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Cafrino & NLOP

Cafrino Announces Key Acquisition of National League of Poker (NLOP)

NEW YORK (PRWEB) August 30, 2017

Cafrino has dramatically expanded its reach in the online poker world after acquiring National League of Poker (“NLOP”).

National League of Poker is well-known in the social and online poker space. NLOP has been servicing those online poker players who were left without options following the federal government’s crackdown on online gambling. Like Cafrino, NLOP is free-to-play and pays players cash prizes, which are derived from its advertising revenue. In addition, NLOP offers a subscription model and downloadable applications.

“It’s a fantastic addition to what we’ve been doing with Cafrino,” said Mike Murphy, Chief Executive Officer of Cafrino. Murphy, who headed NLOP before joining Cafrino, added: “The acquisition of such a quality product, with over 1.3 million users, makes this an amazing deal. When originally running NLOP from 2013-2014, we had big plans. I’m excited to get the chance to pick up where we left off.”

The acquisition means Cafrino, with bases in New York and California, has dramatically increased its daily and monthly active users. Since its launch in 2006, NLOP.com has undergone consistent and ongoing development. The current plan is to run Cafrino.com and NLOP.com separately, promising to introduce innovation to both these products in due course.

Cafrino Chairman Haig Kayserian, who negotiated the deal along with company CEO Mike Murphy and General Counsel John Buckman, was delighted at the opportunity the acquisition presents their online poker startup.

“Cafrino has been on a steady growth path under the leadership of our CEO Mike Murphy, and this acquisition of National League of Poker represents the exact push we needed to accelerate that growth,” Kayserian said.

Stan Hunting, who has headed NLOP since Murphy’s departure, joins Cafrino as part of this acquisition. Hunting will assume the VP of Ad Operations role.

Murphy said: “Stan and I worked closely at NLOP, and he brings valuable expertise in ad operations, which will greatly benefit the Cafrino team.”

About National League of Poker (“NLOP”)
Launched in 2006, NLOP has become recognized as the leading destination site for prized-based, free-to-play, legal online poker. NLOP enables players to win cash and prizes hourly, daily and weekly with no financial risk — players never lose money! Players at NLOP enjoy a unique social gaming experience. NLOP has over 1.3 million registered users and has awarded over $5 Million in Cash & Prizes to date.
http://www.NLOP.com

About Cafrino
Launched in 2014, Cafrino is an online poker destination, designed and run by poker players. With an experienced and lean team, and a fast-growing player base, Cafrino has been giving the competition a run for their money. Cafrino continues to look to the future, with a focus on innovation in the social gaming and online poker industries.
http://www.Cafrino.com

Press Contact
Cafrino Public Relations
Cafrino, LLC
press(at)cafrino.com

Original Post: http://www.nbcrightnow.com

2017 WSOP

2017 WSOP Officially Underway

2017 WSOP Officially Underway

The 2017 WSOP kicked off Wednesday morning at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas with the first of 74 events. The 2017 summer series officially got cards in the air with the $565 no-limit hold’em Casino Employees event.

A second event, a $10,000 Tag Team tournament, is scheduled for 4 p.m. and promises to feature a team consisting of decorated Olympian Michael Phelps, along with high-stakes poker pros Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast and Jeff Gross.

But before the notables showed up, the registration line was filled with hopefuls looking for their shot at poker glory.

Some like Marcus Perez, who does facilities maintenance at the Bay 101 Casino in San Jose, California, are hoping to improve on a past finish.

“I’m just coming to try and bink some money,” Perez said. “This is my third try, after cashing the first time. I don’t get to play too many tournaments, but for the World Series of Poker, I’m going to try and make it out.

Others, like Ray Ragawski from Chicago, Illinois, are playing in their first ever event.

“I’ve always liked the action, but never got to play.” Ragawski admitted. “This year I came out to deal, so I figured I’d take a shot in the Casino Employees event.”

The 2016 WSOP hosted the biggest poker series of all time with a record 107,833 entrants from 107 different nations. A total of $221,211,633 was awarded.

The biggest change announced for the 2017 edition came in early May, when Caesars declared that the November Nine concept was finished. Instead, the main event will play down to a winner on July 22.

The tournament schedule has added eight new events, including the aforementioned $10,000 Tag Team, the $365 buy-in Giant, and a $2,620 Marathon tournament. There are also three online bracelet events on the schedule, including a $1,000 no-limit hold’em online championship event starting on July 7.

Check out the full schedule.

As far as quality of life changes for players in 2017, the big difference will be that credit cards will be an accepted form of payment at live registration windows. Credit cards can now be used for buy-ins of up to $10,000 this year, a sizable increase from the $1,500 maximum of 2016.

The Pavilion, Brasilia, Miranda and Amazon ballrooms remain the primary locales for the estimated 500 poker tables to be used this year. Once again there will be around-the-clock tournament, satellite, Daily Deepstack and cash game action on offer at the Rio.
For those advancing past the first day, restarts for 11 a.m. bracelet events are at 12 noon. Events that start at 3 p.m. will restart at 2 p.m. the next day, with 10 or 10.5 levels being played each day until a champion is crowned.

Source: www.CardPlayer.com

 

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

Requirements:

  • 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 support@cafrino.com with the subject “Cafrino Street Team Application”. Please include the following:

  • The reason for your interest in the Cafrino Street Team
  • List of your social accounts
  • Your Cafrino username

Thanks, and good luck!

Cafrino

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.”

Put 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!

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!

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!

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

Share this post and comment with your username for your chance to win entry to the $500 Level 10 game!

We’ll also be adding even MORE $500 Level 10 Qualifiers! We are getting closer to resolving any remaining bugs at Cafrino and we continue to try and make Cafrino the best place to play free poker and win cash prizes. Join us all weekend for some great poker action.

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Good luck! We’ll look for you at the tables.

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xo Petra

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

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.