Is there anything more satisfying than a successful bluff? Bluffing is life in poker, but not all players feel the same about it. Some players think very conservatively about bluffing. From their point of view, opponents who bluff are taking unnecessary risks. While it’s true … [Read more...]
I have over $5,000,000 in live tournament winnings. In 2014, I won my first World Series of Poker Bracelet, followed up with a 2nd bracelet in 2016.
My online winnings are over $2,000,000 on Full Tilt and PokerStars alone, mostly at Heads Up No Limit, and those graphs are publicly available on HighStakesDB.
Paired boards can be confusing and frustrating. They often create scenarios where one player is way ahead and another is way behind, which makes it difficult to get value when you have the goods and often tempting to bluff-- potentially over-bluffing --when you don’t. We’ll … [Read more...]
Even the best poker players make mistakes. The difference between the best players, however, and merely average players, is why they make mistakes. For average players, emotions often get in the way of good decision-making. It’s easy to be emotionally invested in a game for … [Read more...]
"What separates a decent poker player from a great one?"I get asked this question often. There are a ton of valid answers, but I think 5 in particular stand out on the journey to poker success.In this article, I'll break down the top 5 personality traits that correlate to … [Read more...]
Straight draws tend to make the best bluffs. And not just because of their chances of actually hitting a straight. Unlike flush draws, straight draws typically boast great implied odds because of their disguised nature. If that wasn't enough to convince you, straight draws … [Read more...]
I think it's time to talk about Game Theory Optimal (GTO) vs Exploitative play. This subject seems to confuse a lot of you guys based on how often I hear it asked about and mis-used. It's a complex subject, so I understand the confusion. GTO vs Exploitative play has been an … [Read more...]
It's tough knowing when to walk away from the poker table, but sometimes its the most important skill to have. A couple of days ago I was sitting at my home in Las Vegas and felt the itch to hit the live felt. This is a rare feeling for me, as I tend to prefer playing online … [Read more...]
Winning $150,000 marks another successful poker business trip.I just got back from playing poker up in Vancouver. I have been spending a lot of time playing more HU PLO these days, it seems there is massively more action there then there is in No Limit by comparison.This … [Read more...]
Upswing Poker is a Poker Training website launched by three long time successful Poker Professionals, Doug Polk, Ryan Fee, and Matt Colletta.Doug PolkMy name is Doug Polk. I'm in charge of strategy here on the Upswing poker team.These are the strategies I've spent … [Read more...]
It doesn’t matter if you’re a recreational card player who enjoys a game once a month, or an aspiring pro spending hours grinding out profits every day... But I’m guessing you always knew truly successful players do something different than the rest. Some say it’s ‘natural … [Read more...]
Since the first hand of online poker was dealt, players have been trying to figure out how poker software could help them win money. This is to be expected, there is a lot at stake in the world of online poker. Because this frontier was completely unexplored at the beginning of … [Read more...]
As the first hand was dealt, I tried to take in the importance of the moment at hand. I was the chip leader at my first ever WSOP bracelet event final table. I had a flashback to when I was a kid, and I was watching these very events on ESPN. I kept thinking, “This is what I … [Read more...]
“The lack of money is the root of all evil.” - Mark Twain I would go as far as to say that the Poker version of this, is that bad bankroll management decision making is the root of a lack of money. Maybe that’s a stretch, but the importance of good bankroll management cannot … [Read more...]