Missing the point of promoting traffic in sites completely.
This is not about *begging for dollars*
but rather giving people that do not play in these qualifiers
a reason to come.Coax them into participating!It is a comon misconception among *serious* poker players the value and promotional power of free entries and freerolls.Very recently partypoker decided to maintain & grow their base of recreational players to drive traffic to their site. They started with 2000 player capped freerolls with $500 thrown in the prize fund, paying the top 220 winners. Yes, we *are* talking about 220th place making 85 cents or so
.Partypoker ran about 24 of them every day. Once they all started getting capped, they INCREASED the cap, first to 2500, then 3000, then 3500, ... you get the picture. Today they are capped at 7100 players, and have anywhere from $200 to $400 thrown in.Cost to site = 24 x $500 = $12,000 a day.Number of players => 24 x 7100 = 170,400 but some players play in multiple events, so let us say 50,000 individual players. Even if only 1% start playing at partypoker regularly given the income per median player partypoker is ahead.Very rough numbers, so don't slinging a rope over a branch for the hanging.The point I am making is that the idea of giving away small entries and running an aggressive freeroll program works. In retail, the idea is get people into a store, then a percentage will buy something.Poker sites are creating and pushing communities to bring basic recreational players in, with the idea that some of them will stay and play.The good players (unless bored or broke
) just don't play in them, preferring entry fee tournaments with real prizes. I came in 4th in a 7,000 player freeroll (I was bored
) and made a few dollars, ... literally. Enough to buy a newspaper ... lol. I had to wade (for hours!) through a sea of wild squirrel poker players before the game started getting reasonable at say, 200 players. The next day I came to my senses and entered a $20 Limit Holdem tournament with no more than 350 players. It was tougher, it did not take as long, & my 11th place finish was a hell of a lot better!So it is not about coming up with the cash, you are right, anyone can come up with $1 to play. The real challenge is getting them to participate.