An idea - what do you think?
Alright, so the whole daily deals, group buying sites like Groupon, Living Social have become really popular. I was thinking the other day, what if someone used this to create a site where people could find live poker games
, buy in through the site, but then use the group buying aspect to guarantee a certain number of players. For instance, if you need 100 players to justify a tournament, then once a 100 players sign up the event is on, otherwise the event is cancelled and everyone is refunded.
Could be a cool way to be used for freerolls
or online tournaments where each person would receive a unique password into the tournament that could only be redeemed once, that way people can't buy into a tournament and then share the password with friends. And also, it could help guarantee there's enough players to justify payouts and prize money, because if the minimum number of players isn't met then no one receives their passwords. I would do something like this myself, but the whole US legality and getting money transferred would be problematic. I tried building something that incorporated PayPal
and got it up and running, but then I decided I didn't want to risk it with PayPal because they don't (and all the other payment processors included) don't allow purchases for online gambling or any other tournament with prizes.
But I still think the concepts interesting. What do you think? Should I proceed with the design of the site myself, but just take away the PayPal aspect of it and use it just for freerolls or local poker games. People could set up their own tournaments on the site and email them to poker players in the area - of course in a lot of states private poker is also illegal. In concept, it sounds like a cool idea to me, and I have the ability to do it - save for setting up freerolls with multiple passwords on a poker room, but I'm just afraid the whole legality of it could be pretty sticky situation.