This just in: PurePlay, an online poker site, has announced an upcoming tournament which will dish out $5,000 to the big winner and $10,000 overall. Not bad, ay? With somewhere between hundreds and thousands of online gambling sites, what makes this newsworthy?
Well, if you read this company’s website, they have as much to do with gambling as I do with Scarlett Johansson (sadly, nothing). Huh? How’s THAT work? By charging its players a flat membership fee ($20/month), they take the risk of loss out of the picture yet they still manage to dish out cash prizes to winners of these games.
This blog just got a lot more interesting…
Ok, ok, I see where they’re going with this…wait, no, I don’t. Their site also says that they’ve given away $2.7 million. My first thought was “where the heck is this money COMING from?” Millions of $20 subscribers? There are no advertisements on the site. Hmmm…
A quick Google search revealed some less-than-flattering comments about PurePlay. “Art”on RipOffReport.com was charged before his free trial period ended, then was not only unable to get in touch with anyone by phone but also unable to even find any employee names associated with their company’s registered domain in the publicly accessible domain records online.
Appended to an interview with PurePlay’s CEO on PartTimePokerNews.com were comments from other users. “Tony” questioned the legitimacy of the site’s software, specifically the terrible hands he was dealt time after time. While I won’t confirm or deny this experience, I also can’t say I’m terribly surprised. In this article about choosing the best online casinos, the author notes the importance of the gaming software. Not only do we not know what software PurePlay uses, unlike every major gaming site, there is no indication on their home page as to what it is or even that it’s trustworthy.
Last example: “Newshound” on AssociatedContent.com experienced a level of play that was different from offline poker or even online games where players’ money is at stake. With nothing to lose, everyone goes all in regardless of what they have in their hands, knowing that they can simply join another game if they lose. They also didn’t make the payout easy with him having to send a copy of his drivers license.
Strike…well, let’s call it a foul ball.
Based on the player feedback thus far, the count is not in favor of PurePlay right now. As the old saying goes, caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware…even if it’s only $20 worth. Now about that Scarlett..