What is a Downswing in Poker?

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Last Updated: February 1, 2024


A downswing is a losing period in poker, during which the player’s losses are cumulatively greater than their winnings. It’s the opposite of an upswing and is something every player will experience at some point in their poker career.

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Downswings should only be measured over a sample of thousands of hands. For instance, if you’ve dropped 20 buy-ins over the past 10,000, you’re experiencing a big downswing.

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