Meet The Upswing Poker Pros
Nick Petrangelo -"caecilius"
Nick Petrangelo is the lead tournament coach at Upswing Poker.
Nick was a top athlete at a Division III college in New York who was consumed with studying, hockey, and golf. But when he was sidelined and subsequently forced to retire from sports due to a serious concussion, Nick turned to poker to fill the void.
While in college, his roommate introduced him to well-respected poker pro Jonathan Jaffe, who mentored Nick and ignited his enduring passion for poker. After graduating in 2010 with a degree in economics and business, Nick began playing poker professionally.
You've likely seen Nick playing the biggest buy-in live tournaments in the world, but he started as and still is an online tournament beast. His results rank in the top 0.15% of all players on PokerStars 9 of the last 12 years. His online career highlights include:
- Winning the $215 Sunday Million for $209k in 2012
- Taking 2nd in a $1k SCOOP for $166,000 in 2012
- Winning the $25k WCOOP for $625k in 2017
- Taking 2nd in a $216 on Full Tilt for $70k in 2013
Making the leap to live tournaments came naturally to Nick and, as a bonus, the live grind satisfied his love for travel. He's earned nearly $15.9 million playing live tournaments, won two WSOP bracelets, and is currently 30th on the all-time money list.
He is a firm proponent of not psyching oneself out prior to a tournament. He says the increased selectivity -- aka bumhunting -- many pros have adopted in the era of super-high roller events sometimes makes them too cautious before taking the plunge. In other words, he says that if pros wait to see how many amateur players buy-in for super-high roller events before buying in themselves, they are subconsciously putting themselves at a mental disadvantage.
Instead, Nick says he doesn’t even think about the “what ifs” of a situation. This philosophy has, obviously, done him well.
You can learn how to crush tournaments with Nick in his Winning Poker Tournaments course.