Cafe World Strategy Layout

Café World is a cute game on Facebook and has a few tricks to getting the most fun out of it. In particular, the layout of your café is important to your success. If you have tables that are inaccessible by your waiters, you are wasting space and losing customers. As you level up, you want your “buzz” to increase as you will get more customers. As your customers increase, you need to expand your café to accommodate them.

So, cook your dishes, feed your customers, make some money and buy more tables and chairs. As you expand your café, your café world strategy layout will need to be adjusted, but following these basic rules will help.

The kinds of furniture and appliances you have don’t really matter. Sure, you can get the fancier looking stoves and the tables with the pretty table clothes, but they don’t bring in more customers or add to your buzz level and they can eat away at your funds.

The number of tables you have affects your buzz rating and you have to be sure not to cram things in as your waiters won’t be able to get to blocked off tables which wastes money and space.

Let’s start with your stoves which are the key component in your café would strategy layout. When you start out in café world, you are given three stoves, three counters, two tables and two chairs. By pushing the stoves together you can save much needed space.

Plus, if you want to add more stoves as you level up, you have more room to place them next to the original three. You only need to get to the front of the stove, so putting them against the far back wall is best.

The counters can also be pushed together to give you more room for tables and chairs. As you grow your business, note that you can cook more of the same food and stack it on top of the same counter to serve more customers, so you can have more stoves than counters if you want.

Table and chair placement can be a harder thing to accomplish when it comes to your café world strategy layout. You don’t want to crowd the café and make parts inaccessible as this only wastes space. If you have found that you have bought too many chairs and tables, you can sell them back to the store, but at a reduced price, so don’t go on a buying spree until you expand your café.

You want to have space between each table so that your customers can sit and your waiters can wait on them. If you place three tables up against one another and place them against a wall, the middle table will become locked in, so space them out against the south wall. You can even have tables in your kitchen area along that south wall.

There are several cafe world strategy layout patterns that can be created as your café grows, you can form a horseshoe or a spiral and you can create rows of tables like in a prison. Just remember to make sure your waiters can get to the customer.

You can even place your stoves and counters into the center of a circle. Just remember to leave one table out so you can get into your cooking and serving area.

A Couch Potato’s Guide to Poker on TV!

I love Poker. I love to play it. I love to read about it. I love to watch other people play it, especially on TV. It’s an inexpensive way to learn from the pros. You can see what they do in real-world situations, not just what they say they would do in their books. Watching Poker helps improve your game. You can learn pot odds, combinations, order of hands and many other basics as well as advanced, psychological strategy such as tells.

I watch a lot of Poker on TV. Yes, I do. Apparently, the networks are taking notice of the TV-viewing public. A lot of us are crazy for Poker. In this article, I’m going to discuss several, TV series that are still running now, that I highly recommend and regularly watch.

1) Celebrity Poker Showdown. This is on Bravo, usually on Thursday nights. Poker Pro Phil Gordon and comedian Dave Foley (Kids in The Hall, News Radio) are the moderators for this light, fluffy show featuring celebrities such as Alex Trebek, Ben Affleck, Rosie O’Donnell and Camryn Manheim. Some of the celebs are really very good. Of course, there is also that wonderfully evil moment when you can watch someone on the D-List or above sink on the river.

Phil gives expert commentary. There’s a short film each week in which the basics of No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em and the betting rules are explained. It’s entertaining TV even for newbies, pros and the star-struck alike.

2) The World Series of Poker. ESPN is currently showing episodes of the 2005 WSOP. The other night, I saw Johnny Chan win his record 10th WSOP bracelet in the Pot Limit Hold ‘Em event. It was awesome. He beat out Phil ‘Unabomber’ Laak to take the lead against Doyle Brunson and Phil Hellmuth, who were both present during the match, for the all-time record bracelet wins. Hey, don’t feel too bad for Mr. Laak. His girlfriend, the beautiful Hollywood actress, Jennifer Tilly, won the Ladies’ Event at the WSOP this year.

A week or two prior to that, I got to see Josh Arieh, a very good player who doesn’t get too much airtime (yet), play – and win – the Omaha tourney. It was great to see Omaha Hold ‘Em played on TV for a change. I loved it.

Even if you’re not a poker junkie like I am, you can appreciate the epic nature of the World Series of Poker with its international field featuring the best of the best – and a few Cinderella stories thrown in for good measure.

3) World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel. Travel the world from your chair and watch pros play in the World Poker Tour. They play in exotic locales such as Aruba and Paris. Host Mike Sexton is so knowledgeable about the game that he makes up for his co-host Vince Van Patten’s shtick. The man tries to give nicknames to any hand combination possible. Some of his groaners include:

QQ – Siegfried & Roy or Paris & Nikki (Hilton)

55 – Sammy Hagar (after the song, ‘I Can’t Drive 55’)

Rounding out the commentator group is the lovely Shana Hiatt. She interviews the pros and showcases different aspects of the poker-playing lifestyle on each episode. The WPT hosts names like Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Howard Lederer and more. It’s a veritable who’s who of Poker and it comes fresh and new into your home each week.

These aren’t the only Poker shows on TV. ESPN has a drama called TILT starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs) and Eddie Cibrian (Third Watch) which is a fictionalized version of a poker pro’s dirty and dangerous life.

E! Entertainment Network, beginning on St. Patty’s Day 2005, aired several episodes of E!’s Hollywood Hold ‘Em Game. Laura Prepon, of That 70s Show, produced the show and starred in one of the episodes with her live-in love Chris Masterson (Malcolm in the Middle) and some friends, including Chris’ brother and That 70’s show star, Danny Masterson (Hyde). Other episodes had Mila Kunis (Family Guy, That 70s Show), Macauley Culkin – yes, that Macauley Culkin. He’s Mila’s beau – and Shannon Elizabeth. I haven’t seen it on recently; but, I desperately hope that it comes back. It was pretty good poker and Phil Laak was the dealer/mentor/host.

The Game Show Network has Poker Royale. This is a 6-person tournament that runs for several weeks. There are several elimination rounds, then a finale. The first had all pros. It was men vs. women. The men won each individual match; but, the ladies, led by Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harmon and Cyndy Violette took the final – and decisive match. The second installment had Celebrities vs. Poker Pros. I found it to be a watered-down version of Celebrity Poker Showdown. I missed Phil Gordon and Dave Foley, gotta admit. The third installment, which is currently airing, is the Comedians vs. Poker Pros. I didn’t find this one too fun or funny; but, I’ve had other things to do lately.

Actually, I dropped watching that because the Fall Season picked up; and, well, I’d rather watch the Poker Superstars Invitational on FSN! This is awesome. It’s a turbo tourney – the blinds go up really quick and the play is fast – featuring Johnny Chan, Carlos Mortensen and other luminaries. It’s action-packed, high-stakes poker that goes by in the blink of eye.

If you can’t find a good online or home game, why not sit down and watch one on TV? Chances are – there’s one on the television right now. Go. Watch!

Poker Skill Development for the Kinesthetic Learner

This is the fourth and final article of a series that has presented Learning Styles in the Texas Holdem Poker Learning Process. We have been addressing how the Learning Styles concept can be applied in a learning situation including the development of Texas Hold Poker knowledge and skills. We have previously dealt with the Auditory Learner and the Visual Learner. This article will deal with the Kinesthetic or Tactile Learner. Tactile relates to touching and feeling. Feeling also has an emotional connotation that applies in this instance as well. Kinesthetic relates to action and movement. Therefore, the Kinesthetic Learner learns best through physical actions that involve handling and manipulating objects using emotions as a motivator.

  • The first step in this process is to determine your learning style. The following statements describe how Kinesthetic Learners react to a variety of situations or circumstances.
  • You trust your instincts or gut feelings in helping you make poker decisions.
  • At the poker table you fiddle with your poker chips or like to have a card cover. You may be pretty good at doing poker chip tricks.
  • When you have made a big decision like all-in, you are compelled to get up and walk around.
  • When playing poker online you need to be doing something else like squeezing a ball, drumming with a pencil, constantly changing positions or other small physical activities.
  • When you recall a past event you remember the emotions that you experienced or actually re-experience them.
  • You instinctually know the direction you are facing.
  • You spend your leisure time involved in physical activities or making things.
  • When you make a new purchase that requires assembly you generally ignore the directions and just get at it using trial and error.
  • In conversation you say things like I know how you feel, get a grip or just do it.
  • When shopping you pick items up, handle them or test how they work.
  • You greet friends with a hug. You use physical contact or movement when you are talking to someone, i.e. place a hand on a shoulder, gesture, move around, etc.
  • You express your anger physically, stomp out of the room, throw things, slam doors, etc.
  • You like sports and consider yourself a good athlete.
  • You enjoy games like charades that involve acting things out.
  • You have difficulty sitting still for long periods of time.

This is not a scientific analysis based on years of research but if these statements capture the way that you do things, you are probably a Kinesthetic or Tactile Learner.. So what works best for you?

  • Your teachers, parents and even you yourself may think that you are hyperactive. This may or may not be the case, but many of the techniques that have been applied to working with the hyperactive learner can work for you. Don’t be offended by the implications, being a Kinesthetic Learner is not a handicap. On the contrary, a great many very intelligent and success individuals including very successful artists and athletes are Kinesthetic Learners. The approaches to learning that I am suggesting here will merely help you acquire knowledge in the most expedient manner.
  • Your learning cannot be static, you must be doing or experiencing something at all times.
  • Whenever you engage in a studying or concentrated learning activity, work for short periods of time 25-30 minutes taking short 5 minute breaks in between. Don’t try to stretch the work periods or the break periods any longer than suggested. If you stretch the work period you may tire or lose interest and if you stretch the break you might not want to get back to work. Shorter is better than longer.
  • Kinesthetic Learners are often athletic. Combine your learning with your physical conditioning. Read a book, magazine article or go through index or flash cards while you or on an exercise bike or treadmill. Again, keep each session to 20-30 minutes with a 5 minute break in between sessions.
  • Be comfortable when you read or watch an instructional video. Reading in a hammock, a swing or a rocking chair can give you physical movement when you read. Using a bean bag or big comfortable chair will allow you change your body position as you read or watch an instructional video.
  • Read or watch instructional videos while lying on your side, back or on your stomach.
  • Try to get the big picture before you start to read an instructional book. Scan the book quickly from front to back, looking at the cover, back and book jacket. Take a quick look at the Table of Contents noting the chapters. Flip through the pages perusing pictures, diagrams etc. very quickly. When you actually get into reading the book, scan each chapter in the same manner. There is no law that says that you are required to read the book in the order that it is published. You can read the chapters in the sequence that you find most interesting.
  • The use of colored transparent sheets over the text on the book page has provided good success for individuals who have difficulty focusing. You might want to try this if you have some trouble sitting down and slugging your way through a book. Experiment with a variety of colors until you find the color that works best for you.
  • To accommodate your need to expend physical energy while trying to focus on learning, squeeze a stress ball, chew gum, sit on an exercise ball or move your feet and hands.
  • At the poker table be comfortable, wear comfortable clothes this will help you concentrate better.
  • Don’t force yourself to sit for hours. Get up and move around between hands or after you have folded a hand.
  • To keep your hands busy, learn and perform poker chip tricks. They may be a great way to demonstrate your hand and finger dexterity but they can also serve a more important purpose for you.
  • If you use head phones stay away from music with a heavy rhythmic beat. Listen to classical baroque music or concentration and relaxation music.
  • When trying to internalize information with your eyes closed, write on your desk, table or in the air with your finger trying to visualize and hear the words in your head as you write or draw. Reinforce this activity later by closing your eyes and trying to visualize and hear the information again.
  • Kinesthetic Learners enjoy creating or making things. These things are instrumental in their learning process. Use your imagination and create artifacts that you can use to enhance you learning. Create physical items that will help you learn and to remember your new knowledge. Simple examples include index cards, flash cards, wriing on white boards or making posters. These are items that you can refer to frequently to help you recall the information when it is required.
  • Playing other games that require strategy and the ability to read your opponents like chess and backgammon can help you develop your poker strategies and skills. Many professional poker players are also expert backgammon players.
  • You learn best by using trial and error as your teacher. So play poker.
  • Some cautions about being a Kinesthetic Learner.
  • You learn by trial and error and learn best by playing a lot of poker. However, make sure that you are playing within you sphere of competence. Play with poker players of comparable ability to yours. Yes, you want to play with players that will challenge your skills and help you learn along the way, but in the game of poker, getting in above your head can have drastic financial results for you. Keep your game within stakes that you can afford and with players that provide you a reasonable chance for success.
  • Don’t try to sit at the poker table or in study sessions for periods of time that are too long as this may cause you to lose your focus, get up and move around about every 30 minutes or so.
  • At the same time don’t be too active as you need to study and be aware of your opponents and how they play the game.
  • Since you tend to be emotional you can be impulsive so don’t let your emotions take control, stop and take a moment before pushing your chips all in.

As a Kinesthetic Learner there are not an abundance of manipulative poker resources available to help you with your poker learning process. Your challenge is to use these resources effectively. By recognizing and combining learning with your natural abilities i.e. your drive, your passion and your need for movement you can acquire, reinforce and permanently store sensory information as you jog along the path to quick and effective learning.

A Checklist for Bingo Supplies-10 Things You Must Have and Why

Bingos’ growing popularity online has many fans flocking the virtual bingo halls in seek of some bingo fun. Even with this rapid growth online fact remains that bingo is the largest game in the world and the majority of bingo fans still play bingo the good old fashion way, in their church, schools clubs and even homes or just a general get together.

Here I will share with you a couple of things you will need if you decide to put on a bingo game for a large crowd or just a simple gathering.

1. Tubs of chips- You can find these in a wide assortment of colors and styles. A popular trend is to have these customized. Most tubs are reusable. It is always better to get these the ones with the gritty edge for easier handling. You can also get the popular magnetic chips for better handling.

2. Daubers- These can also be customized. Red is one of the more popular colors for daubers, however the variations in daubers have grown considerably and your choice are wide.

3. Double Roll Tickets-Most rolls contain up to two-thousand tickets per roll. Using various colors is always recommended with larger bingo gatherings.

4. Bingo Paper/Cards- The push out die paper is popular on those bingo cruises we often hear about. There is no need daubers or chips with these ones. You can simply push out the number as they are called with your finger. If you prefer the traditional bingo cards then you can have them custom ordered with customized themes or logos.

5. Cushions and Totes-Bingo suppliers who make cushions and totes have gotten more creative with the numerous patterns and styles. It is recommended that you get the ones with extra cushion padding for more bounce and softness, they also last longer. Get the ones with a Velcro pouch for a better grip on the chair. Totes with special compartments for specific bingo necessities such as your daubers and chips is always good deal. There are wide assortments of patterns and colors to choose from. Matching tote and cushions normally look better together.

6. Raffle Drums-Drums come in all shapes and sizes. The size is obviously the determining factor in getting a bingo raffle drum.

7. Ping Pong Cage-Stainless steel cages are recommended. These come with bingo balls.

8. Promotional Wheels- Most wheels are made of wood. It is highly recommended that if you decide to get a promotional wheel you get one made from plywood. Promotional wheels often become wobbly and discolored when made with regular wood. These have a very short life span. Get only the best promotional wheels. Wheels can be custom made base on promotion and target audience.

9. Electronic Equipment-These are much bigger investment. When you get electronic bingo equipment ensure that it is state of the art with a good warranty. These are more suited for bigger bingo establishments. Useful equipments include the Game pattern flashboards. They come in different sizes and show the amount to be won and last number called.

10. Bingo Starter Kits- Bingo Starter Kit is good for large and small bingo games. Most bingo kits have everything you need. These are a few things that your bingo starter kits should have, a cage set which includes the cage, bingo balls, a masterboard, bingo cards, chips, bingo paper that contains bingo sheets and bingo daubers.

These are just few of the things you will need for your bingo game. There is a wide variety of accessories available. Most bingo supplies can be customized to order specific to color, logo and themes.