Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Shot Heard Round The World

I contacted Pauly about seven months ago about the idea. I sent him a cryptic email about how if someone fired the shot heard round the world where would it be heard the loudest? Definitely not on my site that's for sure. I had met Pauly twice in person before that point. Once at my first blogger gathering in the summer of 2006. Later when I came back to play in my first WSOP event shortly there after. When I met him the first time he said that he knew of me and was very gracious. Not really sure if he did. It must be tough being him. When I was just out of high school I used to DJ and would do parties pretty much every weekend. Everyone knew me by name, but for me it was tough remembering everyones name who "knew" me. I have never been great with names unfortunately. For Pauly it must be like a 1000 times worse. I mean, tens of thousands of people know and love this guy, and he is supposed to remember everyone by name. When I somehow found him in the expansive halls of the Rio, he asked me my table number, and came by and took a photo for his blog. What a great guy!

So I had this idea. A web idea. I knew it could be really big. It was an epiphany that hit as I was reading the UIGEA. I have always been waiting for that big idea to build a business around and there was no doubt that this was it. But a web idea ain't worth shit unless you can get some eyeballs to the site. My pathetic little blog would not do. Not even close. So I leaned on Pauly, someone that I had barely even met, to assure me that this would work and we could get the word out. That's the type of assurance that you need before you invest many months of your life and tens of thousands of dollars in search of the American Dream. And the timing would be good to. The whole industry is in flux as a result of the UIGEA, and what I did is going to plug a huge gap that has been created. So what did I do? What did I invent?

I invented a new way of playing Fantasy Sports. A way that would be 100% legal in the good ol U.S. of A, yet at the same time provide the action fix that people will need as all of the other offerings get pulled away and criminalized. This is something the poker blogger community can appreciate for a couple of reasons. First, most of you like to bet on sports and while this is technically not betting or wagering, it is pretty hard to tell the difference. Secondly, all of this was made legal by the bill that made transferring funds to online poker sites and sportsbooks next to impossible. You can thank Bill Frist himself for making a website like this possible. There is no way me or anyone else would have had the balls to do this before the UIGEA, although you possibly could have gotten away with it. The UIGEA clarifies everything on Fantasy Sports and makes something like this possible.

So I bring to you a website that compresses the Fantasy Sports experience to just a few action packed hours, offers you the ability to profit long-term from your sports knowledge, and eliminates all of the hassles of standard fantasy sports offerings like season long commitments, fees for adjusting your rooster, waiver wires, free agents, trades...

I bring to you FantasySportsLive.com

Just choose your stakes, draft a team of starters from the contest's games, and test your sports knowledge against others from around the country. We run the contests like sit and goes. They form up real-time, and close when the maximum entries are registered. Players then have until the start time to complete their draft. Once the contest starts, you can see the fantasy players on the teams you are against and a leaderboard shows the real-time contest standings. Also, by law all of our cash prizes are guaranteed. If we don't get the maximum entries it is like an overlay for those that are entered.

What I did was rewrite the rules of fantasy sports. I hope you enjoy the results. You can click through on the web ad or use bonus code "Blinders" for a $10 instant bonus on a $50 initial deposit, or $20 for $100, or $30 for $200. It is a no obligation bonus to try the site out with. You just need to use it before making a withdrawal or we take it back. Seems fair right? So check us out. We also have an affiliate program that works like rakeback. If you think you can drive some players to the site, sign up as an affiliate and join in on the profits. The whole plan is to seed the site with this community and by word of mouth to friends and family. When football season starts in August, the marketing effort will get much more mainstream.

Oh, yeah. Before I forget, I have to thank Mr. Joe Speaker. I really wanted the site to be different then what is industry standard. I wanted an edge, but not the typical T&A card that is always played. Not that I am against that, and we may go there at some point. I just did not want some dumb bimbo being the image of a website that is all about sports knowledge, and sports action. So I spun it more from a humorous, yet knowledgeable sports perspective and Joe was absolutely perfect for this. His stamp is all over the site from the FAQs to the Tour to the about us, and he did a great job.

Lastly, my props out to mookie who hooked me up with the web ad that to me easily holds its own when lined up against the big poker sites.

Enough with the hype go check the site out, and lets me know what you think.

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20 Comments:

At 7:05 AM, Blogger Lifesagrind said...

Congratulations on the site launch!
I wish you the best and hope it becomes a successful endeavor for you.

 
At 7:21 AM, Blogger Buddy Dank said...

Very interesting. Now if I only knew something about baseball.
Count me in during football season though.
A fantasy football sng sounds very cool.

 
At 8:20 AM, Blogger Buddy Dank said...

Not available in Iowa. Dang it!
Looks like I'm going to have to move.

 
At 9:12 AM, Blogger Blinders said...

Most of the populous states are allowed. We legally could take your enrty fee, but you would not be able to win prizes, and that would not be as much fun I don't think. Probably some workarounds availiable for those willing to try, but don't tell me about it.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Wippy1313 said...

Brilliant...I'll be touting it to all my fantasy buddies...

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

Congrats for sure. Thanks for brining me in on the gorund floor!

 
At 12:16 PM, Blogger Wheezy said...

I've never been so pissed about not having the ol' TGOD any longer. I could have sent tens of people.

TENS!!!

Congrats and Good Luck! I'll let you know how much I like it once I get on and lose a few times.

 
At 12:46 PM, Blogger Schaubs said...

I'll give it a shot. Congrats to you and your crew for such an innovative idea. I really hope it takes off. I'll do my best to hype it to friends and family and will provide a link on my blog (although traffic is juuuust starting to pick up now).

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Schaubs said...

Wait. I just went to sign up and there is nothing available for the Canadian folks. You can only select a US State, no provinces or selection area to say you are Canadian. I want to sign up, but want to do it right the first time.

 
At 2:12 PM, Blogger Blinders said...

schuabs,

We can legally allow Canadians to use the website (except Quebec). Unfortunatley, we don't have the sign-up for Canadian's integrated yet. Probably no more than a month away. If you drop an email to support, I will see if we can get you in now, manually.

 
At 3:12 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Long time reader, first time commenter. This is absolutely brilliant! I'll definitely be playing once football and especially basketball start back up. Nice work and congrats!

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger ZeRat11 said...

Great idea. Good luck with site. I'm sure I'll be playing.

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Wippy1313 said...

Pimped it in my blog...are you guys doing any kind of affiliate program? Would be happy to help you out.

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger Blinders said...

wippy,

There is a link to affiliate FAQs on the bottom of the home page. If you like what you see, open an account (no dep req), and send an email to support with the bonus code that you want. We would love to have you.

 
At 12:53 AM, Blogger smokkee said...

i freakin PWN fantasy sports


beeeYOOOOTCCHHHH !

 
At 9:20 AM, Blogger CarmenSinCity said...

I don't know anything about fantasy anything - but congratulations, good luck, and I'll be sure to pimp you guys in the coming weeks!!

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Irongirl01 said...

Congrats Blinders on the site launch and best wishes.. I know nothing about Baseball but more then hold my own in Football and College Basketball.

Nice meeting you at the blogger tourney even though I spent most of the time i was seated next to you on the phone trying to figure out where my Main Event tourney disappeared too on Bodog.

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger CEMfromMD said...

Congrats on the site. I look to deposit in early July once I get back from the WSOP. I see from one of your earlier posts that you are going to play in Event 49, which is the same as I am going to play in. Let me know when you get to Vegas, would be cool to meet another blogger!

 
At 6:22 AM, Blogger Blinders said...

I am in Vegas now, but I think I am going to pass on the Saturday WSOP donk-fest. I just went 6 1/2 hours deep at the Venitian nightly MTT, and don't think I mentally have another run like that in me.

I think several of us bloggers who are in town will be playing cash games all day Friday at Belaggio. Stop by if you can.

 
At 7:20 AM, Blogger Chipper said...

Awesome idea Blinders. I've looked around and you definitely have one of the first to market with this kind of idea. Nice work! I'm a fantasy baseball newb but come football season I think I will definitely try this out. I'll pimp your site from my blog and try to rustle up some customers for you. Grats on the launch!

 

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