Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Poker Team Bankroll: What's the deal?
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I think it's safe to say that the right way to become a real professional poker player is to play a lot of live poker for a long time, learn everything you can from experience and other players, build your bankroll, invest wisely and start cashing in bigger and bigger tournaments. Don't kid yourself, it's not an easy thing to do. But what if you could do it as a team with your friends? This is the idea behind Poker Team Bankroll (PTB)...   read more
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What is this web site all about?

The Long:

The idea was spawned as my friend and I were talking during a car ride down to Atlantic City for a poker tournament over a year ago. He said to me, "We should get everyone in our home game to pool our money together so we can play in big tournaments like a World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event!" That was all it took to get the wheels spinning.

The very next week I drafted up the concept on paper so all of the home game players could get on the same page. I laid it out for everyone. Our team goal was to put together enough money for one $10,000 buyin to the WSOP Main Event for one of us, plus $1,000 for 1 Main Event Satellite buyin for a second player, plus $2,000 for travel, food and lodging expenses for both. $13,000 in all.

In order to reach our goal, we were going to follow this plan...
Any profit made in our home game could be contributed to our team bankroll in exchange for an equal number of points. I would collect the money from each player and record an equal number of points on paper (e.g. $82 profit contributed = 82 points recorded). I then put the money in a savings account that I set up just for this. We did this every week - and we still do. Anyway, every week, profits are contributed and points are given. And it adds up quickly!

The idea is, when we reach our goal, whoever has the most points will take $11,000 from the bankroll and use it to travel to Las Vegas to play in in the World Series of Poker Main Event, poker's most prestigious tournament. Our team member with the 2nd most number of points will take $2,000 from the bankroll, travel to Las Vegas and play in a satellite tournament to try to win a seat in the Main Event. If that player wins a seat, then the team will have 2 players in the Main Event, thereby doubling our chances of cashing.

Here's the best part, and you may have guessed it already, but, if either player cashes any money in the Main Event, everyone who contributed to the team bankroll will be paid out according to their percentage of contributions. For example, if the point leader, who contributed $3,500 in profits to the team bankroll, which is 27% of $13,000, cashes $100,000 in the tournament, he or she wins $27,000. The rest is paid out accordingly.

What this means is that everyone has a shot to win big money, regardless of how much you contribute. Take this hypothetical example: Player B has the least amount of points contributed (130), which translates to a 1% share in the bankroll. If the point leader wins the WSOP Main Event and cashes $10 million, player B wins $100,000. Not bad for a $130 investment!

So here's where the web site comes in. I got tired of recording everything on paper, and so, being a webmaster, I decided that the best way to keep track of all of our activity would be online. That way, everything got recorded safe and sound, anyone on the team could easily check their statistics at any time, and everyone would always know where they stood with respect to the goal. We started recording and tracking every single buyin, cashout and contribution for every weekly home game on the website.

From there I starting adding features like a message board, photos, avatars, event selection, goal management, team management, emailing and more. It became so useful and so integral to our team that I decided to put it out there for the entire world to use.

The Short:

Team members can contribute any amount of their profits made during your home game to your team bankroll in exchange for an equal number of points. Those contributions are safeguarded, or most likely deposited in a savings account. When your team reaches its bankroll goal, the player (or players) with the most points takes the bankroll and uses it to buy in to the casino poker tournament that was chosen as your goal. If any of the players representing your team cashes money in the tournament, the winnings are distributed amongst the players who contributed to the bankroll. The winnings are paid out according to each players contribution percentage. For example, if the point leader, who contributed $3,500 in profits to the $13,000 team bankroll, which is 27%, cashes $100,000 in the tournament, he or she wins $27,000. The rest is paid out accordingly.

What this means is that everyone has a shot to win big money, regardless of how much you contribute. Take this hypothetical example: Player B has the least amount of points contributed (130), which translates to a 1% share in the bankroll. If the point leader wins the WSOP Main Event and cashes $10 million, player B wins $100,000. Not bad for a $130 investment!

So here's where the web site comes in. This site provides all the tools needed to create, manage and communicate (email) with your team. Features include the ability to find and add casino poker tournaments to set as your team goals, download printable cash game and tournament worksheets, add cash game and tournament results, view all game result histories, view team and individual stats, upload a team logo and photo, and administer posted photos and comments. Team members can distribute their contribution points as they see fit, post and reply to messages on the team message board, upload photos, create/change their avatars, manage their personal info, find/connect with other teams and more.

Now anyone can join pokerteambankroll.com and use it to turn their home game into a big tournament team effort - and transform their home game players into poker super stars!
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Does it cost anything?

No. While we believe that pokerteambankroll.com provides a valuable service helping amateur poker players amass giant bankrolls and buy in to major tournaments as a team, at this time we are not charging a single cent. We are relying on user donations and meager ad revenues to keep the site alive, so all we ask is that you consider making a donation at some point, although all donations are strictly voluntary.

What is the difference between my Player Portal and my Team Portal?

Simply put, your Player Portal contains everything about you specifically whereas your Team Portal contains everything related to your team's activity as a whole.

In your Player Portal, you are able to view your stats and distribute your bankroll contributions amongst your team tournament goals, create/change your avatar, view and modify your personal information, switch between your teams, view your subscription details and make a donation (if you are awesome).

In your team portal, you will be able to view your team members, your current and completed team goals and standings, all game result histories, view team and individual stats, upload a team logo/photo and administer posted photos and comments (if you are an administrator). Team members can post and reply to messages on the team message board and view and upload photos.

Here are some links to examples of detailed screen shots of both the player and the team portal:
screen shot - player portal            screen shot - team portal

Where can I get advice on how to host and run a no-limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament in my home?

We recommend Home Poker Tourney
http://www.homepokertourney.com

HomePokerTourney.com is your one-stop source for all the advice and information you'll ever need to host a No-limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament in your home. They will guide you through the buyin, how many poker chips to issue each player and how to seat and move players. They'll calculate your blinds schedule so that your poker tournament ends when you want it to end. They even have a free poker blinds timer that you can use to time your blinds. HomePokerTourney.com is the internet's best source for poker rules including Robert's Rules of Poker, dealer errors, and more. They have instructions on how to deal Texas Hold'em and help with button placement, betting, raising and all-in bets. You can download and print poker rules, poker blinds schedules and various other posters to hang on the wall during your game.

Where can I find out about the legality of hosting and playing in a home game in my (U.S.) state?

The best place we have found to determine if hosting and/or playing in a home poker game is legal in your U.S. state is Gambling-Law-US.com. The site contains an easy to read chart containing every state and its respective anti-gambling laws for social gambling, "simple" and "aggravated" gambling (explained on the site), and internet gambling. A home poker game, where the host does not take a rake, would fall under the category of social gambling.

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