Iron Man: Use it, it's free!!!
So in another thread, Time to quit playing poker and start taking it for real
, I talk about looking at poker as a part time job. I mentioned that you need to pick a site and stick to it, to take advantage of the promotions they offer. Full Tilt offers the Iron Man Promotion. However, I've talked to some CC members and there is a lot of questions on how Iron Man works.
Where is the Iron Man section.
Go the the Full Tilt Cashier and hit the my promotions button at the bottom. It will take you to your "My promotions" web page. Click on the Iron Man Challenge button. From there, there are tabs for your Iron man page to track your progress. There is an Iron Man Main page tab, an Iron Man Store tab, Iron Man Details tab, a One-A-Day Freeroll tab and finally a rules tab. You can find pretty much all the information you need on those pages. However, even with all that information some people are still confused, and I can understand why. So I'll address some of the common questions I've heard.
One-A-Day Freeroll vs Iron Man Challenge
You can pretty much think of this as two different promotions with a similar name. The One-A-Day challenge is pretty straight forward all you need to do is earn one FPP point per day or more in a month and you are eligible to play in a special freeroll the second Saturday of every month. You can't make up any days, if you don't earn a point one day, you are done and have to wait till next month. If you don't want to play in the freeroll, just don't register and about a week later you will receive 15 Iron Man Medals in your Iron Man Medals Bank.
What are Iron Man Medals?
Think of Iron Man Medals as a second set of points. You earn them by hitting one of four Iron Man levels, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and the highest level Iron. You can use the medals in the Iron Man store to buy gear with the Full Tilt and Iron Man logos. These are separate items not available in the regular Full Tilt FPP store. You can also use them to buy FPP's, Tourney tokens and cash bonuses.
Buying cash bonuses and Tourney tokens are probably the best value of the Iron Man medals. There is a good article here on the value of Iron Man.
That will give you the best idea of what you should use your Medals for.
What happens if I miss a day?
A lot of people I've talked to confuse this with the One-A-Day freeroll. Yes, if you miss a day in the One-A-Day challenge where you don't earn at least one FPP you're done for that month and will earn nothing.
However if you are trying to hit one of the Iron Man Levels it depends on where you are in the month. You can miss days, but if you miss too many you wont be able to hit certain levels. For example to hit the highest level (Iron) you must earn 200 FPP's or more a day for 25 days in a month. So if there were 31 days in a month, you could miss six days throughout the month and still hit the Iron level.
You can't make up any days by earning twice as many points as you normally would. So plan ahead on when you are going to miss days.
What type of plan do I need?
Iron man is pretty much geared for ring grinders, although SNG's players doing a lot of volume can also hit Iron Man. I'll just assume you play cash games, because that is what I know about.
If you have a small roll and are playing 10nl, it's kinda hard to earn 200 FPP's every day. It's possible, I've done it. Playing 8 tables at a time you are looking at around 3.5 - 4 hours a day. Which might be a stretch for a lot of people. So shooting for 50 points a day is probably more reasonable. If you hit 50 points a day for 20 days in a month, you will hit the lowest level which is Bronze, if you do it for 25 days, you'll hit the silver level.
On average, it takes around 600 hands at 10nl to hit 50 FPP's. The more tables you play, the faster you earn points, but don't kill yourself with too many tables where your win rate goes from positive to negative. Just take it slow at first. Don't worry about trying to hit any Iron man level until you can do four tables. At 10nl it's going to take about two hours on average to hit 50 points, playing four tables.
Iron Man seems like a lot of work for little reward.
True, when you are starting out and playing micros. Iron Man can seem like a ton of work for little reward. However, doing the Iron Man Challenge has it's benefits.
First, it's creating a goal for yourself. It's forcing you to play volume which, if you are a winning player is healthy for your bankroll. It's forcing you to play longer when on an upswing, at the same time it makes you play through downswings.
The more consecutive months you hit Iron Man, the quicker you earn Iron Man Medals, which means the quicker you can buy bonuses. Meaning rewards start to come at a quicker rate.
Iron Man Bonus
Every six months Full Tilt gives Iron Man bonuses. For every month you hit the Iron level, you would get $100. So if you hit Iron every month, you would get a $600 bonus. If you hit Bronze every month you would get $150 bonus. Basically the break down is Bronze is worth $25 a month, Silver $50, Gold $75 and Iron $100.
Do Happy Hour points count towards Iron Man?
No, the happy hour points do not count towards Iron Man.
What happens if I can't play for a month?
Well if you miss a month and don't hit an Iron Man Level, you will start over. You'll still receive any bonuses that you have coming to you. However, if you are earning Iron Man Medals at a quicker rate do to hitting Iron Man levels for more than two consecutive months you'll go back to the beginning rate.
Luckily in the Iron Man store you can buy an Iron Man Month for 150 medals. So if you know you are going to miss a month for whatever reason just purchase the continuing month so you don't lose your status and all the hard work you put in. You can purchase an iron man month for two consecutive months if needed.
Also if you ran short towards the end of the month, you can purchase Iron Man days in the store as well. You can buy up to four Iron Man days in any given month.
So, if you are going to start treating poker like a part time job and you are going to play on Full Tilt. Be sure to take advantage of all that the Iron Man Challenge has to offer. By doing so it will create structure for your poker business, give you goals to shoot for every month, as well as give your poker business some extra income.
That's a run down of questions I've been asked by CC members. I'm sure there are other questions out there. If you have any other questions feel free to post them in the thread.