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Simple tools to improve your home poker game

Simple tools to improve your home poker game

Improving your home poker game is easy. These days, there is more material out there than ever to help you better your skills at poker. If you’re just starting out playing poker for fun, all of the information might seem a little intimidating. Also, not all of the information is really that solid, so you can actually end up losing money if you follow bad advice. Different people have different playing styles, so make sure you are getting the best tips for yourself. This is a list of tips that have helped people improve their own home poker game. Take a look and choose the ones that work for you.

Play as much poker as you can

You can read as much as you want about poker, but until you start playing, those tips just won’t make the same amount of sense. There is no way to replicate being in the different situations without actually having to play the game. You’ll make plenty of mistakes early on, but then you’ll learn from them and you will get better. Then you will know which advice you have read out there works for you — and which advice does not work. Over time, you will find yourself in the same situations time and time again, and you’ll feel more comfortable playing in a variety of scenarios.

Reflect on the hands that you play

The best way to keep from repeating mistakes is to take a mental look back at the hand you just played. If you just move from hand to hand without thinking about what you just did, you’re likely to end up back in the same situation — and making the same mistake. This is why casinos pay players with free drinks, so they will get careless over time and give more of their money to the house. Stay focused and take time to think about why you lost when hands don’t go your way.

Watch some training videos

When the first videos came out, they turned the poker education system on its head. They remain one of the best ways to enhance your chances of winning real cash. Watching the best players as they go through live play, and understanding what those players are thinking, combine to give you a huge advantage as you brush up your own home poker game. There are quite a few solid training websites out there. Many sites offer free poker strategy and poker guides, but the best way to start is to research information about the different coaches and then using the free trials to start. That way you can figure out which sites regularly create solid videos from coaches who play around the stakes that you want to play yourself. Why watch someone going over NL2000 strategies when you never get above NL20? Those stakes are like comparing apples…and ants.

Also, don’t just watch the videos like you would watch that new Godzilla movie. Watch them like you’re in a lecture hall. Try to take some notes and implement your newly acquired skills the next time you play online poker. Remember that ever new trick requires time, but if you have questions at the end, email them to the coach at the end.

Cafrino Poker Metagame

Poker Metagame Explained!

Poker Metagame: What Is The Meta Game In Poker?

When you hear poker players talk about the “metagame,” they are referring to the game going on inside poker. This refers to a decision or play that you make that you have chosen on the basis of external knowledge instead of just fundamental strategy. Every time you choose a play that violates the basics of mathematic strategy in poker, you are likely using meta game strategy in that process.

The metagame has nothing to do with cards, stacks of chips, poker games or bet sizes. Instead, it has to do with the possible results of your actions and overall game play at that time in the hand, with an eye towards maximizing your profits over time.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you spend a few hours every day on a legal online poker site and you’ve been playing just a short time at this table. You’re in the middle of a hand against someone that you don’t know much at all about and have found yourself at the river with an iffy hand, and the bet is of a moderate size. The math of poker tells you that the call is not going to bring you profits.

However, the metagame takes a different look at this. There are two reasons why you should call at this point anyway. First, you give yourself the image of a loose player at the table. People are more likely later on to think that you’re liberal in your calls and may try to take advantage of that. Second, you get to see what your opponent has. This can show you, later on, the sort of person you are playing against. Even if you lose now, that information could well come in handy later as you understand his style of play more completely.

A third advantage is that even though you are making a weak play on this hand, you’re giving the other players the idea that you are a less than sensible player who calls down river bets even with almost nothing in your hand. This means that your opponents could respect your bets later on – and give you the chance to pull in some big pots as time goes by.

So even though this play didn’t make sense and ended up costing you a little money, the information that you gather – and the impression that you leave about yourself – could end up benefiting you later in the game, and you may take away several large pots because of the impressions that people have made about you – and what you have learned about your opponent from what he was holding.

There are a couple things to think about here:

The metagme is best to use against people you know. Obviously, you’re using it initially to gain information, but if you’re continually playing against new people, sticking with the mathematical choices is better. The more you know an opponent, though, the more metagame information you have.

Also, don’t use this as a reason just to make poor plays or spend your bankroll hitting the online poker tables. Use some moderation when making plays that are mathematically unlikely to work, even if you are just looking for a way out of a bad streak.

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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.

Short Stack Strategy Do’s and Don’ts

If your stack of chips is the shortest (or one of the shortest) at the table, you will probably need to adjust your strategy a bit. Regardless of the limits or poker games you’re playing, this situation happens all the time. Good players as well as bad ones can just have an awful run with cards. Some players also enjoy the challenge of starting out with a short stack. So how can you maximize your return when your opponents have more chips?

If you have a short stack, your room for making plays is more limited than it would be otherwise. Those advanced tactics like float plays and bluffs come from your ability to put down educated calls, raises, bets and checks at each round. If your stack is short, you don’t have as much flexibility to do that throughout the game.

Also, if you’re playing no limit Texas Hold’em, the whole point is that the turn and river feature the bigger bets, while the pre-flop and flop just set up the pot and get the hand ready for action. If you have a short stack, you won’t be betting after the flop much because you won’t have the chips that you need to continue.

So if you’re playing on real money poker tables and have a short stack, you should play the big hands that will be strong at the flop rather than smaller ones that could turn out well later on. So things like small pocket pairs and suited connectors, which work well for people with deep stacks, don’t work well for you. Now you need big suited cards that you can turn into a top pair or even better at the flop. Here are some examples of hands that you should look to play in this situation.

AA, KK, QQ, AK, AQ, JJ, AK(s), AQ(s), JJ, AJ(s) with 40 BB or less. With 30 BB or less, then it’s AJ, TT, AT(s), and KQ(s). With 20 BB or less, it’s AT, KJ, KJ(s), and KQ. With 10BB or les, it’s AX(s), AX, QJ(s) and QJ.

What do all of these have in common? Big cards that can turn into a top pair or even more. At the flop, this is likely to be the best hand out there. You won’t likely be betting past the flop, which means that you should be prepared to get that money in at the flop. Notice that hands with aces get a lot weight, especially if your stack is very short. This is because you are likely to be calling an all in or pushing on the flop, even if you haven’t caught some of it. If you are holding one ace, you are more likely to win with a high card against someone else who didn’t even end up with an ace.

When you get some of these cards above and they match our stack size range, it’s crucial to raise when you enter the pot. You might think that trying to play low and grab a good flop cheaply, but you will have more profits over time if you raise and then build that pot for the time when you hit your hand. If your stack has 10BB or more, that raise should be about 3 or 4 BB. With less than 10BB, going all-in isn’t a bad idea, because just one call from a raise of 4BB will make you pot-committed. There’s a simple rule you should keep in mind when you play online poker. The smaller your stack, the more willing you should be to call or push all-in as you are more likely to end up committed to the pot.

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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!

$200.00 mandy22
$100.00 patsyjean
$70.00 HanaDarko
$50.00 hanksbank
$40.00 doublebass
$40.00 metsfan11
$35.00 Kithal
$35.00 BobbyT1210
$30.00 NWPatriot
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$10.00 PhoenixRising
$10.00 TrailMix
$10.00 Aceflush4me6
$10.00 BeatCowboy
$10.00 candymanwk
$10.00 smelulater
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And special shout out to trmccoy, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award (a free ticket to the next Level 10 game). Join us all week long for cash tournaments daily!

Tips for Handling and Easing Bad Beats

One of the most frustrating experiences that can happen to recreational and real money poker players comes when you think you’re cruising to a win on a big pot, but something happens right at the end at you take a “bad beat” – or a loss that the odds simply don’t dictate that you deserved. It’s easy to get angry at this, particularly if you’re trying to win real cash or if you’ve already been in a losing streak and were looking to that hand to get things back in the black for you. Here are some tips to help you get over the bad beats and keep them from making things worse for you.

Understand the ways of poker.

This might seem generic, but it remains true. A lot of players think that they have entitlement to a pot, but even if you are all-in with a set against a flush draw, you’re still going to lose almost a third of the time. Things like this just happen in the game, and dealing with this is just a part of the poker game. Having the wisdom not to get too angry is crucial for dealing with losses without letting that frustration cause you to make poor decisions in the next hand.

Focus on the process, not the outcomes.

Again, this is easier to say than it is to do. Even poker players with a lot of talent and potential get caught up with focusing on their results rather than their process. All of the decisions that you make in a poker game should center on the best way to maximize expectations from one hand to the next. If you assume that losing is the same as being a poor player, you’re a little off base, because everyone – even the very best players – lose from time to time. Even the perennial champions periodically go through streaks where bad beats take away their money. There are other times when your strategy will be awful – but you’ll still win. If you make sure your process is as sound as possible, the results will eventually follow, but you have to maintain a long-term perspective.

Remember that the bad beats are what keep the fish in the game.

If you play games such as chess, skill is the only determining factor. While very few chess players remain undefeated, there is no element of chance in the game. Having the right to move first offers an advantage, but that right alternates from one game to the next, keeping things as even as possible.

What this means is that there is no luck involved – which is why fish do not play chess. Why do they play poker? Because they strongly believe that their lucky days will bring them fat stacks of bills, and they keep playing on and on, thinking that their next lucky day is right around the corner. Over time, they are not likely to profit at all, but those big lucky days keep them coming back, even though they’re not that frequent.

If there weren’t any fish in the game, poker would get much harder, because it would only be those rational “tight” players left, and they’re much harder to pry winnings from than the fish are. So be glad that the fish are in the game with you, and if one of them “bad beats” you in one hand, they’ll stick around so that you can beat them in three more.

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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
$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
$10.00 illegal
$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!

How to Deal with Aggressive and Passive Players

Poker Strategy: How to Deal with Aggressive and Passive Players in Poker Games

Poker players tend to be either passive or aggressive in their approach to the game, and understanding how to deal with those different approaches can take you a long way as far as profiting from your time at the table (even at the online poker tables).

A passive player checks and calls frequently, generally happy to let the other people at the table move with the lead unless he is holding the absolute nuts. An aggressive player follows the “raise or fold” poker philosophy. If you are in a passive game, you’ll see a lot of calling and checking, but if you’re in an aggressive game, you can expect to see raising and re-raising taking place a lot.

Most people who are new to poker games are fairly passive and loose as well. People who are experienced often call these players ATMs (referring to them as an easy source of cash). The real gamblers enjoy playing aggressive and loose at the same time. You’ll see them bluffing quite a bit and raking in fairly large pots sometimes even those they are just holding junk. Often these players will go broke, but on other days they also tend to break everyone around them. Players who are passive and tight are known as rocks, because they’re as easy to steal money from as it would be to pull blood out of a stone. You also have to work hard to lose to this player; if he bets, he generally has a hand that is as good as promised.

The majority of players try to be aggressive and tight. They are selective with their battles at the table, looking for instances when they have the upper hand. However, once the battle gets underway, they will stay in it to win it, raising and re-raising with intensity.

So how do you deal with different types of players in these paradigms? Let’s say that you are at a table at a legal online poker site with someone who is passive, pay attention to what happens when he bets. If he usually has strong hands when he bets, then you’re looking at a rock. He won’t win every hand, because there might be a stronger hand elsewhere on the table. However, when he bets, he isn’t holding junk, so make sure that if you bet against him, you also have a strong hand.

If he’s aggressive and tight, you’ll want to pay even more attention, because you know he won’t let go once a raising war begins. Expect the stakes to go higher, but make sure that you have something strong before you get in a tug-of-war over the pot. If he’s aggressive and loose, look for his tells around bluffing as opposed to betting with strong hands. If you can get a sense of when he’s just gotten bored and is bluffing for the fun of it, latch on to that battle and hold on until you have the pot. Reading these types of players helps you walk away with the balance of the money.

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Playing Online Poker at the World Series of Poker

What You Need to Know about Playing Online Poker at the World Series of Poker

Free Wi-Fi access for players on newly installed infrastructure will facilitate the play of online poker at the 2015 WSOP.

For the first time ever, players will be able to play online poker from their mobile devices while playing live at the World Series of Poker. Last year, players were allowed to bring laptops to the table, but since then has made its software available for both Android and iOS devices.

Free Wi-Fi will be made available in all areas of the Rio so that players will have access to play online at Guests at the Rio will have Wi-Fi in their rooms included as part of their resort fees. WSOP organizers will be picking up the tab for Wi-Fi in the WSOP tournament area.

Organizers have gone to great lengths to ensure they have the proper bandwidth to accommodate the massive crowds expected at the Rio. Wi-Fi upgrades have been rolled out to all of the Caesars hotels in Las Vegas, with the Rio being the most recent of the properties to receive the technology boost.

The upgrades at the Rio have only been in place for about a month, according to Seth Palansky, Vice President of Communications for WSOP parent company Caesars Interactive Entertainment, and have not yet been tested to their limits. “But we have had the Consumer Electronics Show with plenty of convention business at Caesars Palace, and the Wi-Fi network worked flawlessly.”

Palansky described the improvements as being “light years ahead of our past offerings.” However, he did acknowledge that “the WSOP is its own unique animal.” “I’m sure the usage will test our constraints,” he continued, “but we believe we’ll adequately handle folks’ needs related to emails, social media, phone calls and even playing on”

“I wouldn’t expect folks to stream movies etc.,” but otherwise Palansky expects the free offering to be very good. If players did want to stream movies, an upgrade option with access to greater bandwidth will be available for a fee.


Now that players can easily play online and live at the same time, Bill Rini, Head of Online Poker at WSOP, expects more cash game and tournament action live and online, but some players may find that they cannot access some cash games or tournaments.

Nevada Gaming Control Board Regulations stipulate that only one player per IP address is allowed to “play in a cash game or a specific tournament,” according to Rini. However, the IP addresses from the Rio and other Caesars’ properties throughout Las Vegas are on a “whitelist” which exempts them from this restriction.

Players attempting to play online from other Las Vegas hotels and private residences may not be afforded the same luxury and may need to make other arrangements in order to play in certain tournaments and cash games on, Rini cautioned during the Official 2015 WSOP Media Conference Call.


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