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The Surprising Story of Poker League Franchise

It was the afternoon of Tuesday, April 13, 2004 when I received a phone call that would forever change the course of history. It was my business partner Spry. He excitedly told me he had talked to Jeffrey's Sports Bar in Suwanee, GA about hosting a Texas Hold 'Em Tournament that next Tuesday night and they bought in. Awesome!

APC Lands Opening Night Full House

We had no idea how our take on the pub poker league concept would be receivedĀ and how many people would show up that first night. A lot of marketing was done throughout the week, online and at the venue, leading up to the game, so we were hopeful for a decent turnout. Maybe 20? 25? When we pulled into the venue, 90 minutes before the game and 45 minutes before signup, the parking lot was packed. When we walked inside, over 50 players were awaiting our arrival.

We had been talking about ways to promote our online poker sites, and a poker league was on the list. It turned out to be a good promotion for our websites, but would turn out to be an even better business model. A free pub poker league that would become the Atlanta Poker Club and first official Poker League Franchise.

I took the first shift as opening night dealer, despite not having any professional poker dealing experience. Nobody on that opening night crew did. We didn't know any local poker dealers either. So, we did with what we had at the time. Our own personal, hands on experience received in home games and the like. Plus we had a few hours practice the night before in Spry's garage, where the original idea had come to be. It would have to work for that night, but even before that first event we saw the need for experienced poker dealers.

April 20, 2004: Brad Fuller deals to members of the Atlanta Poker Club at their first event.

April 20, 2004 - Brad Fuller deals to members of the Atlanta Poker Club

I was also responsible for managing several other aspects of our new pub poker league including:

  • collecting all the tournament paperwork and payments
  • processing points based on player finish positions
  • processing payroll for dealers and tournament directors
  • administering the league website
  • book keeping & accounting

Each day after a game night, I would meet up with the Tournament Directors to collect paperwork and payments. I'd then return to the office to enter the information into an excel spreadsheet. In April of 2004 the APC began with 1 event a week. So, tracking the player sign-ups, player finish positions, the hours for dealers and TD's and then processing that information, wasn't really that difficult or time consuming.

But, cut to today where the APC now has over 240 events a month and only an online service with a powerful poker league management software like Poker League Software with Poker Leaderboards is able to handle this level of poker league management with such ease, efficiency, reliability and security.

I knew as we started to grow our league, that it would become a full time job to keep up with all of the information. And it would be nearly impossible to keep track of unless the process was automated and streamlined. So I decided to design the software that is now the back-bone of the Poker Leaderboards online service.

I also knew that if our pub poker league needed this tool for success, then other leagues would need it too. So I designed it for our league, but also so other leagues could use it.

Several engineers, designers and programmers have contributed to the project, now with dedicated software developers, programmers and graphic design team, always on the ready for improvements, fixes and updates.

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Thanks for your support and the kind words about what Poker Leaderboards has done for your poker league. Please continue to send in suggestions for it's improvement.

+Brad Fuller

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