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A Poker Forum wins the Tourney!

1st dnic24 Poker Forum Won all the links. Since he won, maybe they know what the hell they are talking about on that poker forum!

2nd tmwilson1 Tom Wilson Madison Web Design walked away with a cool $2000.

3rd ukpokerbuddies of uk poker buddies walked away with $1150 of free money.

4th Rustyskills from Lasik won $800.

5th gnarlygeezer of Home Mortgage Refinance scooped $600.

6th Wikcedfire Jon of Super Affiliate Marketing Blog made a nice $400.

It’s fitting that the owner of a poker forum spanked us all and took down the crown.

There will be another tourney in the not so distant future, so brush up on your poker skills at Full Tilt Poker and you could be crowned the next champion of the SEO Poker Tournament.

Added: and the poor sucker who couldn’t get past the bubble and finished in 7th was wangarific of Balance Transfer.

Participants List for SEO Poker Tournament

Full Tilt Poker, our gracious sponsor for the SEO Poker Tournament sponsor who is putting up an Extra $5000 for the SEO Poker Tournament, has a running list of the people who will compete in the SEO poker Tournament.

Registration will Close at 5:00 PM GMT tomorrow! So if you thought you signed up but don’t see yourself on the list (and you anted correctly), sign up again and send an email to:

seotourney@fulltiltpoker.com

See you at the tables!

Quality Links and Free Money: So what’s the Catch?

Every now and then you’ll find a service, idea, or product that is so great that you think it will “sell itself”. All you have to do is talk about some of the features and your prospect will just “get it”. No need to sell, it will sell itself – right?

Don’t believe it for a second.

No matter what you’re selling, “your customer needs a ton of rational reasons why this is a great deal, so he can give his wife, his buddies, and himself a good and plausible story supporting his buying decision.” –John Carlton.

Case and point is my recent SEO Poker Tournament announcement. To me, this was such a no-brainer that I thought we’d have a thousand sign-ups by now. To me, the benefits are so overwhelming and self-evident that I believed that everyone who read it would sign up instantly.

Boy was I mistaken.

Here we are more than a week after the announcement and only a handful of people have signed up. Sure, I could chalk it up to the fact that the tourney is not until March 24th, but I think the real failure was in the original pitch.

The benefits were not clearly defined. The pitch was too complicated: the call to action not strong enough.

So let’s have another go at it:

It Cost Nothing to Join!

The SEO poker tournament is basically free to enter. You don’t need any money in your full tilt poker account. There are no hidden costs. All you have to do is agree to link to the winner for year from your page rank 4 or higher site. If you have a Page Rank 6 site, that link can be one off the homepage like in your “about”, “contact”, or “fun stuff” page.

Extra $5000 thrown in for Free!

Maybe you don’t care about getting hundreds of backlinks from quality sites. Maybe you actually believe what rose water said:

“Tons of links with the same anchor text is worthless.”

Sure it is pal. That guy couldn’t even spell “SEO” with a 2-letter head start.

But let’s say you actually buy his “talking out of my ass with no testing to back up my claim” bullshit. You could still win your share of $5000 for placing in SEO Poker tournament. That’s 5000 FREE reasons to join. But if you still need convincing:

Rank for a Profitable Search Term!

You’re Page rank 4 or higher site already has some quality backlinks. Throwing an extra few hundred quality backlinks at your site has the potential to help you rank for something that can make you money – lots of money. Now, you can sit back and let this opportunity pass you by, or you can have some fun on a Saturday with the potential to help you put lots of money in the bank by signing up for the tournament. The decision is as close to a no-brainer as they come.

The SEO Poker Tournament Will Be FUN

No limit Texas Hold’em is fun. Playing poker with other SEOs and webmasters is a way for you kick back, talk trash, have fun and network with other successful webmasters.

Overcoming Objections

You probably dreamed up some kind of reason not to “do it fucking now” and sign up for the SEO poker tournament. So let’s walk through some of the common objections:

1. “I don’t Want to Link to a bad Neighborhood. “

Answer: The Winner Will Have a Quality Site.

Sure, page rank isn’t perfect – far from it. But the winner of the tournament will have at least a page rank 4. It’s not like you’re going to be linking into the dark and shady corners of the Internet; the winning site is not banned from Google. Google trusts the site enough to award it at least a page rank 4.

Plus, it’s unlikely that anyone would win the tournament only to point the links to a spam site; the life cycle of those sites is too short. The smart move is to throw those links at a white hat project and rake in the cash over the long haul. A link to a site like that out of all your quality outbound links is a drop in the bucket; but those drops could add up to something HUGE for the winner.

2. What if people don’t link to the Winner?

Answer: I doubt very many people would be stupid enough to welsh on a bet like this.

In Business, your biggest asset is your word, your credibility: your trust. If people don’t trust you, good luck making any business contacts or becoming successful. Why would anyone want to risk all that over a silly link?

3. “I suck at Poker”

Answer: Get a Ringer!

OK, you may not be that good at No limit Texas Hold’em. It’s a complicated game. But are you really telling me that you don’t have any friends that could play with you?!? We’re talking about potentially ranking for the search term of your choice or your share of $5000. Get a ringer!

Get someone who knows poker to come over your house to help you on every hand. If I didn’t know poker, it’s what I would do.

4. “I don’t want to link to 10s or 100s of sites.”

Answer: You only have to link to the 1 winner of the tournament

It’s not like we are anteing a link for every round of betting – that would get out of control very quickly. All you’re doing is anteing once to get into the tournament. Once you’re in, you stay in till you lose your all your chips, or you win the tournament and all the links.

5. “I’m lazy, What do I have to do to Sign up again?”

Answer: It’s simple, this is what you need to do:

1st: Just do a simple blog post and link to poker.seoblackhat.com saying you’re gonna play. Cut and paste this if you like:

I will be playing in the SEO <a href="http://poker.seoblackhat.com">Poker Tournament</a> on March 24th at 9:00 pm GMT.

It will take you at most 2 minutes; do it right now before you forget.

(no, really. Do it now.)

2nd Download the free full tilt poker software and sign up for an account. It’s 100% Free. I don’t care if you use my affiliate link or not; just get the poker client so you can play.

3rd Fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

It really is that simple.

Do Yourself a Favor . . .

and read this.

Sponsor Wanted for 2nd SEO Poker Tournament

We need a sponsor for the 2nd SEO poker tournament. The plan for how to do this one is absolutely amazing: I’m pretty sure nothing like it has ever been done before and it’s brilliant (if I do say so myself).

Last time around we had a few problems with the sponsors. The first one could not perform as they said they could and the 2nd asked that the name be removed after the tournament because of the “Black Hat” association. This after they contacted me to sponsor the event.

The setup for this next one will be incredible. Before we proceed, however, we need a sponsor with some balls. The Requirements for a Poker sponsor are:

1. To put up $5,000 for Cash Prizes.
2. A person dedicated to making sure the tournament goes smoothly (sign-ups, contact with players, and minor admin).
3. A Competitive Affiliate Program
4. A Webmaster Referral or “2 tier” Affiliate Program
5. A Kick ass poker site.

This one will be run differently from the last one and I have a strong sense that It will be absolutely huge.

If you’re a sponsor and are interested, please leave a comment on this post (which won’t be approved) and I’ll contact you.

Bill Frist’s Online Gambling Bann Bill Will Help Fund Terrorists

Presedential hopeful Bill Frist is real proud of himself. He was able to sneak in a bann on Internet Gambling on to a Port Security Bill about a half hour before that legislation was voted on.

Nice job Asshole. You just created an insentive that will help to fund terrorists. Cringley said it straight in his Friday column:

Any random group of 535 nerds is smarter than the 535 members of the U.S. Congress and able to circumvent ANY regulation if there is enough profit incentive to do so. Well the U.S. Congress has just created such an incentive where there was none before. And once these various payment schemes start appearing, what’s to say some of them can’t be equally used to finance terrorism? Of course they can be used for that purpose.

Thanks a lot Senator Frist.

Here’s a law that purports to end Internet gambling but will instead enable it, a law that is intended to make certain types of financial transactions harder to do but will ultimately make them easier, a law that says nothing about terrorism but will ultimately abet it, making us all less secure in the process.

There is, to my knowledge, no center for Al-Qaida hacking, nor is terrorism as an industry big enough to attract much third-party software development. But ally the interests of terrorists and Internet gamblers who all want to be paid, that’s a $20 billion incentive to corrupt the world financial system — an incentive that didn’t exist before last week.

With the profit motive now in place to create sophisticated underground payment processors – what do you think those vehicles will be used for? Funding terrorism.

This may have come up in discussions if the Senate had the opportunity to debate the bill on it’s own merits. Unfortunately, Bill Frist’s shady tactics did not allow for clean vote or debate on the issue. Are these the types of laws and legislative tactics we could expect more of from a Bill Frist Presidency?

“The government also will be able to ensure that website operators don’t provide links to gambling websites. -Bill Frist

Wonderful. That’s just what we need – the government telling us where we can and cannot link. How can this guy be from the same party that ran on a platform for smaller, less intrusive government to win the House in ’94?

Although Internet gambling did not have a prominent place on either party’s radar screen just a few years ago, its explosive growth and potential for damaging families made it a very important issue to me and many others in Congress.-Bill Frist

That. . .or maybe it was the billions of dollars you crooks on both sides of the isle raised from brick and mortar casinos. As always, the truth comes out when you follow the money.

On Slashdot, Hackstaw of Spamgormet had this very insightful comment:

In the US, I have noticed a trend since the 60s and 70s to make more “normal” things illegal, and it makes the tension between the system and the government and the people very high. Abraham Lincoln said it best:

“Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”

Which was then followed up by HS Thompson:

“In a closed society where everybody’s guilty, the only crime is getting caught. In a world of thieves, the only final sin is stupidity.”

So much is illegal, but its not “that illegal”, and that is crap. In societies where sex, alcohol, and drugs don’t have these insane and intense laws and taboos against them, they do less of them than here. In societies where pornography and nudity are more tolerated, they have much less rape, child abuse, and teenage pregnancies than we do. In societies where drugs are legal, they do less of them than we do. And the legal consequences keep getting more severe here.

Who do you think has it right? Bill Frist or Abraham Lincoln?

What The New Online Poker Ban Means to Affiliates

Here’s a very good write up on the Pending Online Poker ban (worth the read) by WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla. Here are some excerpts:

As to the impacts on poker and sportsbetting, this new law is going to be DEVASTATING. Especially for poker. . .

C. Online betting sites will likely not be able to post banner ads and links to gaming sites, especially those based inside the US. “Aiding and abetting” laws could result in arrest and prosecution for those who provide links to US residents. Poker magazines, online betting forums, and even MadJacks could suffer. I remain uncertain as to how severe this impact will be, especially at MadJacks. But for the hundreds of poker sites/sports sties and blogs out there that are dependent upon online poker and sportsbook advertising, many will go out of business. Once again, this might not seem a big issue to everyone, but these are the pioneers who are bringing in new poker players and sports bettors and when they dry up, the market shrinks and everyone is adversely affected.

D. Many sites use what are called affiliates. Persons who are affiliates and live inside the US will now be subject to arrest and prosecution, particularly those who do not block financial transactions from the US.

That’s some scary stuff. Of course, some people think that criminalizing people who play and affiliates who promote online poker is “Awesome”. You must voice your opinion and Vote this November to counteract the ignorant who think this is “Awesome.”

(for you non Americans, Awesome means Great or Fantastic in the United States).

Which Congressmen Voted To Make Online Poker Illegal?

The recent passage of the effective ban on Online Poker was attached to a Port Security Bill (As if online poker has anything to do with port Security!).

Are you pissed that the United States Congress took away your right to play poker online? Do you want to know “Did My Congressional Representative Vote to Bann Online Poker?”

While the Port Security Act which included the prohibition legislation was passed near unanimously in both the House and the Senate, the House did have a clean vote on the poker prohibition in July. This earlier vote from July on HR 4411 is a clean Vote on Poker Prohibition that tells us who voted to Make Online Poker Illegal in the United States. This vote was NOT attached to the Port Security Bill.

It’s October and the next elections are just around the corner. If you’re one of the 23 Million Americans that played Poker Online, send a message that it was not OK to Make online poker illegal. Make sure you are registered to vote, and Vote out the corrupt bastards that took away your personal liberty. We must establish a poker voting block.

The following is a list of members of the House of Representatives who either voted for an Internet Poker ban (Aye – Voted FOR an Internet Poker Ban) or against a ban on Internet Poker (Nay – Voted AGAINST the Internet Poker Ban).
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Poker Players Phone March on Capitol Hill

From the Poker Players Alliance:

The U.S. Senate is Seeking to Ban Online Poker
PPA Phone March on Capitol Hill Scheduled for Sept. 12

Dear PPA Member:

Your urgent action is needed! On September 12th the Poker Players Alliance with the support of leading poker blogs and forums, PocketFives.com, Wicked Chops Poker and others are organizing a “Phone March” on Capitol Hill. From 9:00 AM Eastern Time, until 5:30 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 12th, we are asking all PPA members and anyone interested in defending poker to call this toll free number, 800-289-1136 and be patched through to one of your two U.S. Senators in Washington D.C. When you call the 800 number you will hear a recording from fellow PPA member Greg “Fossilman” Raymer and then you will be prompted to enter your five digit zip code so you can be directed, free of charge, to your Senator’s office.

Note: The 800 number will only be active between 9:00 AM EST and 5:30 PM EST on Tuesday September 12.

Key points you should make:

* I am voter in your state.
* I strongly oppose any legislation that would prohibit online poker, and urge the Senator to vote against such legislation.
* Poker is a skill game enjoyed by 70 Million Americans.
* The Senator should seek to regulate online poker much like the government regulates other forms of gaming, like lotteries.
* Prohibitions don’t work. Any legislation that tries to ban online poker will only drive those players underground.
* Again, I urge the Senator to oppose any attempts to prohibit me from playing the great American game of poker on the Internet.

The threat to poker is real. Please forward this information to everyone you know who cares about poker and an American’s freedom to use the Internet. We need everyone possible to make their voice heard on September 12th!

Sincerely,

Michael Bolcerek
President
Poker Players Alliance

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USA Hypocrisy, The WTO, and Internet Gambling Law

We’ve discussed the United States hypocrisy on Internet Gambling before, but this story from the Washington Post really takes the cake.

The story is a fascinating read – well worth dealing with the fact that it is annoying split up into 3 pages. In a nutshell, Antigua filed a World Trade Organization suit against the United States for trade treaty violations following the 2004 prosecution and conviction of an Antigua Internet Sports Book owner.

Antigua won the suit but the U.S. has thus far ignored the ruling.

The WTO cannot force a country to do anything. Even if found guilty, a country can refuse to change its trade practices. The WTO largely enforces its rulings by giving the victorious country the right to impose punitive duties on the loser’s products.

That enforcement mechanism works for big, rich countries such as the United States because other nations fear losing the vast U.S. market. But Antigua’s economy is so tiny that few U.S. companies would notice.

“The WTO gives the little guys clout, but it cannot guarantee symmetry of justice,” said Claude Barfield, a trade expert at the American Enterprise Institute.

So the Antiguans plan to ask the WTO for the right to impose sanctions that would hurt — namely, permission to copy and export U.S.-made DVDs, CDs and similar material. Hollywood is not amused.

From the article, it seems that this case may have been the impetus for the recent push for an Internet Gambling ban. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement act was approved by the House of Representatives 317-93 on July 11, 2006. Although it has passed the house, perhaps the Republicans in the Senate will realize that alienating 23 million online poker players while the President’s approval rating hovers around 30% might not be the best political strategy.

What can you do? Well, if you believe that individual liberty should win out over government intrusion, if you want a smaller government instead of a Big Brother Nanny State, or if you’re just sick of all the bad laws that have been passed lately then call your Senator today.

Tell him to get his head out of his ass long enough to stop this bad legislation from becoming law. Tell him if he doesn’t, you and your 40 beer drinking buddies, who normally never bother to vote, are going to make it a point to vote againts his party down the line this November.