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Introducing the Cage Potato MMA FightPicker Game (Beta Version)!


(‘You really picked me to get knocked out in the first round? Aw, who am I kidding? I can’t stay mad at you. Come give poppa some sugar.’)

Here at Cage Potato, we know that much of the pleasure fans like us derive from MMA stems from the often misguided belief that we know more about it than your average jerk on the street.  We even like to think that we know more about it than your average jerk on an internet forum.  The trouble is, how do you prove this beyond all doubt?  How do you rub your superior intellect in other people’s pathetic faces?  After a lot of soul-searching and sleepless nights, we came up with an answer.  Today we unveil that answer to you, our treasured readers.

We’ve been developing a one-of-a-kind MMA prediction game called MMA FightPicker, and we’re almost ready to unleash it on the world. The official launch date is next Monday, and the game is currently in the beta testing phase, which means we need you to play around with it and tell us what works and what doesn’t. Here’s what to do:

- Go to http://fightpicker.cagepotato.com and sign in with your CagePotato user info or your Facebook login. [Note: if you have trouble gaining access at first, you may need to log out and then log back in with your CP user info.  Also try clearing your old cookies.]

- You’ll start with 20 "PotatoChips" (our virtual currency), which you can use to wager on the upcoming weekend’s big fights. Click on one of the open pools to start making your fight predictions. Heads up: Different pools have different buy-in fees and payout amounts for the winners; if not enough players join the pool in time, your chips will be refunded.


- After you join a pool, you’ll see a bunch of questions about the week’s matchups. Make selections on the ones you feel confident about — or just throw down guesses on all of them. The more questions you answer, the better chance you have of winning the pool, but keep in mind that wrong answers will lose you points. A full rundown of the scoring system can be found here. If you decide you’d like to remove a selection from your list of answers, just click the choice again.

- This week’s set of matchups deal with Saturday’s Strikeforce: Miami event. Pick the fight winners, score on prop bets about how certain fights will end, and prove that your MMA knowledge is far girthier than your fellow PotatoHeads. Answers will be tabulated by Monday morning, so please come back and see how you stack up.

- If you like FightPicker (and want to pick up some free PotatoChips), please invite your Facebook friends on this page.

- For now, the only reward will be bragging rights and the thrill of a job well done. But in the near future, we’ll be launching private tournaments for high rollers, with actual prizes at stake.

So please, leave your feedback — including questions about the game — in the comment thread below. We will answer all your queries in a timely fashion. Thanks for helping out.

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FedorsIceCreamDealer- January 25, 2010 at 9:00 pm
Very nice work Bens...another good way to enable our gambling monkeys
UFC fan- January 25, 2010 at 2:49 pm
yeah palloka pool 10 #17 and palooka pool 30 #21 are tha freaking same, woulda liked to have known that before I spent my last 10 chips on the same fucking thing. that needs fixing.
jbl- January 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm
I had to use facebook to get on it. CP didn't work.

Ummm, it would be nice to detail the pools a bit better. For example, are ALL of the current pools for SF: Miami? I didn't know, and there was no way to find out until I registered for my second pool, which was the same as the first. I guess people could register more than once, but meh. Just include a description of them so people know what they are going to bet on prior-to joining.

Also, what is the difference between the Journeyman pool and the Palooka pool? Just the size and amount won?

Last but not least, maybe there should be incentive to vote for upsets, like a few extra potato chips. With the odds posted as they are, I imagine we're going to see some very similar picks.
831 Son- January 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm
There are so many idiots on there already. Some of the comments belong on a place like sherdog, not this. Incompetence at its best.
831 Son- January 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm
You fools are about to get fucked up. Nice work CP.
Danxxx- January 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm
wtf make more slots.
ubidoob- January 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm
Omifuggingawd.

This Fightpicker is pretty badass. I love the UFC Fantasy League and am pretty pleased with my succes there but now I have been praying to my Fonzy statue for a way to make picks on more than simply the UFC fights- without risking money until I am more certain I can do this well.

Fonzy be with you- MMA Fightpicker has arrived...!

Now I must pray to my Joan Rivers statue that I don't fuck this up worse than a Tara Reid implant job.

As if I need another reason to look forward to the weekend. Fonzy be praised.
Scott- January 25, 2010 at 11:52 am
@superflat Your chips will carry over after we come out of beta.

We are definitely taking any criticisms/bugs/ideas into consideration that are being posted so keep commenting! Thanks
DazedNConfused- January 25, 2010 at 11:30 am
Sweeeet, just made my picks. Had to go through my facebook but oh well. This kind of thing has a lot of promise. Especially for shit talking on this site haha.
jimbonics- January 25, 2010 at 10:55 am
Aight I'm in! I've got Shogun, Vera, and Tom Lawlor FTW. You guys are SCREWED!

***Constructive Criticism***

Hide the voting percentages until you make a pick. You wouldn't want to be influencing picks now would you?

The page reloads and jumps back to the top after every pick made. (in FF anyway). Pretty annoying.
Robocop Didnt Tap- January 25, 2010 at 10:32 am
OMG I CAN'T LOG INTO FIGHTPICKER! HOW DO I FIX THIS TRAVESTY!?!?!!?!??!?!!?

BTW, all your chips are belong to me...
superflat- January 25, 2010 at 10:25 am
Will our beta chips carry over after the official launch, or should we bet with reckless abandon?
TrouserSnout- January 25, 2010 at 9:44 am
Log out of CP....Log into Fightpicker.....save Fightpicker as a Favorite or Bookmark....What do ya know....you are logged into both and can see both at the same time... ;)
Perennial- January 25, 2010 at 9:44 am
Yay, good shit!
Clinch-Smash- January 25, 2010 at 9:33 am
all you have to do is click on the link on the right side of the page above(after you have logged into CP), NOT THE HYPERLINK IN THE TEXT, it workes no problem @ all i have tried it diff comps and it works with out a doubt.

CP you guys are all over this with the changes and makeing it happen fast, great work, really thanks this will be cause for so much more shit talking to take up my day i'm very greatful!!!!!
superflat- January 25, 2010 at 9:33 am
Two issues for me. First, can log into fight picker, but once in fight picker I can't comment on blog.

Second, the comments under each betting option run into the comments link, so something like, "3 Comments" will be overlapping the comment itself. Not a huge issue, but it really uglies up the page.
El Famous Burrito- January 25, 2010 at 9:24 am
Yeah, but how do you get into FightPicker?
Bulldog- January 25, 2010 at 9:17 am
To get onto the fightpicker, log out, then log back in via the fightpicker
To get onto the fightpicker, log out, then log back in via the fightpicker
To get onto the fightpicker, log out, then log back in via the fightpicker
To get onto the fightpicker, log out, then log back in via the fightpicker
Bulldog- January 25, 2010 at 9:16 am
To get onto the fightpicker, log out, then log back in via the fightpicker

@bfowlkes This is going to be awesome. This thing will bring so much good attention to CP.
LoneWolf- January 25, 2010 at 9:09 am
Ditto:

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bfowlkes- January 25, 2010 at 9:03 am
New pools now available!  A bunch of them, in fact. Come one, come all.
peckawoodd- January 25, 2010 at 9:02 am
Who ya got?

Scott Smith or Mark Coleman in terms of who scares the shit out of their kids more by bringing them to their fights.
mikes- January 25, 2010 at 8:49 am
new pools coming momentarily...working on it as fast as we can...sorry for the confusion!
mmabastard- January 25, 2010 at 8:46 am
clear your cookies before you try to login. worked for me.

IT'S FUCKING BETA TESTING everybody so be nice
Danxxx- January 25, 2010 at 8:45 am
bummer no open pools.
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