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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

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....

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 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.

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 18 2009

Reefer Poker Winter Series

winter-series.jpgThe Reefer Poker Winter Series includes 8 separate tournaments over a 4 week period. There will be 8 regular events, and then a final freeroll event open only to top finishers of previous events and leaderboard top places.

Regular events are open to all registered players on Reefer Poker, with added prizes to the top players on the leaderboard.

Final event will be open to top 10 finishers from each of the 8 regular events plus the top 20 positions on the leaderboard for a maximum player count of 100.

Regular Event Details:
• RP League Winter Series I
• Mondays & Thursdays, 21:15 Reefer Time (9:15 pm Eastern)
• Nov 16, 19, 23, 30 December 3, 7, 10, 14
• $5.00 + .50
• No rebuys or add-ons
• Winner of each of the first 8 events to receive an added coupon to an Aussie Millions satellite tournament worth $60

Final Event Date & Details:
• RP League WSI Final Event
• Thursday December 17, 21:15 Reefer Time (9:15 pm Eastern)
• Restricted Entry - Coupons

Smoke the Competition at Reefer Poker

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