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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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Identifying Fish at the Poker Table

Identifying Fish at the Poker Table

Need to know the best ways of identifying fish at the poker table? No matter what you’re playing, there is always an immense gap between the pros and the rookies. If you’ve ever watched pickup basketball at the playground and then gone home to turn on the NBA game, then you know what I’m talking about: the action goes a lot faster, the players have a lot more strength and ability and the whole tenor of the sport is different. In poker (Online and live poker), you can’t always tell right away between the sharks — and the little fish.

Where does the difference come from? Sharks put a ton of thought into every move and have a sophisticated understanding of how the game works. Have you ever watched high stakes poker online? You can see the pros raising and re-raising hands, people calling with their second pairs, just like you might see in the cheap games. However, you’re really watching pros who have played against these same opponents thousands of time. That means that they recognize their opponents’ game as well as they recognize their own. Here are some signs that you’re playing against a shark — or against a fish.

Marking Detail

Fish pay way too much attention to their own details when you sit at a poker table. What do they have? What do they need? The sharks aren’t looking at themselves; they’re looking at everyone else. Even after they have folded, they keep an eye on everyone else and they watch every bit of the action. Even if they don’t seem to be paying attention, they are soaking up as much data as they can.

Fish don’t notice things like your reaction to turn raises, or how often that you bet out with a big hand. You can get away with the same tricks over and over against them because they just aren’t paying attention. Take a look at their eyes: they will be on their own hands the vast majority of the time. The sharks, on the other hand, are looking at you.

Fish get “Emo”

No matter whether they have a royal flush or a pile of junk, sharks know how to behave. They know that overreacting is a bad poker strategy. They always look calmed and keep the same facial expression. Fish, on the other hand, often have visible reactions depending on what they pick up. If they win a hand, even if they are playing a friendly session of free online poker, they act like they’ve never raked in a pot before. You can use these reactions to gauge which players are the most vulnerable to your strategies — and the least likely to spot your mistakes.

Fish don’t balance their ranges

Sharks know that they should not make the same move all the time. Fish tend to make the same play over and over once it works. If you don’t want people to recognize that you’re a fish, you have to play so that your opponents will have no idea what you have. Do you check-raise the flop with a huge hand? Then you have to show you will do that as a semi-bluff, or even a bluff. Keep altering your play, or you’ll be caught on a big hook and end up watching your poker bankroll disappear.

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This Week’s Big Winner List

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Another Great Weekend of Poker at Cafrino

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Legal online poker

The only 100% U.S. legal online poker

The only 100% U.S. legal online poker

Cafrino (pronounced kuhfree-noh) is considered legal because it’s classified as a “contest,” rather than a form of gambling. How is this possible while providing REAL CASH prizes? Cafrino NEVER requires a deposit from our players, and is always 100% FREE to play. When you play on Cafrino, you’re not wagering your own money so technically there is no risk for the player. Our tournament prize pools come from sponsored advertisements, NOT from players. These little loopholes allow Cafrino to be classified as a contest, which is why Cafrino is 100% legal in all fifty states… and the ONLY one of it’s kind.

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Congratulations Weekend Winners!

Congratulations to our weekend poker winners!!

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Congrats to our players!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

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Basics for Successful Double Barreling

What exactly is double barreling in poker games? Consider this example. You put down a continuation bet on the flop, but then your opponent was aggressive enough to call you on it. Now you are looking at a turn card you don’t want and thinking about what to do. If you “double barrel,” you’re putting another continuation bet down on the turn. It’s hard to pull off and it makes you add more money to what you’ve already risked, so it’s important to know that you really want to do this.

Before I get into the fundamentals of the double barrel, though, look back at the continuation bet. A lot of online poker players get into this situation because they didn’t make a good continuation bet in the first place. If you’re just throwing continuation bets out there looking for a good outcome, what do you think will happen? So before you start making continuation bets, learn how to make them the right way – and then you won’t have to double barrel as often.

So how do you double barrel the right way?

First of all, don’t waste your time barreling a calling station. If you like giving people your money, that’s one thing, but if you keep bluffing people who don’t ever fold, you are just burning money.

If you are aware that your opponent enjoys floating flops, that is helpful. If you know that he doesn’t go past the flop much unless he has a premium hand, that’s also useful. Does he like showdowns? That’s useful too. What can you gain from this? The more you know about your opponents, the more chances you’ll have to win real cash, but first you need to know when to use the double barrel strategy.

If you do double barrel, you’re using the second bet as a semi-bluff or a total bluff to get the pot right at that point in the game. You should ideally have a hand that could win if you got the right card in the river, which means you should have at least a modicum of equity in that hand. That way, if the double barrel fails to drive the opposition from the game, you have the possibility of coming back with something good.

Most of the time, you’ll have an AK or KQ sort of hand when you put down a continuation bet on the flop. If you’re going to double barrel, you need at least one of those cards around. Any less equity, and you should already be folding instead of playing the continuation game in the first place.

So when should you double barrel? When the turn has given you an overcard to the flop. Examples: Flop Q73 – Turn K. Flop J62 Turn Q. Flop 947 Turn K.

These match nicely with your perceived range but are dangerous for your opponent. This means that the opponent may have called the continuation bet with middle or top pair, so the overcard makes them nervous. The opponent will only likely call a double barrel if he has a premium hand – which will be bad for you, but it’s rare enough to make the double barrel the right idea.

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