If you’re looking for new ways to lock up some profits and prevent your opponents from taking your chips, making some strategic adjustments could be the way to go.

Generally speaking, advanced poker players need to be ready to mix things up so as to keep opponents off balance. Winning players also understand the inherent value of making such adjustments, so why not ensure that you’re one of them?!

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Over the past couple of years, I’ve amassed my fair share of poker swag. Having had the good fortune to attend a number of high-profile poker events around the world, I can tell you that it always pays to be on the lookout for freebies; you’ll often be able to grab some useful stuff!

Poker companies are known for distributing some fun swag, so we’ve compiled a list of seven of the most useful poker swag items you’re likely to come across. Happy collecting!

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bad publicity

Poker has been on the upswing in recent years. With so much going for it, there’s been a lot of talk in the poker community about what’s good for poker. With that said, we’re pretty sure there’s universal agreement on the types of things that would be classified as bad for poker.

Here’s a list of three hypothetical situations that would undeniably set poker back in its quest for mainstream recognition and acceptance. Let’s hope they can be avoided!

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Bad Beat

Bad beats are a part of poker. No matter how much skill we accrue while studying the game, there’s always an element of luck in poker. Sometimes, luck favors us and we manage to suck out and scoop a huge pot. Other times, you’re on the reverse end of that situation and you’ll be moaning about the bad beat for years to come.

George “the Engineer” Epstein reminds us, in this ongoing series of strategy pieces, that sometimes there’s quite literally nothing you can do to prevent a bad beat. All that’s in your power to do it accept it gracefully and move on.

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Nobody wants to get hacked and have their personal information disclosed. Online poker players are certainly at risk of this happening, so it’s important to try and take the right precautions to protect yourself.

Many online poker players turn to VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) to help keep their internet connections more secure and guard their sensitive data from potential infiltrators. Here, then is a list of four solid VPN options from which to avail yourself.

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As of about a week ago, the poker world has been taking part in the 2017 World Championship of Online Poker. With 81 events on the tournament schedule, there’s something for players of all bankrolls and for fans of all poker variants.

Over $60 million is slated to be won, and with the online poker series running until the end of the month, it’s not too late to claim your share. More info in this post.

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Just prior to Hurricane Harvey slamming the Houston area, Jack Laskey paid a visit to the city to check out it’s underground poker scene. Sadly, the room he played in is flooded, and the city can of course use all the help it can get in the post-Harvey relief effort.

With all of that said, Jack was able to get a good feel for what poker is like in a region where the games most-assuredly lay low. High rake aside, underground poker in Houston offers a good time for all.

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