Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Freeroll Freeloaders

Tuesday 25th January saw the monthly $500 Tetleyboy Freeroll take place on Betfred.

It’s an event that has been taking place for maybe 18 months now and proves very popular with the players.

Even though just over 100 players are actually eligible to play, there is generally a field of around 40 that actually take the time to register and play.

There is no minimum requirement for rake to allow players to become eligible for the event, only that they needed to have opened their Betfred account under our link.

However, this month we noticed a field of around 80 with about 2 hours to go before the start.

We asked Betfred to look into this and, sure enough, they found a number of entrants with ‘suspicious characteristics’ associated with their account.

Identical IP addresses or a sudden extra number of players from a certain country.

27 players were removed and, to our knowledge, only 1 of those maybe should not have been.

At least, only one bothered to contact us to query why he had been removed from the list.

It just goes to show that we need to be vigilant with these sorts of events.

There are sites dedicated to finding these freerolls and publishing them to members to participate.

We knew this sort of thing happened but had no idea that the lowly ’Tetleyboy Freeroll’ would attract so much attention.

In fact, just last month, when the event was posted on the Tournament schedule on Betfred and open for registration, we looked 3 days before the tournament and there were over 350 names on the list!!

iPoker had set no restrictions on the entry and it was basically open to anyone on Betfred to enter.

These names were removed in good time but it did show us that there are an awful lot of players out there looking for the absolute maximum value wherever they can get it.

Next month the Freeroll will be password protected and hopefully that will stop what happened here.

We like to make sure that the most value is gained by genuine Tetleyboy customers.

Friday, 14 January 2011

A look back at last year.....

Welcome to our first ‘blog’ of the year.

It’s a good time to reflect on how we feel last year went and look forward to the future.

The first thing we have to say is a massive ‘thank you’ to all of our loyal customers.

2010 saw Tetleyboy Affiliates pass the 600 player mark in terms of accounts we handle at various sites.

This is no mean feat for an independent affiliate that started out with no customers.

We like to think that this is a direct result of our hard work in making sure that all of our players get the deals and the service they deserve.

Fingers crossed we hit the magic 1000 this year.

Last year also saw a complete over-haul of our website.

We felt that when we started, our layout was just right for the deals we were offering. However we decided that now our selection has grown to such an extent that we needed to make the website more user friendly for anyone visiting.

We feel we have improved it greatly but we are constantly ‘tweaking’ it to make sure we stay at the top of the list of affiliate sites. Any comments or suggestions from our customers is always appreciated.

We also added a number of extra benefits for our players that we are especially proud of.

Firstly, the ‘Grinder’s Bonus’.

This allows us to pass more real cash rewards to our players and also enhance our deals even further to attract more new players.

Secondly, the free Deuces Cracked membership.

In case you are not aware, just about every deal we have qualifies players for a free membership to the excellent poker training site. All you need to do is rake a set minimum amount, usually $500, and the membership is yours.

A number of players have taken the time to contact us to thank us for this service and also explain to us just how valuable the membership has been to them in terms of improving their winrate and also giving them more confidence to move up to the next level.

We are sure that 2011 will bring many changes to the online poker industry but we will do everything we can to stay one step ahead and make sure that the very best possible service is offered to our players.

Goods luck to you all in the coming months and I hope that you hit a permanent upswing!