A couple weeks back a few of us here were discussing setting up a poker tourney online. The idea was a private tournament, not big buy ins, and just basically like a little home game for us. This was right around the time the US DOJ destroyed the American online poker industry, and I suggested that playing in an American site (Poker Stars, Full Tilt etc) would be unwise do to the possibility of them having some financial hardship. So I pinged my friend Liz who I've known for some time and is the marketing face/notable pro for a European site. She asked a few questions and they've contacted me indicating some interest in setting this up, but before I go further I'm going to need some facts and input. Ima go below the jump.
1: First off, buy in. My thought is have regular (weekly, maybe?) tournament with a small buy in. By small, I mean like 5-10 dollars, no more (well plus rake, so 6-11) freeze out tournament. A freeze out just means that when you lose your chips, your done. The buy in's are put into the prizes which will depend on number of entries; generally 6 or less would have a 1st and a second, 6-18 would have 3, 19 to 27 4 etc. I would think we'd likely be small to begin with. Put some thoughts on that in the comments. We don't want to make it exclusionary, and some people don't want to put 50 or a hundred bux into an online site.
2: Frequency. It would be cool if we could commit to a weekly game...we don't need the same people every week, but we would need at least 4 or 5 players every week. Think we could do that?
3: Where you live. Sorry Yankee, Bean, etc...you guys aren't legally allowed to play and can't even download euro sites. This would unfortunately be limited to Canadians and Eur-asians. Kinda kicks my comment about being exclusionary in the jimmies. But it's legislation, not bias.
4: Time of game. If we get alot of easterners and euro's, this definitely affects the time we could play. I was part of a regular home game on FTP that used to play at 6PM pacific, which seemed to work well for easterners and westerners. The nature of this type of tournament is that they tend to go fairly quickly and don't end super late for easterners...however euro's becomes a whole different logistical nightmare. But solvable.
5: Most importantly, interest level. It looks like Chili is willing to set this up, but they are doing something special for us. So show of hands: who'd be interested? I'm not asking for commitment, I'm asking for interest level. If it's just me and section, it will not be all that tenable an idea.