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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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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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 As I got more serious about poker, however, I realized that a lot of the strategy taught in these books is outdated.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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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[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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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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Want Your Bluffs to Work More Often? Try “Delaying” Them

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

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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3 Strategies to Help You Win After Calling a 3-Bet

3 Strategies to Help You Win After Calling a 3-Bet

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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5 Tips To Help You Break Out of Micro Stakes

5 Tips To Help You Break Out of Micro Stakes

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Jan 21, 2020 5 Tips To Help You Break Out of Micro Stakes 5 Tips To Help You Break Out of Micro Stakes Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Jan 21, 2020 Home Every micro stakes player should have one goal: make enough money to move up in stakes. But while many players find it is […]

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[QUIZ] Are You a Shark or a Fish at Live Poker Tables?

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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[QUIZ] Are You a Shark or a Fish at Live Poker Tables?

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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(Quiz) Let’s Play a Final Table with $173,000 Up Top

(Quiz) Let’s Play a Final Table with $173,000 Up Top

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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How to Handle Downswings Like a Poker Pro

How to Handle Downswings Like a Poker Pro

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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How to Handle Downswings Like a Poker Pro

How to Handle Downswings Like a Poker Pro

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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Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks

Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks

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

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How to Choose Between Small vs Big Bet Sizes

How to Choose Between Small vs Big Bet Sizes

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

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5 Tips for Playing Backdoor Flush & Straight Draws

5 Tips for Playing Backdoor Flush & Straight Draws

Backdoor draws play a significant role in the range construction process. If you aren’t don’t regularly consider backdoor draws when making decisions at the table, this short list of tips is for you. As you’re about to learn, backdoor draws aren’t valuable just because of their additional equity to hit a strong hand. Backdoor draws […]

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Win More Money vs Limpers NOW!

Win More Money vs Limpers NOW!

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

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

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

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

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(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

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

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(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

(QUIZ) Can You Dominate Live Poker Games?

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

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3 Small Stakes Hands Analyzed by High Stakes Veterans

3 Small Stakes Hands Analyzed by High Stakes Veterans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Maximize Your Winnings Versus Multiple Limpers

How to Maximize Your Winnings Versus Multiple Limpers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

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

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Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

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

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Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

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

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Limps in Poker: The Ultimate Guide to Crushing Open Limpers

Limps in Poker: The Ultimate Guide to Crushing Open Limpers

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

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

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

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

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