Like many of the courses on the site, this one is also aimed at more advanced players who are looking to play at the highest level.
While it does contain information that even those completely new to the game would find useful, fully understanding and utilizing what’s being explained requires a very solid knowledge of the game.
Who is Alex “Kanu7” Millar?
The face behind Upswing’s latest Cash Game Course is Alex Millar, aka. Kanu7. He is one of the best-known names in the online high stakes poker scene, having shared the virtual tables with the likes of Isildur1, Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, Haxton, and many others, and earning millions in the process.
Like many of his generation, Kanu7 started playing poker during his college days. At first, it was just a fun hobby, but after spending some time at the tables, Millar realized he was beating the games.
From that point, he started the journey that would turn him into one of the most feared opponents at the highest of stakes.
Millar is also a devoted student of the game, having spent countless hours doing numbers and even going as far as developing his solver software, which he uses for this course.
So, if you were wondering about his credentials and somehow didn’t know who Alex “Kanu7” Millar is, you can rest assured that he knows a thing or two about poker.
Upswing Advanced Poker Cash Game Course at the Glance
The latest Upswing Cash Game Course consists of four main parts, covering:
- Cash Game Fundamentals
- Play & Explain examples
As I’ve already mentioned, there are 36 hours of videos, so this is a rather extensive course that goes into detail on various spots. At times, it can be a bit overwhelming as it’s not easy to keep up with someone who thinks about poker at Kanu7’s level.
That said, Alex Millar does an excellent job of keeping things as engaging as possible. He’s not just a great player but also a very good teacher.
Of course, some of the concepts he discusses during the course are just not that simple so there is no super-easy way to explain them. But, overall, he does a good job of not overwhelming the audience.
In the introductionary video, Alex Millar explains why you should watch his Advanced Cash Game Strategy Course in the order it is presented and how to get the most of the “Kanu7” training.
There is some content you can skip on in the first part, but, in general, you should probably adhere to his advice. Doing things this way will make it much easier to keep up with the lessons.
Part 1: Cash Game Strategy by Kanu7 – Fundamentals
The first part of the course covers some fundamentals of cash games and also provides an overview of what’s to come. Despite being a high-thinking player himself, Millar begins this section by discussing GTO poker and exploitative plays and doesn’t try to enforce GTO as the only way.
He even warns about the dangers of always sticking to GTO as it can be a losing proposition in multiway scenarios.
So, right off the bat, he provides an atmosphere where you won’t be just blindly following the lead but rather should think about the game on your own. Alex also takes time to explain some of the most common misconceptions about GTO and how you should interpret numbers correctly.
Talking about the exploitative side of things, Kanu7 provides some good examples of how people generally think and how you can apply that knowledge to your game to take advantage of your opponents.
I’ve found this particular section to be very engaging as it creates a very good setup for future learning. With the Advanced Cash Game Strategy by Kanu7 is aimed at those who want to get to that next level, Alex Millar wants you to learn to think for yourself and realize the reasons for your actions.
Theory of Betting Frequencies and Sizing
The next couple of videos are more theoretical and talk more about the general underlying principles of poker. Even though they aren’t as important as the rest of the lessons in this course, they still make for an interesting and valuable watch.
In them, Alex Millar explains how things have changed with regards to poker games and how the whole perception of why you should or shouldn’t be betting has shifted.
With the advent of solvers and the deeper understanding of poker, players have started to think beyond just value and bluffing ranges, and the whole paradigm has become much more complex.
Discussing frequencies and sizing, he brings up many valuable points about how you should be thinking about your hands.
Alex emphasizes the importance of range advantage over the initiative and explains how the whole idea of “having initiative” has become somewhat of an antiquated concept in today’s modern poker.
Introduction to the Private Solver
In the final video of this first section, Kanu7 takes time to explain the software he will be using during the course, especially to analyze the postflop play.
As mentioned, this is a piece of analysis software that he developed on his own, so even if you’re familiar with solvers in general, you probably haven’t had a chance to come across this one.
In this video, you’ll learn about the interface of the software, how it works, and what it considers when making the analysis. Although you don’t necessarily have to watch this video, you’ll have a much easier time keeping up later on if you do.
Alex Millar decided to develop this software because he felt existing solvers didn’t cut the mustard. He tried to get a better solution by not restricting the solver in terms of bet sizes and made other adjustments, which is somewhat more complicated but also more accurate.
All in all, it will help you understand the whole picture, so I recommend not skipping this videos as well.
Part 2: Advanced Cash Game Strategy by Alex Millar – Preflop
After the first section that discusses some general concepts and talks about the software, Kanu7 moves on to more important segments and begins to break down the game a bit by bit. As expected, he begins with the preflop.
To kick things off, he presents 6-max preflop charts created by MonkerSolver.
These charts alone cost more than $1000 if you want to buy it separately from sites that sell preflop solutions, so the fact you can get it in this course adds a lot of value.
These are very detailed charts that pretty much cover all the preflop situations, advising you on what hands to open from what position, how to react to a raise, what ranges you should or shouldn’t be playing in different spots, etc.
Upswing Advanced Cash Game Strategy by Kanu7 is an advanced training program targeting players who already have a good understanding of preflop ranges, well, at least at 100 bb depth.
However, here you will get solved charts for different stack depth (50bb, 100bb, 200bb), so you can take that one step further to understand how to adjust in various situations. After all, most of us are concentrating on 100bb depth play and have plenty of room to improve our strategy elsewhere.
Having these charts is very handy because you can use them to tweak your existing charts and potentially find some leaks you didn’t know were there.
You can always access these charts in the course and quickly find any spot that you like to check.