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Dec 02 2020

When to Raise the River (98% of Poker Pros Agree)

Something that confuses a lot of newer poker players in particular is when to raise the river. This is especially the case in small stakes games, which the majority of people play. Should you only raise the river with the nuts? How about with bluffs? How about with middle strength hands like trips weak kicker, top pair and so on? These are a...

Nov 26 2020

Black Friday Sale On All My Poker Books and Videos

Black Friday is upon us and that means the biggest sale of the year on all my poker strategy books and my poker video course.Everything will be 25% Off until Monday Nov 30 at midnight EST.If you have been waiting around to pick up one of my best selling poker books or my poker video course, now is the time to cash in...

Nov 16 2020

How to Avoid Coolers in Poker (Is It Possible?)

Something that people often ask me is if it is possible to avoid coolers in poker. Is there some magic way of sensing when you are facing a big setup hand? How do the pros get away in these situations and not lose all of their chips? I am going to answer all of these questions in this article. What is a Cooler...

Nov 10 2020

The #1 Poker Success Secret of WSOP Champions

Have you ever dreamed about playing at the final table of the WSOP (World Series of Poker)? Do you want to become a famous poker millionaire with all the gold and diamond bracelets to prove it? Maybe you have watched Rounders 87 times like me? I think we all have these poker dreams at some point. But the reality is that some people...

Nov 03 2020

Best Poker HUD For Mac 2020 (Used by Pros)

People often ask me what is the best poker HUD for Mac. And as a 10+ year online poker pro, who also uses a Mac, this has been something I have tested a lot over the years. Because the biggest problem facing Mac users is that a lot of the best poker HUDs out there are not compatible with a Mac. They only...

Oct 27 2020

Best Free Poker Ebook (Written by a Pro)

People often ask me what is the best free poker ebook these days. And there is pretty clearly one free poker ebook that stands out above all the rest in my opinion, mostly because it was written by a poker pro. But also because it teaches you the very best proven poker strategies to beat today's small stakes poker games either online or...

Oct 21 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Poker Staking (2020)

This post was written by blackrain79.com guest contributor Roger Marquez Poker staking has blown up in recent years. In fact, many people are shocked to learn that most high stakes pros these days are staked (i.e. they are not playing on their own money). Now there are many different staking arrangements these days and many in between cases where a pro still has...

Oct 13 2020

Is PokerStars a Total Joke? (What You Need to Know)

Many people ask me these days, is PokerStars a total joke? And believe me, I get it!I have taken an unbelievable amount of bad beats on this site. So much so, that at times I am left wondering how it is not totally rigged for action? But is there some real treachery going on behind the scenes these days at PokerStars? Is PokerStars...

Oct 06 2020

How Long Does it Take to Become a Professional Poker Player?

People often ask me how long does it take to become a professional poker player. And as somebody who made a living as a poker pro for many years, I can provide some insight here on how long it takes for the average person to quit their job and be a poker pro. But I must warn you that the amount of time...

Sep 29 2020

How to Make Your First $100 From Poker

Everybody has to start somewhere in poker and I think the very first milestone you should shoot for is to make $100. The reason why $100 is a great initial goal is because this is an easily achievable amount that nearly anybody can do, with a little bit of practice. And the great thing about taking little baby steps like this in poker...

Sep 22 2020

Professional Poker Player Salary (It Might Shock You)

People often ask me these days what is the average professional poker player salary? And to be quite honest, the answer varies depending on your skill level, what stakes you play, how much volume you put in and so on. So in this article I am going to break it all down for you. This is the ultimate guide to a professional poker...

Sep 15 2020

What Are the Odds of Pocket Aces Getting Cracked?

Did your pocket aces get cracked again? Are you wanting to know what are the odds of aces getting cracked? This is something that many of us wonder about when our aces seem to get cracked again and again and again. So let's just jump right into it! Is Pocket Aces a Good Hand? The first thing you should know is that pocket...

Sep 08 2020

The Truth About Being a Professional Poker Player

Many people ask me about what it is like to be become a professional poker player. And as somebody who played poker professionally online for 10+ years, I have a little bit to say about it! Is it all about sitting at the beach sipping pina coladas living the easy life while you hop online for a couple hours a week, crush some...

Sep 04 2020

Upswing Poker Lab Review 2020 [FREE Download Bonus]

This is the most comprehensive Upswing Poker Lab review ever written (Updated for 2020). I have heard about the Upswing Poker Lab advanced training for quite some time now, but never really had a chance to have an in-depth look at it until now. And as a poker pro myself, I have always been interested in what's inside. This is by far the...

Sep 01 2020

The Phil Hellmuth Guide to Stop Tilting

Phil Hellmuth is perhaps best known for his famous rants and blowups at the poker table whenever he takes a bad beat. This is why he even earned the nickname "The Poker Brat." In fact, some of the most popular poker videos on YouTube have titles like "Phil Hellmuth loses it once again." Or "You won't believe what Phil Hellmuth did after this...

Aug 28 2020

9 Guaranteed Ways to Improve Your Poker Game in 2020

There is an incredible amount of educational material out there these days to help you improve your poker game in 2020. There is so much in fact that it can probably seem a bit daunting at first to someone who is just getting started online. Also, to complicate matters further, not all of this information is good. Some of it is bad and...

Aug 27 2020

PokerTracker vs Holdem Manager, DriveHUD, Hand2Note, Poker Copilot (Pro's Pick)

People often ask me what is the best poker HUD these days. And it is no secret that I have been using PokerTracker for nearly 10 years now and throughout most of my poker pro career as well. In fact, nearly every single online professional poker player I know also uses the PokerTracker HUD when they play online, and also to improve their...

Aug 25 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Micro Stakes Poker Tournament Strategy

Even though I’m primarily a cash game specialist, I know that many of you are interested in micro stakes tournament strategy as well. Maybe you just play tourneys on the side. But who wouldn't want to hit a big score in one of them a little more often right? The best micro stakes poker tournament strategy involves using a tight and aggressive play...

Aug 18 2020

Here's What a Limp Reraise Means (Hand Reading 101)

People often get confused about what a limp reraise means at the poker table. A limp reraise by the way is when somebody limps into the pot preflop (just calls the blind), you raise, and then when it comes back to them, they reraise you. This is an ideal way to trap the maximum amount of money in the pot preflop with a...

Aug 12 2020

Best Poker Software for 2020 (Free Tools Included)

This is the most comprehensive guide to the best poker software ever written (Updated for 2020). I get asked about the best poker software or best poker tools to use in 2020 more than any other question. And believe me, I get it. It is a bit of a jungle out there! So here are the best poker software tools you need to...