zock! - The Free Betting Office

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Submitted by mpschroeder on Mon, 08/04/2008 - 19:15

Finally, a free software for organizing betting games that rocks! It's name is zock!

It is a "betting office" targeted at cliques of friends or co-workers which would like to organize a betting game for a sport event.

If you like to bet only for fun and make a tournament with points, or if you want to bet money, zock knows how to handle it! It even has different money distribution algorithms or you define who gets what share.

The software is brand new and the actual version is 0.5.1, which means, that there's still more to come, although it is already quite sophisticated.

The project's home: https://launchpad.net/zock
some Screenshots: http://zock.sagex.ch/wiki/doku.php?id=screenshots:v0.5

Installing it:

  • Just download the tarball from launchpad, extract it into a folder on your web server or your local machine.
  • Make sure the "installation"-folder and the "src/vars.php"-file are writable by the web server.
  • Access to it preferably with Firefox and fill in the necessary database information and click "install now!"
  • There you go! The installation is perfect. Delete the folder installation and login with your chosen user name and the password "admin"
  • Change your password in the menu "My Profile"/"Password".
  • Click on Admin, Betting Games and Create Betting Games
  • You will be guided through the creation of a betting game.
  • Finally, get your friends to participate and everything is perfect and even the most annoying games become interesting =)

Using it:
Once you created a betting game with a couple of matches you have ranking of the betters which are fighting for a possible jackpot. If you give a wrong bet -1 point, the ranking is especially flexible, and changes a lot. The overview makes it possible to see the bets of all the people as soon the placing phase is over. This way, everyone has access to the other bets, especially to those of the admin ;)

It is a lot of fun, have it!

PS: Your feedback will be much appreciated