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Poker Strategy

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How Should High Rake Impact Your Poker Strategy

By Dan B. | September 21, 2018

More rake is NOT better. Nobody likes rake, except the house of course, yet it’s a necessary part of the game. And since it’s not going away anytime soon, you might as well learn to adjust to it. This is what this article is going to cover: how to adjust to the most common rake […]

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The Smart Approach to Losing Poker Sessions (3 Questions to Ask Before Quitting)

By Doug Polk | September 18, 2018

It’s tough to know when to walk away from the poker table, but sometimes it’s the most valuable skill you can have. A few days ago, I was sitting at my home in Las Vegas and suddenly felt the itch to hit the live felt. This is a rare feeling for me. But when you […]

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No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Rules

By Natalie Faulk | September 15, 2018

For the past two decades, No-Limit Texas Hold’Em (NLHE) has increased dramatically in popularity. In addition to being a relatively easy game to learn, there is also the potential for some huge pots and exciting games. To become a big winner, however, you must have a thorough understanding of the game and No-Limit Texas Hold’Em […]

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10 Must-See Strategy Chats from the Upswing Engage Community

By Dan B. | September 14, 2018

When it comes to improving at poker, few things are more effective than discussing strategy with friends. For meaningful discussions about poker from all angles of the game, you need look no further than our Lab members-only group, Upswing Poker Engage. With over 3,100 members and dozens of new posts every day, it’s easy to […]

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Poker News

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What is a Hero Call in Poker? (Top 3 Hero Calls Ever)

By Natalie Faulk | September 22, 2018

You have probably heard the words “hero call” multiple times while playing or watching poker. But what, exactly, is a hero call? A hero call is a risky call oftentimes with a marginal hand. Because such calls are difficult and particularly brave—or heroic—the moniker “hero call” was born. Hero calls in Hold’Em and Omaha are […]

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The Poker Brat’s 12 Brattiest Moments at the Table

By Natalie Faulk | September 21, 2018

Just say “Poker Brat” to anyone even remotely familiar with poker and they will immediately know who you’re talking about: the legendary Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth is notorious for smack talking and being a sore loser, hence his derogatory nickname. In this article we will cover: Phil Hellmuth’s rise to become one of the most talented […]

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Jerry Yang

What Has Jerry Yang Been Up to Since His WSOP Win?

By Natalie Faulk | September 19, 2018

2007 WSOP Main Event Champion Jerry Yang has been through a lot in his life. He fled Communist-occupied Laos, lived in a refugee camp in Thailand, won the WSOP Main Event for an epic $8.25 million, opened two restaurants, suffered the loss of his father, and had to deal with the IRS. Through it all, […]

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No-Limit Texas Hold’Em Rules

By Natalie Faulk | September 15, 2018

For the past two decades, No-Limit Texas Hold’Em (NLHE) has increased dramatically in popularity. In addition to being a relatively easy game to learn, there is also the potential for some huge pots and exciting games. To become a big winner, however, you must have a thorough understanding of the game and No-Limit Texas Hold’Em […]

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Poker Lifestyle

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The Wynn Poker Room at the Encore: An Unbiased Review

By Natalie Faulk | February 15, 2018

In May, 2016, the Wynn poker room was moved next door to the Encore. The new room is invitingly chic, and is the epitome of a world-class poker room that pampers its players. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, a high- or low-stakes player, or Hold’Em or Omaha fan, you’ll probably find what you’re […]

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Is Bitcoin the Future Of Online Poker?

By Upswing Poker | January 24, 2018

Bitcoin is exploding in value, presently worth over $10,000 per BTC. Smart online poker players already know about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency and the number of sites that accept Bitcoin is constantly growing. A number of Bitcoin poker sites are beginning to emerge with many wondering if Bitcoin poker will become the next big thing in […]

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Top 5 Places to Hone Your Poker Skills

Top 5 Places to Hone Your Poker Skills

By Ivan Potocki | November 8, 2017

One of the best things about poker is that there is always room for improvement, meaning the game always brings about new challenges, regardless of how experienced a player might be. Poker hall of famer Mike Sexton gave one of my favorite quotes about poker that sums it up best: Poker takes five minutes to […]

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The 21 Best Poker Apps That Will Make Your Life Easier (And More Fun)

By Natalie Faulk | October 4, 2017

Type Poker Apps into any browser or mobile device store and you will be inundated with hundreds—if not thousands—of options which let you play or watch poker, get better at poker, manage your poker bankroll, and find local poker games. Given the vast number of options, it becomes difficult knowing which ones have some value […]

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Poker Quizzes

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Do You Defend Your Big Blind Like a Poker End Boss? – Poker Strategy Quiz

By Dan B. | August 24, 2018

Your play from the big blind has a massive impact on your win-rate. Consequently, all of the best poker players are master defenders of the big blind. Choose the option with the highest expected value (EV). After answering each question, you will be shown the EV of each option along with an in-depth explanation so […]

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Can You 10/10 OtB_RedBaron’s Strategy? — Advanced Poker Quiz

By Dan B. | July 31, 2018

‘Otb_Redbaron’ is considered the best 6-max player right now, and Upswing’s own Andres Artinano (‘Educa-p0ker’) has been battling him for years. In fact, Andres built his strategy by studying the Baron’s strategy, and he has decided to share his knowledge in his advanced Crush the Baron training course. This quiz is based on the tactics and strategies revealed […]

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Check-Raise Strategy Quiz — Are Your Check-Raising Skills Razor Sharp?

By Dan B. | July 17, 2018

Do you have sweet check-raising skills? Do your opponents shake with fear before firing a c-bet? Let’s find out!  For each question, assume you have no solid reads on your opponent. And make sure you share your score at the end! Note: Just because an answer is ‘wrong’ doesn’t mean it’s a losing play. It […]

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Only 20% of Poker Players Will Ace This C-Betting Quiz

By Dan B. | June 12, 2018

Are you a c-betting-boss? We’re about to find out! For each question, assume you have no solid reads on your opponent. Some questions have more than one correct answer. Editor’s note: The questions in this quiz assume you are using a polarized c-betting strategy, but there are other valid c-betting strategies. So, you may get […]

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Podcast

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Fedor Holz’s Legendary Tournament Run: How Did a 22-Year-Old Kid Win $21 Million?

By Natalie Faulk | August 23, 2018

Fedor Holz’s sick run during 2016 and 2017 will likely go down in poker history as one of the best ever. Here’s what you’ll find in this article (click to jump straight to that section): Who is Fedor Holz? Fedor Holz’s poker career summarized A recap of Fedor’s sick tournament run (including video highlights) Who […]

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Doug Polk Gets Fired Up on Emergency Podcast with Joey Ingram

By David Huber | February 9, 2018

Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk and reigning “Podcast of The Year” award winner Joey Ingram reunited for an Emergency Broadcast to discuss high profile issues facing the poker playing community and the industry as a whole. Major topics include PokerStars’ treatment of its real money players, the ongoing late-reg “soup line” cheating exploit on […]

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Upswing Poker PLO Lab to Launch October 23rd

By David Huber | October 3, 2017

Fernando Habegger joins Doug Polk to discuss new Upswing Poker PLO Lab. Upswing Poker Pot Limit Omaha expert Fernando JNandezPoker Habegger appeared on the Doug Polk Podcast Tuesday to discuss the upcoming PLO Lab, which will launch exclusively here at Upswing Poker on Monday, October 23rd. The announcement comes at a time when PLO is […]

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Shaun Deeb Previews King of The Hill II on Doug Polk Podcast

By David Huber | October 1, 2017

Timestamps summary of September 30th, 2017 episode. The Doug Polk Podcast returned Saturday with a one-on-one segment featuring King of The Hill II participant Shaun Deeb. The second installment of Poker Night King of The Hill will be live from Rivers Casino Pittsburgh this weekend starting Friday, October 6th at 6:00pm Eastern Time. Shaun will […]

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