Think of the Beta as like a crash-test for our app. We know how the app should work and we know what we want to see but, in the real world, things don’t always go according to plan. The Beta is our chance to test an advanced version of the app with lots of people. There’ll be bugs and problems – and we want to iron them all out before we launch the app officially.
We’d love this Beta to be a two-way conversation. If we mess up, we want you to tell us on Facebook (including via Messenger) or Reddit, or by emailing us. If you’ve got good ideas for improvement, we’ll take those ideas and make our app better. We will consider all your suggestions – and feed the best ones back into the app in real-time. You don’t have to provide any feedback, but we’re really keen to build the ultimate app for the Sport of Poker and would love your help, your ideas and your insight.
We don’t know yet. We’ll keep introducing exciting features throughout the Beta period with the hope that, one day pretty soon, we’ll be able to take a step back and look at an amazing app that we’re all very proud of. When this day comes, the Beta will end and Match Poker Online™ will become a fully-fledged app. All our Beta testers will be given exclusive rewards to be redeemed in the full app as a thank-you present. Birds will sing and the stars will shine, for we will be one step closer to our ultimate goal.
Where Match Poker is different is that we will have a database of millions of hands that have been played thousands of times before. Every hand you play is us dealing one of these hands to your table at random – not only your cards, but also your opponents’ cards, and the flop, turn and river.
Every time your opponent gets that lucky card on the river that cracks your top pair, instead of being crushed, you won’t even be affected. This is because the number of chips you win at your table doesn’t define your result. What we care about is how well you performed relative to the people who have already played this hand.
If you lose a hand, but lose fewer chips than your predecessors did in that hand, you win Rating Points (RP) and improve your world ranking.
If you win a hand, but you performed worse than your predecessors, you’ll lose Rating Points.
All that matters is how you many chips you won or lost relative to those who played this same hand before from your position.
No. Match Poker Online™ is not a gambling app. Match Poker Online ensures that the sport of Match Poker will be an intellectual pursuit – a mind sport – by eliminating gambling elements inherent in poker, in the following way:
The app is free and play on the app is free.
Scoring of Match Poker is not in terms of chips or betting units won. Rather, every result will simply be in terms of how a player’s rating improved or fell as a result of his/her play.
Unlike all other forms of poker, a player’s results don’t rely significantly on the hand they are dealt – i.e. chance. Instead they are judged on how they played those cards, comparing their play to everyone else who has played the same cards.
Not in the way you think. Match Poker Online ™ does not sanction or allow any form of gambling (see question above).
But our answer isn’t ‘No’. The interest that the players would have, money-wise, is the same as any other sport. For example, think about those who play at a national or international level – they make lots of money from sponsorship and winning tournaments, like all professional sportspeople. We anticipate that professional poker players will be able to do the same from obtaining a high ranking in our app and taking that to national and international Match Poker competitions.
Yes. We believe a true poker experience involves having real people at your table, so we will seat you at tables with real players, even though your true opponents are those who are playing this hand at other tables from the same position as you – as opposed to those currently at your table.