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Poker Tournament Strategy

Optimal Poker Tournament Playing Strategy

Optimal Poker Tournament Playing Strategy & Short-handed considerations

It’s true that most poker tournament formats are still using 9- or 10-player format, but 6-max is definitely on the rise. Regardless if you play online poker or a the live tables, there are some strategies that work much better at these short-handed tables than at the traditional tables, so if you’re interested in taking on some of the short-handed tables, this article will help you take on the challenge and win real cash.

The key factor with strategy in 6-max poker tournaments is blind pressure — both direct and indirect. In the direct sense, the blinds are coming at you more quickly, which means you have to go about gathering chips more aggressively so that your stack can stay constant. You’ll have to play more hands, and you’ll have to take a more aggressive stance when you play them. You have more time to wait for the right hand to come along in a larger tournament, but the later you get in a 6-handed tournament, the poorer a strategy waiting becomes.

In an indirect sense, you also have to watch out for the effects of the rest of the field playing more hands — and doing so aggressively as well. This means that your opponents are likely to bet and/or raise with a weaker hand, so you can adjust your poker tournament strategy by doing such things as pushing raises higher when you really do have a strong hand, and then you can play back at a lighter level when your hand is on the lower end of the spectrum.

What’s the benefit of raising “light”? If you never do it, you will blind away, and opponents who are savvy will figure out that you only raise when you have stronger hands. However, if you raise too often, you are vulnerable to the re-steal, particularly when the chip stacks get smaller later in the game.

Another consideration is that you get more “BVB” play in a 6-max game. This stands for “Button against Blind” and can bring several different factors into play. When you are looking for the right hand to use for blind defense often varies with which player is on the button — and that player’s habits when it comes to raising, and whether they will fold or call for re-raises. A 6-max game requires you to defend more — and to steal more. The button is always a strong place to be, going last in all of the betting rounds post-flop. A full-ring game allows you to do more stealing and less defending, but in a 6-handed situation you have to be able to do both.

Set mining has less value when you are in a short-handed situation. Because your opponents will not have as big of a chance to have a strong hand, this can payoff. In a full-ring game, someone else is more likely to have a premium hand against you in a raised pot, but in 6-max you are more likely to have the stronger hand, but your raises are also not likely to go as high.

If you like to get aggressive in a poker tournament game, use moves to get back at your opponents and play post-flop, 6-max play might be right down your alley. However, just as in any tournament, understand the skill levels of your opponents as quickly as possible, and adjust accordingly.

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!

Big poker weekend winners

April 8-10 2016 Big Weekend Poker Winners

Congrats to our big weekend poker winners!!

We had a great weekend of online poker at Cafrino. Were you a part of it? Follow us on Facebook for more chances to win a Level 10 invite!

$200.00 brokeherman
$100.00 Capnvideo
$80.00 CONGEO
$50.00 freewheelinguy
$40.00 NWPatriot
$40.00 eztrekker
$40.00 lefthand
$35.00 willybigwon
$30.00 LitWit
$20.00 Lamar44
$20.00 metalmonkey
$20.00 Karma2u
$20.00 lennyp
$20.00 mickylee
$20.00 UncleRico
$20.00 wildbillc4
$20.00 WhatWho
$18.00 BudSmoker420
$15.00 bigitalian
$12.50 vironas
$10.00 png2809
$10.00 timtherake
$10.00 chpete
$10.00 alwin27
$10.00 simonspecial1
$10.00 Tainui
$10.00 LightningDuck
$10.00 chief218

And special shout out to pschauf, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy award (a free ticket to the next Level 10 game). Join us all week long for online poker cash tournaments daily! Click here to play.

Good luck at the tables!

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

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
$20.00 xPAULn
$20.00 iautomech
$20.00 timjake001
$20.00 Shazam
$20.00 sixeyes
$20.00 DrDixinUMouse
$20.00 Winddrake13500
$20.00 marcop
$20.00 readem39
$16.00 Chicago122
$15.00 happyduck42
$12.50 vironas
$10.00 PhoenixRising
$10.00 TrailMix
$10.00 MONEYMAC
$10.00 Aceflush4me6
$10.00 BeatCowboy
$10.00 candymanwk
$10.00 SHAAZAAM
$10.00 smelulater
$10.00 seasonic

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!

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!

$200.00 Zekeiselite
$100.00 Gary666
$70.00 noluckdav
$50.00 Irishman3
$40.00 Goldenone
$40.00 dimbulb
$35.00 shimbuckar00
$35.00 BlueBlade
$30.00 moroz14
$20.00 dagman
$20.00 richtourist
$20.00 bassthecat
$20.00 doubledeshazo
$20.00 UncleRico
$20.00 AlwaysGetPaid
$20.00 WyoCowBoy
$20.00 Gary666
$20.00 brosebrock
$16.00 Dave5491
$15.00 Robublind1
$12.50 vanni9283
$10.00 LitWit
$10.00 jimmythegreek209
$10.00 vanni9283
$10.00 joebwon
$10.00 SIGGYSIX
$10.00 rick777
$10.00 HAYSIE
$10.00 Avianna
$10.00 KnottAKlew

And special shout out to pick1123, 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!

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
$10.00 hamp4267
$10.00 Bcc123

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
$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!

Big poker weekend winners

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

Congrats to our big weekend winners!!

We had a great weekend of online poker at Cafrino. We’re you a part of it? Congratulations to a few of our big winners… the list keeps getting longer and longer.

$200.00 BohemianGrove
$100.00 vanni9283
$70.00 BluffAway
$50.00 xraiderx
$40.00 kalermo
$40.00 PokerDonk
$35.00 Hordack
$35.00 ArmedOldMan
$35.00 KimInbetween
$35.00 smelulater
$35.00 Ferraro
$30.00 Goldenone
$20.00 Luckylady
$20.00 chipsniper
$20.00 dagman
$20.00 APKRQUEEN
$20.00 Buick55
$20.00 blindman
$20.00 DrScorpius
$20.00 RickV1
$20.00 BeatCowboy
$20.00 gbljr1969
$20.00 brosebrock
$20.00 mtbr2001
$16.00 japanis15
$12.50 theblock
$12.00 Popeye
$10.00 gomer111
$10.00 zdangerz
$10.00 royal1237
$10.00 brokeherman
$10.00 Rich0626
$10.00 RobotDr
$10.00 potters
$10.00 metsfan11
$10.00 jojorauch
$10.00 JohnnybeGood
$10.00 BlueBlade
$10.00 xraiderx

And special shout out to CatChick, who wins our Level 10 Bubble Boy (girl) 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!