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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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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10 Poker Mindset Mistakes to Avoid

10 Poker Mindset Mistakes to Avoid

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

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

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

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

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How to Maximize Your Profit on Paired Flops In Position

How to Maximize Your Profit on Paired Flops In Position

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5 Advanced Poker Strategies & Tips To Supercharge Your Poker Wins

5 Advanced Poker Strategies & Tips To Supercharge Your Poker Wins

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

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

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

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

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Poker Chip Values & Colors That Real Casinos Use

Poker Chip Values & Colors That Real Casinos Use

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

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Phil Hellmuth: Poker Results, Memorable Hands & Top BLOWUPS

Phil Hellmuth: Poker Results, Memorable Hands & Top BLOWUPS

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

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[QUIZ] Can You Exploit This Hypothetical Poker Table?

[QUIZ] Can You Exploit This Hypothetical Poker Table?

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

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Why Coffee is Hurting Your Poker Results

Why Coffee is Hurting Your Poker Results

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

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

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

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

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How to Snowball Your Winnings vs Weak Players

How to Snowball Your Winnings vs Weak Players

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

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

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

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

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Replay Poker Review: What You Should Know Before Playing

Replay Poker Review: What You Should Know Before Playing

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

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Why Teddy KGB is Actually Bad at Poker

Why Teddy KGB is Actually Bad at Poker

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

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10 Most Famous Poker Players Ever (Male & Female)

10 Most Famous Poker Players Ever (Male & Female)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Adjust Your Strategy in Splashy Live Games

How to Adjust Your Strategy in Splashy Live Games

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

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

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

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

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How to Avoid the Unhealthy Mindset That Tortures Poker Players

How to Avoid the Unhealthy Mindset That Tortures Poker Players

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

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

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

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

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The Five Craziest Prop Bets You Can Make

The Five Craziest Prop Bets You Can Make

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

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How to Play Draw Poker Games

How to Play Draw Poker Games

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

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How to Distribute Chips For a Poker Home Game

How to Distribute Chips For a Poker Home Game

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

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

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

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

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Win a Free 30 Minute Coaching Session with Nick Petrangelo

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

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How Much Money Has Patrik Antonius Won in Poker?

How Much Money Has Patrik Antonius Won in Poker?

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

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Was This Bluff a Mistake? (Analysis)

Was This Bluff a Mistake? (Analysis)

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

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April is Bonus Content Month for Upswing Members

April is Bonus Content Month for Upswing Members

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

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How to Avoid Getting Crushed After Defending with a Weak Hand

How to Avoid Getting Crushed After Defending with a Weak Hand

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

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

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

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

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Checking Flops with Overpairs: When Should You Do It?

Checking Flops with Overpairs: When Should You Do It?

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

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Master Preflop Play with the New Advanced Solver Ranges

Master Preflop Play with the New Advanced Solver Ranges

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

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The Importance of Poker Bankroll Management

The Importance of Poker Bankroll Management

The biggest reason poker players go broke, a lack of skill aside is because of poor bankroll management. They don’t keep enough money to one side to see them through downswings. This or they play stakes too high for the funds they have available. Practising good bankroll management is like budgeting in your everyday life. […]

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8 Rules to Help You Choose the Perfect Bet Size

8 Rules to Help You Choose the Perfect Bet Size

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

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21 Best Poker Apps for Playing, Tracking & Training

21 Best Poker Apps for Playing, Tracking & Training

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

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

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

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

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10 Fundamental Tips for The Most Common Types of Flops

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

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

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

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The Starting Hands That Make the Most Money in Multiway Pots

The Starting Hands That Make the Most Money in Multiway Pots

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

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

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

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

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[QUIZ] What is Your Poker IQ Score?

[QUIZ] What is Your Poker IQ Score?

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

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

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

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Take a Sneak Peek at the New Advanced PLO Mastery Course

Take a Sneak Peek at the New Advanced PLO Mastery Course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fast Playing Vs Slow Playing Revealed

Fast Playing Vs Slow Playing Revealed

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

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

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

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

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Why 5♠ 4♠ is Better Than 9♠ 8♠ (And How That Fact Impacts Optimal Strategy)

Why 5♠ 4♠ is Better Than 9♠ 8♠ (And How That Fact Impacts Optimal Strategy)

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

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Pot Limit Omaha Pro Embarks on $25,000 Bankroll Challenge

Pot Limit Omaha Pro Embarks on $25,000 Bankroll Challenge

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

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5 Preflop Mistakes You Are Probably Making in Pot Limit Omaha

5 Preflop Mistakes You Are Probably Making in Pot Limit Omaha

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

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How Many Hands Are Played Per Hour in Live Poker Games?

How Many Hands Are Played Per Hour in Live Poker Games?

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

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Short Deck vs No Limit Hold’em: 4 Must-Know Strategic Differences

Short Deck vs No Limit Hold’em: 4 Must-Know Strategic Differences

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

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Short Deck vs No Limit Hold’em: 4 Must-Know Strategic Differences

Short Deck vs No Limit Hold’em: 4 Must-Know Strategic Differences

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

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

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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4 Ways to Identify a Poker Bot Online

4 Ways to Identify a Poker Bot Online

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

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Why Poker Players Got Mad at Catrific

Why Poker Players Got Mad at Catrific

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

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3 Key Hands from a Sunday Million Final Table

3 Key Hands from a Sunday Million Final Table

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

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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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Who is Erick Lindgren? The Success & Unpaid Debts of “E-Dog”

Who is Erick Lindgren? The Success & Unpaid Debts of “E-Dog”

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

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Meet John Cynn: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

Meet John Cynn: Poker Results & Memorable Hands

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

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Who is Hossein Ensan? Meet the WSOP Main Event Champion

Who is Hossein Ensan? Meet the WSOP Main Event Champion

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

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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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How the World’s #1 Cash Game Player Has Changed His Strategy

How the World’s #1 Cash Game Player Has Changed His Strategy

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

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Take a Tour of the Advanced Cash Game Strategy Course with Kanu7

Take a Tour of the Advanced Cash Game Strategy Course with Kanu7

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

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3 Ways You Might Be Bleeding Money in Cash Games

3 Ways You Might Be Bleeding Money in Cash Games

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Jan 7, 2020 3 Ways You Might Be Bleeding Money in Cash Games 3 Ways You Might Be Bleeding Money in Cash Games Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Jan 7, 2020 Home There are so many ways to lose money in poker, but there are only a few ways to win. This is why when […]

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When to Attack After Your Opponent Checks Back (4 Tips for Probing)

When to Attack After Your Opponent Checks Back (4 Tips for Probing)

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

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When to Attack After Your Opponent Checks Back (4 Tips for Probing)

When to Attack After Your Opponent Checks Back (4 Tips for Probing)

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

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Online Poker Legend Shares Secrets for Four Flush Boards

Online Poker Legend Shares Secrets for Four Flush Boards

Home Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 20, 2019 Online Poker Legend Shares Secrets for Four Flush Boards Online Poker Legend Shares Secrets for Four Flush Boards [This post contains video, click to play] Mike Brady|Poker Strategy|Dec 20, 2019 Home Boards with four cards of the same suit are a special combination of weird and rare… …and many […]

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Mastering 4-Bet Pots with Deliberate Practice (Quiz & New Tool)

Mastering 4-Bet Pots with Deliberate Practice (Quiz & New Tool)

Home Alex Sutherland|Poker Strategy|Dec 17, 2019 Mastering 4-Bet Pots with Deliberate Practice (Quiz & New Tool) Mastering 4-Bet Pots with Deliberate Practice (Quiz & New Tool) Alex Sutherland|Poker Strategy|Dec 17, 2019 Home We’re mixing things up today with a guest post from one of Upswing Poker’s partners (Simple Poker). If you use solvers, the five […]

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How to Play Strong Hands on Monotone Flops (Check-Raise vs Slow-Play)

How to Play Strong Hands on Monotone Flops (Check-Raise vs Slow-Play)

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

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(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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Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️)

Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️)

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

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Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️)

Poker Millionaire Reveals His Strategy on Monotone Flops (♠️ ♠️ ♠️)

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

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How a Six-Figure Pro Bluffs with Ace-King (Analysis)

How a Six-Figure Pro Bluffs with Ace-King (Analysis)

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

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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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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, Doug […]

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Flopping Top Set in a $1,000,000 Tournament (Analysis)

Flopping Top Set in a $1,000,000 Tournament (Analysis)

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

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Flopping Top Set in a $1,000,000 Tournament (Analysis)

Flopping Top Set in a $1,000,000 Tournament (Analysis)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jake Abdalla Final Tables Poker Masters $10K 8-Game Mix

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

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How to Exploit 3 Different Types of Poker Players

How to Exploit 3 Different Types of Poker Players

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Win More Pots with Delayed C-Bets

How to Win More Pots with Delayed C-Bets

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

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Sneak Peek at the New Short Deck Course with Kane Kalas

Sneak Peek at the New Short Deck Course with Kane Kalas

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

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

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

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

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Wind Creek Poker Room Review (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)

Wind Creek Poker Room Review (Formerly Sands Bethlehem)

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

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Beat Calling Stations with These 3 Stupid-Simple Tricks

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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What Happened to Full Tilt Poker?

What Happened to Full Tilt Poker?

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

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

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

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

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The Top 10 Poker Movies of All-Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

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

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4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

4 Factors to Think About Before Hero Calling

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

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4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session

4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session

Home Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 4, 2019 4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session 4 Lessons from an Elite Pro’s First Coaching Session Dan B.|Poker Strategy|Oct 4, 2019 Feel like improving your poker strategy? You’re about to learn 4 lessons from a live mid-high stakes cash game session that online beast and Upswing Lab […]

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Stones Live Poker Player Accused of Cheating On Stream

Mike Postle and Stones Poker Cheating Allegations: Here’s What We Know Allegations of a cheating scandal featuring Mike Postle, a regular at the Stones Gambling Hall, have taken over the poker world the past few days. Postle is a regular on the livestreamed cash games at Stones, which feature $1/$3 and $5/$5 games, sometimes with […]

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Stones Live Poker Player Accused of Cheating On Stream

Mike Postle and Stones Poker Cheating Allegations: Here’s What We Know Allegations of a cheating scandal featuring Mike Postle, a regular at the Stones Gambling Hall, have taken over the poker world the past few days. Postle is a regular on the livestreamed cash games at Stones, which feature $1/$3 and $5/$5 games, sometimes with […]

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Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis)

Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis)

Home Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Oct 1, 2019 Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis) Phil Hellmuth BLOWS UP (Analysis) Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Oct 1, 2019 There’s no doubt that Phil Hellmuth has had a very successful poker career. He tops the all-time WSOP bracelet list with fifteen, a whopping five more than those tied for second (Doyle Brunson, Phil […]

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ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 Tournament players, rejoice! ICMIZER 3, the latest update in the cutting-edge ICMIZER series of poker tournament analysis tools, has arrived. [This post contains video, click […]

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ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments

Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments ICMIZER 3: Maximize Your Edge in Poker Tournaments Geoffrey Fisk|Poker News & History|Sep 27, 2019 Tournament players, rejoice! ICMIZER 3, the latest update in the cutting-edge ICMIZER series of poker tournament analysis tools, has arrived. [This post contains video, click […]

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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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Daytona Beach Poker Room: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Daytona Beach Poker Room: Is It Worth Your Rake?

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

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What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020

What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020

Home » Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Sep 20, 2019 What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020 What Your Poker Strategy Should Look Like in 2020 Ernest Gorham|Poker Strategy|Sep 20, 2019 If you had to choose one, would you use a game theory or exploit based strategy at the table? This has been one of the […]

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5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

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

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5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

5 Lucrative Check-Raising Strategies You Should Try Today

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

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7 Multiway Tactics You Should Know Going Into 2020

7 Multiway Tactics You Should Know Going Into 2020

If you want to improve your results in pots with three or more players, keep reading. You’re about to learn seven tactical adjustments that will help you play better in multiway pots. This one is going to be especially helpful for the live players out there! Each section below covers a different multiway spot. If […]

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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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Tom Dwan’s Aces Up vs a Chinese Billionaire (Analysis)

Tom Dwan’s Aces Up vs a Chinese Billionaire (Analysis)

Perhaps the most infamous young poker player of the modern era, Tom Dwan blew away casual poker fans with his loose-aggressive strategy on televised high stakes cash games from 2008-2011. Then he went from hero to villain in the eyes of many as he has neglected to finish his 50,000 hand “durrrr challenge” — which […]

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Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

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

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Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

Silks Poker Room at Tampa Bay Downs: Is It Worth Your Rake?

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

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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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Erica Schoenberg: How a Blackjack Genius Became a Poker Pro

Erica Schoenberg: How a Blackjack Genius Became a Poker Pro

Erica Schoenberg Lindgren is an American professional poker and blackjack player as well as a former model, beach volleyball player, and personal trainer. The 41-year-old Schoenberg has competed in both the World Series of Blackjack (WSOB) and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in addition to the Ultimate Blackjack Tour and World Poker Tour (WPT). […]

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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 Win Your Blind vs Blind Wars (When Facing a Limp)

How to Win Your Blind vs Blind Wars (When Facing a Limp)

Last time we talked about blind vs blind battles, the focus was on playing as the big blind versus a raise. This time, we’ll be talking about how to approach playing as the big blind versus an open-limp by the small blind. Considering how often a player in the small blind should limp (in theory) […]

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How to Maximize Your Winnings Versus Multiple Limpers

How to Maximize Your Winnings Versus Multiple Limpers

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

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Who is Mike McDonald? How “Timex” Became a Poker Legend

Who is Mike McDonald? How “Timex” Became a Poker Legend

Mike McDonald, at 29 years old, has already just about done it all in poker. The man known as “Timex” started racking up an online poker bankroll before he could even legally play, starting on Partypoker in 2005 at age 16. Fast forward to 2019, and McDonald’s resume includes more than $13 million in live […]

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What an Elite Player Thinks During a Big Final Table (Analysis)

What an Elite Player Thinks During a Big Final Table (Analysis)

Many tournament players love to talk about their bust out hands. They might play dozens of interesting hands over a 10-hour span, yet that final one is usually all you’ll hear about. We’ve all done it, but this really misses the bigger picture. What separates the tournament crushers from the bad regs isn’t just how […]

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How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

If facing a turn check-raise has ever made you hate life, this is the article for you. We are about to go over both the theoretical and practical aspects of this situation so you can quickly identify the winningest strategy for your given hand. Table of Contents: General Advice for Playing vs Turn Check-Raise Practice […]

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How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

How to React to a Check-Raise on the Turn: Theory vs Practice

If facing a turn check-raise has ever made you hate life, this is the article for you. We are about to go over both the theoretical and practical aspects of this situation so you can quickly identify the winningest strategy for your given hand. Table of Contents: General Advice for Playing vs Turn Check-Raise Practice […]

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Bryn Kenney Becomes #1 in Tournament Winnings with $20,563,324 Score

Bryn Kenney Becomes #1 in Tournament Winnings with $20,563,324 Score

Bryn Kenney continued his incredible 2019 with a second place finish in the Triton Million for Charity Saturday afternoon. Despite placing second, Kenney negotiated a chop at the start of heads-up play that allowed him to take $20,563,324 compared to the $16,775,820 for eventual winner Aaron Zang. Table of Contents: Who is Bryn Kenney? Bryn […]

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A 3.7 Million Dollar River Card at the WSOP (Hand Analysis)

A 3.7 Million Dollar River Card at the WSOP (Hand Analysis)

It’s the 2017 WSOP One Drop final table and just two players remain. The $3,686,865 up top is going to either Upswing Poker’s own Doug Polk or high stakes pro Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier.  Doug is sitting on a stack of 37.6 million chips (47bb) while Elky has 27.4 million chips (34bb). Doug is on the […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

Tournament poker can be the most glorious form of the game, or the most brutal. When variance is on your side and you win one, it feels like you’re the best player on the planet. On the other hand, when you are running bad and busting tournament after tournament, it feels like you can’t do […]

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4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

4 Quick Hands That Will Help You Conquer Tournaments

Tournament poker can be the most glorious form of the game, or the most brutal. When variance is on your side and you win one, it feels like you’re the best player on the planet. On the other hand, when you are running bad and busting tournament after tournament, it feels like you can’t do […]

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How to Get Max Value from Poker Database Software

How to Get Max Value from Poker Database Software

Whether you play online poker seriously or just for practice, the following tips will help you improve your skills and win-rate with database software (like PokerTracker, Hold’em Manager, or DriveHUD). 1. Build yourself an effective HUD An effective HUD is one that contains only the most important and frequently used stats. These crucial stats will […]

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$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

Ready to improve your live cash game skills? Today we are going to look at three hands that Doug Polk played during a $5/$10 cash game session at the Aria. (This session was documented in a vlog on Doug’s YouTube channel — watch it here.) Let’s get started. Hand #1 9-Handed. Effective Stack $1,000. Doug […]

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$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

$1,000 Cash Game Insights from a High Stakes Veteran

Ready to improve your live cash game skills? Today we are going to look at three hands that Doug Polk played during a $5/$10 cash game session at the Aria. (This session was documented in a vlog on Doug’s YouTube channel — watch it here.) Let’s get started. Hand #1 9-Handed. Effective Stack $1,000. Doug […]

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The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

At some point in every poker player’s career it happens. You finally build up the courage and bankroll to take a shot at a bigger game, but the moment it starts going poorly you begin to question every decision.  That’s just what happened to Tanner, a member of the Upswing Lab training course. Luckily he […]

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The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

The #1 Mistake Players Make When Playing Higher Stakes

At some point in every poker player’s career it happens. You finally build up the courage and bankroll to take a shot at a bigger game, but the moment it starts going poorly you begin to question every decision.  That’s just what happened to Tanner, a member of the Upswing Lab training course. Luckily he […]

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8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

The tournament grind is tough. You can go months without a solid score, all the while watching other players succeed around you. Tournaments are nonetheless a high-value format because of the soft competition. So, if you don’t mind the variance, or if you enjoy the format more than cash games, then by all means play […]

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8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

8 Quick MTT Tips to Help You Top the Leaderboard

The tournament grind is tough. You can go months without a solid score, all the while watching other players succeed around you. Tournaments are nonetheless a high-value format because of the soft competition. So, if you don’t mind the variance, or if you enjoy the format more than cash games, then by all means play […]

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Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

You’re about to improve your final table skills with Nick Petrangelo’s third and final free strategy video before the release of his new course High Stakes MTT Sessions. Nick starts the video with a short walkthrough of the course, then moves on to a final table hand review. Enjoy! [This post contains video, click to […]

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Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

Bluff-Raising the River with $38,381 on the Line (Analysis)

You’re about to improve your final table skills with Nick Petrangelo’s third and final free strategy video before the release of his new course High Stakes MTT Sessions. Nick starts the video with a short walkthrough of the course, then moves on to a final table hand review. Enjoy! [This post contains video, click to […]

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High Stakes MTT Sessions with Nick Petrangelo Walkthrough (Out Now)

High Stakes MTT Sessions with Nick Petrangelo Walkthrough (Out Now)

Nick Petrangelo is back with an advanced training course to help you run deep in more tournaments. It’s called High Stakes MTT Sessions and you can get it here. The 20+ hour course features a hand review-heavy format that you’re sure to find fun and valuable. Here’s what Nick had to say about it: I […]

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

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

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

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Poker Professor Reviews Doug Polk’s Advanced Heads-Up Mastery Course

Poker Professor Reviews Doug Polk’s Advanced Heads-Up Mastery Course

Editor’s Note Poker strategy is ever-evolving. If one wants to maintain a competitive edge and compete as “the best-of-the-best” they must embrace progression and criticism. Indeed, even the game’s greatest understand the value in an objective evaluation of their work. For this reason, it is important to call upon fellow poker experts to review and […]

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Blind vs Blind Play Explained by a Super High Roller

Blind vs Blind Play Explained by a Super High Roller

As promised, Nick Petrangelo is back to help you improve your poker skills. The focus of this hand review video is blind versus blind strategy, but some money bubble-related concepts come up as well. Enjoy! [This post contains video, click to play] Check back for video #3 next Friday! It will cover a big spot […]

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If You Can’t Ace This Cash Game Quiz, You Need to Join the Lab

The Upswing Lab training course has helped poker players of all levels exceed their goals. The Lab’s greatest success story is probably high stakes regular Ali Imsirovic, but many more have seen dramatic improvements as well. If you can’t get all 10 questions correct on this quiz, you really need to get the Lab (unless […]

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If You Can’t Ace This Cash Game Quiz, You Need to Join the Lab

The Upswing Lab training course has helped poker players of all levels exceed their goals. The Lab’s greatest success story is probably high stakes regular Ali Imsirovic, but many more have seen dramatic improvements as well. If you can’t get all 10 questions correct on this quiz, you really need to get the Lab (unless […]

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Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

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

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Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

Advance Your Multiway Skills with Nick Petrangelo (Free Video)

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

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How to Play Three-Card Poker

How to Play Three-Card Poker

Three-Card Poker sounds like a prison game, doesn’t it? In fact, Three-Card Poker has become one of the most popular table games in casinos across the US. Not only is the game quite simple to learn and play, but it is relatively slow-paced (so you won’t lose as much as faster-paced games) and also great […]

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Did Jason Koon Make a Million Dollar Mistake vs Kane Kalas? (Analysis)

Did Jason Koon Make a Million Dollar Mistake vs Kane Kalas? (Analysis)

Did this super high roller make a million dollar mistake? We are about to analyze one of the biggest televised No Limit Hold’em cash game hands of all time, which took place on the Triton Poker Million Euro Cash Game in Montenegro. There were 8 poker players at the table with €2,000/€4,000 blinds and a […]

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Crush Live Poker Games With These 8 Battle-Tested Tactics

Crush Live Poker Games With These 8 Battle-Tested Tactics

It is no secret that live poker games are far softer than online games. Most successful online players could switch to live poker and win at a solid rate from the get-go. The same can not be said for successful live players who hop online. Yet the players who have the highest hourly win-rates in […]

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What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

You’re about to learn how professional poker players approach 4-betting. You’ll find the answers to these key questions in this article: Why do we 4-bet? With which hands should we 4-bet? What 4-bet size should we use? How should we adjust our 4-bet sizes in tournaments? The answers are actually quite simple and you can […]

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What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

What Top Poker Pros Already Know About 4-Betting

You’re about to learn how professional poker players approach 4-betting. You’ll find the answers to these key questions in this article: Why do we 4-bet? With which hands should we 4-bet? What 4-bet size should we use? How should we adjust our 4-bet sizes in tournaments? The answers are actually quite simple and you can […]

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High Stakes Pro Daniel “DANMERR” Merrilees Joins Team Upswing

High Stakes Pro Daniel “DANMERR” Merrilees Joins Team Upswing

Dan Merrilees is one of the most feared players in the streets of online poker, and he’s joined the Upswing team to make coaching content members of the Lab training course. The man known as “DANMERRRRRRR” on PokerStars began his poker journey playing €10 sit-n-gos at 17 years old. Now 25, the UK-born grinder has […]

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

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

Does it feel like you’ve been getting into more blind versus blind battles recently? If so, you are correct. Blind versus blind battles have become more frequent and important in the past few years due to a change in the meta-game. Players used to open significantly more often from the cutoff and on the button, […]

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Record-Breaking $438,900 Pot on Live at the Bike (Analysis)

Record-Breaking $438,900 Pot on Live at the Bike (Analysis)

You’re about to read analysis of a hand played just last week between Live at the Bike staple Andy and a recreational player named Jacky. The pot settled just under $439,000 and, spoiler alert, it was not a chop — only one of the players took home the 2.2 Lamborghini pot (a new Live at […]

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Big Blind Defense Strategy 101: Tournaments vs Cash Games

Big Blind Defense Strategy 101: Tournaments vs Cash Games

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

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

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

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

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How to Find a Live Poker Tournament

How to Find a Live Poker Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Did David Sklansky Invent GTO Poker Strategy?

Did David Sklansky Invent GTO Poker Strategy?

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

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Texas Hold’em Starting Hands Guide

Texas Hold’em Starting Hands Guide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

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

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What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

What is an Upswing Poker Lab Play and Explain?

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

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What is a Poker Module? | List of All 70+ Upswing Lab Modules

What is a Poker Module? | List of All 70+ Upswing Lab Modules

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

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Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

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

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Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

Is Online Poker Legal in the USA? | Legislation Update

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

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7 Poker Tournament Tips for Running Deep More Often

7 Poker Tournament Tips for Running Deep More Often

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

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Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

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

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Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

Is Joey Ingram the Most Important Person in Poker?

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

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Is Online Poker Legal in the USA?

Is Online Poker Legal in the USA?

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

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

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

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

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The Three Best Ways to Get Poker Coaching

The Three Best Ways to Get Poker Coaching

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

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High Stakes Poker: The Original High Roller Cash Game

High Stakes Poker: The Original High Roller Cash Game

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

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Why Are Most Poker Players Wimpy Bluffers?

Why Are Most Poker Players Wimpy Bluffers?

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

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

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

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

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When to Avoid Playing Theoretically Sound

When to Avoid Playing Theoretically Sound

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

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Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

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

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Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?

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

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How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

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

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How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The History of Poker Chips

The History of Poker Chips

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

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

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

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

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3 Tips for Winning with Gutshot Straight Draws

3 Tips for Winning with Gutshot Straight Draws

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Deal Texas Hold’em

How to Deal Texas Hold’em

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

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This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

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

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This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

This Proven Method Will Boost Your Live Poker Winnings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

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

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Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

Best Poker Odds and Equity Calculators

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Find Local Poker Games Near You with Poker Atlas

How to Find Local Poker Games Near You with Poker Atlas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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These 4 Poker Cheat Sheets Will Make Your Life Easier

These 4 Poker Cheat Sheets Will Make Your Life Easier

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

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The Amazing Work of Poker Photographer Drew Amato

The Amazing Work of Poker Photographer Drew Amato

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

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3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

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

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3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

3 Late Position Battles Analyzed by a Cash Game Expert

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

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

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

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

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Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

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

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Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

Who is Eric Baldwin? Meet the Poker Grinder Extraordinaire

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

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Why Bad Beats are a Poker Player’s Greatest Gift

Why Bad Beats are a Poker Player’s Greatest Gift

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mid-States Poker Tour Tournaments in 2020 | MSPT Schedule

Mid-States Poker Tour Tournaments in 2020 | MSPT Schedule

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

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Avoid These 3 Mistakes to Keep Your Poker Journey on Track

Avoid These 3 Mistakes to Keep Your Poker Journey on Track

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

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

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

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

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When Shana Hiatt Took on the World Poker Tour

When Shana Hiatt Took on the World Poker Tour

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

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

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3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

3 Theoretically Winning Calls That Lose in Practice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

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

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When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

When Should You Slow-Play a Strong Hand?

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

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Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

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

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Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

Commerce Poker Room: A Player’s Guide and More

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

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

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

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

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Venetian Poker Room: Boycott and Sheldon Adelson

Venetian Poker Room: Boycott and Sheldon Adelson

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

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

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

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

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Rick Salomon: Poker Results, Hands & The Famous Tape

Rick Salomon: Poker Results, Hands & The Famous Tape

Rick Salomon might be best known for an infamous sex tape. Salomon’s high-stakes poker results, however, put him in the top 100 on the all-time tournament money list. The stories surrounding Salomon’s poker exploits make him somewhat of a legend in the poker world. Let’s take a closer look at the life of Rick Salomon, […]

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

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

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

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Paul Phua: Bookmaking, Organized Crime and Poker

Paul Phua: Bookmaking, Organized Crime and Poker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chino Rheem: Poker and a Mountain of Debt

Chino Rheem: Poker and a Mountain of Debt

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

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Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

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

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Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

Gaelle Baumann: How She Climbed the Ranks to Poker Success

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

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Andrew Robl: Profile of a “Holla Balla”

Andrew Robl: Profile of a “Holla Balla”

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

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

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

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

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Mandalay Bay Poker Room: Small but Chock Full of Action

Mandalay Bay Poker Room: Small but Chock Full of Action

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

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Joe McKeehen: A Tale of Two Bracelets—And Twitter

Joe McKeehen: A Tale of Two Bracelets—And Twitter

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

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