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Cafrino Poker Rules

Cafrino Poker Rules – Important things to know

Cafrino Poker Rules – Important things to know to protect your bankroll

Jumping on the bed… we’re okay with that. But our goal is to create a fun and friendly online poker environment where players can legally play online poker in the United States and win REAL cash prizes. Here are a few basics you should know… besides being courteous to all other poker players. For more information on the complete set uf Cafrino Poker Rules, you can find them here http://cafrino.com/terms-of-service.

Cheating

Cheating, of any kind, is not tolerated. This includes collusion, chip dumping, creating multiple accounts, etc. For more information, please see section 1.5 and Section Two of the Cafrino Poker Terms of Service.

Multiple Accounts

As mentioned above, multiple accounts are not allowed. This includes any accounts playing in the same physical location or IP address. For more information, please see sections 3.11 of the Cafrino Poker Terms of Service.

Ad Blockers

Hopefully you know that Cafrino Poker is completely free to play and legal in all the United States. You probably also know that we do pay REAL cash prizes to players. The money to fund these prizes comes from advertising. For this reason, the use of ad blockers or ad blocking technology is strictly prohibited. If you account is found to us, or have used, ad blocking technology, it may result in closure of the account and/or forfeiture of any and all account prizes and winnings. For more information, please see section 3.15 of the Cafrino Poker Terms of Service.

Poker Chat

Our rule for the poker chat is… don’t say anything you would say in a Casino. Treat players with respect and everyone will have a good time. We understand that there is a natural frustration that sometimes comes with the game of poker. Please try to keep your emotions in check. 🙂 You can find more information in section 3.10 of the Cafrino Poker Terms of Service.

Payment Policy

Although our official policy for processing payment requests is 90 days, we do try to process them much quicker (often within a day or two). The Cafrino staff is working hard to make this the best free poker site around, so please be patient if payments take longer.

Support Abuse

Our support staff is there to help. Please understand that any issues with the game are not their fault. They will do their best to provide help for all situations. Any abuse or threats to the support staff may result in closure of the account and/or forfeiture of any and all account prizes and winnings… and may also put you on the DO NOT RESPOND list.

Spamming Social Channels

Our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) are there to enhance the community and experience, and provide promotions for the game and players. Abuse of these channels will result in blocking of the social account, and may result in closure of the Cafrino account and/or forfeiture of any and all account prizes and winnings.

Please make sure you are familiar with the agreed upon Terms of Service. Violation of any of Cafrino Poker Rules, or any rules under the Terms of Service, may result in closure of the account and/or forfeiture of any and all account prizes and winnings.

$500 Level 10 Online Poker Update

$500 Level 10 Online Poker Update

$500 Level 10 Online Poker Update

Just announced… The $500 Level 10 Online Poker game has moved to 4pm Pacific / 7pm Eastern. This will allow more time for poker players to achieve last-chance Level 10s. We have also added a $100 Poker Tournament at noon (on Sundays), with a $500 Level 10 Online Poker ticket bonus for the winner. They are working on adding one more game to run at the same time as the Level 10 (for all those who miss out).

Stay tuned for more online poker tournaments to be added. And join us daily for online poker tournaments every hour!

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Poker Heros

Poker heroes and villains

Poker heroes and villains

When it comes to watching sports on television or in person, it’s all about me. I want to be entertained. I want Poker heroes and villains. I want to have someone to cheer, and someone to boo. I want to laugh. I want to curse. And every now and again I want to see a moment thrilling enough to force me to get up out of my seat.

Poker used to provide that for me. It was the foundation for some of my favorite “reality shows” a decade ago. Not only would I watch the World Series of Poker every year, but I would watch the World Poker Tour on The Travel Channel, “Celebrity Poker Showdown” on Bravo, “High Stakes Poker” on GSN, “Poker Dome Challenge” on FSN, “Poker After Dark” on NBC and I’m sure a handful of other now-defunct shows.

I didn’t necessarily watch because of the poker; I already got my fix of bad beats at the hands of my little brother, who like millions of others briefly wanted to become a professional poker player after watching Chris Moneymaker win the 2003 World Series of Poker. I watched because of the characters I had become connected to while watching all these shows. I developed this bond because they all talked at the table and revealed a human side of themselves I either liked (Antonio Esfandiari), disliked (Phil Hellmuth) or was simply apathetic to (Joe Hachem).

It was similar to my love of pro wrestling. When it comes to the art of the squared circle, I’m not a purist who watches for five-star matches replete with every move from an arm bar to a wheelbarrow. I love the guys who can get on the microphone and rile up the crowd.

Like many others, I started to lose interest in poker as a televised sport before it was hit with its “Black Friday” in 2011. The shows became stale, there was never an influx of new young stars to mix things up and there were only so many times I could hear the same jokes from the same players and commentators.

But I was told the World Series of Poker main event final table was the one time where poker once again felt like it did a decade ago. For three days in the fall it was once again a spectator sport, drawing big crowds for a nationally televised event worth millions of dollars for the nine players at the table.

After attending this year’s “November Nine,” I came away yearning for the characters that made me fall in love with the game as I tried to stay awake until the final hand.

No tickets were needed to watch the final table, but there were times when it felt like a library card might be needed. For the better part of Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, the quietest place in Las Vegas was the Penn & Teller Theater, which has been the home of the “November Nine” since 2008.

The characters, drama and banter (ranging from collegial to contentious), which made poker such a fun sport to watch a decade ago, were completely absent inside an eerily quiet 1,475-seat theater where ushers roamed the aisles like teachers through a classroom to make sure no one was on their cell phones.

The only voice that could be heard from the stage during each hand was that of Jack Effel, the vice president and tournament director for the WSOP who doubles as the play-by-play announcer for the in-house audience. The players had their own cheering sections inside the theater, which made up much of the live crowd that diminished with each day as players were eliminated.

Michael Ruane, 28, had the most boisterous section, with many of his friends dressed as pro wrestlers from the 1990s. Las Vegas resident Qui Nguyen, 39, had a ton of local support as they chanted, “Who win? Qui Nguyen!” each time he collected chips. And those cheering for Kenny Hallaert, 34, mixed in some European soccer chants. But people watching a crowd filled with friends and family is only interesting to a certain point.

I knew I wouldn’t have any real connection to the “November Nine” coming into the final table, but the truth is I had no real connection to them after watching them play for a dozen hours either. It’s inherently hard to connect to people that don’t say anything, or show any emotion.

The oldest and most recognizable player at the final table, and the chip leader when play began, was 50-year old Cliff “JohnnyBax” Josephy, who had previously won two WSOP bracelets. While normally engaging, Josephy was mostly silent for the first two days and even went against the grain by wearing glasses and a hat on the final day, which he never does and previously said he was against.

“There’s more tension at the final table,” Josephy said. “Everyone is tense. They’re playing for money that many people haven’t seen in their lives. It’s understandable that people don’t talk but everyone is friendly. Everyone likes each other. This is a group of guys that really like each other. Everyone is nice.”

Effel echoed those sentiments after the second day of play as the chips for the final three players, Josephy, Gordon Vayo and Nguyen, the eventual winner, were put away.

“When you’re playing for $8 million you’re paying attention to every little thing that you do,” Effel said. “You’re hoping somebody else makes a mistake so you can capitalize on their mistakes. They’re more interested in playing poker than talking.”

It makes sense, of course, but it also makes me nostalgic for a time where the stakes didn’t make players go into their shells. The walkway leading into the Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas is lined with oversized photographs of past WSOP main event champions. I didn’t recognize the past eight champions, all in their 20s, who looked more like fraternity pledges than poker champions. But I stopped when I got to Jamie Gold’s photo. Ten years ago Gold, who was a talent agent turned television producer, won the 2006 WSOP main event and $12 million, still a record, while outlasting a field of 8,773 entrants — also a record. It was the high water mark of a game that would soon see a significant dip in interest and participation.

Gold was an antagonist and a polarizing figure during his improbable run a decade ago, and one of my favorite players to watch. He talked big while bluffing with nothing, sweet-talked players into reluctantly folding better hands by telling them he would show them his hand and even flashed one of his cards to Michael Binger at the final table, causing Binger to lay down the winning hand. The reasons his antics were frowned upon by purists were the same reasons I enjoyed watching him play.

“You need to have players talking to have heroes and villains,” Gold told me over the phone after the first day of the final table. “Once you take away the character side of it, you’re killing the entertainment value and the reason why advertisers, sponsors and viewers would want to watch. I wasn’t that special, but I had an opportunity to create a character by speaking. Viewers want to watch personalities and have a storyline and an arc play out on television. For the most part, poker on television has become this mundane, mind-numbing endeavor.”

Even worse than the television viewing experience, however, is the live viewing experience. At least viewers at home are able to see the players’ hands while listening to the entertaining trio of Lon McEachern, Norman Chad and Esfandiari in the broadcast booth. But not even the personalities of the announcers can make up for the disconnect between the viewers and the players at the table.

Until that connection can once again be made, my poker needs will continue to be met away from my television — relegated instead to losing money to my little brother.

Source: http://www.espn.com 

Poker Bankroll

Golden Rules to Save Your Online Poker Bankroll

Golden Rules to Save Your Online Poker Bankroll

It’s a good idea to always protect your poker bankroll. When players are sitting at a table with chips or cash in front of them, they tend to be more careful than they are when they’re hitting the online poker tables and looking at a stack of virtual chips. Even some of the best players have a way of running through their chips in a hurry. While it makes sense that bad table players would also lose a lot of money online, that doesn’t make sense for good table players. Playing online poker takes more discipline and control, because you’re running into stronger opponents and you have a faster pace. Let’s take a look at some tips to help you hold onto your chips online.

Stick to your Poker Bankroll

You need to have a poker bankroll that is large enough so that it seems like it will last forever, even though you know that you don’t have a bottomless stack. One way to do this is to ensure that no more than 5% of your roll is out on the table at any given time. Or consider pushing that down to 2%. That way you won’t have to worry about going broke from a single game. If you get out of control, things can go south in a hurry.

Don’t keep Looking at How Much you Have

Remember, you’re limiting the amount of your bankroll that’s on the table. And the money you gamble with isn’t money that you need to make it from one month to the next. This is just gravy, right? So keep your eyes off your balance. Sure, when you win, it feels good, but when you lose, and you look at your balance, your spirits drop. You start to want to see that balance jump back up again. The problem is that, in poker, winning money takes a long time, as you go up incrementally. You can make more money than you lose, but it takes a lot longer to make money than it does to lose it. You’ll be tempted to jump limits and throw more money on the table, and before you know it, you’ll have burned through your poker bankroll.

Be Serious with your Decisions

Ever decision that you make matters when you play online poker. Each mistake will cost you money, even if that mistake seems small at the time. The more mistakes you make, the more obstacles you have been yourself and profit. So you’re going to want to limit the distractions. There are some people who play better when they’re multitasking, so they might have a movie playing at the same time. There are others who need to keep their eye on the game at all times.

And here’s another thing — this isn’t something you do to pass the time. You’re doing it to make money. If you’re playing because you don’t have anything else to do, you’re not going to do the mental work to make the right decisions, and you will lose. Get up and go outside if you’re bored, or start that movie. Don’t throw money away.

Put your poker skills on the line? You can practice as much as you need on the free online poker tables at Cafrino and get all the practice you need while winning real cash!

Cash Tournaments

Happy Friday! More Cash Tournaments Added!

Happy Friday! More Cash Tournaments Added!

We’re happy to announce the addition of the following cash tournaments, in addition to our existing poker cash tournament schedule…

Saturday:
$50 Cash Tournament – 9am PT / 12pm ET
$20 Cash Tournament – 2pm PT / 5pm ET
$100 Cash Tournament – 4pm PT / 7pm ET
$10 Cash Tournament – 7pm PT / 10pm ET

Sunday:
$50 Cash Tournament – 9am PT / 12pm ET
$20 Cash Tournament – 2pm PT / 5pm ET
$500 Level 10 – Moved to 12pm PT / 3pm ET
$100 Cash Tournament – 4pm PT / 7pm ET
$10 Cash Tournament – 7pm PT / 10pm ET

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Cafrino Level 10

An easier way to win your way to the $500 Cafrino Level 10!

An easier way to win your way to the $500 Cafrino Level 10!

Hi Cafrino Players,

Now there’s a much easier way to get to the $500 Cafrino Level 10. Are you aware that you can buy and sell Cafrino Tickets in the Cafrino Marketplace? You can find the Marketplace link in the dropdown under your username.

1. Sign into your Cafrino account
2. Click your username
3. Scroll down to find the “Marketplace” link
4. Click the link and find the options to buy or sell Level Tickets

It’s that easy! Sell your tickets for chips, or buy your way into the higher level games.

Plus… follow us on Facebook and Twitter pages for promotions to win tickets and chips.

Good luck at the tables!

xo Petra

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Poker Pop Culture

Poker & Pop Culture: The Thompson Street Poker Club

As poker clubs began to emerge in America toward the latter 19th century, stories about the games emanating from those clubs became a popular form of literary entertainment. Such stories also provide a glimpse into how poker was played, even in those cases when the stories are fictionalized or embellished.

Last week we looked at one collection of poker stories describing the adventures of an actual (though unnamed) uptown New York club of the late 1800s. Another interesting series of comic stories appeared a few years before that one, these telling of a fictional group of poker players called The Thompson Street Poker Club.

The Club’s “Minutes” (with Illustrations)

Shortly after Life magazine first debuted in 1883, the magazine’s associate editor Henry Guy Carleton began to produce a short poker tales focusing on the invented poker club.

The son of a famous Union general, Carleton was also a playwright who would later have a few of his plays performed on Broadway. He was additionally an inventor who is credited with early versions of smoke detectors and fire alarms.

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“The Thompson Street Poker Club” by Henry Guy Carleton

Carleton’s stories about the club resemble colorful versions of the minutes of a committee’s meetings, and they proved popular among Life‘s first readers. In the spring of 1884 a collection of 13 of Carleton’s stories were published in a slim volume, titled The Thompson Street Poker Club.

The book was dedicated to Robert C. Schenck, referred to as “that noble expounder of the game.” A former U.S. Congressman, Schenck earned that distinction thanks to his having written an early work of strategy about draw poker first published in England and reprinted in the United States in 1880 (a book we’ll be discussing here soon).

A sequel penned by Carleton appeared five years later, titledLectures Before the Thompson Street Poker Club and containing six longer stories featuring the same cast of characters. This one even more closely mimics the committee-meeting conceit, with each story starting with references to a speaker and those in attendance and even pointing out how the “minutes” of the previous meeting were read at the start of each new one. These lectures in the sequel sometimes recall incidents from the first volume, with the club’s members revisiting earlier conflicts while debating the club’s various rules and procedures.

The Thompson Street stories are notable for a couple of reasons. One is the fact that they are illustrated with drawings by E.W. Kimble, best known for having been the illustrator for Mark Twain‘s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). In fact, it was after seeing Kimble’s work in Life that Twain got in touch with Kemble and eventually got him to agree to draw illustrations for Huck Finn.(That’s one of Kimble’s illustrations for the book up above.)

Also noteworthy is the fact that the players in the Thompson Street Poker Club are African American, and thus the collections are often referred to as the first ever poker books to feature African Americans. They are also occasionally considered along with other late 19th-century examples of “black humor” or “slice of life” representations of urban blacks (albeit written and illustrated by whites).

Swapping Pots and Stories with Professor Brick, Mr. Cyanide Whiffles, and the Rev. Thankful

Reading through the two collections, the initial 1884 title contains many genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, as well as some very familiar scenarios from other poker fiction — both before and after.

For example, one story titled “The Scraped Tray” reaches a climax with a draw-poker hand being bet and raised with all the two players possess, then ends with a showdown of four kings versus four aces, perhaps recalling the climactic hand of Mark Twain’s story “The Professor’s Yarn” first published right about the same time (not to mention many other quad-kings-versus-quad-aces stories.)

A twist here is the manner of the cheating involved to produce such a showdown — one player has used a razor to scrape a three of diamonds to appear to be an ace. Indeed, the “razzer” is the favored weapon used to settle disputes in the games (unlike the pistol Backus draws in Twain’s story).

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Trying to get an answer to the question in the story’s title: “Wharjer Git Dem Jacks?”

In fact, the first story in the collection — “Two Jacks an’ a Razzer” — might be read as a variation on the old Wild Bill Hickok story in which the lawman claims to have a full house with three aces and one six, then produces his pistol and announces “Here is the other six.”

Of course, anyone who reads The Thompson Street Poker Club today is immediately struck by the sometimes-hard-to-parse patois devised by Carleton to represent his characters’ speech and heavily employed throughout (again mimicking Twain). Such is evidenced in story titles like “Triflin’ Wif Prov’dence,” “Dar’s No Suckahs in Hoboken,” and “Dat’s Gamblin.'”

The characters aren’t too deeply developed although are suggestive of more thorough comic types, with Kemble’s drawings adding a great deal to the reader’s ability to imagine them. Most are given inspired names like Professor Brick, Mr. Cyanide Whiffles, Mr. Tooter Williams, Elder Jubilee Anderson, and the like.

The Rev. Thankful Smith is also a frequent participant, one of several churchmen who participate in the game. In one story the reverend finds himself involved in a humorous exchange about the relationship between poker and religion (or the lack thereof).

“I rises hit,” announces the Rev. Thankful amid the play of a hand, who then “put up such a stack of blue chips that Mr. Whiffles nearly fainted.”

“‘What yo’ go do dat for, Brer Thankful?’ inquired the Deacon, in wild remonstrance. ‘Dat’s not de speret ob de Gospil.'”

“‘Whar — whar yo’ fin’ draw-poker in de Gospil?’ testily rejoined Mr. Smith. ‘Does yo’ tink do Possles ‘n de ‘Vangelists writ de Scripter after rasslin’ wid a two-cyard draw agin a flush?’ he sarcastically inquired.”

“‘Dis ain’t no prar meetin,”” Rev. Thankful adds by way of clarification.

I find the first collection of the two more engaging, and definitely recommend it to those who are interested. There’s much more to say about them, as well as about their status as historical representations of blacks by whites (and more or less for whites) — mostly sympathetic, though certainly of the era and thus unsurprisingly guilty of stereotyping and other negative connotations.

Later on the two Thompson Street titles would get sold along with another collection from 1888 titledThe Mott Street Poker Club written by Alfred Trumble in which the activities of a group of Asian poker players in Chinatown are described (with markedly less racial sensitivity). Full-text versions of all three books can be readily found online.

Inspiration for an Early Poker Song

Also worth adding to the story of the Thompson Street Poker Club is a later allusion to the collection made by the Vaudeville performer Bert Williams, the first black American to star on the Broadway. Among his many roles on the early 20th-century stage, Williams performed with W.C. Fields (also often seen at poker tables in his films) and with the Ziegfield Follies.

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Bert Williams

It was for the Follies that Williams performed a song he co-wrote called “The Darktown Poker Club” that proved a hit in 1914 and is certainly among the first-ever “poker songs.”

“The Darktown Poker Club” is said to have been inspired by Carleton’s Thompson Street stories, and the story it tells of a player complaining about cheating going on in a game fits right in with others in the collection.

Later the comedian and singer Phil Harris (voice of Baloo the bear in The Jungle Book) would cover the song in the 1940s, then the country star Jerry Reed (of Smokey and the Banditfame) would do a version titled “The Uptown Poker Club” that proved a hit for him in the early 1970s.

The song tells of a character named Bill Jackson noticing all the cheating going on, and while sharpening his razor he decides to lay down his own rules for the game going forward:

“Keep your hands above the table when you’re dealing — please.
And I don’t want to catch no aces down between your knees.
Don’t be makin’ funny signs or tip your hand
And I don’t wanna hear no kind of language that I don’t understand.

Stop dealing from the bottom, ’cause it looks so rough,
And remember that in poker five cards is enough!
When you bet, put up, ’cause I don’t like it when you shy.
And when yo’ broke, get up, and then come on back by and by.

Pass the cards to me to shuffle every time before you deal
Then there’s anything wrong, why, I’ll see.
Not gonna play this game no more according to Mr. Hoyle —
Hereafter, it’s gonna be according to me!”

Here’s a scratchy 78 of the song to listen to, if you’re curious:

More next week regarding another notable poker club, a real-life one whose members came from one of the early 20th-century’s most famous group of cultural influencers, the famed Algonquin Round Table.

Sourse: www.PokerNews.com

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Cafrino poker multi table strategy

Optimal Multi Table Strategy

Optimal Multi Table Strategy

Before the arrival of online poker, you had to work to find a game. Which is not the best when trying to improve your multi table strategy.  You had to go out of your house and head to a table or bring people over for a night of cards. It was also a lot slower, as you had to play one table at a time. Now, thanks to the Internet, you can play as many games at once as you want, so long as you don’t overload your own stamina (and your ability to pay attention). People who were playing 10-cent and 25-cent games didn’t have a chance of making serious money, but now if you can play 20 tables at once, you can bring in some bank (as long as you can pay attention). A lot of people think that multi-tabling is a waste of time and money, arguing that you can’t make smart decisions because your reaction time is cut down. While there is some validity to this argument, the other side is that since you’re playing so much poker at once, having a decent game running at such a high quantity means that you’re going to make more money than if you have your superior game going on one table. Let’s look at some tips to help you make money off multi-table play.

Don’t Play multi-table Right Away.

Multi table strategy is NOT for amateurs or novices. First try to build some confidence playing at the free online poker tables, start with one game at a time, and start increasing the number of tables until it feels easy and almost natural. Then, feel free to expand the number of games you are playing. When you have more hands per hour, you have more decisions — and a lot of decisions in a short amount of time. If you’re looking at aces on one table, but they time out because you’re considering making a huge river raise on another table, you’re burning money.

Prioritize your Decisions.

When you play real money poker, you have to be prepared. Working on your multi table strategy means that your decisions are going to pile up. You have to sift through the easy ones, leaving the ones that require a lot of thought for more priority. If you’re playing ten tables, it’s unlikely that you’ll have more than one really tough decision to think about at once. However, you’re likely to have one tough decision and nine easy ones. It’s hard to block out the nine easy choices and focus on the hard one, but that can often be what separates those who make money from those who do not. Once you’ve focused on the tough choice, then you go back and make those other easy ones. Once you get good at this, you’ll be able to make those easy choices on autopilot while you’re still pondering the tough one, but don’t do that until you’re ready.

Know your Limits and Protect your Poker Bankroll

Are you winning money playing four tables, but when you jump to six tables, you’re losing money? Stay at four. You might think that you need to push yourself to play six, but you’ll be able to do that when you’re ready. If you push yourself beyond what you can do, you’re going to burn your poker bankroll.

Ready to put your skills on the line? You can practice as much as you need on the free online poker tables at Cafrino and get all the practice you need while winning real cash. Good luck!

Avoiding Common Poker Mistakes

Avoiding Common Poker Mistakes

Avoiding Common Poker Mistakes that will Affect You in the Long Run

When you sit down to play Texas Hold’em or any other variety of poker games, you’re going to make poker mistakes. That’s just part of the process. The wisest players reflect on their poker mistakes, learn and improve over time. The people who don’t learn simply end up paying their money to the people who do. Check out these steps so that you hold on to more of your money.

Don’t play too many starting hands

Of all the poker mistakes that people who are new to Texas Hold’em make, this is the most common by far. Some people hit a losing streak and think that playing hands is the only way out; others think that the best way to keep a winning streak going is to take more risks and play more hands. You might just be angry at someone at the table — or someone who made you mad earlier in the day — and just play more hands to get back at that person.

Playing more hands means risking your bankroll, and with the easiness of online poker, people tend to believe that engaging in a dozen hands at the same time will increase their chances of winning. So you are going to need to win more hands (or win bigger hands) if you want to win over time. Unfortunately, you’re very likely to hit the number of hands you can expect to win (thanks to the law of averages) fairly soon, and keeping on after that, playing hands just for the sake of playing them, will drain your stacks. What’s the key? Pump more money into the strongest poker hands instead of trying to prop up semi-strong hands and playing them more often.

Don’t lose patience

Sometimes you can go several hands without getting cards that are worth playing. This can make you get impatient and play simply because you think you need to play, not because of the quality of the cards that you have. Then you’ll look up to see someone else raking in your chips, simply because you got bored and wanted to play.

Some people find this to be a real problem when they transition from play money poker to real cash poker games or live poker tournaments. Online, the games go much faster, and players get used to the rush of the speed of action. Then they sit down to play at a table, and it feels like they’re watching the paint dry, even if the games are high stakes. So they push hands they shouldn’t, simply so they get the feel of action — and then they lose money. Don’t let that happen to you.

Don’t force yourself into a strong table

It’s important to know when you’re at a table where everyone is better than you. It’s true that it’s good to challenge yourself now and then, but if you’re the fish at a table of sharks, you’re going to be the prey. As you advance in the game, there will be fewer and fewer tables like this, but you should always give yourself a chance to win. Get up from tables where you’re going to get shredded and head for a table where there are some fish and maybe a couple of players at your level — and a shark or two. So you can learn — and still have a chance of winning some yourself.

Ready to put your skills on the line? You can practice as much as you need on the free online poker tables at Cafrino and get all the practice you need while winning real cash. Good luck!

Poker opponents strategy

Poker Opponents | Strategy for driving out player with best hand

Strategy for driving out poker opponents when a player has best hand

So you’ve finally picked up a big hand, and you’re ready to win real cash. So how do you manage the process of getting your pot as large as possible so that you can drive your poker opponents out of the game with your good fortune?

Step one: Analyze the situation and pick a poker strategy. The first step is to determine whether you have a small-pot hand or a big-pot hand. Do you have a pair or two? You’re looking at a smaller pot. If you have a straight, flush, a full house, or even better, now you’re willing to throw in the whole stack for the chance to drive a poker opponent out of the game. This is harder than it sounds, even more if you’re playing online poker. Regardless of the game or platform, you are facing poker opponents who want to protect their stacks and stay in the game. So take a look at his perspective — just like you, he doesn’t want a big pot unless he feels confident he can win it.

So the job now is to trick him into thinking that he has a better hand than you do, which is harder than it sounds. You have that huge hand and what do get things all-in, because you can’t knock your opponent out until you put your entire stack on the line. But if you do this right away, you won’t get called. If you throw $300 into a pot that has $15, no one will call you. They will know that you have a primo hand and will fold right away.

So you have to work more gradually. You have to bet and keep betting, putting money on the flop, the turn and the river. If you’re playing no-limit poker, you know that bets always take shape in proportion to what is already in the pot. So as each street comes and goes, the pot will start growing exponentially. The pot might be paltry at the flop, but if you stick around and stay consistent, it could be mammoth by the time you get to the river.

Here’s an example. You’re playing $1/$2 No-Limit Texas Hold’em, with $300 effective stacks. You have AK and raise to $12 on the button. The big blind calls, and the flop shows QJT. So the big blind checks, and you bet $20 into $32. He calls again, and the turn shows 3, and the big blind checks again. You now put $55 into $59, and he calls again. The river shows a 7, and your opponent checks. So you look down and see $161 in your stack, and the river has $170. You now have a chance to go all-in, and you won’t have to make a massive overbet to do it. If you’re working against weaker players who follow the calling stations, this bet is likely to work like a charm every time. If you’ve been caught in a bluff lately (or have lost some big pots recently), your opponents might think you’re on the tilt and are overbetting anyway, which will make it extra sweet when you rake in their stacks.

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