Poker Strategy


How to Check-Raise on the River Like a Pro

By Dan B | April 17, 2018

It’s difficult to play out-of-position as the preflop caller. In this scenario our opponent, the preflop raiser, has both a range advantage and a positional advantage. However, we can still implement a well-thought-out check raising strategy, which will hinder our opponent’s ability to bet thinly for value and bluff. How important is check-raising? To demonstrate […]

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4 Insights from 11 Years, 70,567 MTTs, and 6,304,190 Hands of Poker

By Miikka Anttonen | April 13, 2018

I’ve written poker strategy at Upswing for the past year and a half. During this time I’ve mostly covered specific topics – like bounty MTTs, blind defense, and staking. I strongly believe that working on just one area of your game at a time is the best way to improve, but as someone who’s mentored and […]

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How to Destroy Your Opponent After Seeing One Showdown

By Dan B | April 10, 2018

Sometimes it takes just one showdown for a great poker player to change their game plan and start crushing opponents. In this article I will teach you how to start thinking like a truly great player when it comes to making these immediate adjustments. You will first be presented with three hand examples that reach […]

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Poker Bankroll Management Tips & Tools That Work In 2018

By Curtis Knight | April 6, 2018

Part of becoming a great player is establishing proper poker bankroll management principles. Not only do you need to be skilled to be a great player, you also need discipline and money management abilities. Top players go broke sometimes. Even Upswing’s own Doug Polk once felt he’d reached the end of his rope. But what makes […]

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Poker News

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Poker’s Black Friday: 7 Years Later

By Natalie Faulk | April 15, 2018

Seven years ago, today, the online poker world was thrust into the spotlight with what is now known as poker’s Black Friday. This fateful day virtually destroyed a once vibrant aspect of the U.S. online gaming industry when the U.S. government took legal action against several online poker sites due to the Unlawful Internet Gaming […]

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Big One for One Drop at the WSOP | History of the $1,000,000 Buy-In Tournament

By David Huber | April 9, 2018

The 49th annual World Series of Poker will host the $1,000,000 USD buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament starting Sunday, July 15th at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. This summer’s charity event is capped at 48 players. The tournament has historically attracted supporters of former fire-eating street performer and Cirque du […]

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Mirage Poker Room Review: Are the New Digs Worth the Trip?

By Natalie Faulk | April 6, 2018

Once one of the longest continuously running poker rooms in Las Vegas prior to 25 January 2015, the Mirage poker room closed for nearly four months after a remodel. Despite the update, the Mirage poker room touts itself as where the past meets the present and where history repeats itself. Whereas the old Mirage poker […]

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John Hennigan: From Pool Shark to Poker Pro

By Natalie Faulk | April 5, 2018

John Hennigan the poker player (not to be confused with John Hennigan wrestler) is an American pro who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His claim to fame is his impressive four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and a World Poker Tour (WPT) title. Thus far, anyway. Before his impressive poker career, Hennigan was a professional […]

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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, 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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Poker Quizzes

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Cash Game Strategy Quiz – How Much Do You Actually Know?

By Michael Brady | February 6, 2018

Get ready to put your cash game strategy knowledge to the test. The 10 questions in this quiz are based on Upswing’s cash game content from the past year. When you get a question correct, make a note and share your total score at the end! Question #1: Consider the following hand $0.50/$1.00 on PokerStars. […]

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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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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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