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[Method] My old Poker Tournaments method

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by dr4pes, May 9, 2016.

  1. dr4pes

    dr4pes Newbie

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    This poker method was my first method that I came up with on my own and made decent money out of. It is a method that I was using back in 2009 or so before the shit hit the fan for online poker sites in the US. There are several twists that can be made to make this viable again with some imagination and a little work. If nothing else, I think this is a niche that get's overlooked quite often as over-saturated/too competitive. But it can be very profitable with a little ingenuity. Hell, this may even still work with non-us traffic as several other major countries can still play online poker for real money. I'm not going to include any affiliate links or anything like that in here, this is just something I wanted to share and maybe spark an old idea I profited heavily off of into something new for someone.


    So the main poker platform I used was Full Tilt Poker, simply because it was the software I was most comfortable with. Any poker site that allows you to host your own tournaments will work for this. The beauty of tournaments on Full Tilt was there was a dedicated section for "player hosted" tournaments that would allow you to place a description, as well as name for your room. I had a website setup with instructions on how to gain entry to the tournament (a CPA offer) and put just had the password for the tournament behind a content locker.


    For traffic, and this was the best part, people on these poker sites always want to enter the free tournaments with real cash prizes. So you setup a tournament for $30 or so. Make the prizes tiered ($15 for first, $10 for second, and $5 for third) and make put the title as "free tournament for website.com members" or something similar. Lastly, the description just make a nice call to action to get new members to your website. You can go around to other poker forums and advertise your tournament too to get additional signups.


    I took it a little further and made a community out of it. Set up a forum for people to chat and post topics, started tournaments on other poker sites to gain traffic from those platforms too. I would run 2 - 4 tournaments a week, all they would have to do is complete a CPA offer and they were guaranteed entry. What I enjoyed most was being able to participate in the tournaments myself to try and win my own money back. Sometimes I would finish in the money and sometimes I wouldn't, but I had a lot of fun doing it while it lasted.

    I ran a lot of tests, figuring out bigger rewards bringing in more traffic, different times of days, etc. I think the biggest I did was a $1000 tournament that netted me juts under $3k. But I had the most success doing $75 - $100 and those returning $400 - $500 after I built up the community for it.

    Once a couple of the poker sites took off with my money, I dropped the method. Like I stated originally, this is my personal method used close to 7 - 8 years ago, so your mileage may definitely vary. Hopefully this can help someone make something from it and I didn't just waste my time writing all this up.
     
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  2. Thrive420

    Thrive420 Registered Member

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    wow well done!!! Congrat !

    Poker websites are ok with locking content / incentive offert / thing like this ? or the CPA offert was activated after X day ? No complain from players about the CPA offer ?

    Not sure I got it ? You mean the investment for the tournament ??

    Btw great share here!
     
  3. laowai

    laowai Power Member

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    I was wondering same, players or poker sites didn't complain about the CPA offers?
    When you had community around this method you didn't had problem that someone shared the password to other players?
     
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    I think this can be twisted in a few ways. Thanks for the share.
     
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    Cudnt agree anymore!
     
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    Thanx for the share OP. Hope things are good your way. cheers
     
  7. UptonGoodwin

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    If it was today, I'm sure they would shut that down FAST. But being 6-7 years ago, I'm sure they didn't care that much. One or two people making money off something like this would have been a grain of sand on a beach for what the poker sites were doing in the 2000s before online poker was banned in the United States thanks to corrupt politics.
     
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  8. dr4pes

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    The poker sites didn't care, they just host a tournament. They wouldn't even know unless someone would report it to them. But even then they probably wouldn't care.

    As far as players, there were some that were resistant to it. But I was very open with them about these advertisers were funding these tournaments. I would always just try to get the easiest offers I could that were incent friendly, and that helped conversions.

    There were definitely some who would share the passwords. But it would just lower the prize pool for the next one. I told them that the prize pools were dependant on advertuser funding and player interest from previous games. I had a few people that would do multiple offers to get a bigger jackpot going, so it would balance out to an extent.
     
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    Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. laowai

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    It was quite genius idea to tell openly that funding was tied with offers. I think that it has been the key factor to make it work.

    I'm planning to try something similar soon when I get free time for a new project.
     
  11. Akilius

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    I really enjoy see what ideas people have in their mind :D! nice ! hehe good job