I'm a developer + poker enthusiast who is connected with many professional players: they're definitely looking for a lower rake, P2P solution and would support the right project with $$s (crowdfunding) and massive word of mouth marketing.
I'd be interested in working on a proof of concept for this. I don't know enough about the APIs yet, but am interested in learning. @dant - any docs to point me in the right direction? What's the state of APIs right now, and what progress can we see that will help app builders in the next 6-12 mos? From what I can see, seems a little early to start building.
I think Virtue Poker has a solid approach (shadow poker, encrypting cards so the gameplay can be completely P2P). From talking to them earlier this year I know they've made a lot of progress. Shipping production ready, real-money poker software is quite the challenging, risky endeavor though.
@HateRigging - care to elaborate re: your interest and ability to help?