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Big poker weekend winners

Congratulations Weekend Winners!

Congratulations to our weekend poker winners!!

All of us here at Cafrino would like to thank EVERYONE that plays with us. We are working hard to provide a great experience for all players. Congratulations to all of the winners this weekend. Here are just a few of them. Were you a part of it?

$200.00 highlife7772000
$100.00 MrMoss
$70.00 Travler
$50.00 dynasti
$40.00 dcolts1962
$40.00 CP8073
$35.00 Paul13903
$30.00 Rookieboy1
$20.00 Arrowslinger
$20.00 guesswhosgotit72
$20.00 kanupasa
$20.00 RobotDr
$20.00 Don1010
$20.00 cj197996
$20.00 flush69
$20.00 CheyenneBodie
$16.00 DaJoshy
$15.00 shelter
$12.50 eazy52
$10.00 Moonma49
$10.00 AliceTaylor
$10.00 Duncan201010
$10.00 dainjoker
$10.00 norburt
$10.00 elbandito
$10.00 TJPackman
$10.00 jesusjoe

And special shout out to pick1123, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award (a free ticket to the next Level 10 game). Join us all week long for cash tournaments daily!

Good luck at the tables!

Ready to put your skills on the line? You can practice as much as you need on the free online poker tables and get all the practice you need before making the transition to legal online poker sites.

Rubio, Trump answer iGaming Questions

The Reno Gazette-Journal reached out to all of the candidates, Republican and Democrat, for their responses to six questions of special interest to Nevada voters.

Do you think the federal government should legalize and regulate online gaming, ban it entirely or allow states to accept gamers wherever they are located? Why?

Click here to read the full story.

Value Betting vs. Bluffing

Poker 101: Value Betting vs. Bluffing

A lot of times you’ll see players who are new to no-limit online poker have one simple reason for making bets and raises: it has something to do with confidence that they had the best hand at the table.

Quite often this will work, particularly when you’re playing against low-skill players. There are all kinds of reasons to call if you’re a poor player with a lousy hand. This means that if you believe that you have the best hand, if you bet and raise, you are likely to succeed. However, if you’re playing against highly skilled players, raising with the best hand isn’t always the best idea, even more if you’re playing real money poker. To understand this, let’s take a look at an example.

Let’s say you’re in a legal online poker site and that you’re playing against an aggressive, tight opponent who makes a button raise. You have the King of Hearts and the Queen of Diamonds, and you three-bet him. He folds, and you carry away the pot.

But why did you three-bet with a KQ? You probably thought you had the best hand the majority of the time. That particular opponent had been stealing about a third of the time, which means that he’s doing it with some trash in his hand from time to time. You figured him for a decent player, which means that he folds a lot of the time. But why would you raise to get him to fold with a hand that was already worse than yours? If it’s worse, wouldn’t you want him to add more to the pot before leaving?

If you know that your hand is better, you want to keep the opponent in there with you instead of intimidating him away. The idea is to put the right bed to put the opponent there to call and follow his draw with faulty odds, rather than throwing the whole stack in and knocking him away.

After all, if you’re holding a KQ, and you look at his steal range (about 33%), you’ll realize that KQ will win about 52 percent of the time. So you were holding a favorite hand, but you weren’t holding a dominant favorite. The reason is that the range your opponent was stealing on includes hands with an Ace. Even a pocket pair is already ahead of you. So you were ahead of that range, but not by much. In fact, many possible hands for him were still ahead of you. So what should you do now?

Also, what else might he do against a three-bet? In the example, he folded. So in a way, that three-bet was really a bluff instead of a value bet. You were trying to get him to fold, in reality, when he might well have had a better hand that what you did. That’s a great result if you can get it – but you can’t consider it a value bet.

So what is the difference between a value bet and a bluff? A bluff is a bet that you make to get people who would probably beat you at call to fold without seeing your cards. A value bet is a calculation that you make on the basis of what you have – and what others likely have – to get the best outcome mathematically. There is some overlap, but if you’re not in a strong position, you use that bluff to get clear of danger.

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Big poker weekend winners

Congrats to our players!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

All of us here at Cafrino would like to thank EVERYONE that plays with us. We are working hard to provide a great experience for all players. Congratulations to all of the winners this weekend. Here are just a few of them. Were you a part of it?

$200.00 memelan
$100.00 gooddave87
$70.00 chipohoey
$50.00 albertamann
$40.00 Mequonite
$40.00 klamath510
$35.00 MugsMolloy
$30.00 Sparkle
$20.00 mandy22
$20.00 rw2win4me
$20.00 cmr900
$20.00 Don1010
$20.00 dudedaddude
$20.00 wiley111
$20.00 7come11
$20.00 Siriusgreen
$16.00 TheProfessor
$15.00 axman757
$12.50 lala209
$10.00 michealow
$10.00 sorrytoo
$10.00 Tammy70
$10.00 rdgtwrmike
$10.00 sixeyes
$10.00 donjan3
$10.00 CaptNerve
$10.00 MrMoss

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Good luck at the tables!

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xo Petra

Big poker weekend winners

Congratulations to all Big Cash Winners!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!! We had a great weekend at Cafrino. We’re you a part of it? Here are a few of our big winners!

$200.00 mandy22
$100.00 patsyjean
$70.00 HanaDarko
$50.00 hanksbank
$40.00 doublebass
$40.00 metsfan11
$35.00 Kithal
$35.00 BobbyT1210
$30.00 NWPatriot
$20.00 xPAULn
$20.00 iautomech
$20.00 timjake001
$20.00 Shazam
$20.00 sixeyes
$20.00 DrDixinUMouse
$20.00 Winddrake13500
$20.00 marcop
$20.00 readem39
$16.00 Chicago122
$15.00 happyduck42
$12.50 vironas
$10.00 PhoenixRising
$10.00 TrailMix
$10.00 MONEYMAC
$10.00 Aceflush4me6
$10.00 BeatCowboy
$10.00 candymanwk
$10.00 SHAAZAAM
$10.00 smelulater
$10.00 seasonic

And special shout out to trmccoy, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award (a free ticket to the next Level 10 game). Join us all week long for cash tournaments daily!

The True Value of Suited Connectors

No matter if you play free poker or you spend hours trying to make win a few dollars in the real money poker tables, understanding how suited connectors work can give you big rewards as you play them the right way in no limit Texas Hold’em. You put them down to bring home big pots, generally by snaring those aggressive players who don’t have good hands to play after the flop. However, it’s important to make sure that you have the right situation in place if you want to take advantage of the real value of suited connectors. So let’s take a look on some of the basic knowledge you should use the next time you engage in some poker games.

In pre-flop play, suited connectors should only be your strategy when you expect a big payoff when you nail that flush or straight. This doesn’t mean, though, that you want to overspend just to get to the flop. If you’re in early or middle position pre-flop, the danger is that you will end up getting re-raised. You just can’t afford to call a pre-flop raise that is too big with suited connectors. It just doesn’t matter how attractive they are. You will hemorrhage money over the long run.

If you’re in late position with a raised pot and at least two callers in front of you, though, you’re in the right spot. This is when you want to call and hit that flop hard. By entering the flop with multiple opponents, you boost the chance that your opponents get a hit on the flop and bet out, giving you the necessary odds for profitable suited connectors. If you’re in a late position with no raise on the pot and at least two limpers ahead of you, hear you should raise to show that you have a big hand and try to buy the button simultaneously. Consider a raise of 3BB with an additional 1BB for each limper ahead of you. The same raise you would make if you had a big pocket pair. This raise will scare off at least a couple of opponents all by itself.

At the flop, if you’re playing suited connectors, the idea is a nice draw against an opponent with deep stacks. You might flop to that straight now and then. Your odds of flopping a flush draw are about 8 to 1 (10.94%). You can even get two pair or trips (3.34% odds) on the flop. Hitting a double belly buster straight draw or an open-ended straight draw combined is about 10.45%. Most commonly, of course, you’ll flop nothing. This is why you shouldn’t overspend to see it, because “nothing” is the most common answer. In most cases, you will check or fold. If there wasn’t a raise pre-flop, though, think about using a bet to nab the pot. This is why the late position is best for playing suited connectors. You’re using your position to steal pots occasionally – to get back the costs that come with playing such a speculative hand. You also want to make sure that you’re free of calling stations when you want to nab a pot that way.

If you still haven’t gotten a flush or straight, the best choice now is to try to get a look at that river card for free. Sometimes a frightening card will come down on the turn, and your opponent may just check. If a strong bet comes at you on the turn, though, consider folding as you are now behind the eight-ball when it comes to odds. If you do hit that monster hand, it’s time to suck all the money you can out of your opponent. Don’t check and give your opponent a free card. He may have a backdoor draw to a bigger flush or straight, so make him pay every step of the way.

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California Assemblyman Talks Online Poker

Few legislators have been more involved in the effort to legalize online poker in the state of California than State Assemblyman Mike Gatto: The issue has been one of interest for him since the first online poker bill was introduced in California in 2008.

Late last year, he prefiled his own online poker bill (AB 9), and though progress has stalled until the state legislature reconvenes on January 4, he fully expects to take up the issue again in the new year.

California has the potential to be the biggest online poker market in the US, but attempts to pass legislation have met resistance on two major topics: Bad actors and the inclusion of the horse racing industry as potential licensees.

Poker Industry PRO was granted the opportunity to ask the Assemblyman, who is at the forefront of efforts to pass online poker legislation in California, his opinions on some controversial topics. Here are just a few of the questions he addressed.

Do you think regulating online poker in California is in the best interest of its citizens?

It is no secret that there are many Californians who are playing poker online, on unregulated, off-shore sites. That is money that’s leaving the country. When players do so, they also face uncertainties with regard to such things as the security of their deposits, or whether they will be paid when they wish to cash out winnings.

If the state can provide a well-regulated market, there is no doubt players will repatriate their funds to legal operators, who will in turn provide tax revenue to the state.

Do you believe that including language to exclude “bad actors” in the law itself serves the people of California better than allowing the state gaming regulators to decide the conditions that potential licensees must meet in order to be deemed suitable?

I’ve tried to craft a bill that will give an opportunity for groups to make a compelling case as to whether or not they should have access to the California market. The Legislature should provide clear guidance to the Executive Branch regulators as to what individuals and entities should qualify for licenses.

Any business that is allowed by the state to make financial transactions such as those that are involved with online gaming, should be held to the highest standard possible to assure their integrity for the sake of their customers.

As the regulation of online poker spreads around the globe, lawmakers and regulators are faced with the issue of consumers continuing to utilize unlicensed online poker sites. What do you think are some of the most effective methods for deterring players from patronizing black-market sites? Do you think assessing fines to players caught using unauthorized sites is appropriate?

Unfortunately there is little a state government can do to regulate the Internet. I would like to see the federal government put pressure on the worst actors around the globe.

On the state level, prosecutions and regulatory actions, where appropriate, might serve as a deterrent. The best deterrent though is a safer marketplace.

What would you say to your constituents who are frustrated with the lack of progress of online poker legislation in California over the past several years?

I share their frustration.

Source: pokerfuse.com

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Bluff-Raise at Real Money Poker Tables

Most recreational players often make the transition from free poker sites to Real money poker tables without knowing the correct strategies.  If you bluff raise, or raise as an absolute bluff with nothing behind it, you are taking a real risk – a risk that you shouldn’t take very often. The best time to do this is when there aren’t any more cards due to come, and when you came close to building the hand that you wanted but just came up short – but you want your opponents to think that you were successful. You’re assuming that your opponent has a fairly good hand and doesn’t really want to fold just because you raise. If you’re playing limit poker the bluff raise can work often enough to build profits only when you’re playing against someone who can make folds when it’s tough to do so. Weaker players are more likely to call that raise no matter what sort of hand he has.

Bluff raises play a more significant role in no-limit poker (Texas Hold’em for example). 1982 poker champion Jack Straus was famous for his skill with successful bluff raising. Just because they’re more common in no-limit poker than limit poker doesn’t make this strategy any easier or less tricky to put into action, but it does make them more expensive if they fail.

An intermediate strategy is the semi-bluff raise. This is used more often by the skilled poker players. Just like with the pure bluff raise, you offer a semi-bluff raise in order to win the pot immediately. However, unlike the pure bluff, you do this when there are still more cards coming and when your hand can still improve. This gives you a chance to draw better than your opponent and carry home the pot when the call comes.

The semi-bluff raise also provides a sound defense against an opponent who might be semi-bluffing. If you are raising a potential semi-bluffer, he generally has to dump a semi-bluff hand. If he calls after you raise, you should assume that he has the quality of hand that he seems to. An additional advantage to the semi-bluff raise is that you have learned something. Your opponent might be worried that your hand is the best, checking to you when the next round comes and providing you with the opportunity to grab a free card.

This means that even though your primary goal for raising might not come to fruition – causing your opponent to fold – you often achieve other goals, like getting more information, as well as a free card. Also, when you raise in order to eliminate worse hands but go through a call from one of your opponents, you’ve at least added more cash into a pot that you believe you are the most likely to win. This doesn’t mean that you should always raise just to get that free card, though. Consider your position – if you are not last but you check, you have revealed some weakness. Players behind you with a strong hand are likely to bet, keeping you away from that free card. Remembering elements like this makes the bluff raise and the semi-bluff raise more useful weapons.

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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

And special shout out to Cdocrose, 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!

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!