Poker Strategy

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You Probably Aren’t Aggressive Enough in These 4 Common Spots

By Michael Brady | January 19, 2018

The overwhelming majority of poker players are not aggressive enough. If you want to compete with high level players, or if you just want to maximize your win-rate against weak ones, you’ll need to ditch the A-B-C approach and add some well-timed aggression to your poker game. Specifically, you need to do two things: Identify […]

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Short-Stacked 3-Betting in Tournaments Revealed

By Miikka Anttonen | January 16, 2018

The Ultimate Guide to Tournament 3-Betting Suppose you’re facing a late position raise with a good-but-not-great hand on the button. You’re also just 25 big blinds deep–you know, that annoying stack size that makes all of your options (calling, folding and 3-betting) feel awkward. Sound familiar? If these spots drive you crazy sometimes, the good […]

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3 Poker Tools Every Tournament Player Should Use Daily

By Ben Ward | January 12, 2018

Poker tournaments have gotten noticeably tougher over the past few years, and they’re getting tougher every day. In order to stay ahead of the curve, serious tournament players habitually analyze and improve their strategy. There are still some winning players that refrain from studying, but it’s only a matter of time until they’re are surpassed […]

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When Should You Cold Call from the Small Blind in MTTs?

By Miikka Anttonen | January 9, 2018

When facing open-raises in tournaments, you should rarely cold-call from the small blind. A cold-call is a call of one or more raises by a player who has not yet voluntarily put money in the pot. The conventional wisdom used to advocate never cold calling from the small blind. And I’m pretty convinced that you […]

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Poker News

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Live Poker Tournaments in 2018 with the Best Value

    By David Huber | January 17, 2018

    Live poker tournaments can be a fun way for competent recreational players to earn a profit. And while many of today’s high roller events are beyond the bankroll of players with professional lives away from the felt, there are plenty of tournaments that offer enormous value to the “poker grinder” crowd. With that in mind, […]

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    Griffin Benger: From E-Sports Guru to Poker Champion & “Check Your Privilege”

    By Natalie Faulk | January 10, 2018

    If you’ve heard of Griffin “Flush_Entity” Benger, chances are it was because of his “check your privilege” rant against Will Kassouf during the 2016 WSOP Main Event. Born in Toronto, Canada, the 32-year-old Benger is a former Canadian e-athlete who participated in e-sports—essentially, organized multiplayer video game competitions between professional players. Benger’s game—er, ‘sport’—of choice […]

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    Statement on JNandezPoker Leaving Upswing

    By Team Upswing | January 6, 2018

    Here’s a brief statement from Doug Polk on Fernando “JNandezPoker” Habegger’s decision to leave Upswing before fulfilling the promises made to PLO Lab members. Doug’s statement regarding JNandezPoker Fernando Habegger (JNandezPoker) has exercised his option to leave Upswing Poker by written notice after a 90 day period. It is unfortunate to see JNandezPoker go, but […]

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    Scotty Nguyen Defined in 6 Hands – That’s Poker Baby!

    By Natalie Faulk | January 4, 2018

    Thuận “Scotty” Nguyen is a well-known Vietnamese American poker pro who currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nicknamed the “Prince of Poker,” the 55-year-old Nguyen has earned an impressive five WSOP bracelets, and he is the only player to have won both the Main Event and $50,000 Player’s Championship. In this article we’ll take a […]

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    Poker Lifestyle

    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, and find local poker games. Given the vast number of options, it becomes difficult knowing which ones have some value and which are complete […]

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    7 Must-Read Tips to Protect Yourself from Scammers, Cheaters & Hackers

    By Rory Corrigan | September 29, 2017

    Everyone loves reading a good poker scam story. Well, unless you’re the person being scammed. With scamming and angle shooting always such a hot topic in the poker community, Doug Polk decided to outline some of the issues you should be on the look-out for, before, during, and after sitting down at the poker table. […]

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    How to Become a Poker Pro | 3 Concepts Every Pro Needs

    By IgniteVisibility | September 27, 2017

    Poker No Longer an EZ Game Following the Poker Boom, some patience and a little knowledge went a long way towards making a successful player. Now you need more advanced tools in your arsenal if you want to win consistently.  Be Like the Cool Kids – Overbet! What is an Overbet? An overbet is a […]

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    Poker Quizzes


    How Much Do You Actually Know About Tournament Poker Strategy?

    By Michael Brady | September 12, 2017

    Ready to test your tournament strategy knowledge? Here’s a quiz with 10 questions adapted from Upswing content. When you get a question correct, make a note and share your total score at the end! Question #1. True or False: The impact of ICM when on a final table bubble is significant and you should generally […]

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    Upswing Poker Pro Trivia Quiz

    By David Huber | August 17, 2017

    Fun facts about your favorite poker pros. Test your knowledge by answering the following 20 Multiple Choice Questions related to Team Upswing members Doug Polk, Ryan Fee, Fried Meulders, Pratyush Buddiga and Matt Colletta. How many can you guess correctly? 1. Before getting into poker, Ryan Fee and Doug Polk knew of each other from […]

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    Poker Pop Quiz: Should the Pro Golfer Call This River Raise?

    By Michael Brady | May 24, 2017

    The new season of Pokerstar’s Shark Cage is underway, with players competing for a spot at the final table with $1,000,000 first prize. It is a very unique table, with professional golfer Sergio Garcia sitting with poker pros Chris Moneymaker, Daniel Negreanu and more. In this hand, Sergio Garcia has a tough decision to make […]

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    Poker Pop Quiz: Should Tom Dwan Call All-In with Just King-High?

    By Jose Aguilar | May 10, 2017

    It’s the final table of the 2017 Macau Billionaire Poker Spring Challenge, and we’re down to 2 players. The hero in this hand is Tom ‘Durrrr’ Dwan, who reached the final table after being released/escaping from the nightmarish dungeon in which he resides. Now, he is heads up for $420,000 against Nikita “fish2013” Bodyakovsky, a […]

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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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    ‘Jungleman’ Dan Cates Disses PokerStars, Promotes Short-Deck Poker

    By David Huber | August 10, 2017

    High stakes pro scoffs at world’s largest poker site in latest podcast with Doug Polk. Details on short-deck Hold’em, nosebleed Asia games, Tom Dwan and more. The Poker Night King of The Hill Podcast Week continued Wednesday on the DougPolkPoker YouTube channel as professional high stakes player ‘Jungleman’ Dan Cates shared his knowledge with viewers […]

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