So as the title suggests, what if you could play cash games on this site but instead of using cash you use reputation.
I'm mainly suggesting NLH and PLO.
- Could encourage activity on the site to help it grow.
- Gives additional weight to the reputation e.g. players with more reputation are arguably more skilled players, thus likely to have more experience to offer.
- Could be a fun and interactive element that makes this StackExchange unique.
I would suggest 1/2 rep games with a minimum sit-down of 100. Also, you would need say 500 reputation to play at all.
It's probably a crazy idea with a lot of development work required, limited servers and limited players with 500 rep plus, but it certainly would be interesting!
Another point: I think it would be best if the game was not in real-time.
So in other words, you would post your decision (check, fold, raise) within 24 hours. This could encourage users to continue to browse the site, answering and editing posts, etc, and would limit the strain on servers greatly when compared to real-time.
It also encourages users to engage with the site potentially over months to get a large number of hands in. Finally it reduces the chance of players blowing their rep within a short period of time.
Buy-ins and Number of Tables:
When you "buy-in" to a game it would be like bounty where the reputation is locked in. When you cash out it would be added to what you currently have.
Also, to prevent people focusing too much on the site games, you could have a limit of one table per 500 rep.