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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Become the Poker Player You Were Born To Be With MyGame Whiz

Ask any successful poker player how they became top of their game and they’ll all give similar answers. They all put in plenty of practice and they all analyse their play away from the tables. MyGame Whiz, the awesome free poker tool from partypoker, is designed to help you improve your poker skills and take […]

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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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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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PKO Strategy With Barry Carter

PKO Strategy With Barry Carter

I’ve long been a big fan of the Bounty Hunters at partypoker for lots of reasons, but perhaps most notably because there is no rake on the bounty element. It essentially makes them half the rake of their Vanilla MTT equivalent, which makes them automatically more profitable than at sites that charge the standard rake. […]

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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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