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Multi level thinking in poker

Multiple Level Thinking: Levels Of Thought In Poker

Multiple Level Thinking: Levels Of Thought In Poker

Anyone who’s involved in poker games has to remain focused on coming up with the best way to out-think the opposition. This means seeing several steps ahead of where you are – just like you would if you were a champion chess player. This is why players that win real cash have the analytical mind to take a look at situations objectively and then take the right action at the right time. If you can’t put together different things in your mind to view a more detailed picture of how each hand ends up, you will not make a lot of money when you play poker. It’s essential to be able to figure out why opponents are doing what they are doing in a game if you are going to win. If you can use that to determine what your opponent is probably holding, you can make the best decisions for each situation.

Here is a look at some of the different levels of thought that you should apply to poker. In his book “NL Texas Hold’em Theory and Practice,” David Sklansky introduced an idea called “Multiple Level Thinking,” and here are the categories he came up with:

Level 0: No thinking

Level 1: What do I have?

Level 2: What do they have?

Level 3: What do they think I have?

Level 4: What do they think I think they have?

Level 5: What do they think I think they think I have?

Once you get beyond that complexity, you’ve left the vast majority of the poker players in the world behind. However, if you look at those levels, you can probably guess that the newest players to the game are probably at Levels 0 or 1. The very best players in the world can operate at Level 4 and 5 – if not even higher.

Level 0 – these are your newest players (or those who have taken too many drinks from the waitresses).

Level 1 – This is still fairly basic. This includes players who are still getting all of the rules down but are pretty familiar with the different ranks of hands. So they spend most of their time determining the strength of their hand and whether they can win overall. They won’t bluff well because they’ll only be thinking of their own hands instead of considering the hands of others.

Level 2 – This is the most common category. Some experienced players are in here, but they haven’t yet started winning regularly. They will think about what their opponent is likely to have in his hand, but they don’t have enough game knowledge yet to make the right play on the basis of the situation’s strategy or the math involved.

Level 3 – These players start to win more regularly because they are always focusing on what their opponents are thinking, and so they can pick up the right time to bluff and the best amount for a value bet more frequently. The difference between playing at Level 2 and at Level 3 is the difference between winning and losing regularly.

Level 4 – Now things are getting complex. However, the best players will be able to manage these thought processes. It’s less likely to need this to win, but you can win more often if you can get here.

Level 5 – If you come across someone who is this ingenious, you need to pick a different table.

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Big poker weekend winners

Another Great Weekend of Poker at Cafrino

Congrats to our big weekend winners!! We had a great weekend at Cafrino. Were you a part of it?

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

Taking advantage of poker outs

Poker Outs: What they are and how to take advantage of them

If you are playing any type of online poker game that features more than one round, then you should start paying attention to the “Outs”. So let’s start by explaining the concept. An “out” is an unseen card that, if you draw it, it will increase your chances of ending up with a winning hand. If you know how many “outs” there are, you have a leg up in terms of poker strategy. For example, if you have Ace-2-3-4 (but if different suits), you have four “outs” to a straight, as there are four 5s that would finish that for you. If your Ace-2-3-4 are all the same suit, you have four “outs” to a straight and one “out” to a straight flush, as the matching 5 would give you that straight flush.

Sometimes you will see players using the number of outs to describe that drawing hand. They might say they had a “three-outer” to describe a hand that needed one of only three cards to become a winner. If you hold 5-8 (different suits), there are eight “outs” to a straight, because you only need one 4 or one 9 to show up, and there are four of each in the deck.

So how do you make the best use of them? You normally will figure this out after the flop is dealt. At some times, they can become important before the flop as well. If you end up AA pre-flop, you have more outs out there than anyone else, so in pot limit and no limit games where it is possible to manipulate the pot odds, outs like that can mean it’s time to raise pre-flop and get an advantage by pushing the odds in your favor.

Then, you want to figure out the number of cards are left in the deck after the flop that would give you what you want. If you are sitting AA and there aren’t any on the flop, there are two remaining – giving you two outs. You might not need either of them to win or to have top hand at the river. If you have two clubs pre-flop, and you see two pop up on the flop, you only need one more for the flush. There are nine clubs left in the deck, so there are nine outs for you. So figuring out the number of outs that you have is crucial for your strategy, even more if you’re playing real money poker or if you’re trying to win real cash.

Once you see the number of outs you have at the flop, multiply that number by four to get the percentage of your odds of getting a needed card at the turn or river. So if you have nine outs, your odds are 36%. Two outs? Just 8 percent. So now it’s time to decide whether or not to call. If the pot is $500 and you have to call $250 to remain in, you’re asked to put half the pot in. If your odds are less than 50 percent, you might consider folding. If you only have to put $100 in, now that’s 20 percent. That’s a lot more reasonable if you have a 36% chance of getting the card that you need.

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

Big poker weekend winners

This may have been one of our biggest weekends so far

This may have been one of our biggest weekends so far. Congrats to our big weekend winners!! We had a great weekend at Cafrino. Were you a part of it?
 
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$100.00 DrawingD3AD
$70.00 Jackhammer
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Big poker weekend winners

Congratulations to all Big Cash Winners!

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

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Big poker weekend winners

Congrats to our big weekly winners!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

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

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Big poker weekend winners

The latest big weekend winners!

Congrats to our big winners this past weekend!

Check out some of the winners on Cafrino last weekend. We’re you a part of it? Congratulations to all of our winners!

$200.00 slimshady15432
$100.00 Keywestkitty
$70.00 MadBrad
$50.00 Rockland
$40.00 Bobbyp1955
$40.00 curby47
$35.00 BeastRadio
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$30.00 vironas
$20.00 Popeye
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And special shout out to skyhawk42, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award and a free ticket to the next Level 10 Poker Tournament. Join us all week long for cash poker tournaments daily!

Good luck at the tables!

Tips to Protect Your Online Poker Bankroll

Tips to Protect Your Online Poker Bankroll

When you’re playing online poker, the money that you have just isn’t as tangible. Sure, the chips are on the screen, but it’s different from when you’re playing with real cash or with chips that you have to physically put into the pot to play. As a result, it can be easier to lose money quickly online because of impulse decisions. Take advantage of these tips to keep that poker bankroll secure.

Understand which hands you should play – and which you shouldn’t.

One of the most surprising facts about poker games is that if you look at two different players who have been at poker for, say, ten years, they can have the same level of profit even if one has played twice as many hands as the other. This is because the vast majority of hands are marginal in nature. If you’re a tight player, you’ll learn to stay away from them and wait for another situation in which your hand is going to be a winner. If you’re a loose player, over time you will jump into too many of them, and while you’ll win some, you’ll lose enough of them to make your profit margin over time roughly the same as that tight player who engages in a lot fewer marginal hands. If you’re the loose player, your bankroll will grow and shrink more rapidly and more often, but that long-term profit is likely to be about the same as that tight player over time – and that tight player doesn’t go through the huge losses.

Let your opponent’s call rate determine your bluff rate.

If your opponent isn’t calling that often, the less money you’ll make by betting those medium hands – and the more money you’ll make by bluffing. If you keep betting those hands aggressively into tight opponents, you’ll see your bankroll dwindle more quickly. These are the people that are bluff targets – not the ones that will be susceptible to a value bet.

Watch out when the opponent is deceptive.

If your hand is only marginally strong, then you should only raise infrequently. Strong players who raise too often when their hands simply don’t justify it are the ones who see their online poker bankrolls dwindle unnecessarily. Value bets and raises work most frequently against those opponents who call a little too much but then don’t follow up with raises on hands that are medium strong. Remember that those opponents who are timid and loose are the best targets of value bets and raises. You’ll be walking away with those players’ money – and adding it to your bankroll.

Some other helpful tips involve staying away from calls that you shouldn’t make. Experienced players get tempted into making those calls as well – poker is a game that engages the emotions, particularly because so much money is often at stake. Make a plan before you sit down to play online – and stick to that plan no matter happens while you’re at the screen. Even more, you can always put these strategies in practice at free online poker sites and put your skills on trial before you hit the real money poker tables.

Big poker weekend winners

Last Weekend’s Big Winners at Cafrino Poker

Congrats to our big winners last weekend!!

Check out some of the winners on Cafrino last weekend. We’re you a part of it? Congratulations to all of our winners!

$200.00 readem39
$100.00 Quixote
$70.00 BohemianGrove
$50.00 ooch44
$40.00 ELMAGO
$40.00 BIGSTACK
$35.00 MadBrad
$30.00 nobluffs
$20.00 mwpaded
$20.00 zagsmang
$20.00 CatChick
$20.00 whacky
$20.00 snivels47
$20.00 dpaynter
$20.00 vironas
$20.00 flash13
$16.00 KingNeece
$15.00 danny4654
$12.50 BlueBlade
$10.00 pokertoker7
$10.00 kckkp1999
$10.00 Gerald413
$10.00 RickV1
$10.00 flash13
$10.00 TEXASCLEM
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And special shout out to Cdocrose, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award and a free ticket to the next Level 10 Poker Tournament. Join us all week long for cash poker tournaments daily!

Good luck at the tables!

Big poker weekend winners

Another big weekend at Cafrino!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

We had another great weekend of online poker at Cafrino. We’re you a part of it? Congratulations to a few of our big winners!

$200.00 NWPatriot
$100.00 grampyof4
$70.00 gashfor
$50.00 PhoenixRising
$40.00 BohemianGrove
$40.00 CaptTruth
$35.00 ELMAGO
$30.00 DEALTHECARDS
$20.00 kalermo
$20.00 stackedlaundry
$20.00 badbeatjon
$20.00 flinflonfatty
$20.00 guesswhosgotit72
$20.00 shaddd
$20.00 3outer
$16.00 Teerock
$15.00 PokrNDRear
$12.50 HotFlushes
$10.00 bugsmom
$10.00 gbuju1
$10.00 papadean
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$10.00 ftmohave
$10.00 JoePalooka

And special shout out to CHOWMING, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award and a free ticket to the next Level 10 Poker Tournament. Join us all week long for cash poker tournaments daily!

Good luck at the tables!