strong hand because it has a ton of playability and solid blocker effects. This article covers: How to Play Jack-Ten Suited Preflop 3 Tips for When You Miss the Flop […]

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Can Tony G Make a Heroic Call for €1.2 Million? (Hand Analysis)

Can Tony G Make a Heroic Call for €1.2 Million? (Hand Analysis)

Million dollar pots don’t happen often. But in today’s hand, a player gets put to the test on the river with over €1,000,000 on the line. Online poker legend Mikita Badziakouski (aka fish2013) clashes with live poker legend Antanas Guoga (aka Tony G). The two players’ aggressive styles caused the pot to balloon to over […]

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How “Game Flow” Should Impact Your Decisions in Poker

How “Game Flow” Should Impact Your Decisions in Poker

People aren’t robots. Poker can be a very emotional game, which can cause even experienced players to lose control of their strategy as their stack rises and falls. A tight player with well-memorized ranges might start spewing chips after losing a few big pots. A maniacal 3-bettor might take his foot off the gas if […]

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Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu: Grudge Match Rules

Doug Polk vs Daniel Negreanu: Grudge Match Rules

The most-anticipated heads-up challenge in recent memory will begin in early November. After beefing for years, Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu will square off at $200/$400 on WSOP.com for at least 12,500 hands. We’ve already covered what led to the match in this article, so today we’re going over the rules. Table of Contents: The […]

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3 Hand Examples That Will Help You Overbet Better

3 Hand Examples That Will Help You Overbet Better

No-limit holdem: Hours of boredom followed by moments of sheer terror. –Tom McEvoy A great way to strike terror into your opponents is by having a well thought out overbetting strategy. Even though overbetting has become prevalent in modern day poker games, I have found that not enough people work the tactic into their game. […]

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How to Play Pocket Tens in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 5 Postflop Tips)

How to Play Pocket Tens in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 5 Postflop Tips)

Pocket tens is one of those hands that troubles poker players, especially beginners. When you have pocket tens, you will often have to navigate the flop and beyond with at least one overcard on the board. It can be hard to tell where you stand. The goal of this article is to help you feel […]

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How ICM Should Impact Your Play at Final Tables

How ICM Should Impact Your Play at Final Tables

You don’t want to be the person who blows a huge opportunity because of one avoidable decision at a final table. Because of the drastic pay jumps at final tables, your decisions in these spots will greatly impact your ROI. One of the most important factors to consider at a final table is ICM, which […]

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Gavin Smith: Poker Results, Memorable Hands & Lasting Legacy

Gavin Smith was one of poker’s most recognizable figures from the “poker boom” era of the 2000s and early 2010s. One of poker’s most beloved figures, Smith forged an unmistakable presence in just about any poker tournament or television show he took part in over his 20-year career in the game. Smith passed away on […]

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When Should You Slow-Play A Flopped Flush?

When Should You Slow-Play A Flopped Flush?

Up there with flopping a set, there aren’t many feelings more thrilling in poker than flopping a flush. Just imagine it for a moment. You raise with a hand like A♦ 5♦ and the flop comes… Doesn’t that feel good? But monotone flops like this present an interesting challenge… If you always bet, raise, and […]

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All-In Poker Rules – When Should You Go All-In?

All-In Poker Rules – When Should You Go All-In?

“All-In” entered the mainstream lexicon thanks to the poker boom of the early 2000s. The term is now regularly used in modern US culture, but the origin of “all-in” stems from the poker glossary. Going all-in means putting all of your chips in the pot during a poker hand. Here’s an overview of the rules […]

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UK Poker: Best United Kingdom Poker Sites & Players

UK Poker: Best United Kingdom Poker Sites & Players

UK Poker has taken off over the last decade. Due to the country’s relaxed online poker laws, it has become an extremely popular place for poker players to inhabit. Some of the game’s greatest players hail from the UK, making it on of the premier poker destinations in the world. Top Poker Sites for UK […]

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High Stakes Players Collide in Record-Breaking $974,631 Pot (Analysis)

High Stakes Players Collide in Record-Breaking $974,631 Pot (Analysis)

2020 has already produced some of the biggest pots in online poker history. The hand in question today features Tan Xuan facing off against rising star Ali Imsirovic. Ali has been crushing the high stakes tournament scene for a few years now, racking up $8,912,717 in tournament earnings. Interestingly, Ali was the second member ever […]

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How To Play Irish Poker

How To Play Irish Poker

Irish Poker combines elements of Texas Hold’em, Omaha, and Pineapple, creating a fun and different poker game for any occasion. A game of Irish Poker deals four cards to each player, similar to Omaha. After the flop betting round, however, each player in the hand discards two cards, and the action proceeds from there. Here’s […]

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Push Fold Strategy in Poker Tournaments: Beginner’s Guide with Charts!

Push Fold Strategy in Poker Tournaments: Beginner’s Guide with Charts!

It happens in most poker tournaments. Your stack gets short and your preflop options are reduced to two: push all-in or fold. Playing optimally in these push-or-fold situations is one thing that separates tournament crushers from average joes. In this article, we’ll cover: What is Push/Fold Strategy? ICMIZER and Chip EV Explained 10bb Push/Fold Charts […]

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50 Poker Hand Nicknames – The Complete List

50 Poker Hand Nicknames – The Complete List

Sit in a poker game for any significant length of time, and you’ll hear some of the game’s most recognizable hands referred to by poker hand nicknames. “Pocket Rockets”, “Big Slick”, “Snowmen”, “Ducks”, and even “Doyle Brunson” are all common colloquialisms used as poker hand names. The following list outlines 50 of the most commonly-used […]

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TrueTeller Clashes With Tan Xuan’s Pocket Kings for $122,880 (Hand Analysis)

TrueTeller Clashes With Tan Xuan’s Pocket Kings for $122,880 (Hand Analysis)

Nosebleed online poker has made a comeback in 2020. With people stuck inside, we’ve seen a spike in online poker traffic. This has taken place at every level, from the micros to stakes as high as $1,000/$2,000. That brings us to our subject today: a hand played by Tan Xuan (tan4321) and Timofey “TrueTeller” Kuznetsov […]

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10 Poker Infographics That Will Help Your Game

10 Poker Infographics That Will Help Your Game

Infographics are a fun and effective way to learn, which is why we’ve created numerous infographics throughout the years. Today’s article is an aggregate of 10 of the most bookmark-worthy poker infographics graphics that we have created. Starting with beginner-friendly topics, the infographics get more advanced as you scroll. Be sure to download the ones […]

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German Poker: Best German Poker Sites & Players

German Poker: Best German Poker Sites & Players

Over the last decade, German poker players have emerged as a dominant force in the poker world. The nation is considered to be home to some of the best players in the world, including World Series of Poker Main Event Champions Pius Heinz (2011) and Hossein Ensan (2019). The Best German Poker Players (All-Time Money […]

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How to Play Ace-Queen Offsuit in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

How to Play Ace-Queen Offsuit in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

Some hate it, some love it. Ace-Queen offsuit is one of the most polarizing hands in poker. While it is one of the best starting hands in the deck, it can also be relatively difficult to play compared to strong starting hands. In this article, we will be covering: How to Play Ace-Queen in Common […]

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How I Won €151 From Fedor Holz (Hand Analysis)

How I Won €151 From Fedor Holz (Hand Analysis)

Fedor Holz, at the age of 27, is already one of the biggest legends of the game.  The German native ranks eighth on the all-time money list with $32,556,377 in career live tournament earnings in addition to two World Series of Poker bracelets. But not many do know that his early career was propelled by […]

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4 Valuable Pieces of Poker Tournament Advice for Beginners

4 Valuable Pieces of Poker Tournament Advice for Beginners

You’ve played your A-game for hours and you made some hands when you needed to. Now, it has finally happened: you’re at the final table eyeing the biggest score of your life. In order to make more moments like this happen for you, I dug through Upswing Poker’s library of tournament articles to pull out […]

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Tourney Boss Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic Joins the Upswing Lab Team

Tourney Boss Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic Joins the Upswing Lab Team

One of poker’s most prolific Twitch streamers has joined the Upswing Lab. Hristivoje “ALLinPav” Pavlovic is the newest member of the Upswing Team, and he brings his wealth of experience at the online tournament tables to the Lab. The 27-year-old Australia native comes to the Upswing Poker team with a well-known reputation from his AllinPav […]

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How To Play Ace-King On A Middling Flop After 3-Betting

How To Play Ace-King On A Middling Flop After 3-Betting

Raise your hand if you feel like every time you 3-bet with AK, the flop brings three undercards. 3-bet pots are common, but the amount of money involved from the get-go makes things a bit more tense. Today we will try to ease that tension by explaining how to proceed on a pretty common board […]

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[QUIZ] Can You Play These 10 Flush Draws Optimally?

[QUIZ] Can You Play These 10 Flush Draws Optimally?

Your skills with flush draws are about to be put to the test with ten example scenarios. You will play as the aggressor in the first six hands, then as the defender in the final four hands. Keep in mind that in close situations, the correct answer is the action PioSolver chooses most often. Take […]

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Single-Raised Pots vs 3-Bet Pots: How Should Your Strategy Differ?

Single-Raised Pots vs 3-Bet Pots: How Should Your Strategy Differ?

If you want to make as much money in poker as possible, you need to be well versed in the most common spots. In this article, we are going to take a look at the differences between the two most common types of pots in poker: single raised pots and 3-bet pots. Based on the […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Squeezing in No Limit Hold’em

The Ultimate Guide to Squeezing in No Limit Hold’em

The “squeeze” play — 3-betting preflop versus a raise and one or more callers — was once a staple of TV poker. Players used to be much more likely to just call raises before the flop, which presented many squeezing opportunities for aggressive players. Squeezing is a less frequent part of the game nowadays, especially […]

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Why Does Three of a Kind Beat a Straight?

Why Does Three of a Kind Beat a Straight?

Judging by how many people search for “does three of a kind beat a straight” on Google, it’s clear that many people don’t know the answer to this question. In games using standard poker hand rankings, both three-of-a-kind and straights are quite strong hands. But which one is best in a head-to-head showdown? The simple […]

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Can You Ace Our 10 Toughest Quiz Questions?

Can You Ace Our 10 Toughest Quiz Questions?

There are dozens of poker quizzes here on Upswing Poker. Over the past few days, my team and I sifted through each of them to find the 10 questions that were answered incorrectly at the highest frequency. In other words, these are the most challenging Upswing Poker quiz questions ever. All were answered correctly by less […]

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing a Bet

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing a Bet

Learning poker in 2020 can feel overwhelming. The poker community is always buzzing about solvers and theoretically optimal play — and for good reason. In order to reach the highest levels of the game, you need to be familiar with these things. But for most people, especially those who are newer to the game, mastering […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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Polk vs Negreanu: What Is Happening & How Did We Get Here?

by Haley Hintze The upcoming $200/$400 heads-up match between prominent poker pros Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu promises to be one of the most watched events of the poker year, whenever it gets underway. Whether it serves as the culmination of the long-running online feud or is just another flashpoint along a heated trail, it’s […]

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3 Crucial Types of Poker Software for Serious Players in 2020

3 Crucial Types of Poker Software for Serious Players in 2020

If you’re serious about poker, there are a few must-have types of poker software / poker tools. Whether you play online or live, these tools can also help take your game to the next level so you can maximize your winnings and rise up in stakes. In this article, I am going to review the […]

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[QUIZ] Do You Bluff (& Semi-Bluff) Like A Pro?

[QUIZ] Do You Bluff (& Semi-Bluff) Like A Pro?

As Doug Polk likes to say, bluffing is life in poker. 10 years ago you could be a wimpy bluffer and still win in most games. These days, however, you need to have a good handle on this foundation of the game. In this quiz you will be presented with 10 hand scenarios. Your goal […]

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Nick Petrangelo Wins WPT Six-Max Championship for $494,500

Nick Petrangelo Wins WPT Six-Max Championship for $494,500

999 players entered the $3,200 buy-in WPT Six-Max Championship, but when the dust settled only one remained. Upswing coach Nick Petrangelo outlasted everyone in the massive World Poker Tour event, taking down the grand prize of $494,500. The event was played on partypoker.com and reached a massive $3,000,000 prize pool. After ending day 1B with […]

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7 Must-Read Articles That Will Help Your Poker Game

7 Must-Read Articles That Will Help Your Poker Game

I’ve been running the Upswing Poker blog for over four years. In that time I have commissioned, read, and published nearly 1,000 articles to help you, my dear reader, improve your poker skills. Today I’ve gathered seven of the most valuable/fundamental Upswing Poker articles ever published. These articles will help you improve your strategy, mental […]

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How to Destroy Your Opponent After Seeing One Showdown (Part 2)

How to Destroy Your Opponent After Seeing One Showdown (Part 2)

Sometimes it takes just one showdown for a great poker player to change their game plan and start crushing opponents. If you want to maximize your win-rate, you need to be able to identify and exploit the leaks in your opponents’ games. One of the best ways to do this is by paying attention to […]

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Pocket Aces

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Pocket Aces

After hours of looking down at hands like T♠ 5♣, it finally happens. You get dealt the beautiful pocket aces. But getting dealt the best hand in poker doesn’t entitle you to win a big pot — or even a small pot. To extract max value with your pocket aces, you have to avoid the […]

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Upswing Pro Daniel McAulay Takes Down $118,432 WPT Prize

Upswing Pro Daniel McAulay Takes Down $118,432 WPT Prize

Upswing Poker pro Daniel McAulay continues to turn small and mid-size buy-is into big tournament paydays. McAulay’s latest six-figure cash came in the WPT World Online Championships on partypoker. McAulay took down the WPT #3 8-Max Mini Championship Wednesday morning, converting a $320 buy-in to a $118,432 winner’s prize. The final remaining players in the […]

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Collecting Poker Debts – Florida Poker Debt Collection Lawyer

Do your poker loans to other players remain unpaid? Has your backing agreement been breached by a player you staked? You do have legal recourse against these players. This article explains some of your options to get your money back from these players. The first thing that you can do is to send a demand […]

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Moss Poker: How to Play The Funnest Poker Game You’ve Never Played

Moss Poker: How to Play The Funnest Poker Game You’ve Never Played

I have been obsessed with a poker game recently. It’s not No Limit Hold’em, nor is it the great game of Pot Limit Omaha. But, like those games, it does involve both hole cards and community cards. The name of the game? Moss Poker. Since high stakes regular Henrik Hecklen tweeted the rules early last […]

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3 Situations to Value Your Overcard Hands in Texas Hold’em

3 Situations to Value Your Overcard Hands in Texas Hold’em

You look down at your cards. You see a nice high card hand, like KQ, QJ or even AK. Your raise picks up a caller or two. Then, you completely whiff on the flop, which is pretty sad. But wait, it might not be over yet! As you will see in this article, there are […]

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7 Poker Tells You Should Look Out For

7 Poker Tells You Should Look Out For

Poker tells are a tricky topic. Most beginners put way too much credence into tells early in their poker journey. Eating an Oreo cookie could mean someone has a strong hand in the movies, but in real life…not so much. But many experienced pros focus solely on playing a good strategy, completely ignoring live poker […]

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Exploiting an Opponent

10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Exploiting an Opponent

As you’ve probably heard before: everything you do at the poker table conveys information. Anyone that has played live poker for a long time understands that humans are oftentimes bad at hiding what they are thinking. That’s why it’s so important to pay close attention to what your opponents are doing, especially in a live […]

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Patrick Leonard’s 4-Part Recipe for Poker Success

Patrick Leonard’s 4-Part Recipe for Poker Success

Patrick Leonard certainly knows a few things about success. The English poker pro and partypoker ambassador boasts a poker resume that speaks for itself, with nearly $14 million in career earnings. Leonard recently authored a blog post on Medium, detailing what he calls his “Four Underrated Ingredients to Success”. Inspired by his recent career-high tournament […]

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How to Dominate Ace-High Flops in 3-Bet Pots (Deep Analysis)

How to Dominate Ace-High Flops in 3-Bet Pots (Deep Analysis)

You need to be well-versed in 3-bet pots if you want to win in 2020. 3-bets are much more common than they used to be, which is why it’s more important than ever to know how to play well in 3-bet pots. This article will zoom in on one specific, but relatively common situation: playing […]

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How to Simplify Your Poker Strategy Without Sacrificing Value

How to Simplify Your Poker Strategy Without Sacrificing Value

We all strive for simplicity in our life, but is it something to strive for in poker too? Short answer: Yes. In this article, I am going to cover some pros and cons of simplifying your poker strategy so it’s easier for you to execute in-game. Then, I’ll demonstrate the (very low) cost of simplifying […]

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Phil Hellmuth Loses It Over Liv Boeree’s Very Standard Play (Analysis)

Phil Hellmuth Loses It Over Liv Boeree’s Very Standard Play (Analysis)

Few things in poker are more entertaining than a Phil Hellmuth rant. The ‘Poker Brat’ is an old school legend of the game. He has over $23,000,000 in live tournament winnings and leads all-time with 15 WSOP bracelets. But despite his success on the felt, many people know him better for his tirades after losing […]

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[QUIZ] Poker 101 Quiz for Beginners

[QUIZ] Poker 101 Quiz for Beginners

Ready to test yourself on some of the most fundamental skills in poker? Today’s quiz will take you through 11 questions that cover some basic poker concepts, including pot odds, ranges, c-betting, and bet sizing. Good luck! (Note: If you are unfamiliar with the 9 positions at a poker table, click here to review them. […]

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10 Crucial Stats To Include On Your HUD In 2020

10 Crucial Stats To Include On Your HUD In 2020

Want to maximize your win-rate? Then you always need to be on the lookout for ways to exploit your opponents. One of the best ways to do that is by using a HUD. What is a HUD in poker? Short for Heads-Up Display, a HUD is a tool used in online poker games to track […]

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Why Does a Straight Flush Beat a Full House?

Why Does a Straight Flush Beat a Full House?

Certain poker hands can give a player a jolt of adrenaline, including the powerful straight flush and the mighty full house. But which one wins? Does a straight flush beat a full house? The simple answer is: yes, a straight flush does beat a full house. Now that you have an answer, let me explain […]

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5 Tips to Stop Bleeding Chips from the Small Blind

5 Tips to Stop Bleeding Chips from the Small Blind

The small blind is arguably the most difficult position to master in No Limit Hold’em. This position is particularly challenging for two main reasons: You are forced to pay half of a big blind without looking at your cards You play every single postflop situation with a positional disadvantage If you take this 5-step professional […]

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Why Does Three of a Kind Beat Two Pair?

Why Does Three of a Kind Beat Two Pair?

Knowing all of the five card poker hands in order is crucial for newcomers to the game, which is probably why the question “does three of a kind beat two pair” is often asked by beginners. Both three-of-a-kind and two pair are often winners in games that use the standard poker hand rankings (such as […]

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Should He Call 3 Expensive Barrels With Middle Pair? (Analysis)

Should He Call 3 Expensive Barrels With Middle Pair? (Analysis)

When you play poker, it can be easy to feel like a one man wolfpack. Even if you get along with the people that you are playing with, at the end of the day, you are still competing against them for money. Table camaraderie only goes so far. That’s why it’s so important to network […]

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[QUIZ] Can You Play Famous Poker Hands Like a Top Pro?

[QUIZ] Can You Play Famous Poker Hands Like a Top Pro?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to play as one of the world’s most famous poker players?  Today you get that chance. This quiz will take you through 10 real hands that were played by world-class players at some of the world’s highest stakes. Get ready and good luck! If the quiz […]

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Credit Card Roulette: How to Split Bills Like a Poker Player

Credit Card Roulette: How to Split Bills Like a Poker Player

Credit card roulette is a popular way for poker players to simplify the process of splitting a tab, with a heavy dose of gambling mixed in. The game can be played at restaurants, bars, nightclubs, or any situation that calls for a check to be split among multiple people. Instead of everyone in a party […]

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10 Poker Mindset Mistakes to Avoid

10 Poker Mindset Mistakes to Avoid

Are mental game mistakes costing you money? In this article I’m going to discuss the most common poker mindset mistakes I see being made by online and live poker players. Whether you’re a high stakes, mid stakes, or low stakes player, you will surely recognize some of these mistakes. 1. Neglecting Your Game When Running […]

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Set Over Set for $561,800 (Tom Dwan vs Patrik Antonius Analysis)

Set Over Set for $561,800 (Tom Dwan vs Patrik Antonius Analysis)

Coolers are inevitable in poker. It doesn’t matter if you are playing micro-stakes or the nosebleeds; every once in awhile, a cold deck will slap you in the face. The following “old school” hand between Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius is an example of that, and unfortunately for one of them, the stakes were anything […]

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How to Maximize Your Profit on Paired Flops In Position

How to Maximize Your Profit on Paired Flops In Position

Improving your fundamentals in common spots is one of the easiest ways to improve your win-rate. Here’s the common spot that will be the focus of this article: you raise, the big blind calls, and a paired flop falls. What will be covered? Why You Shouldn’t Play All Paired Boards The Same Way How to […]

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The Girah Scandal: How a Fake Prodigy Cheated the Poker World

The Girah Scandal: How a Fake Prodigy Cheated the Poker World

Cheating scandals are an unavoidable part of poker lore.  A recent tweet from Bill Perkins about a multi-accounting cheating scandal sent the poker community into sleuth mode. The depth of whatever happened to Perkins might never be known, though Dan Bilzerian has accused Dan “Jungleman” Cates as being at the heart of the cheating Perkins […]

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[QUIZ] Can You Pick the “GTO” C-Bet Frequency on 10 Flops?

[QUIZ] Can You Pick the “GTO” C-Bet Frequency on 10 Flops?

This poker quiz is not going to be easy. Each of the following 10 hand scenarios starts the same way: you raise, your opponent in the big blind calls, and then they check on the flop. You will then decide how frequently you should continuation bet (c-bet) given the board and your position/range. The goal […]

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Amir Vahedi’s 3 Bluffing Tips from 2009 Stand the Test of Time

Amir Vahedi’s 3 Bluffing Tips from 2009 Stand the Test of Time

The evolution of poker strategy is fascinating. When I first started my journey into poker a few years ago, I began by reading every old book I could find. As I got more serious about poker, however, I realized that a lot of the strategy taught in these books is outdated. So when I recently […]

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5 Advanced Poker Strategies & Tips To Supercharge Your Poker Wins

5 Advanced Poker Strategies & Tips To Supercharge Your Poker Wins

Ready for some advanced nuggets of poker wisdom that will help your game? For today’s article, I dug through Upswing’s extensive library of strategy articles and extracted five of the most important tips that have been covered over the years. While these tips cover vastly different topics, they should all play a part in your […]

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Bluff-Raising to $302,000 vs Patrik Antonius (Analysis)

Bluff-Raising to $302,000 vs Patrik Antonius (Analysis)

Let’s take a look at what is perhaps the most interesting TV poker hand Doug Polk ever played. The blinds are $1,000/$2,000 with $2,000 in total antes. Both Doug and his opponent, the famous Patrik Antonius, are very deep, with an effective stack depth of $470,000 (235 big blinds). Let’s dig into the action! Preflop […]

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Poker Chip Values & Colors That Real Casinos Use

Poker Chip Values & Colors That Real Casinos Use

Many live poker rooms use a similar system of assigning colors to chip value, especially in cash games. Red chips, for example, are worth $5 in most live poker rooms and casinos. Tournament chip sets tend to vary colors more than cash games, but some common themes can still be found across many poker rooms. […]

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Phil Hellmuth: Poker Results, Memorable Hands & Top BLOWUPS

Phil Hellmuth: Poker Results, Memorable Hands & Top BLOWUPS

No matter what you think of Phil Hellmuth, there’s no denying his success and longevity in the poker world. The legend known as the Poker Brat is the all-time leader in wins at the World Series of Poker, adding a 15th bracelet to his collection in 2018. What’s more, he’s in the top 25 in […]

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[QUIZ] Can You Exploit This Hypothetical Poker Table?

[QUIZ] Can You Exploit This Hypothetical Poker Table?

Time to test you exploitative prowess!  The following quiz will challenge you with 10 hand scenarios at a live $2/$5 table. Before diving into the hands, click “See Player Reads” below to get valuable information about each of the other players at the table.  Your goal is to figure out the best play given the […]

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Why Coffee is Hurting Your Poker Results

Why Coffee is Hurting Your Poker Results

Hey there, Upswing fam! Today we’re mixing things up with a guest article by “Coach” Bahman Zarghami that will help you with your mental game. Even if you don’t want to give up your daily coffee, this short article is worth a read so you can better understand stress and anxiety as they relate to […]

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BONKERS Bluff With $992,500 On The Line (Analysis of PokerGO’s Record-Breaking Pot)

BONKERS Bluff With $992,500 On The Line (Analysis of PokerGO’s Record-Breaking Pot)

Let’s take a look at the biggest pot in PokerGO history. This hand comes from Rob Yong’s Home Game streamed on PokerGO and features Rick Salomon and Lazaro Hernandez colliding in a $993,000 pot. The game is played at nosebleed stakes, with blinds set at $1,000/$2,000 with a $4,000 straddle. Hernandez is $580,000 deep (~145 […]

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How to Snowball Your Winnings vs Weak Players

How to Snowball Your Winnings vs Weak Players

When you’re up against weak players, you have the opportunity to snowball your winnings. These players make much larger mistakes than regulars, and taking maximum advantage of those mistakes allows you to achieve a higher win-rate with less variance in your results. In this short article, I am going to show you how to extract […]

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Nick Petrangelo Wins $201,250 in WPT Online High Roller

Nick Petrangelo Wins $201,250 in WPT Online High Roller

High-stakes tournament crusher Nick Petrangelo took his skills to the online streets this week. Upswing’s lead tournament coach took second place in the $10,300 buy-in World Poker Tour Online Series High Rolle on partypoker.  In a field of 115 of the world’s best players, Petrangelo earned a $201,250 payday for the second-place finish. The American […]

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Replay Poker Review: What You Should Know Before Playing

Replay Poker Review: What You Should Know Before Playing

If you’re looking for a fun way to sharpen your poker skills, Replay Poker might be for you. Replay Poker is a play money poker site with an enthusiastic community. The site offers a variety of games with no cash deposit necessary. In this article we’ll take a look at some of the features Replay […]

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Why Teddy KGB is Actually Bad at Poker

Why Teddy KGB is Actually Bad at Poker

Teddy KGB is a feared character in Rounders, the most iconic poker movie of all time. Teddy’s scary traits include his status as a Russian mob boss and deep ties into the New York City underworld. Those traits do not include his skill at the poker table, which (spoiler alert) lead to Mike McDermott taking […]

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10 Most Famous Poker Players Ever (Male & Female)

10 Most Famous Poker Players Ever (Male & Female)

Who are the most famous poker players of all time? The “poker boom” era of the 2000s made mainstream celebrities out of some of poker’s most prolific personalities. Some of those names are still prominent in the game today, while others aren’t active in the modern era of poker. Other big-name poker players rose to […]

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What is Slow Rolling in Poker? Plus The 5 Sickest Slow Rolls Ever

What is Slow Rolling in Poker? Plus The 5 Sickest Slow Rolls Ever

Slow rolling is one of the most despised moves in poker.  This article will explain what a slow roll is, then you’ll see a countdown of the top five grossest slow rolls ever. What is a Slow Roll in Poker? A slow roll is when a player purposefully pauses before calling a (usually all-in) bet […]

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What is a Poker Straddle? And Should You Ever Do It?

What is a Poker Straddle? And Should You Ever Do It?

Straddles can be a confusing situation for newcomers to live poker. This article will shed light on what poker straddles are, and if you should ever straddle yourself. What is a Straddle in Poker? A poker straddle is a voluntary blind bet put out by a player at the table before the cards are dealt. […]

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River Probing: How to Play Rivers When Your Foe C-Bets, Then Checks Back

River Probing: How to Play Rivers When Your Foe C-Bets, Then Checks Back

Your river probing strategy in 2020 is more important than ever before. Most players c-bet over 60% of the time on the flop these days. This means you will frequently find yourself calling a flop bet, then having to decide whether to bet or check on the river after the action checked through on the […]

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Your $1/$2 Hands Analyzed By A Live Cash Crusher

Your $1/$2 Hands Analyzed By A Live Cash Crusher

Featured Photo: Joe Giron & PokerNews (Edited from Original) You posted the hands. Now, we break ‘em down. With the help of live poker specialist (and crusher) Mike Finstein, I am going to analyze two $1/$2 live hands that were played by members of the Upswing Lab. Each member posted their hand in the private […]

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Set vs Set vs Flush for (At Least) a $224,000 Pot (Analysis)

Set vs Set vs Flush for (At Least) a $224,000 Pot (Analysis)

After playing for hours, it finally happens: you flop a set. But as you are busy counting all of the money you are about to win, the turn brings a possible flush and multiple opponents start to pile money into the pot. Naturally, the scary board and heavy action make you start to question whether […]

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[QUIZ] Can You Beat the People of Instagram at Poker, Again?

[QUIZ] Can You Beat the People of Instagram at Poker, Again?

We love quizzing our Instagram audience with head-scratching poker scenarios. (If you took the first Instagram quiz last week, you already know this.) The quiz you’re about to take includes 10 hand scenarios we’ve posted on the social platform in the past year or so. Let’s see how your skills stack up versus the scrollers […]

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How to Adjust Your Strategy in Splashy Live Games

How to Adjust Your Strategy in Splashy Live Games

My local $1/$2 game is crazy. People call raises with all sorts of garbage hands and they never seem to fold a pair postflop, but I can’t seem to win! How should I adjust my strategy in this game? We see questions like this all the time in the Upswing Poker Facebook groups. It seems like […]

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[QUIZ] Can You Beat the People of Instagram at Poker?

[QUIZ] Can You Beat the People of Instagram at Poker?

We love quizzing our Instagram audience with head-scratching poker scenarios. Their responses are usually a mixed bag. The top comment is almost always the hilarious joke “all-in” (makes me laugh every time), but reading the earnest responses gives you an interesting look into how players of different levels approach poker. The quiz below includes 10 […]

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How to Avoid the Unhealthy Mindset That Tortures Poker Players

How to Avoid the Unhealthy Mindset That Tortures Poker Players

If you want longevity in poker, you need to have a strong mental game. Among other things, that means you have to find be able to self-criticize (so you can grow as a player) while not self-shaming. Way too many poker players are extremely harsh and critical of themselves. Such a mindset may help in […]

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PLO Pro Surrenders Winnings, Starts Fresh in $25,000 Bankroll Challenge

PLO Pro Surrenders Winnings, Starts Fresh in $25,000 Bankroll Challenge

Dylan Weisman’s $5,000 to $25,000 bankroll challenge is (back) on! The Pot Limit Omaha specialist and Upswing Poker coach is hitting the reset button on the challenge. Weisman was up to near the $6,300 mark when we last saw him on Day 32 of his original challenge, but we haven’t seen any further sessions on […]

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The Five Craziest Prop Bets You Can Make

The Five Craziest Prop Bets You Can Make

What Are Prop Bets? Short for proposition bets, a prop bet is wager on whether an event will happen or not. Prop bets have long been a part of poker lore and have experienced a surge in popularity in betting markets outside of poker in recent years. The Super Bowl draws by far the biggest […]

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How to Play Draw Poker Games

How to Play Draw Poker Games

Pull up your trousers and put on your reading glasses, because I’m about to teach you how to play draw poker. This article will give you an overview of the most popular draw poker games, as well as some variations that you’ve probably never even heard of. To help you come out on top, strategic […]

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How to Distribute Chips For a Poker Home Game

How to Distribute Chips For a Poker Home Game

Running a poker home game for the first time can be a challenging task. A number of factors need to be considered when you’re hosting a poker game for the first time. Are you running a poker tournament, or a cash game? How many poker players are expected to show up? How many poker chips do you need, and what should the chip distribution look like for […]

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Leveling: How Thinking Too Much Costs You Money at the Poker Table

Leveling: How Thinking Too Much Costs You Money at the Poker Table

In 1999 (and then later in 2006) David Sklansky in his celebrated book The Theory of Poker introduced the world to the various levels of thinking in poker. For those unfamiliar with the concept, they can be summarized as follows (slightly renumbered from their original version to include purely irrational actions): Level 0: I do not […]

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Win a Free 30 Minute Coaching Session with Nick Petrangelo

Elite tournament pro Nick Petrangelo is giving away five free coaching sessions. To enter, you must be a member of one of Nick’s two tournament courses (Winning Poker Tournaments or High Stakes MTT Sessions). If you’re already a member, you can opt-in to the giveaway by filling out the form at the bottom of this […]

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How Much Money Has Patrik Antonius Won in Poker?

How Much Money Has Patrik Antonius Won in Poker?

Is Patrik Antonius the greatest poker player of all time? Based on what we know about his winnings, Antonius is certainly one of the most successful online cash game players ever. It’s tough to put a specific number on the entire career earnings total for Antonius. The 39-year-old Finnish pro in a legend in poker […]

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Was This Bluff a Mistake? (Analysis)

Was This Bluff a Mistake? (Analysis)

This two-part article series will help you improve your strategy with missed draws. In part one, cash game crusher Fried Meulders missed a flush draw with Q♥ 7♥, but got his opponent to fold with a couple of huge overbet bluffs. This time Fried misses a straight draw in a 3-bet pot. Will his aggression […]

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April is Bonus Content Month for Upswing Members

April is Bonus Content Month for Upswing Members

Being stuck at home doesn’t always have to a be bad thing. Online poker is booming at the moment, with some insanely profitable games running as you read this. In addition to the poppin’ tables, Upswing Lab members get to make the most out of their time indoors with free bonus content throughout the month […]

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How to Avoid Getting Crushed After Defending with a Weak Hand

How to Avoid Getting Crushed After Defending with a Weak Hand

Most of you already know that you should defend your big blind a lot in tournaments, but do you know what to do next? Specifically, how should you approach postflop play after defending with a weak hand? It’s easy to get lost and make mistakes when playing a hand out of position that you aren’t […]

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Cash Game Pro Misses a Draw and Overbets Twice (Analysis)

Cash Game Pro Misses a Draw and Overbets Twice (Analysis)

Deciding what to do with a missed draw can be tricky. Sometimes you should bluff, and sometimes your stack will be better off if you wave the white flag. Choosing the wrong option will either cost you the pot or your stack. To help you better understand when to bluff with missed draws, we’re about […]

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Checking Flops with Overpairs: When Should You Do It?

Checking Flops with Overpairs: When Should You Do It?

You look down at the beautiful Q♦ Q♥. You raise preflop and get called by two players. The flop is all undercards, so you still have an overpair. You start to reach for chips, but then you remember this article. What did it say about scenarios like this? You’re about to gain insight into when […]

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Master Preflop Play with the New Advanced Solver Ranges

Master Preflop Play with the New Advanced Solver Ranges

The Advanced Solver Ranges, now available to Upswing Lab members, are the most comprehensive set of affordable preflop ranges you will find online. The ranges were created by Upswing coach Fried Meulders, a 500NL Zoom crusher known as “mynameiskarl” on PokerStars. Fried ran the sims and painstakingly worked through just about every conceivable preflop scenario […]

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8 Rules to Help You Choose the Perfect Bet Size

8 Rules to Help You Choose the Perfect Bet Size

Choosing the best bet size is a tricky task in No Limit Hold’em. There is no one ‘perfect’ bet size that can be used in all spots. The optimal bet size will depend on a number of factors, including: Preflop action Board texture Stack depth Who has the range advantage …and many more! In this […]

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21 Best Poker Apps for Playing, Tracking & Training

21 Best Poker Apps for Playing, Tracking & Training

Type Poker Apps into any browser or mobile device store and you will be inundated with hundreds—if not thousands—of options which let you play or watch poker, get better at poker, manage your poker bankroll, and find local poker games. Given the vast number of options, it becomes difficult knowing which ones have some value […]

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Stuck Inside? Watch a Free Poker Training Video from a Premium Course

Stuck Inside? Watch a Free Poker Training Video from a Premium Course

Crazy times. We know a lot of you are stuck inside at the moment, battling boredom and (hopefully not too much) stress on a daily basis. To help you pass the time and improve your poker skills, we’re giving you a full Play & Explain video from the Upswing Lab training course (for free). So, […]

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10 Fundamental Tips for The Most Common Types of Flops

You’re about to learn about one of the most important factors in poker. Board texture is one of the most important pieces of information in any given hand. The optimal bet sizing, bet frequency, and overall postflop strategy hinges on the specific three cards that come on the flop. In this article, I will shed […]

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PLO Pro Just $2,700 Away from $25,000 Bankroll Challenge Goal

Dylan Weisman is close to mission accomplished on his $5,000 to $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha bankroll challenge. After 17 sessions, Weisman is just $2,700 short of his goal. Day 17 saw Weisman run the bankroll up from $17,709 to $22,300 in a five-hour session. The next stream for Weisman, who’s known as co0kies1 on Twitch, […]

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The Starting Hands That Make the Most Money in Multiway Pots

The Starting Hands That Make the Most Money in Multiway Pots

If you play in games with a lot of loose, passive opponents, read on. You’re about to get some valuable advice for playing preflop in multiway pots. After finishing this article, you will understand the answer to two important questions: Which hands perform best multiway pots? When should you enter a multiway pot? Let’s dive […]

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Who is Daniel McCaulay? Meet Upswing Poker’s Newest World-Class Coach

Who is Daniel McCaulay? Meet Upswing Poker’s Newest World-Class Coach

The newest addition to the Upswing Poker coaching team has been crushing in the online heads-up streets for years. Daniel McAulay, aka dougiedan678 on PokerStars, brings his heads-up NL acumen, as well as his experience in 6-max and MTTs, to the Upswing Poker Lab. Daniel will be producing modules and Play & Explains, as well […]

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[QUIZ] What is Your Poker IQ Score?

[QUIZ] What is Your Poker IQ Score?

How knowledgeable are you when it comes to the most popular “big bet” poker games? This 8-question quiz includes questions about No Limit Hold’em (cash games and tournaments), Pot Limit Omaha, and “big bet” poker theory […]

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3 Effective Strategies Most Pot Limit Omaha Pros Don’t Know

You’re about to learn three advanced strategies that will make you a lot more money at Pot Limit Omaha. These strategies are particularly valuable because most PLO pros miss them. If you implement them correctly, you’ll pick up an edge versus even the best players in your games. Leading on the flop as the small […]

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Take a Sneak Peek at the New Advanced PLO Mastery Course

Take a Sneak Peek at the New Advanced PLO Mastery Course

Getting better at Pot Limit Omaha is about to get a whole lot easier. That’s because the brand new Advanced PLO Mastery course is coming to Upswing on Monday, March 2nd. Veteran PLO pros Chris Wehner and Dylan Weisman have condensed and compiled thousands of hours of […]

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The “King of Instagram” Plays Heads-Up Poker (Analysis)

You probably already know Dan Bilzerian. The man dubbed the “King of Instagram” claims to have made his entire fortune playing poker — which has been contested (see: Did Dan Bilzerian Win His Money in Poker?). It’s tough to know how Bilzerian approaches poker strategy because he mainly plays in high stakes private games. Back […]

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Ryan Fee Flops a Full House…Should He Fold? (Cutting-Edge PLO Tactics Revealed)

Ryan Fee Flops a Full House…Should He Fold? (Cutting-Edge PLO Tactics Revealed)

Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Feb 21, 2020 Ryan Fee Flops a Full House…Should He Fold? (Cutting-Edge PLO Tactics Revealed) Ryan Fee Flops a Full House…Should He Fold? (Cutting-Edge PLO Tactics Revealed) Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Feb 21, 2020 Home Pot Limit Omaha is a truly sick game. Even when you hit the third best possible hand on the […]

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Fast Playing Vs Slow Playing Revealed

Fast Playing Vs Slow Playing Revealed

Home Ryan Fee|Poker Strategy|Feb 18, 2020 Fast Playing Vs Slow Playing Revealed Fast Playing Vs Slow Playing Revealed Ryan Fee|Poker Strategy|Feb 18, 2020 Home You flop a set… Your opponent bets into you and you have a decision to make. Will you fast-play with a raise, hoping to get all-in as soon as possible? Or […]

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Navigating a Nasty Spot with the Second Nuts in Pot Limit Omaha (Analysis)

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Feb 14, 2020 Navigating a Nasty Spot with the Second Nuts in Pot Limit Omaha (Analysis) Navigating a Nasty Spot with the Second Nuts in Pot Limit Omaha (Analysis) [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Feb 14, 2020 Home If you ever find yourself unsure of how to play […]

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Since the advent of preflop solvers, poker players have discovered some very interesting things about preflop strategy. One particularly interesting and useful discovery has to do with suited connectors. In certain scenarios, low suited connectors (like 54s) are preferable to higher ones (like 98s). You’re about to learn why, and how you should adjust your […]

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Today’s low-mid stakes poker games are still beatable for a solid and consistent win-rate. Pot Limit Omaha professional Dylan Weisman is determined to prove that fact, and he’s going to teach you a thing or two about PLO as he does it. Starting this week, Dylan will attempt to turn a $5,000 bankroll into $25,000 […]

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Feb 7, 2020 5 Preflop Mistakes You Are Probably Making in Pot Limit Omaha 5 Preflop Mistakes You Are Probably Making in Pot Limit Omaha [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Feb 7, 2020 Home Ready to plug some leaks in your Pot Limit Omaha game? This article will […]

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One of the biggest influences on an hourly rate for poker earnings is the number of hands played per hour. This number drastically varies in live games compared to online play. In fact, one of the biggest advantages to playing online is the ability to play many more hands per hour. Multi-tabling, playing short-handed (6-max) […]

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Since it burst onto the scene a few years ago, Short Deck Hold’em has spread rapidly throughout the poker world. Short Deck has been a staple on the high roller circuit for the past two years, in both cash games and tournaments. More recently, it gained popularity in the United States when the World Series […]

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Since it burst onto the scene a few years ago, Short Deck Hold’em has spread rapidly throughout the poker world. Short Deck has been a staple on the high roller circuit for the past two years, in both cash games and tournaments. More recently, it gained popularity in the United States when the World Series […]

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Want Your Bluffs to Work More Often? Try “Delaying” Them

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You’re about to learn a tactic that will help you steal pots from right under you opponent’s nose…and they won’t even know it happened. The tactic involves checking back on the flop as the preflop aggressor, only to bet on the turn. This is referred to as a delayed […]

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A poker bot is a computerized poker player. Unlike their human counterparts, bots never succumb to tilt, they never misplay a hand, and they never get tired of playing. Bots can play on and on indefinitely, making money over the long run. A sufficiently widespread and sophisticated poker bot infestation could mean the end of […]

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Catherine “catrific” Valdes is an online content creator and self-described ex-influencer. She’s best known in the poker world for an incident at the 2019 WSOP Circuit Bally’s stop, when her reaction to a staff error caused an uproar in the poker community. Valdes has amassed more than 600,000 subscribers on YouTube and similar large following […]

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Home Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Jan 28, 2020 3 Key Hands from a Sunday Million Final Table 3 Key Hands from a Sunday Million Final Table Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Jan 28, 2020 Home Ready to improve your strategy by getting inside the head of a truly great tournament pro? Keep reading. One of the best parts of the […]

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Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Jan 24, 2020 3 Strategies to Help You Win After Calling a 3-Bet 3 Strategies to Help You Win After Calling a 3-Bet Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Jan 24, 2020 Home Your results in 3-bet pots will have a huge impact on your bottom line. In fact, one of the easiest ways to dramatically […]

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Erick Lindgren was at one time one of the biggest names in poker. The man known as “E-Dog” was one of the faces of Full Tilt Poker during the poker boom era of the 2000s, and owns a poker resume with more than $10 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Lindgren was a fan favorite and […]

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John Cynn is best known as the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion. Cynn’s poker accomplishments, however, aren’t limited to just that run, in which he took home the Main Event bracelet. The 34-year-old poker pro started racking up scores in poker tournaments as early as 2010, and his rise to the top […]

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Hossein Ensan has built an impressive poker resume in a relatively short poker career. The 55-year-old poker pro won the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, adding a $10 million payday to his career tournament earnings total. The 2019 Main Event wasn’t the first major championship win for Ensan, however. The well-accomplished poker pro […]

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Ready to put your live poker skills to the test? The following quiz will take you through a variety of both preflop and postflop situations that are specific to live poker. The correct answer is considered either the highest expected value (EV) action or the action that should be taken most frequently. In other words, […]

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Ready to put your live poker skills to the test? The following quiz will take you through a variety of both preflop and postflop situations that are specific to live poker. The correct answer is considered either the highest expected value (EV) action or the action that should be taken most frequently. In other words, […]

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Jan 10, 2020 How the World’s #1 Cash Game Player Has Changed His Strategy How the World’s #1 Cash Game Player Has Changed His Strategy [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Jan 10, 2020 Home The text below is based on the video above. How has LLinusLLove been crushing […]

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For the past year, legendary cash game pro Alex “Kanu7” Millar has been hard at work on an advanced course to help you improve your skills. The course is called Advanced Cash Game Strategy, and it’s coming to Upswing Poker on Monday, January 13th. During launch week only you also get his $299 Play Like LLinus course as a free bonus when you […]

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Jan 3, 2020 When to Attack After Your Opponent Checks Back (4 Tips for Probing) When to Attack After Your Opponent Checks Back (4 Tips for Probing) Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Jan 3, 2020 Home Being out of position sucks, but it sucks a lot less when your opponent checks back on the flop. […]

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 13, 2019 How to Play Strong Hands on Monotone Flops (Check-Raise vs Slow-Play) How to Play Strong Hands on Monotone Flops (Check-Raise vs Slow-Play) [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 13, 2019 Home The text below is based on the video above. Imagine taking a seat at […]

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Home Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Dec 10, 2019 (Quiz) Let’s Play a Final Table with $173,000 Up Top (Quiz) Let’s Play a Final Table with $173,000 Up Top Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Dec 10, 2019 Home Fortunes are won and lost at final tables, so it’s crucial you play well when you’re lucky enough to make one. To help […]

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 6, 2019 Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️) Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️) [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 6, 2019 Home The text below is based on the video above. Most poker players misplay monotone […]

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 6, 2019 Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️) Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️) [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 6, 2019 Home The text below is based on the video above. Most poker players misplay monotone […]

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What should I do when I have ace-king and miss the flop? This is one of the most common questions asked by poker players who are just starting out. If you’re an experienced player, you know that there’s a big problem with that question: a lack of details. The positions, preflop action, flop, stack sizes…all […]

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What’s the only thing worse than losing money in one session of poker? Going on a poker downswing that causes you to lose money an extended period of time. Bad beats can seriously test your mental game. Downswings are an inevitable part of poker. It doesn’t matter whether you are brand new to the game […]

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What’s the only thing worse than losing money in one session of poker? Going on a poker downswing that causes you to lose money an extended period of time. Bad beats can seriously test your mental game. Downswings are an inevitable part of poker. It doesn’t matter whether you are brand new to the game […]

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Have you considered upgrading your poker skills with one of Upswing’s training courses? It’s time to get off the fence because we’re slashing prices by 25% site-wide for Black Friday! And by site-wide, we mean every course and tool on the site will be 25% off, including the Upswing Lab, Nick Petrangelo’s tournament courses, Doug […]

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Humans are results oriented creatures. When we lose a hand we’ll go over it in our heads numerous times. Yet when we win a hand we often don’t give it a second thought. However, when analyzing your play, it’s extremely important to look back at all of your hands with an analytical eye, regardless of […]

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Humans are results oriented creatures. When we lose a hand we’ll go over it in our heads numerous times. Yet when we win a hand we often don’t give it a second thought. However, when analyzing your play, it’s extremely important to look back at all of your hands with an analytical eye, regardless of […]

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8 Live Poker Tips That Will Put More Cash in Your Pocket

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Home George Mathias|Poker Strategy|Nov 15, 2019 8 Live Poker Tips That Will Put More Cash in Your Pocket 8 Live Poker Tips That Will Put More Cash in Your Pocket George Mathias|Poker Strategy|Nov 15, 2019 Home Despite sharing the same rules, live poker games are quite a bit different than their online counterparts. Whether it […]

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Home George Mathias|Poker Strategy|Nov 15, 2019 8 Live Poker Tips That Will Put More Cash in Your Pocket 8 Live Poker Tips That Will Put More Cash in Your Pocket George Mathias|Poker Strategy|Nov 15, 2019 Home Despite sharing the same rules, live poker games are quite a bit different than their online counterparts. Whether it […]

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Upswing Poker coach Jake Abdalla returned to the live poker streets this week, final tabling the $10K 8-Game Mix at the Poker Masters Friday afternoon. Abdalla placed fifth for $36,000, his largest live tournament cash since 2017. Abdalla, known for his online mixed cash-game prowess, also has had consistent success in live tournaments. The Boston-native […]

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How to Exploit 3 Different Types of Poker Players

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Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Nov 12, 2019 How to Exploit 3 Different Types of Poker Players How to Exploit 3 Different Types of Poker Players Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Nov 12, 2019 Home Your goal in poker is to make as much money as possible. In order to do that, you must exploit your opponents to the maximum, […]

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How Daniel Negreanu Lost His 2019 WSOP Player of the Year Title

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Robert Campbell is officially the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year. The POY honors were erroneously awarded to Daniel Negreanu earlier this week. A data entry error from the results of Event #68 $1,000 WSOP.com ONLINE No-Limit Hold’em Championship was discovered, however, which awarded Negreanu points for an in-the-money finish he didn’t […]

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Firing a Triple Barrel Bluff with 6♣️ 5♣️ on K-7-4 (Analysis)

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Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Nov 8, 2019 Firing a Triple Barrel Bluff with 6♣️ 5♣️ on K-7-4 (Analysis) Firing a Triple Barrel Bluff with 6♣️ 5♣️ on K-7-4 (Analysis) Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Nov 8, 2019 Home All of the world’s top poker players have something in common: they play extremely aggressively. Playing aggressively allows you to put […]

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How to Play Middle Set on A♦ 8♠️ 6♠️ K♠️ for $15,747 (PLO Analysis)

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Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Nov 4, 2019 How to Play Middle Set on A♦ 8♠️ 6♠️ K♠️ for $15,747 (PLO Analysis) How to Play Middle Set on A♦ 8♠️ 6♠️ K♠️ for $15,747 (PLO Analysis) [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Nov 4, 2019 Home $25/$50 Pot Limit Omaha is a BIG game. […]

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(Quiz) Can You Size Your Bets Like a Poker Boss?

Get ready to test your bet sizing skills. You are about to be presented with ten different spots and two bet sizing options for each. Your goal is to choose the size with the highest expected value. If you would usually check with one of the hands in question, answer with the bet size you […]

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How to Win More Pots with Delayed C-Bets

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Every skilled poker player has the c-bet (short for “continuation bet”) in their arsenal. C-betting capitalizes on two crucial facts: The preflop aggressor usually has the strongest range of any player in the hand. It’s hard to connect with the flop. (The chance of flopping a pair with any non-paired hand in Texas Hold’em is […]

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Sneak Peek at the New Short Deck Course with Kane Kalas

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Home Mike Brady|Poker News & History, Poker Strategy|Oct 28, 2019 Sneak Peek at the New Short Deck Course with Kane Kalas Sneak Peek at the New Short Deck Course with Kane Kalas Mike Brady|Poker News & History, Poker Strategy|Oct 28, 2019 Home Meet the latest elite pro to join the Upswing team: Kane Kalas. Kane […]

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How to Get Max Value with Ace-Jack on Jack-Jack-Five (Analysis)

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Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 18, 2019 How to Get Max Value with Ace-Jack on Jack-Jack-Five (Analysis) How to Get Max Value with Ace-Jack on Jack-Jack-Five (Analysis) Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 18, 2019 Winning big pots is crucial for your bottom line. Whoever wins the big pots during a session is very likely to be the biggest […]

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

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Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks

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

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What Happened to Full Tilt Poker?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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

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Did 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

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 a Poker Module? | List of All 80+ Upswing Lab Modules

What is a Poker Module? | List of All 80+ Upswing Lab Modules

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? | The 4 States with Legal Poker Sites

Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | The 4 States with Legal Poker Sites

Is online poker legal in the USA today? The answer is depends on what state you live in. State-regulated, real-money online poker is legally available in only a handful of states. As of July 2020, players in New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Delaware enjoy access to legal online poker sites. Michigan and West Virginia have […]

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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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