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Continuation Bet

What is a continuation bet?

What is a continuation bet?

Also known as the “cbet,” the continuation bet is bet is gaining popularity at the no-limit Texas Hold’em  tables. It’s easy to pull off and it often works well, and players, from recreational and free poker players, to the most seasoned pros like it because they can learn how to use it quickly.

So what is it exactly a Continuation Bet?

A continuation bet is a bet that you make on the flop if you raised pre-flop, even if the flop didn’t help your hand at all. So if you raised before the flop holding K-Q and you saw the flop bring you 3-8-J, even though you still lack even a pair, you can still up your chances of winning the pot by placing a bet.

Why? Because ⅔ of the time, your opponent won’t make a pair or better either. So if you make a continuation bet, and your opponent folds because they didn’t make a pair or better at the flop, you’ll win more pots on the flop than you would by just checking. This is the basic rationale for the success of the continuation bet.

How do you make a good continuation bet?

First, make your bet the right size. Between ⅔ and ¾ of the existing pot is a good place to start. Is the pot at $20? Then put in $15. If you don’t bet enough, your opponents might call, because their pot odds are good if they are at a draw or if their hand is good at all. You want to make it look like your hand is solid, such as a top pair or even better, scaring the rest out of the pot. If you go over 75%, though, your returns diminish and you’re risking more than you really need to.

Second, take a look at your opponent reads. This will tell you whether a continuation bet is a good idea. If your opponent is an absolute novice, he’s likely to call bets no matter what kind of hand he has. This means that a continuation bet might not make sense, because your competition is too new to realize that he shouldn’t bet every hand. Also, if you’re playing against experts, they also know about continuation bets and may realize what you’re doing, and then they may call or raise you figuring that you just have an iffy hand. If you’re playing against an average group, though, then you can make some money.

How does the flop determine whether or not you should bet?

Let’s say you’re playing a few hand at your favorite poker site and you’re holding A-K and the flop shows up 3-Q-6. Your opponent isn’t likely to call a continuation bet unless they have a pair of kings at least, with the flop. Your opponent does have a 2 in 3 chance of having a pair show up on the flop, but even if they get a pair with the 3 or 6, they still might fold because the size of your bet makes it look like you could beat a pair of 3s or 6s.

If the flop has two of the same suit, though, or if it comes through something like J-K-2, a straight draw becomes more likely, so a call could happen. The continuation bet is most likely to work if they have a strong hand made for them without the draw.

Is it safe for trying at the online poker tables?

The answer is yes. You can start practicing at the play for free poker tables and then move on to real money poker whenever you feel ready. Although, you should always take a look at the flop and consider the likelihood of your opponent making a hand that will allow them to feel comfortable calling a bet. The wetter (more helpful) the flop, the less likely you should be to run a continuation bet with a weak hand.

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AI in Poker

Humans lick their wounds after losing to AI in poker

Humans lick their wounds after losing to AI in poker

WASHINGTON (CNNMoney) — After 20 grueling days, the humans had to admit it.

The best poker player at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh wasn’t a human, but a machine.

“Libratus,” a computer program created by a Carnegie Mellon professor and student, dominated four professional poker players this month, accumulating a $1,766,250 lead in chips.

“Halfway through the challenge we thought we were going to win,” said Daniel McAulay. “But we really got beat down.”

Less than two years ago, Carnegie Mellon staged a similar poker showdown between four professionals and an AI program. The humans won, earning $732,713 more in chips. Two of those competitors, Dong Kim and Jason Les, returned for this year’s tournament.

The computer’s decisive victory this time is a reminder of the rapid advances in artificial intelligence. A year ago, we saw another artificial intelligence milestone as a Google computer program beat one of the world’s best players at the ancient Chinese game Go.

“This has probably been the most challenging experience in my life,” said Jimmy Chou, who finished second among the humans. (Kim finished first.)

Each of the four humans played one-on-one against the computer system. A total of 120,000 hands of heads-up no-limit Texas hold-em were played.

“If anyone had any doubt about the quality of our technology, I can tell you we tried everything we could,” Les said. “It became very demoralizing showing up and losing this hard.”

The good news for the pro players is that they won’t have to pay up the $1.7 million in chips. Instead, they’ll split $200,000 as a thank you for battling the machine.

The margin of victory even surprised the researchers who developed Libratus.

“I thought we had a decent chance of winning, but definitely not a shoo-in,” said Carnegie Mellon professor Tuomas Sandholm. He developed Libratus along with PhD student Noam Brown.

Sandholm credited Libratus’ improved algorithms, which could better predict how to bet, when to fold, and whether bluffing made sense.

He believes the algorithms could be a game-changer for any game where a player has incomplete information, such as negotiations or auctions. Sandholm said he will probably commercialize the technology.

He sees the technology as a way to improve the world by leveling the playing field, provided that everyone at the negotiation table has access to his technology.


Cafrino Street Team

Join the Cafrino Street Team!

Join the Cafrino Street Team!

As you may know, we love ALL of our Cafrino poker players. But there are those of you that have stood behind us through the thick and thin and have always expressed wanting to do more to help Cafrino become the best online poker site around. We are currently looking for a select group of Cafrino players to help build our Cafrino Street Team. Please review the following items and follow the instructions at the bottom if you are interested in joining the Cafrino Street Team.

What You’ll Get:

  • An inside look at what Cafrino is planning
  • A Cafrino Poker t-shirt, tank top, and/or hat
  • An impact on Cafrino features and feature priority

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with Petra and the Cafrino team to help create a better experience for all poker players
  • Play Cafrino and/or live tournaments
  • Talk and listen to other poker players
  • Provide feedback directly to the Cafrino teams


  • An avid poker player (online or live poker)
  • Active on social channels (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram)
  • Friendly and enjoy talking with other poker players
  • Exited about playing Cafrino and Cafrino’s future in online poker
  • Willing to engage (in a positive manner) with other poker players and spread the word about Cafrino

If this sounds interesting to you, please send an email to the Cafrino support team at with the subject “Cafrino Street Team Application”. Please include the following:

  • The reason for your interest in the Cafrino Street Team
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Cafrino unveils Haig Kayserian as Chairman and Joseph Conner as Director of Poker Operations

Cafrino unveils Haig Kayserian as Chairman and Joseph Conner as Director of Poker Operations

NEW YORK: Cafrino has announced co-founder Haig Kayserian as its new Chairman, and brought experienced gaming executive Joseph Conner into its team, as the online poker startup continues on its impressive growth trajectory.

Cafrino was founded in response to the 2011 United States-wide crackdown on online gambling, and after a product reboot in 2014 under new CEO Michael Murphy, the legal poker website raised seed money totalling $250,000 and has recorded impressive growth over the past two years.

Cafrino takes no money from players, but pays players cash prizes from its advertising revenue, which is received by running advertisements between hands.

Since 2014, its player-base has grown to 60,000, with over 10% identified as monthly active users. There are over 1.8 million hands dealt on the website per month. This number is expected to grow significantly with the launch of the Cafrino mobile app, slated for later this year.

Haig Kayserian, who has been part of Cafrino since its inception, is an internet business consultant with two international companies under his directorship – digital agency, KAYWEB and angel investment firm, KAYWEB Angels – and has sat on the boards of over ten internet businesses in the United States and Australia. He is also an adviser to a venture capital fund.

Kayserian assumes the Chairman role on the Cafrino board as the company looks to raise Series A funding that will catapult its product and marketing efforts to what he refers to as “a tipping point”.

“Our CEO Michael Murphy has led Cafrino beyond all set targets since we raised our seed money at a $1 million valuation,” said Kayserian. “Our relationships with ad agencies have us clear-sighted on what we have to do to reach a tipping point in terms of active users, and we’ve drawn a path to achieve that with the help of a Series A funding round that will reflect the new value of this outstanding business.”

CEO Murphy added: “We listened to our users and constantly improved our product to bring it closer to their satisfaction, and are now planning on further enhancements on our evolving list, especially taking Cafrino mobile and introducing an ad-free subscription version to meet this demand made by some of our users.”

To help with this product focus, Cafrino has also announced that Joseph Conner is joining the team as Director of Poker Operations, with the task of managing the product evolution post-funding.

Conner is an online poker product professional with eight years of experience in real money, membership, ad-based and social poker models. His list of products include Tropicana Entertainment’s Social Casino, Bwin.Party’s Party Poker & Party Casino, NYX Gaming Group, and DoylesRoom Poker.

Conner said: “I have closely followed the progress of Cafrino since 2014, and it has really been making waves in the online poker world. Our product plans will inject further momentum in that growth and ensure Cafrino’s place among the leaders in this space.”

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Electrical Engineer Wins Over $1.2 Million

WSOP 2015: Electrical Engineer Wins Over $1.2 Million in Millionaire Maker Event

The World Series of Poker makes a dream come true for Adrian Buckley.

Adrian Buckley, an electrical engineer from Westminster, Colorado, outlasted a 7,275 player field to win $1,277,193 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet. In fact, winning the Millionaire Maker represents his first WSOP in the money finish of any kind.

“I mean, getting through 7,000 people. It’s not something you think about until it happens’” Buckley said. “I hoped to run super deep, and knew I had the skill to get here. But it’s just surreal to live out the dream.”

Buckley entered the final day against a strong final table with only 10 big blinds in his chipstack, but tremendous patience, skill and a bit of run good helped the 27-year old defeat the likes of Mike Sexton, Erick Lindgren and Olivier Busquet on his way to the title.


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Connor Drinan, who reached mainstream fame last year by having his pocket aces cracked by pocket aces in the Big One for One Drop $1 million buy-in tournament, has made headlines again, this time for exposing the possible cheating ways of Valeriu Coca.

The cheating allegedly occurred during the early rounds of Event #10: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Coca is suspected of marking the cards, possibly with invisible ink. Read Drinan’s account of what happened here.


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Online Poker Etiquette Tips

Online Poker Etiquette Tips

A lot of online poker players believe that just because they’re sitting at a computer instead of at a table means that they can act however they please, and some of them use that feeling of freedom to act rudely. However, this is not true, and there are several things that all poker players should bear in mind before they ever open up an account with a legal online poker site. Here are some tips to help you maintain the peace at your online poker games.

Don’t berate others for their poor play.

Just because a poker player did something stupid that ended up costing you money does not mean that you need to tell him what he did. First of all, you don’t want to help him improve. After all, his next mistake might dump a pot into your lap. Instead, don’t be a jerk and yell at him for dropping all of his cash on a weak draw. You won’t get your funds back, and he might improve – and challenge you. If anything, the table will get less fun, and he (and the other weak players) might just leave.

Don’t talk about hands in which you’re not participating.

You wouldn’t talk about other players’ hands or give other people advice at hands if you were sitting at a real table playing with real cards, so don’t do it online either. If you are the one with the nuts and have decided to go all-in, and you’re waiting for a fish to choose whether to fold or call, you wouldn’t like it for a third player to tell your fish to fold because he thinks you have the nuts, you’d punch that person in a real game. Don’t be unethical and talk to people about hands at an online poker game, either.

Don’t talk about the hand you folded.

If you have Ace 4 and you raise pre-flop, only to have someone re-raise you and another player to call, you might elect to fold. After you do that, don’t use the chat window to talk about that hand. You can only do that after the whole hand has finished. If you talk about what you had, that can influence the plays that others make later in the hand, leading to significant frustration – and rightly so, because that kind of talk can make things unfair for those still in the action.

Maintain pace with the action.

Online poker time isn’t the time to do your laundry as well. This means that you shouldn’t make your play and then wander away for a while, while the rest of the players get frustrated with the wait. You wouldn’t do this at a game in your friend’s living room, so don’t do it at your computer. It’s one thing to take your time when you’re thinking about significant decisions after the flop, but those basic pre-flop tasks should be done as quickly as you possibly can. Otherwise, the situation becomes frustrating for everyone involved, and a weak player might simply get bored and walk away – instead of sticking around to give you more money in later hands.

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Refer your friends for a Cafrino Chip Bonus!

We’re now offering bonuses for referring players. At the moment, the referral bonus is 200 Cafrino Chips per referred player. The referred player must play at least 10 hands of poker. We may adjust the referral bonus over time, and we will run promotions for 2x, 3x referral bonuses… read more

World Series of Poker Makes History

World Series of Poker Makes History with the “Colossus”

The big news from this weekend’s play at the 2015 World Series of Poker has to be the record breaking achievements of Event #5, The Colossus, which recorded 22,374 entries. The previous record was set by the 2006 WSOP Main Event with 8,773 entries.

The WSOP needed 982 dealers to handle the huge field which was spread out over four starting flights—the number of dealers was more than the number of players who entered Event #3, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

Only 506 players now remain from that enormous starting field. 3,447 players made it to Day 2. Greg Raymer (2162nd) and JC Tran (2102nd) managed to cash with Erick Lindgrenoutlasting more than 95% of the field to finish in 717th.

As play goes into Day 3, the chip leader is Valentin Vornicu who has 1.3 million chips. He is a well known WSOP Circuit player, with six victories, and 27 cashes. His total earnings in non-circuit WSOP events comes to just over $5,000, a figure which could potentially go up to over $640,000, if he can sustain his position until the end and emerge victorious.


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Pre-Flop Hand Reading

Improving Your Poker Game: Pre-Flop Hand Reading

Understanding hand ranges helps you figure out what might be sitting in your opponent’s hand, and keeping track of hand combinations lets you calculate the various probabilities when playing poker games. Remember that you’re not playing against robots or computers like it sometimes happens when you’re in the online poker tables. Some people will take a look at a junk hand but not fold – instead, they’ll play. The opposite is true, too – sometimes they’ll fold with a pretty good hand that they would typically play. This means that reading hands before the flop requires some sophistication.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some scenarios. We’ll assume a live $1 to $2 game with nine hands, assuming that most players put a minimum of $200 into play.

The Nit

A $2 risk will get nits trying to scurry into pots even if they have a broad spectrum of hand quality. A nit who is open limping will fall in this range:


AKo – Ato, KQo – Kto, QJo – Jto

AKs – A2s, KQs – KTs, QJs – 54s, QTs]

There are 1,326 possible opening hands, and this range holds 282 (about a fifth of them). Someone who plays this range plays about once out of every five times and folds the other fours. Of the 282 hands, 78 consist of pocket pairs (13 different possible pocket pairs exist, and there are six different ways to make each one). This means that nits pick up pocket pairs about a third of the time after they open the pot. This is a lot higher than the other player types. Some nits won’t raise preflop, but if they do, they probably don’t have hands hear the bottom of that opening range. They raise stronger hands and limp with weaker hands. Without the nuts, they generally won’t 3-bet.

The Regular

The “regular” player is considered solid in no-limit small-stakes games. You won’t see a regular make awful plays, but you are likely to be able to identify some habits that you can use to your advantage. A lot of texas holdem regulars start showing these bad habits before the flop. They’ll play more hands than the nits will, but those additional hands usually just bring them bad results. They are more willing to open raise with such hands as JTs and 66 but they will still usually raise fewer hands than they limp. Their ranges generally weight toward aces. If an ace doesn’t show up, they will often hit weakly on the flop. If a regular 3-bets, consider folding unless your own hand is strong, because they are conservative in this area.

The Fish

Fish are into poker because of the thrill that comes with bringing in pots, and they know that folding preflop isn’t the way to win them. They’re hard to classify with a particular range. They are likely to fold or call on the basis of other elements beside their current hand. If they’ve been on a good run lately, if they just got a racy text message, or if someone they want to beat is in the pot, they’re likely to call even if their hand isn’t that strong. Pay attention to their 3-bets to see who is conservative and who is all over the place.

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