Ok, so I got a response from FTP. When it comes to MTTs and SNGs, for every dollar in entry fees you spend, you earn 7 points or .42 cents.
For example if you sign up for a $50 + $5 tournament, then $5 is your entry fee. $5 x 7 points x .06 (per point) = $2.10 of your bonus released.
Since I play more SNGs than I do MTTs, I checked to see what would be the most effect way to unlock as much of my bonus as I could without really putting my BR at risk.
1. 1 + .25 SNGs
4 games x $1 + .25 = $5 ($1 entry fee = .42 of bonus cleared)
1st place = $4.50 = $3.25 profit.
2nd place = $2.70 = $1.45 profit
A. 2 x 1st = $6.50 - $5(total buy in for 4 games) = $1.50 + .42 (bonus) = $1.92 in profits
B. ((1st)$3.25 + (2nd)$1.45) - $5 = -.30 + .42(bonus) = .12 in profit
So, to be profitable at this level while clearing your bonus, you need to take first 2/4 games (to be very profitable) or 1st + 2nd/4 games (to almost break even).
2. $2 + .25
4 games x $2 + .25 = $9 ($1 entry fee = .42 of bonus cleared)
1st place = $9 = $6.75 profit
2nd place = $5.40 = $3.15 profit
($6.75 + $3.15) - $9(total buy in for 4 games) = .90 + .42(bonus) = +$1.32 in profit
So, to be profitable at this level while clearing your bonus, you need to take at least 1st + 2nd/4 games. Though, 1st 2/4 games would be better.
3. $5 + .50
2 games x $5 + .50 = $11 ($1 entry fee = .42 of bonus cleared)
1st place = $22.5 = $17 profit
2nd place = $13.50 = $8
A. $17 - $11(total buy in for 2 games) = $6 + .42(bonus) = $6.42 profit
B. $16 (2 x 2nd) - $11 = $5 + .42(bonus) = $5.42 profit
So, in order to be profitable at these limits you need to take 1st/2 games or go 2/2 with 2nd place.
So, given this, I need to take at least a 50% 1st place win rate in order to clear my bonus + profit in the long run, because it doesnt make any sense if its costing me $5 of my BR just to clear .42 of my bonus. Im following BR management and I am able to play the $5 + .50 SNG limits, but I think Im really putting a lot of pressure on myself to take 1st 1/2 games. While it will increase my BR, my goal at this moment is clearing as much of bonus as I can in my short time limit. I might be clearing my bonus quicker, but Im also putting a lot of my BR at risk just to earn a small percentage of my BR. Of course, if my goal was to build my BR, I would continue to play at these levels, but right now Im interested in the bonus and its not these best to do so at these levels.
While I can afford the $2 + .25 limits as well, I think playing the $1 + .25 limits are my best bet. The reason being is if I do downswing at this limit, it will not really hurt my BR, but I'll also be clearing my bonus as well. Also, its a lot easier to place in 1/4 games than it is to place in 1/2 games. While I'll still be in the negative if I take 1st 1/4 games, given how much of a bonus I clear, it'll be a very small loss in my overall BR. And if I happen to hit an upswing, I'll increase my BR by a tiny bit and clearing my bonus at the same time. Also, its easier to beat the micro limits.
So, not wanting to put my BR at risk just to clear my bonus, Im going to be playing as many $1 + .25 SNGs and clearing as much of my bonus as I can. Then afterwards, I'll go my to regular limits.