Poker Strategy

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How to Destroy an Open Limper Like a High Stakes Pro

By Dan B. | July 20, 2018

Think of limpers as your most valuable customers. Every time you see a player limping you should see an opportunity to take their stack–or at least a big chunk of it–in a rather short span of time. You’re about to learn how to absolutely destroy these players. Here’s what you will find in this article […]

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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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Playing Blind vs Blind — 5 Tips to Help You Stack More Chips

By Ben Ward | July 13, 2018

Sub-optimal blind versus blind play is a common leak among amateurs and professionals alike. Players often neglect this part of their game because blind versus blind situations seem infrequent. But they probably happen a more often than you think. In this article, we’ll discuss 5 tips for improving your blind versus blind strategy. We’ll look […]

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15 Quick Poker Tips That Will Make You A Better Player In 7 Minutes

By Dan B. | July 6, 2018

Looking for quick, easy-to-remember poker tips to improve your win-rate? You’re in luck! Today we’ve compiled 15 tactics and strategies that will make you a more confident and profitable poker player. Now, this list won’t teach you how to win every time–not even the greatest poker players do that–but it will help you improve, whether […]

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Poker News

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Poker Hobbyist Turns $7.50 into $94,901 on PokerStars

By Ryan Jensen | July 12, 2018

As any tournament grinder can tell you, it’s the occasional ‘big scores’ that propel a career forward. And it’s every aspiring professional’s dream to parlay a small buy-in into a massive sum of money. Last week, Upswing Lab member Shaun ‘shaundmaster’ Densmore did exactly that. With an outstanding run in the Pokerstars Sunday Million, Shaun […]

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Who is Annette Obrestad? — 7 Top Poker Moments from Annette_15

By Natalie Faulk | July 12, 2018

Norwegian poker pro Annette Obrestad is the youngest person to ever win a WSOP bracelet—a feat she accomplished at the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Main Event the day before her 19th birthday. The 29-year-old—also known as Annette_15 online and The Huntress—currently ranks second on Norway’s All-Time Money List and 285th on the […]

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Brady Returns for Day 5 of the WSOP Main Event

By Ryan Jensen | July 9, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV—Today is moving day at the Rio, with less than 310 players remaining in this year’s WSOP Main Event. Among them is Mike Brady, Upswing Poker’s content manager par excellence, with a very respectable 686,000 chips. Heading into today’s play Mike reports that he feels “pretty good,” and that he’s “gonna get a […]

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This Guy is Ready to Escape His 9-to-5 (with help from the Upswing Lab)

By Ryan Jensen | June 29, 2018

Most of you are familiar with Doug, Ryan, Fried, and the other strategy wizards here at Upswing poker. They’ve built hugely successful poker careers, each in their own unique way, and some of them fairly recently. (Fried, for example, only began playing professionally in 2012—a year after Black Friday.) Their levels of success, though inspiring, […]

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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

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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If You Get 8/10 On This 3-Bet Pot Quiz, You’re a Shark

By Dan B. | May 22, 2018

How competent are you at playing 3-bet pots as the defender? Take your time and think carefully, because these 10 questions are tough. For each question, assume that you have no information about your opponent. And be sure to share your results at the end. Best of luck!  Master 3-Bet Pots with the Upswing Lab […]

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Answer 5 Questions and We’ll Tell You Which Upswing Course is Made for You

By Michael Brady | May 21, 2018

Take this quick quiz to find out which Upswing Poker course is best for your poker playing needs, or scroll down for a break down of each course.   Upswing Poker Courses — FAQs To help you make the right decision and get as much value as possible, this section contains the answers to the […]

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Pot Limit Omaha Strategy Quiz – Only a PLO Expert Will Score 9/10

By Michael Brady | April 20, 2018

Ready to put your Pot Limit Omaha skills to the test?  These 10 quiz questions are based on cutting-edge PLO solver research, and many of the correct answers are only slightly better than the other options. Only a true Pot Limit Omaha expert will be able to get 9/10 correct (unless you are a lucky guesser). […]

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Preflop Strategy Quiz: Only a Feared Grinder Will Get 9/10

By Michael Brady | March 13, 2018

Are you ready to challenge your preflop skills? Because these 10 questions aren’t meant to be easy! Be sure you share your score at the end. Good luck! Get the free Preflop Guide with 8 preflop charts here >>  Want more? Take our cash game quiz >> Take our tournament quiz >> Take our Pot Limit […]

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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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Doug Polk Returns to Poker Life Podcast

By David Huber | September 5, 2017

Topic summary of September 4th, 2017 episode. Upswing Poker pro and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Doug Polk returned to the Poker Life Podcast Tuesday to discuss current events with host Joey Ingram. Polk, who is making his Poker After Dark debut this week, “conversated” with Joey about several topics that are in the news as […]

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