Tips to Protect Your Online Poker Bankroll

Tips to Protect Your Online Poker Bankroll

When you’re playing online poker, the money that you have just isn’t as tangible. Sure, the chips are on the screen, but it’s different from when you’re playing with real cash or with chips that you have to physically put into the pot to play. As a result, it can be easier to lose money quickly online because of impulse decisions. Take advantage of these tips to keep that poker bankroll secure.

Understand which hands you should play – and which you shouldn’t.

One of the most surprising facts about poker games is that if you look at two different players who have been at poker for, say, ten years, they can have the same level of profit even if one has played twice as many hands as the other. This is because the vast majority of hands are marginal in nature. If you’re a tight player, you’ll learn to stay away from them and wait for another situation in which your hand is going to be a winner. If you’re a loose player, over time you will jump into too many of them, and while you’ll win some, you’ll lose enough of them to make your profit margin over time roughly the same as that tight player who engages in a lot fewer marginal hands. If you’re the loose player, your bankroll will grow and shrink more rapidly and more often, but that long-term profit is likely to be about the same as that tight player over time – and that tight player doesn’t go through the huge losses.

Let your opponent’s call rate determine your bluff rate.

If your opponent isn’t calling that often, the less money you’ll make by betting those medium hands – and the more money you’ll make by bluffing. If you keep betting those hands aggressively into tight opponents, you’ll see your bankroll dwindle more quickly. These are the people that are bluff targets – not the ones that will be susceptible to a value bet.

Watch out when the opponent is deceptive.

If your hand is only marginally strong, then you should only raise infrequently. Strong players who raise too often when their hands simply don’t justify it are the ones who see their online poker bankrolls dwindle unnecessarily. Value bets and raises work most frequently against those opponents who call a little too much but then don’t follow up with raises on hands that are medium strong. Remember that those opponents who are timid and loose are the best targets of value bets and raises. You’ll be walking away with those players’ money – and adding it to your bankroll.

Some other helpful tips involve staying away from calls that you shouldn’t make. Experienced players get tempted into making those calls as well – poker is a game that engages the emotions, particularly because so much money is often at stake. Make a plan before you sit down to play online – and stick to that plan no matter happens while you’re at the screen. Even more, you can always put these strategies in practice at free online poker sites and put your skills on trial before you hit the real money poker tables.

Big poker weekend winners

Another big weekend of online poker!

Congrats to our big winners this past weekend!!

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$200.00 hanksbank
$100.00 JustinMondry
$70.00 chs2051
$50.00 HelmuthKING
$40.00 BlueBlade
$40.00 marvin1
$35.00 TomKat1958
$35.00 gramabanit
$30.00 8srbetr
$20.00 Bigbfv
$20.00 lefthand
$20.00 Novathree
$20.00 AzSweetAzHeaven
$20.00 CatChick
$20.00 royal1237
$20.00 APKRQUEEN
$20.00 KarmaGrind
$20.00 mandin2
$16.00 wnewtonb
$15.00 robotron2084
$12.50 DrDixinUMouse
$10.00 onewyse
$10.00 ks0202
$10.00 BobbyT1210
$10.00 williej
$10.00 kaminmn
$10.00 Ydaenn
$10.00 grandpamike
$10.00 queenv555

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Big poker weekend winners

Last Weekend’s Big Winners at Cafrino Poker

Congrats to our big winners last weekend!!

Check out some of the winners on Cafrino last weekend. We’re you a part of it? Congratulations to all of our winners!

$200.00 readem39
$100.00 Quixote
$70.00 BohemianGrove
$50.00 ooch44
$40.00 ELMAGO
$40.00 BIGSTACK
$35.00 MadBrad
$30.00 nobluffs
$20.00 mwpaded
$20.00 zagsmang
$20.00 CatChick
$20.00 whacky
$20.00 snivels47
$20.00 dpaynter
$20.00 vironas
$20.00 flash13
$16.00 KingNeece
$15.00 danny4654
$12.50 BlueBlade
$10.00 pokertoker7
$10.00 kckkp1999
$10.00 Gerald413
$10.00 RickV1
$10.00 flash13
$10.00 TEXASCLEM
$10.00 hamp4267
$10.00 Bcc123

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Big poker weekend winners

Another big weekend at Cafrino!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

We had another great weekend of online poker at Cafrino. We’re you a part of it? Congratulations to a few of our big winners!

$200.00 NWPatriot
$100.00 grampyof4
$70.00 gashfor
$50.00 PhoenixRising
$40.00 BohemianGrove
$40.00 CaptTruth
$35.00 ELMAGO
$30.00 DEALTHECARDS
$20.00 kalermo
$20.00 stackedlaundry
$20.00 badbeatjon
$20.00 flinflonfatty
$20.00 guesswhosgotit72
$20.00 shaddd
$20.00 3outer
$16.00 Teerock
$15.00 PokrNDRear
$12.50 HotFlushes
$10.00 bugsmom
$10.00 gbuju1
$10.00 papadean
$10.00 illegal
$10.00 ftmohave
$10.00 JoePalooka

And special shout out to CHOWMING, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award and a free ticket to the next Level 10 Poker Tournament. Join us all week long for cash poker tournaments daily!

Good luck at the tables!

Negreanu on Poker Hall of Fame

NEGREANU’s thoughts on the Poker Hall of Fame

NEGREANU’s thoughts on the Poker Hall of Fame

The Poker Hall of Fame recently released its list of nominees for the 2015 class.

Among the possible inductees were 2001 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen, five-time WSOP bracelet winner and recent EPTChampion John Juanda, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jennifer Harman and and legendary British poker player David “Devilfish” Ulliott.

Not known for keeping his opinion to himself, Daniel Negreanu took to his blog to express his views on what those voting for this year’s class should and should not consider when casting their ballots.

Find out what he thinks about the nominees and who will be at the top of his list when he sits down to vote!

Source: http://f5poker.com

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Debugging the Most Common Poker Myths

Understanding the difference between fiction and fact can make a difference when it comes to winning and losing at poker games. All it can take is buying into the wrong philosophy to leave you down hundreds of dollars – if not even more. Take a look at some of these common myths to get a handle on your own game, even more if you’re planning to make the transition from free poker to real money poker tables.

If you win the most pots, you’re the winner in a poker game.

It’s fun to win pots and rake in the cash, but the winner at the end of the night has the most cash. It’s one thing to win a lot of pots over the course of a night, but if someone else wins some of the biggest pots – and you’ve been one of those raising and calling all the way to the very end – then you can end up in a pretty significant hole, even if you’ve been raking in a lot of smaller pots.

It’s important to quit when you’re ahead.

There’s something to be said for stopping when you’re in the middle of a solid run at you’re up $500 – or $5,000. However, if you feel like you’re playing well, and you’re not in a time crunch – and you’re not gambling money that you should be using to pay for your bills – then keep playing to win more. If you feel like your luck is starting to turn south and you’re not going to win anymore, though, then that’s another thing – it’s time to think about packing it in and taking your winnings while you still have some.

The machine (video poker) you’re on hasn’t hit in a while, and it’s due.

This can be a dangerous myth for video poker players. You might have heard somewhere that royal flushes show up on average once every 40,000 plays. This doesn’t mean, though, that there is a running timer inside each machine telling it when to send out that royal flush. It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since a machine paid out a jackpot, because the machine uses a random number generator to shuffle the deck, and that generator has no memory. This means that the probability on each play is the same – about 1 in 40,000. If it has been a while since that machine paid, the probability on that next play is still the same. It’s true that a game has the ability to develop cold or hot streaks, but trying to guess when that streak ends is only likely to cost you money.

The cards are all luck, anyway.

It’s true that luck plays a role in determining your hand. However, by learning the tendencies of the players around you and staying true to a strategy that you put in place before you sit down to play, you can minimize your exposure to risk and use the strategies that work to maximize your chances at a profit. This is why some poker players – over time – show themselves to be better at drawing profits out of the game than others.

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Big poker weekend winners

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

We had a great weekend of online poker at Cafrino. We’re you a part of it? Congratulations to a few of our big winners… the list keeps getting longer and longer.

$200.00 BohemianGrove
$100.00 vanni9283
$70.00 BluffAway
$50.00 xraiderx
$40.00 kalermo
$40.00 PokerDonk
$35.00 Hordack
$35.00 ArmedOldMan
$35.00 KimInbetween
$35.00 smelulater
$35.00 Ferraro
$30.00 Goldenone
$20.00 Luckylady
$20.00 chipsniper
$20.00 dagman
$20.00 APKRQUEEN
$20.00 Buick55
$20.00 blindman
$20.00 DrScorpius
$20.00 RickV1
$20.00 BeatCowboy
$20.00 gbljr1969
$20.00 brosebrock
$20.00 mtbr2001
$16.00 japanis15
$12.50 theblock
$12.00 Popeye
$10.00 gomer111
$10.00 zdangerz
$10.00 royal1237
$10.00 brokeherman
$10.00 Rich0626
$10.00 RobotDr
$10.00 potters
$10.00 metsfan11
$10.00 jojorauch
$10.00 JohnnybeGood
$10.00 BlueBlade
$10.00 xraiderx

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Good luck at the tables!

NEW JERSEY’S 22-EVENT POKER FESTIVAL

BORGATA POKER OPEN

On September 8, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will put on the Borgata Poker Open. The series features 22 events in all and starts things off with the $560 buy-in Borgata 2 Million.

The World Poker Tour joins in for the WPT Borgata Poker Open Main Event which starts on September 20 and includes a televised Final Table and $3 million in guaranteed prize money.

“Borgata is thrilled to welcome back the World Poker Tour for what is sure to be an incredibly successful fourteenth season,” said Joe Lupo, Borgata Senior Vice President of Operations. “The long-standing marriage between the East Coast’s preeminent poker destination and the premier name in televised gaming has been exceedingly beneficial and we are looking forward to another fantastic main event.”

Read the full article on f5poker.com.

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Understanding the Importance of Initiative in Poker

Understanding the Importance of Initiative in Poker Games

In general terms, initiative has to do with undertaking active measures to achieve a goal. In poker games, initiative works the same way. If you’re in a legal online poker site and have an active interest in a particular round of betting because you think you have the best hand, you have poker initiative. Anyone showing some aggressive betting behaviors indicates that they feel like their hand is the best one at the table.

No matter whether you’re the one with the initiative or you’ve figured out that another player has it; the person with the initiative is the focus of the rounds of betting for the rest of that hand. The person who has the poker initiative is doing things such as betting, calling and raising, and everyone else is reacting, either by following along or folding.

If it’s possible, you should always try to seize the initiative, whether you think you have the best hand at the table or are in a position where you can convince the other players that your hand is the strongest. Frequently, the player who gets initiative does so at an early point, often pre-flop. The player who makes that strong pre-flop bet becomes the focus of the action, and everyone else defers to this player when selecting actions. This means that the biggest upside of initiative has to do with control, a concept that has multiple forms. Consider some of these factors:

Poker initiative boosts the perception of the strength of your hand from the perspective of your opponents. This perception is often more important than the real strength of a hand.

Initiative causes your opponents difficulty when it comes to limiting you to a particular range of hands because you are driving the action. The ability to predict a range of hands depends on your ability to look at a behavior pattern, which isn’t possible while the player is creating that particular pattern.

Poker initiative involves proactive behavior that sends your opponents into the sort of difficult situations that force them to make hard decisions and become more likely to make errors. The more errors your opponents are making, the better your chances are of winning.

  • If you are in the early position, taking initiative is easier, because no one else is in position to take it first.
  • If you are playing against passive, tight players, you have an easier time taking initiative because they are more likely to fall in line.
  • If you’re playing Texas Hold’em and have a good hand in front of you (or at least a good drawing hand) to support you, it’s safer to take the initiative.

Remember – if you have the resources in hand to support you, initiative is a valuable asset to have in poker. If you are aggressive just to be aggressive, you’re more likely to end up in the red, but if you use that aggressiveness when your hand justifies it, you’re more likely to end up winning instead of folding to the person who showed initiative first and convinced you to fold.

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Is California Running Out Of Time For Online Poker?

With Stakeholders Still At Odds, California Legislature Running Out Of Time For Online Poker

Thanks to a late push from a super-coalition of stakeholders, the California legislature continues to contemplate online poker legalization.

However, with several issues still to be ironed out, and just a couple of weeks remaining on the legislative calendar, legislators are running increasingly short on time.

The legislature returned from its month-long summer recess on August 17 and got right back to work, but it will only have until September 11 to tie up any loose ends, and pass legislation before adjourning for the remainder of the year. So on top of the tertiary issue of iPoker, the California legislature will also be working on bills on a multitude of issues.

California is facing some serious problems, which makes the idea of the legislature fighting over online poker seem out of touch with the state’s residents. On top of a debilitating drought and wild fires, the legislature has a number of serious fiscal issues to hash out, including the state’s significant debt.

Time is even more precious when you consider fiscal bills (which online poker regulation would fall into) must pass committee by August 28. This short timeframe makes it unlikely a completed bill such as Reggie Jones-Sawyer’s AB 167 will be considered, which leaves Assemblyman Adam Gray’s shell bill, AB 431, as the state’s lone hope.

On the plus side, a new coalition has formed and it is currently engaged in a full court press to jam an online poker bill through in 2015.

The new super-coalition

Several of the state’s varied factions have set aside their small differences to form a super-coalition of the willing.

Morongo/PokerStars, horseracing and labor, and a tribal coalition consisting of Rincon, Pala, and United Auburn have reportedly been pushing the legislature to muster up the will to vote on an online poker bill – something we hinted at several months ago.

The problem is, they are opposed by a politically powerful group of tribes, and an online poker bill needs a two-thirds vote in both houses of the legislature to pass.

The Pechanga coalition

Standing in opposition to the new super-coalition is a coalition of nine tribes spearheaded by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.

This tribal coalition has been deemed obstructionist by the other other factions, as it has been steadfast in its opposition to PokerStars or horseracing tracks being able to apply for a license.

Most analysts and pundits feel it will take a near-consensus to pass an online poker bill in California, and with the Pechanga coalition unwavering on these issues a consensus will not be reached.

Smaller issues still need to be ironed out

There are also several other smaller, but still consequential problems that need to be ironed out on top of the PokerStars and horseracing issues.

How the regulatory structure will be divvied out between the state and tribal regulators is just one of these ancillary issues.

Another reason an iPoker bill will likely fail…

A broader problem with Gray’s bill is it would need to be expanded. There are a lot of i’s to be dotted and t’s to be crossed in AB 431.

On the other hand, if Gray simply adopts the language of AB 167, or acquiesces to the Morongo/PokerStars/Racing/RAP super-coalition’s demands, it could have a very negative impact on online poker efforts in 2016 as it would create an adversary in the Pechanga coalition.

This estrangement would likely be on full display if Gray were inclined to revisit the issue next year.

Essentially, if Gray gives in to the demands of the super-coalition, he will alienate the Pechanga coalition, which would make reaching a consensus next year all the more difficult.

Upshot

As if the state didn’t have enough barriers to overcome, time is now working against online poker in California as well.

Source: www.californiaonlinepoker.com

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