For those who liked the Micro Bankroll
Challenge, where we went from $25 to $600, I thought in the interim before the Low Stakes Challenge $600 to $2000 starts in March, (I hope) I'd do a
series on earning bonus money.

First, you'll notice the other Featured Thread here on Micros getting screwed by Stars. Read that, follow the link and you'll understand why you cannot - no matter how many hands you play, earn a single FPP or ever get your bonus money playing .10/.20 or below limit games.

At this time, Stars first time deposit 100% bonus is only good up to $50. To earn that you have to get ten times that number of FPPs in 6 mos. Since I already did an initial deposit long ago, I settled for the reload bonus of 25%. To get this you have to earn TWENTY times the bonus amount in 6 mos.

Keeping the micro nature of this demonstration in mind, I loaded $50, for a $12.50 bonus I'll get when I have earned 250 FPPs. How do you earn an Frequent Player Point?

You will earn 1 FPP every time you are dealt into a hand where the rake reaches .40 which happens when the final pot total is $8 or more. Because the pts aren't credited until the hand is complete, if you leave the table during the hand, you don't get it. There are no partial FPPs for cash games. The only good part of this for micros is, we have 6 mos. to do it.

Because at $50 we must play over the initial bankroll to accumulate any FPPs at all, the extra time gives new players, or players new to a specific game, some time to work up to a larger BR. But, even at .25/.50, where you'd have to triple the initial $50 to be rolled, at Razz you are lucky to see an $8 pot once every 100 hands. As this is a RAZZ forum, I'd like to earn a lot of those FPPs in Razz, and so that necessitates playing at .50/1 and finding an aggressive enough bunch of players to make $8 pots or playing $1/2, which is just damned dangerous with a $50 roll.

The reality is, Razz at these limits is not going to afford you enough tables at the low limits to easily earn the bonus. I am solving the problem (and fulfilling my own agenda) by also playing Stud hi and adding a new game to my very limited repertoire. So far, at micro limits, it seem like all you have to do to be profitable at Stud hi is play three good cards and fold when you don't hit much before you start putting in BBs. You get a lot of multiway pots in Stud, more than in Razz, and people chase down draws all the time, so it's a great place to sit quietly at a .25/.50 table for a .05 ante and collect FPPs while waiting for sets, big pairs, high straight connectors and three-flushes.

If you are a new player or new to these games - I suggest forget the FPPs for now and just get that $50 up a bit - like to $80-100 or so before moving up. Your goal is to learn while losing least, start winning and make enough to make the FPP race reasonable. So once you get good at the game, how long will it take? That's what I hope to demonstrate here - assuming I don't go broke myself! For anyone who wasn't following, I didn't just decide to play .25/.50 Stud hi all of a sudden. During the BR Challenge, I played a lot of it in .10/.20 HORSE games and at .10/.20 Stud tables after I learned enough in the mixed game to give it a try. Took a while to get the hang.

I made the deposit on New Year's Eve and started playing just before midnight. I have to assume a lot of my opposition was drunk, because I got on a very good run at both my .25/.50 tables, and made $32.92 and earned 7 FPPs before I stopped. So, starting the New Year with:

$82.92 - 7 FPPs.....

First, you'll notice the other Featured Thread here on Micros getting screwed by Stars. Read that, follow the link and you'll understand why you cannot - no matter how many hands you play, earn a single FPP or ever get your bonus money playing .10/.20 or below limit games.

At this time, Stars first time deposit 100% bonus is only good up to $50. To earn that you have to get ten times that number of FPPs in 6 mos. Since I already did an initial deposit long ago, I settled for the reload bonus of 25%. To get this you have to earn TWENTY times the bonus amount in 6 mos.

Keeping the micro nature of this demonstration in mind, I loaded $50, for a $12.50 bonus I'll get when I have earned 250 FPPs. How do you earn an Frequent Player Point?

You will earn 1 FPP every time you are dealt into a hand where the rake reaches .40 which happens when the final pot total is $8 or more. Because the pts aren't credited until the hand is complete, if you leave the table during the hand, you don't get it. There are no partial FPPs for cash games. The only good part of this for micros is, we have 6 mos. to do it.

Because at $50 we must play over the initial bankroll to accumulate any FPPs at all, the extra time gives new players, or players new to a specific game, some time to work up to a larger BR. But, even at .25/.50, where you'd have to triple the initial $50 to be rolled, at Razz you are lucky to see an $8 pot once every 100 hands. As this is a RAZZ forum, I'd like to earn a lot of those FPPs in Razz, and so that necessitates playing at .50/1 and finding an aggressive enough bunch of players to make $8 pots or playing $1/2, which is just damned dangerous with a $50 roll.

The reality is, Razz at these limits is not going to afford you enough tables at the low limits to easily earn the bonus. I am solving the problem (and fulfilling my own agenda) by also playing Stud hi and adding a new game to my very limited repertoire. So far, at micro limits, it seem like all you have to do to be profitable at Stud hi is play three good cards and fold when you don't hit much before you start putting in BBs. You get a lot of multiway pots in Stud, more than in Razz, and people chase down draws all the time, so it's a great place to sit quietly at a .25/.50 table for a .05 ante and collect FPPs while waiting for sets, big pairs, high straight connectors and three-flushes.

If you are a new player or new to these games - I suggest forget the FPPs for now and just get that $50 up a bit - like to $80-100 or so before moving up. Your goal is to learn while losing least, start winning and make enough to make the FPP race reasonable. So once you get good at the game, how long will it take? That's what I hope to demonstrate here - assuming I don't go broke myself! For anyone who wasn't following, I didn't just decide to play .25/.50 Stud hi all of a sudden. During the BR Challenge, I played a lot of it in .10/.20 HORSE games and at .10/.20 Stud tables after I learned enough in the mixed game to give it a try. Took a while to get the hang.

I made the deposit on New Year's Eve and started playing just before midnight. I have to assume a lot of my opposition was drunk, because I got on a very good run at both my .25/.50 tables, and made $32.92 and earned 7 FPPs before I stopped. So, starting the New Year with:

$82.92 - 7 FPPs.....