Meet Fernando Habegger, Upswing Poker’s PLO University Professor


Fernando Habegger is the leader of Upswing Poker’s Pot Limit Omaha learning tool, ‘PLO University’. (Upswing photo)

The introduction of Upswing Poker’s PLO University adds another immaculate training tool to what is already the top destination for those looking to become better at poker. The Upswing Lab and all of its other products have captured the imagination of thousands of customers and the task is now on Fernando ‘JNandez87’ Habegger to continue that trend as the leader of PLO University.

If Habegger’s screen name sounds familiar, it is because he is one of the most successful online Pot Limit Omaha cash game players and coaches. Habegger is a former coach with Run It Once and instead of making training videos for a certain type of student, he is now in charge of designing a system of learning that players of all skill levels can benefit from.

Before he started playing PLO, Habegger was a prominent No Limit Hold’em online cash player. Habegger moved toward the four-card variety in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since.

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There is a lot on the line for Upswing in launching PLO University and the trust that the Upswing team is putting forth toward Habegger isn’t lost on him.

“When Doug [Polk] first called me, my reaction was that I was very humbled that one of the best players in the world would consider me as a coach for their company. It was important to me to get to know every person that was involved, how the company worked and if we were compatible and could develop a deep relationship within ourselves and their audience.”

Habegger says he did not have much of a relationship with Polk, Ryan Fee, or other members of Upswing’s leadership prior to them formally reaching out to him. That will obviously change now that Habegger is entrenched in the “lab” creating this exciting product.

He has been coaching for a few years now and Habegger’s teaching methods stem, in part, from the learning he did as he rose in the poker ranks. Habegger made the switch from No Limit to PLO knowing there wasn’t an abundance of information available but because of his drive to become better, he made all the necessary investments to become better and it certainly paid off.

“When I decided to get into PLO, there wasn’t a lot of information out there and no one knew if the material was good, so I got my hands on every book, course, and coaching I could afford. I just took everything and tried to figure out if it was true, what worked. You could say that was my biggest adjustment. My investment in poker education went up drastically. I also became a bigger participant in forums, I activated my learning process and triggered it to be a lot stronger and intense than before.”

The devotion Habegger put into his learning of the game will be a tremendous asset to his students. From all of his time spent listening and reading to coaching material, Habegger’s sense of what will be most receptive is a key in what separates him from other coaches.

Habegger says the PLO University is designed for “players who have a clear ambition to become or remain consistent winning players and make money playing poker either part time or at a professional level.”

His time spent conducting 1-on-1 coaching along with hundreds of hours spent conducting empirical research is the foundation of what Habegger is building learning modules on.

“It’s also been developed after going through hundreds of coaching hours with players from all parts of the world and abilities, it is a proved and improved method of teaching poker strategy,” said Habegger.

There are few learning tools in poker as mandatory as what is available on Upswing Poker. The success stories shared by those who have invested their time in taking their game to the next step increases every day. As Pot Limit Omaha maintains its growth in popularity and available equity, the modules available within the PLO University become compulsory.

Habegger saw where the game was heading years ago and is remains ahead of the curve for what is coming next. Players are making the transition from No Limit to PLO and Habegger has prime advice for them as they make the next step in their poker journey.

“The most important thing I would tell transitioning players is to reach out to the best advice they can afford and go straight to that. Soak in as much as possible, learn as much as possible and stay ahead of your competition.”

The Dean of Students at PLO University is ready to welcome his first class as he and his pupils get ready to set the world on fire.