Figuring Out FullTilt's Iron Man vs PokerStar's VPP/FPP
Ok I have a headache trying to figure this out, but basically I think FullTilt's Iron Man program sucks butt. It's based on daily play, not monthly, meaning if you take a 7 day vacation or break from poker you get screwed.
Anyways, someone help me with this ...
Cash game, you can earn up to 3 fulltilt points per hand. 1 point per $1 dropped in rake. They calculate this to a one-hundredth of a point.
You have to qualify for the Iron Man, which requires that you earn a certain number of FullTilT points PER DAY. Once you have enough points "per day" you then get bonus metals.
At the Iron Man store, a $600 bonus is 3000 metals. A $300 bonus is 1600 metals. A $100 bonus is 600 metals.
As you make Iron Man every month, they reward you by giving you more medals than the previous month.
So, in my example, lets say I go and qualify for Silver Status (which would mean 2,000 points roughly for the month, 100 per day for 20 days). That's roughly 10,000 hands at 50nl. It would take me 8 months to earn 600 metals, or the $100 bonus.
$50 bonus is 5000 points. $285 bonus is 25000. $650 bonus is 50,000 points.
When you play, you get an FPP multiplier. If you reach SilverStar status, you get 50% multiplier, and gold is 100%. To get to Silver Status you need to get 1,500 VPPs (are these different from FPPs??!).
FPP is awarded for playing a hand when the rake reaches $0.40 for NL games below $1/2 blinds. You get a second FPP if the rake reaches $3, and a third is the rake is $5.
Since I play at FullTilt mainly, I have no way of judging how many hands = how many points.