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December 12 2010

11:11 Awakening or 4 Aces

4 sexy acesPoker provides the perfect parables for real life, and I believe it's an ideal game of skill to master, especially for young people, as it teaches awareness, plus cause and effect of action, not to mention the beneficial power of bluffing. I've never claimed to be, or set-out to become a master of poker, instead I embarked upon a quest, many years ago, to know my customers and to become the best poker room operator I could become. Admittedly, I still have a long way to go, however during my recent trip to North America I experienced a revelation, in California and Nevada, in terms of truly understanding who poker players are, what compels them to play, where, when, and (sometimes) how. The reason I was allowed access backrooms where mere mortals dare not tread, and freely given insider information about the inner workings of multi-million dollar per day operations: my association to Reefer Poker

The people I've met and the operations I was on the inside of were truly remarkable, some of the all-time heavy-weight champions of Vegas operations opened the doors to their backrooms, for example on one visit to Vegas I found myself VIP'd to the top of the Palms Hotel in the Playboy Casino, to discuss the nuances of dealing Black Jack, with one best managers in the business. Another time I was hanging-out with the top whale hunters in Vegas, as he shared details about the high-rollers of the Hard Rock but none of this knowledge, as fascinating as it is, compared with what I learned in California about the intricacies of running a high-stakes Poker home-game, in the legal grey-zone. Before I expand on my amazing adventures in the high-stakes home-games of California, and because today is 12.12.10 (full house with aces over deuces) I want to share more personal insight about my own personal 11:11 Awakening but I promise I'll return to the juicy topic of the California poker home-game.

It's so cliché to say; that I don't believe in coincidence - or, everything happens for a reason - or how about; the people who enter our lives are there for a purpose. Sometimes though, things that happen are so obviously of profound importance that the body produces goose-bumps, or the hairs on the back of your neck and arms, stand on end. When this happens allot, all a person can do is smile, and accept that you're in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. I had known about the 11:11 prediction for several years, it was explained to me by some light-workers from the Island of Kauai, people I respected for their work on energy grids, meridians, spiritual locations and vortexes. Side-note: go to Sedona, Arizona, hike up to a vortex area for your own evaluation, then try to explain it? Even for my mind the explanation of 11:11 was related to the time/space continuum, an Aquarian age topic, somewhat like that defined by Robert Anton Wilson in Prometheus Rising. All very cool stuff, maybe a little too deep for my simple mind, even if I saw, and was gratified by the occasional occurrence by the digital time of 11:11.

What started happening to me in LA was too weird to ignore, not only was I seeing 4 aces randomly, everywhere I was going but tons of pairs and full-houses galore - like on the back of buses, on the sides of buildings, or receipts from Starbucks, for example but something even weirder started happening, as the rooms I was bagging on Priceline, which were from an inventory of over 100 possible hotels, would be either addresses with 4 aces, or once I'd check in I'd be handed the key to a room - you guessed it - on the eleventh floor. I told a couple of people about this, even showed them the proof, then we'd have a good laugh together and pass it off as amusing. Then one day I was getting my hair cut in the LA when the nice woman originally from Rosarita Beach, Mexico, a single mom of a 9 year old boy, mentioned how her son had told her that he'd been seeing 4 aces all over the place, and what was the meaning? That's when I got the really major goose bumps and she told me that my hair was standing on end - I was totally freaked out. Then, in a matter-of-fact kind of way, she says that they looked it up on Google and joined a Facebook group related to the phenomenon.

Still mystified by the frequent occurrence of the four aces, I compared the probability to a poker hand and discovered that the odds in Texas Hold'em, are 594 : 1, whereas a full house is 37.5 : 1 and a Royal Flush is 30,939 : 1 but imagine if it were happening multiple times in a game, or in every game that you played? Perhaps the point is, what you do with the cards, how you play them. I was really curious to understand why I was seeing the signs of something, what it meant and what I should do about it. Then one day I met Freddy and had my mind expanded to a new dimension but the interesting thing is that Freddy was once upon a time the most famous poker home-game operator in LA, with a legendary weekly game in a plush Penthouse near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, it lasted for years until one day Freddy decided to change his life and become a family man, plus dedicate himself to saving the world through the scientific breakthroughs in cannabis genesis knowledge.

DNA - Double HelixFreddy has 2 advanced degrees, one in chemistry and another in physics, and he's applied an immense amount of his energy towards advancing quantum theory, especially as it pertains to Einstein's theory of relativity as it related to unlocking the connections between DNA and THC - yep, super-duper deep, outside the box thinking. Freddy had some explanations for the 11:11 phenomena but he says that people first need to understand that there is sacred math in every living thing, and that we're all connected to a cosmic, universal clock, in a much more predictable way. That clock is approaching an important time, that was pre-set , as the Mayan's suggest, since the beginning of time itself. Many of Freddy's ideas are way over my head and I'm not going to attempt to share here, now but he kept on returning to one theme: light and time - asking what came first, light or thought? What is time? Freddy believes that the cannabis plant can not only help us save our world but within the genetics of weed lays the key to unlocking the mystery of how the DNA strand, found in every living thing, is nothing more than an antennae and that humans are on the cusp of a an evolution, which will enable us connect in a more powerful way, using this antenna to a much higher degree than we'd previously been able to.

From my personal stand-point, I'm still not completely sure what to think about 11:11 although I find myself very drawn towards a theory of relativity, between time and space being altered through the DNA, as my new friend Freddy attempts to explain to me but from the perspective of a person who travels much more than the average Joe, and moves around the planet amongst a far broader cross-section of the global population, and I live right at street level, in the world's second largest city - Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the wealthy fly above in personal helicopters while the poor pick through the garbage for bread crusts. I see a unique spectrum of the planet's people and I can say this, to use a poker parable: we're all in!

I get the sneaking suspicion that 11:11 represents November 11, 2011 and it's the date for a transformation of energy, from the old way to a new way. Somewhat like a last call at the bar, to get your last drink because as of 12/12/12 the bar is closed. It's really difficult to know anything about the future with certainty, except this: If we don't evolve, we perish.

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December 10 2010

Fear and Loathing of the Border

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You may ask yourself why I wouldn't be blogging about this great adventure, while I was in it? And what protecting my innocence has to do with anything? Well, here's my story; I'm the fool that registered the Domain ReeferPoker.com which was seized by the Governor of Kentucky along with 140 other poker related Domains in September 2008, in a bogus attempt to extort money from online gambling website operators. (Side note - the Gov lost his job in the mid-term elections). Also, I'm about the only person that I know who refuses to adopt a false online identity to use while working in the online gaming biz, and I've been involved, as a Canadian citizen, in the gaming industry, in one capacity or another, since it's inception. My first project was in Curacao in 1995, where I met my Brazilian wife, which subsequently brought me to Brazil. Anyway, the point is, that every time I cross the border into the USA I'm sent to what is known as; secondary inspection - feels more like purgatory.

The reason I always get sent to secondary inspection when crossing into the U.S. is because I have a waiver, as a result of a possession of marijuana charge from 1979, which was conditionally discharged in Canada (dismissed on a plea bargain, since it was a reefer), however due to zero tolerance in the U.S., I was denied entry in 1995 and forced to apply for a legal waiver, which took 6 months and cost several thousand dollars to obtain. Since then every time I cross the border I'm stuck waiting and sweating in a purgatory holding area, until the Homeland Security Officers double-check my clearance on those massive databases they access, then let me cross over. These are times of great anxiety for me because I never know when the words "come with us Mr. Smoke" will send me on my way to Guantanamo Bay, without habeas corpus.

If you can imagine, it's very difficult to travel to Canada from Brazil without going through USA, so a couple of times of year I find myself in this state of Patriot Law fear. I consider the permission to travel to America a privilege, not a right, and therefore I covet my travel documents like they were the keys to the kingdom but it says right on my waiver documents that my clearance is determined by the officer on the occasion of each entry and the waiver is null and void if I break any laws. In other words: if my name is anywhere in any of those databases, my travel plans will be significantly altered, then and there. Other gaming site operators have been detained for years, so I never know if I'll get the stamp on the passport or the cuffs on my wrists but to date Reefer Poker has flown under the radar. That is all about to change....

Maybe even writing this blog post will someday put an end to my vision of building an online community for people who enjoy smoking weed while they play poker. Oh well, I made my bed etc... and the truth is; that I feel that part of my purpose in life is to try to make people see the hypocrisy in any government attempting to prohibit citizens from enjoying harmless fun, while inside their own homes. The Canadian government really needs a reality check too, as they completely profit from online gambling and licensing of medical marijuana but continue to enforce ridiculous laws against both poker and pot and the U.S. government is actually causing massive pain and suffering with their hypocrisy but I never intended to become a martyr over this issue, it's just that I'm more about reefer than I am about poker, so I decided it was time to speak my mind and let the chips fall where they may.

When I started this blog the title was "High Stakes Cannabis Culture", as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the risks involved in building a company around 2 things that were prohibited in the main markets that we focus on, North America. Well now I just raised the stakes again and will continue to promote my idea of freedom - smoke reefer and play poker. Now, even writing this confession could be my un-doing or perhaps I just removed USA off my future travel itinerary and I'll need to find a new way back to Canada via Mexico, Panama or Europe. Oh well, I can't stand to live with this deception and worse than that; it makes me crazy to see that USA appears to be moving backwards (again) with regards to legalizing marijuana. As a Canadian I feel a kinship with Mexican's and to witness what is being done to their country by this prohibition makes me feel sick, how can we stand by and say nothing?

One of the things I wanted to avoid with this blog was ranting. I set out to write about the good things that I see and learn about cannabis, the wonderful people I've met along the way, the scientific breakthroughs related to it's miraculous natural power, the marvelous beauty of the plant and the sheer pleasure of getting high from recreational smoking. That was my mission and I'm sticking to it, as there's enough truth-seekers out there exposing the global government insanity and the corporate conspiracies surrounding this defenseless plant. Now that I've confessed and explained more about why I promote reefer and poker, I'll get on with blogging about my amazing journey. Truth will set us free.

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stay tuned for more confessions of a reefer maniac...

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July 01 2010

Casino Beach

Surfs up PromotionReefer Poker Announces Surf's Up Promotion to Celebrate Launch of New Online CasinoBeach.com

Malta, June 29, 2010 - ReeferPoker.com, in partnership with ReeferCasino.com, has announced the launch of their new online casino partner; CasinoBeach.com.

As part of the launch promo for this new Real Time Gaming casino, the group of sites, which includes the social network ReeferPeople.com, has created a promotion that has players visiting all of their sites on a hunt for branded surfboards.

Dave Ishere, Poker Room Manager for Reefer Poker, had this explanation; "We wanted to create a fun promotion for our players, while introducing them to the new Casino Beach software on ReeferCasino.com. Once players complete the requirements they are rewarded with several free poker tournament entries as our way of saying thanks."

"The 3 participating websites are ReeferPoker.com, ReeferPeople.com, and the new ReeferCasino.com. Each site has 3 surfboards to be found, and they are easily visible on 3 different web pages on each site," he continued. "Simply click on each one as you find them, and when you find all 9 you will automatically receive coupon entries to the private $1,000 Good Vibrations Freeroll poker tournament hosted on Thursday, July 8, and to the $1,000 Reefer Poker Community Freeroll July 11. This promotion ends at midnight, Sunday, July 4, 2010. You must have found all surfboards by then to qualify."
Players can register their new accounts instantly by visiting http://reeferpoker.com and http://casinobeach.com

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About Reefer Poker

Reefer Poker is a member of the Merge Gaming network. Reefer Poker offers a selection of poker tournaments and cash games 24/7, and provides its' players and affiliates with a trusted place to enjoy poker for free, or real money. Reefer Poker is pleased to accept players from every country except Australia, and every U.S. state except Kentucky.

About Reefer Casino/Casino Beach

The new Reefer Casino is in partnership with CasinoBeach.com, and provides over 100 different casino games provided by industry leading Real Time Gaming.

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May 07 2010

Marijuana Mothers Day

marijuana mothers dayIn appreciation of all the women poker players, well actually, in appreciation of all women in general, especially those that are mothers and most especially those that are marijuana smoking mothers, Reefer Poker announced that they would be hosting a special "Mothers Day Poker Tournament". This event is planned for Saturday May 8th at 4:20 PM (CST), intentionally scheduled for the day before the official Mother's Day, just in case the family has plans that may be more important (ie. day at the spa or special family dinner etc...) but we certainly know how some marijuana mom's love to play poker....

To make this tournament even more meaningful Reefer Poker decided to match 100% of the player buy-ins for this tournament and send them to the American Cancer Society to aid them in their ongoing efforts to combat breast cancer. Obviously this is a disease that touches so many people in our lives, and this weekend, with Mother's Day, it is even higher in people's minds.

Reefer Poker is adding $200 to the $3 tournament prize pool, and then matching the entire player buy-in total and donating that amount through Cancer.org. The "Mothers Day Poker Tournament" will be held on Saturday, May 8 at 4:20 pm Reefer Poker time, which is the equivalent of 5:20 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

April 27 2010

Reefer Poker $100k Freeroll

Reefer Poker $100K FreerollThe $100,000 Poker Freeroll Tournament (main event) will take place on Sunday, May 30th at 14:00 (Reefer Poker Time) and will award $100,000 cash total, with $20,000 being awarded to the Poker tournament winner.

There is NO Direct entry into the $100,000 Main Event, poker players MUST win their seat into this special freeroll through one of the FOUR methods listed here: Reefer Poker $100k Freeroll
The top 500 players will advance to the $100,000 Freeroll Main Event. Players are only eligible to win 1 seat into the $100,000 Poker Freeroll final.

April 14 2010

Poker Pot Odds

Reefer PokerPot odds are one of the most important parts related to a Texas hold'em poker game, odds are important in any poker game. Pot odds are related to the relationship of the size of the tables pot which is then compared to the size of the bet you will have to call. A good example would be, if the pot is at $40 and you would only need to call $4. In this case the odds are 10 to 1. You can relate your pot to the odds that you will improve your hand to decide of you is going to call. If your odds of improving are lower than your pot odds then you would want to call the hand. You will want to remember when playing any form of hold'em poker that there can be two different players who will not understand the idea of pot odds.

The first are player they will play very tight. They will fold even when the pot odds would make it profitable for them to call the hand. The second are poker players that will call any hand to the river even when they should know that they are beat. These second set of poker player is where the real money is at. If you can learn how to use pot odds to your advantage you will be able to profit from these kinds of players mistakes. There are more advanced concepts like implied odds and reverse implied odds that can also help you profit from weak player. You just need to remember that poker is a game of math not luck. If you learn the math behind it you will end up a winner in the end.

If you want to learn more about math behind poker odds there are many different books you could read. I would suggest starting out by reading Odds and Probabilities: Limit, No Limit, and Tournament Strategies by Mathew Hilger. This book will give you the tools need to understand everything you need to know about odds and everything about odds percentages and poker. The book has many tests and charts to help you out. Well, do your homework and you'll be winning poker games in no time.

Michael Bush is the Webmaster of www.smallstakespoker.net Strategies and Tools for winning at Small Stakes Limit Texas Holdem

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April 11 2010

Reefer Poker on Merge Network

Reefer PokerFor over two years Reefer Poker have been one of the top performing poker rooms on the Merge Network and were amongst the first brands to build a poker community featuring the popular Merge poker room management system. Around 40,000 players have registered to play Merge through Reefer Poker and from the beginning the relationship has been super-symbiotic, as the two teams collaborated on the development of versions 2 through versions 4. The evolution of a brilliant poker platform has been realized, and now the stakes are about to be raised, in a major way, since the network is preparing to welcome it's 40th poker brand, and this time the communities and player base of that brand, is larger by far than the original sum of the previous 36 brands.

Merge Network, Reefer Poker and every other brand on the system is about to experience a quantum leap forward in player activity, player registration, and an overall increase in the amount of money played, with more higher limit cash games and way more variety of cash tournaments.

The level of excitement at Reefer Poker is palpable as the group have planned some very exciting announcements as we approach 4/20. We promise to continue trying to blow people's minds with our strategic marketing.

To date our most new players in a single month was approximately 5,000, which unto itself may be a record considering the low amount of money spent to win those players from our competitors, in a very tough market during competitive times, reeferpoker.com wins hands down in it's word of mouth, social/guerilla marketing.

After more than 2 years building the Reefer Poker brand our community has reached a steady maturity and earned a great reputation for fairness and honesty with our partners and customers. At the end of the day it's been a great steady stream of fun poker but the best part has been the sub-niche "reefer", a very unique and loyal affinity group. We are the poker room for pot heads, there's no other game online for weed smokers and the sheer number of poker playing weed smokers, just in California alone, let alone the entire web population, is staggering! It's a huge niche inside a 100 million player market but it's also the most well established sub-culture, super hip society (this moment), due to positive portrayals in movies, pop culture icons, athletes and celebrities who smoke weed, caused the overall sentiment surrounding reefer to shift, at a time of great legal change in the U.S. market, at a time with medical marijuana in 15 states and California voting to legalize altogether. So the reality is, for the purpose of developing a massive online community, that the cannabis culture demographic is the most ideal group on the planet.

Reefer Poker has reached a size where it is self-sustainable due to the loyalty amongst our members. We love our poker community, love playing poker with you, and love being part of the Merge Network.

Smoke the Competition!
www.reeferpoker.com

March 30 2010

Stoners vs Staff Poker

rp_svs.jpgEvery week there's a great bounty poker tournament on Reefer Poker on Thursday night at 20:00 Reefer Time with an entry fee of just $3 + .30 for a No-Limit Holdem Tournament with no rebuys, where everyone begins with 1,500 starting chips then we play 15 min blinds with antes. The thrill of the game though, is winning a $30 bounty on RPDave, or $30 bounty on previous week's tourney winner TheRealVVViper and $10 bounty on any other RP staff that you knock out of the game. Guess what? There's also a bounty on ReeferSmoke! Plus a $50 bounty when we have a special guest/pro poker player.

NOTE: Tonight's Special Guests will be CiaoBush and xXlimogalXx and next Thursday 3/4 the Special Guests will be reefer96822 and whitewidow9999.

WSOP Satellite Schedule

rp_wsopII.jpgReefer Poker wants to send players to the World Series of Poker so they're offering event packages as tournament prizes.

  • Daily - $1 + .10 Rebuy Tournament - 8:20 pm Eastern - For every 12 players one will earn a coupon for the WSOP 2500 $11 Satellite

  • Daily - $5 + .50 Satellite - 9:20 pm Eastern - For every 11 players one will earn a coupon for the WSOP 2500 Main Event

  • Tues, Thurs, Sat - $11 + 1 Satellite - 10:20 pm Eastern - For every 5 players one will earn a coupon for the WSOP 2500 Main Event

  • Wed - Freeroll with $1 R&A - 10:20 pm Eastern - Winner receives a WSOP 2500 Main Event entry

  • Sunday, April 11 - $50 + 5 10:20 PM - Main Event - For every 50 players, a $2,500 WSOP package will be awarded

420 Poker Tournaments

rp_weekend_420.jpgWhat is it that makes the Weekend 420 Poker Tournament on Reefer Poker so much fun? Could it be hanging-out with the coolest people online? Or is it just the thrill of the game and the love of the ganja?

Every Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 Reefer Time they host a $4.20 + $0.00 (yup, no fee) tournament with $50 cash added, PLUS an exclusive, highly coveted and cool Reefer Poker Prize Pack for the winner! This is your chance to really "smoke the competition"!

The Reefer Poker Prize Pack consists of a Reefer Poker shirt, hat, papers, and stickers, and will be sent to your address on file. If you are the winner.

Reefer Love Poker Tourney

rp_valentine.gifReefer Love is the name of the newest event at Reefer Poker where players are awarded with a free coupon to a $200 added Reefer Love tournament by winning a poker hand with a heart flush.

Details: From Saturday, Feb 13 through midnight on Sunday Feb 14 any player that wins a cash (ring) game hand with a heart flush, using both of their hole cards, will earn a free coupon to a $5 + .50 tournament with $200 added that will be held on Monday Feb 15th. Only games of Texas Holdem will qualify for this promotion, and both SnG and multi-table tournaments will be excluded. Players that have the qualifying hands must email love@reeferpoker.com with the winning hand number. After verifying that the hand qualifies, players will be awarded their coupons on Monday, February 15 at least 2 hours prior to the start of the tournament.

So don't be shy, whip-out that big sticky cola, roll it up and show some love, enjoy it with your sweet hearts....

March 12 2010

WSOP Satellite Schedule

rp_wsopII.jpgReefer Poker wants to send players to the World Series of Poker so they're offering event packages as tournament prizes.

  • Daily - $1 + .10 Rebuy Tournament - 8:20 pm Eastern - For every 12 players one will earn a coupon for the WSOP 2500 $11 Satellite

  • Daily - $5 + .50 Satellite - 9:20 pm Eastern - For every 11 players one will earn a coupon for the WSOP 2500 Main Event

  • Tues, Thurs, Sat - $11 + 1 Satellite - 10:20 pm Eastern - For every 5 players one will earn a coupon for the WSOP 2500 Main Event

  • Wed - Freeroll with $1 R&A - 10:20 pm Eastern - Winner receives a WSOP 2500 Main Event entry

  • Sunday, April 11 - $50 + 5 10:20 PM - Main Event - For every 50 players, a $2,500 WSOP package will be awarded

February 25 2010

Stoners vs Staff Poker

rp_svs.jpgEvery week there's a great bounty poker tournament on Reefer Poker on Thursday night at 20:00 Reefer Time with an entry fee of just $3 + .30 for a No-Limit Holdem Tournament with no rebuys, where everyone begins with 1,500 starting chips then we play 15 min blinds with antes. The thrill of the game though, is winning a $30 bounty on RPDave, or $30 bounty on previous week's tourney winner TheRealVVViper and $10 bounty on any other RP staff that you knock out of the game. Guess what? There's also a bounty on ReeferSmoke! Plus a $50 bounty when we have a special guest/pro poker player.

NOTE: Tonight's Special Guests will be CiaoBush and xXlimogalXx and next Thursday 3/4 the Special Guests will be reefer96822 and whitewidow9999.

February 09 2010

Reefer Love Poker Tourney

rp_valentine.gifReefer Love is the name of the newest event at Reefer Poker where players are awarded with a free coupon to a $200 added Reefer Love tournament by winning a poker hand with a heart flush.

Details: From Saturday, Feb 13 through midnight on Sunday Feb 14 any player that wins a cash (ring) game hand with a heart flush, using both of their hole cards, will earn a free coupon to a $5 + .50 tournament with $200 added that will be held on Monday Feb 15th. Only games of Texas Holdem will qualify for this promotion, and both SnG and multi-table tournaments will be excluded. Players that have the qualifying hands must email love@reeferpoker.com with the winning hand number. After verifying that the hand qualifies, players will be awarded their coupons on Monday, February 15 at least 2 hours prior to the start of the tournament.

So don't be shy, whip-out that big sticky cola, roll it up and show some love, enjoy it with your sweet hearts....

January 27 2010

420 Poker Tournaments

rp_weekend_420.jpgWhat is it that makes the Weekend 420 Poker Tournament on Reefer Poker so much fun? Could it be hanging-out with the coolest people online? Or is it just the thrill of the game and the love of the ganja?

Every Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 Reefer Time they host a $4.20 + $0.00 (yup, no fee) tournament with $50 cash added, PLUS an exclusive, highly coveted and cool Reefer Poker Prize Pack for the winner! This is your chance to really "smoke the competition"!

The Reefer Poker Prize Pack consists of a Reefer Poker shirt, hat, papers, and stickers, and will be sent to your address on file. If you are the winner.

January 15 2010

Roll of Reefer Poker

reeferpoker iconOn February 28, 2008 (2.28.2008 = full house) Reefer Poker enjoyed the most successful launch of an online poker room in the history of the Internet. As the second year anniversary approaches the managing partners are very enthusiastic about what lies ahead for this counter culture iGaming company and are planning a series of events and promotions to celebrate the anniversary with the 50,000 registered players that made it happen, to give back cash because that's how they roll.

California has so far been the most important market for Reefer Poker and the founders believe that they've played a part in helping to dispel the age old myth started by "Reefer Madness" that marijuana was bad or evil; they've done this by supporting the pro-marijuana movement and advocates. In many ways the brand has become another loud voice for rallying cannabis activism. Also, Reefer Poker worked alongside the leading organizations and chapters to promote the reformation of marijuana laws.

Perhaps the most important roll of Reefer Poker, aside from being the best online poker dealer they can be, is to mock the hypocrisy surrounding both Poker and Marijuana and to illuminate the entertainment of the combined concepts. We now live in an age where the majority of people can distinguish between what is truly right or wrong in terms of morality. From the beginning the people who came together to develop Reefer Poker were passionate about reefer and poker, and they knew there was a mass market that shared the same passions. The counter culture consumers, known as the 420 Army, now are the moral majority in the U.S, the key characteristic of this demographic is that they can see through superficial propaganda and/or media spin, whether it be from government or corporations, this group of discerning adults live the way they decide and speak their mind if they choose, that's how they roll.

Reefer Poker are ranked as the 66th most popular English speaking Poker room online, in a field of 513 (at the time of this writing) by CasinoCity.com the world's most trusted source for objective popularity ranks of approximately 2,700 online gaming sites based on the continuous monitoring and measuring of the actual site usage of millions of online players. Considering that the top 10 Poker rooms are owned by Billion dollar corporations, some of whom are approaching 15 years in the market, all of them compete for their share of the approximate 100 million customers who generate in excess of $5 Billion U.S. dollars per year globally and the market is said to be growing by 10% per year. There's lots of room for Reefer Poker to carve out a stake in this industry by just focusing on players who enjoy marijuana.

Internet Gambling or iGaming as its commonly referred to is one of the most lucrative industries online, which is why Yahoo, Virgin and Playboy entered the fray from the U.K. where it's regulated and taxed. According to iGaming experts, within the coming few years the U.S. government will follow the suit played by the majority of G20 nations, to tax and regulate the game invented in America (Texas Hold'em for certain), and played online legally in most of the world, will have a some new dealers to try, yes the titans of the Casino industry from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Macau, will bring their gaming experience and nearly bottomless resources to the Internet, which is sure to change the webscape. Plus, don't be surprised if Google and Microsoft find a way to play, or I'd make a wager that MTV and ESPN won't be left standing on the outside looking in either. The future of online Poker is very exciting for the players.

The early market leader in online poker was Party Poker, it could be argued that Party was a trend setter and responsible for starting the online poker craze, however in their shadow several other poker rooms amassed large player bases and developed strong brand recognition amongst global poker players, then due to the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) which was signed into law in July of 2006, Party Poker left the U.S. market and millions of players were forced to choose a new room to play at. An interesting phenomenon occurred as players started moving from one new poker room to another, brand loyalty was no-longer a factor, just like Las Vegas a gambler may have a favorite venue to play but has no remorse to walk across the boulevard and play in another. Also, due to the departure of Party from the U.S. they lost their luster to global player, now industry insider's joke that Party may need to bring reefer to get the party started again in the U.S.

It may be said that Reefer Poker have tapped into a unique energy source, as they continue to grow at a steady rate which is the envy of the competition because it's still mostly by word of mouth, even after almost 2 years. The main reasons are the fun and the affinity. The name is very memorable so it get's the introduction but the great service is what compels people to return, as they realize it's a real serious poker operation, despite the often comical but attractive tournaments and promotions. The 420 community "niche" especially respond well to the weekly Stoners Vs Staff tournament and the weekend Wake 'n Bake and/or 4:20 Poker Tournaments. However you slice it and dice it, there remains one key factor that distinguishes Reefer Poker from all other poker rooms, the reason it's more of a community based brand than any of its competitors, it's the weed, and that's how they roll.

So what's on the horizon for the Reefer Poker in 2010 and beyond? The managing partners are all hands-on in the marketing of the brand and the products, they recognize that there's a high-bar placed in front of them by well established companies with much deeper pockets, this means that they need to be more creative to generate the buzz factor with promotions that offer cool prize packages which include the popular logo shirts, hats, and branded rolling papers, bud grinders, vaporizers and bongs. The team must leverage the counter culture contacts on the social networks and their own social portal called Reefer People to build brand awareness, while at the same time continue to give away as much money, in guaranteed prize pools, as they can possibly afford, to remain competitive in the poker niche.

The dream of Reefer Poker is to bring the brand to the street and get face to face with the members of the 420 Army by sending a road crew with Reefer gear to every major cannabis expo, Hemp Festival, 420 Day Celebrations, Cannabis Cup and co-host another "Weed Series of Poker" with High Times Magazine, as seen in the September 2008 back to school issue under the title "Toker Poker". Plus, Reefer Poker aspires to be the main buzz at the "World Series of Poker" in Las Vegas with a fully licensed bar and medical marijuana patient's hospitality suite. There are also several major bike festivals and hip-hop rock concerts across the U.S. that fit perfectly into the ground team strategy, like the Bob Marley Festival in Miami, or the Smoke Out Festival in California. The future looks sweet for Reefer Poker.

January 06 2010

Reefer Poker Tourney Madness

rp_tourney_madness.pngDuring January take part in the Reefer Tourney Madness and earn free cash and tournament entries simply by making your next deposit!

Select any ONE of the 3 following offers;

1. Deposit $100 - receive a free $11.00 tournament entry PLUS $5 FREE CASH (after earning only 100 VIP points) PLUS be entered into the $2,000 Reefer Depositors Freeroll. Enter code MADNESS100
2. Deposit $200 - receive 2 free $11.00 tournament entries PLUS $10 FREE CASH (after earning only 200 VIP points) PLUS be entered into the $2,000 Reefer Depositors Freeroll. Enter code MADNESS200
3. Deposit $300 or more - receive 3 free $11.00 tournament entries PLUS $15 FREE (after earning only 300 VIP points) PLUS be entered into the $2,000 Reefer Depositors Freeroll. Enter code MADNESS100 - Visit Reefer Poker to learn more.

December 26 2009

Poker on Marijuana

rp_pocket-aces.jpgWhy do many of the best poker players in the world smoke weed? What is it about marijuana that gives the smoker an advantage in tournament poker? These are questions that get asked more often than you'd expect and not just at online poker rooms such as Reefer Poker, which obviously, by it's namesake, cater to the hoards from the cannabis culture, who are in their own homes and have chosen to play with other like-minded individuals but what about the Poker Pros we see on TV?

Many Professional Poker players who compete in high-stakes tournaments, often televised, such as the World Series of Poker on ESPN, are known to be chronic marijuana smokers. California and Nevada have booming businesses in medical marijuana, it's fast, simple, and affordable to acquire a license in Las Vegas to smoke marijuana legally and once licensed an entire catalog of medicinal marijuana is available to the patient/card player. Various cannabis strains have recommendations for various ailments as well as reviews and testimonials of the effects of smoking, plus a qualified bud-tender is always on hand at the cannabis dispensary, to suggest certain types or strains that are best suited for playing poker.

Let's drop the Hollywood stoner stereotype for the sake of this discussion and consider that a Poker Pro has been smoking weed for 10 years or more and is good at bluffing (that he's not stoned) and after a break only his closest friends, or whomever he's been smoking with, has any idea that he's just quaffed (ie. Smoked) a reefer of the strongest, medicinal grade cannabis, known to mankind, and now he has his Poker-face on, behind a relaxed nonchalant looking, often smiling face. However his heart is beating slightly faster but more importantly a part of his brain that is usually not very active has now kicked-in to high-gear and the Poker Pro is collecting detailed information about his opponents that they're not even aware he can read. In short, the Card player high on marijuana is like a poker scientist in stealth mode. As a side note: I've referred to the Poker Pro as "he" because the vast majority of Pro's are male but I happen to know that female poker pros also regularly play high, especially online.

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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2007, 14.4 million Americans smoked marijuana at least once in the month prior to being surveyed. That number is likely very low as many people will never admit to consumption of a banned substance, in a survey, to someone they've never met. The same research says that about 6,000 people a day in 2007 used marijuana for the first time--2.1 million Americans have discovered something about smoking marijuana that they like and many of them discovered that THC, the main active ingredients in cannabis, improved their mood and enhanced their activities whether it be work or play. The fact is that we live in a wired world, during this information-age, for the masses life is connected to the Internet and weed enhances almost anything online, especially poker, which may explain why the number of smokers is so close to the number of people who play online poker. Not saying that everyone playing poker online is high, just that it's an interesting coincidence that the number of smokers and the number of players in nearly the same.

So what is it about marijuana that provides an advantage to the poker player who smokes it? To help answer this question we need to understand what ailments are commonly treated with medicinal marijuana and what scientific evidence of efficacy (effectiveness) exists from clinical applications. The list of ailments is very long and contains such neuron type issues as Alzheimer's, tics, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress syndrome and perhaps the most common ailment to receive a medicinal marijuana prescription; attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which some people joke, is an ailment that our entire society suffers from. Every day more clinical studies are being conducted to provide further proof but to a seasoned Poker player they don't need an FDA approval to know that when they smoke the herb it brings a certain feeling of calm to their brain that enables them to acutely tune-in on everything going on at the table. Marijuana is like a performance enhancing drug for the poker-playing mind and enables them to smoke the competition.

December 19 2009

Reefer Presents Free Presents

reefer_presents.jpgDuring this holiday season the Reefer Group of sites would like to present you with some free presents! To make this fun, they have hidden 3 presents on each of their sites; Reefer Poker, Reefer People, and Reefer Casino, you have to find them!

When you find a present, (and they're pretty easy to spot), simply click on them to collect. When you find 3, you will earn a tournament entry coupon for the weekly Stoners vs Staff tournament on Reefer Poker. When you have found 5 presents you will win $5 cash on Reefer Poker. Find all 9 and you will receive $10 cash on Reefer Casino, PLUS entered into a draw to win one of the gifts for yourself.

Details:
The 9 presents will be images of traditional wrapped Christmas gifts which will be placed on the 3 participating websites. A banner with the promo name and graphic will be on the home page of each site, which link to content (below) on the promotions page of Poker and Casino, and Community section of People
Each different present will "open" when clicked, and will show one of the following gifts, subject to change;
~ $50 Gift Certificate at Grass City
~ Poker Chip Set
~ $50 Reefer Casino Player Account
~ iPod Nano
~ Snowshoes
~ $50K Tournament Entry
~ Cheech & Chong DVD Set
~ $50 Amazon Gift Certificate
~ $50 Reefer Poker Player Account
When the first gift is clicked on a pop-up form will appear that will ask you for your email address. This is the email address that we will use to send you notification of any prizes that you win, so please enter it carefully.

November 28 2009

Reefer Poker Freerolls

freakbros.jpgOn the last Sunday of every month the Reefer Community get's together online for a major Poker tournament. The good folks at Reefer Poker say that the Pot would be a pound of B.C. Bud if laws would permit but instead they share $3,000 in cash prizes amongst the top 100 players, with the first prize being $750, second prize $420 and third prize $225, that would buy lot's of weed no matter where in the world you live but that's just one of the things that makes the Reefer Community Freeroll so much fun, the other is that over 1,200 players join in, from more than 50 countries and you can bet that most of them are smoking ganja while they play poker and socialize.

Reefer Poker host other Freeroll Poker Tournaments aside from the Reefer Community Freeroll, they host a $1,000 Depositors Freeroll each month for any player who makes a deposit that month, then a $500 New Depositor Freeroll for first time depositors, then the $50 Freeroll for new players that have downloaded the Poker client and are playing on the free tables.

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