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The State of Bluff Avenue

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:59 PM

Long time no post. :)  I know most of you have probably figured this out, but just for the sake of new users, I wanted to clarify the current state of Bluff Avenue.

 

We created this site in 2009 as a way of playing an "online home game"--an experience that no existing online poker site offered at the time.  It was as much for our own enjoyment as for the challenge of creating it, and for the possibility of making something bigger out of it.

 

The site was only funded out of my savings, so out of the need to pay bills and eat food, I got a job in November of 2009 and sadly left Bluff Ave to fend for itself.  I haven't done any serious coding on the site since then, and maintenance has been limited to Dan and I occasionally restarting the game server when something gets horked.

 

So that's the current state of the site, and what I imagine is the future of the site.  We'll keep it running, just because it seems like such a waste to take it down, but I don't anticipate any new feature development or bug fixes happening unless I win the lottery. :)  Sorry about that.

 

We do read our messages though, so feel free to message us if something's wrong with the game server--we don't check in daily, so we won't know there's something wrong unless you let us know.

 

Until then, enjoy!

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2/14/2013 12:27 AM
 
2. Posted by

My friends and I really appreciate the site. We're all scattered around the US, and Bluff Avenue gives is a no-hassle place to hang out and throw cards. Thanks for all your hard work with this project.

 

Have you considered soliciting donations? Five bucks here and there should at least help offset hosting costs.

2/16/2013 5:48 AM
 
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Ditto here - my friends and I appreciate as well.   For a site that's fending for itself, its been very good to us aside from the occasional flash freeze.

 

I'm curious what kind of traffic you have - how many other private games are on the site like ours?

 

 

2/18/2013 2:26 PM
 
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yeah my games wont load..it says "consumer error" after about 30 seconds...

3/28/2013 9:23 AM
 
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My friends and I just finished playing a 4 hour game amongst ourselves and the site worked perfectly. The four of us are dispersed across 3 states and 2,500 miles. We had no hiccups or system glitches.

 

Before we found Bluff Ave we tried a couple of the major commercial sites, but as you stated in your reasoning for building Bluff Ave, they were focused on dealing cards not enhancing socialization. We turned off the clock, turned on the dealer's choice, added video conferencing with Skype and had a great time.

 

Thanks again for building this unique and greatly appreciated site. Echoing what Austin said, if there is a way to donate a few dollars we will gladly do so.

 

And if you ever have the time to add 5 card draw and 7 card stud (with optional wild cards of course) you will get our vote for a Nobel Peace Prize or other humanitarian award.

3/29/2013 4:45 PM
 
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Can you reset the game? Please. 

4/29/2013 10:17 AM
 
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lol I just discovered this site... in 2016... and it's everything w are looking for. private texas holdem games for just people we know

 

anyways, sorry to read this, hope that it keeps on running and working for a little bit longer!

8/30/2016 6:01 PM
 

Scheduled Outage for Monday morning, 1:00 AM PDT

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 6:13 PM

Usually, I just wait until it's late at night and nobody's on the site in order to do maintenance, but lately it seems like there's at least one game going on even late at night...So here's your advance warning!

 

We're coming down Sunday night (Monday morning) at 1:00 AM Pacific Time.  The server seems laggy, I'm going to kick it a couple of times.  Hopefully that doesn't break anything. :)

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Yesterday's outage

Friday, October 8, 2010 3:39 AM

Sorry about the outage yesterday.  Technical difficulties, combined with a server migration.  All should be well now.

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Friday's Outage

Friday, July 16, 2010 5:39 PM

Sorry if you couldn't access the site all Friday.  Our DNS host was apparently the victim of a denial of service attack.  All seems to be well now though.

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Disconnects and Table Freezes

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:05 AM

Out of curiosity, for those of you who have been playing somewhat regularly on the site, have any of you noticed more frequent disconnects and/or table freezes in the last week?  Our Internet host performed some "upgrades" last week, and I've had at least one complaint of frequent problems since then, and I've noticed a few frozen tables around.

 

A few more data points would be helpful for me in determining if this is a more widespread problem.  Thanks.

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