This review was solicited through the Review Me matchmaking service. I liked the site enough to agree to review it.
Social networking is the new hot web concept. Mainstream successes like MySpace and Facebook have brought on a deluge of social networking sites based around a simple idea: Get people together, and people with similar interests will find each other and create something cool.
I’ve long thought that poker was ripe for such a site. Poker networking can help you schedule home games, coordinate trips to Vegas, find people to talk about hands with, and more. You can show off your tournament successes on your profile page, post photos of yourself or friends, or tell bad beat stories on your blog. Poker and social networking are both hot, so they seem like a good match.
Enter K9Poker.com. When you visit their site, you’ll see that they are new and a bit rough around the edges. But the idea has a lot of promise. Already you can create your own profile and connect with people in your area that play poker. I’m lucky to live in the New York City area, so there are already well over 100 K9Poker.com members around me. I poked about on a few profiles, and I learned about a few new home games in NYC.
When you click on “Find Games/Players”, you’ll see a big, interactive map of the United States (the site does seem US-centric, at least for now) where you can connect with others in your area.
For me, the networking aspect of the site has the most promise. But they also host some videos and some how-to articles as well.
This site has a lot of room for growth, and I will definitely be checking back regularly. I’d love to see an idea like this one really catch on.