Originally Posted by ramdeebam
Yeah..I think OP is forgetting something here.
For the avg donk and avg person like us for example; being paid that for playing 5nl/10nl or whatever would be great and of course we would sit there at 5nl nitting it up.
The difference is though; these guys are pros for a reason - meaning they can make much more money at higher stakes and probs wouldn't think like your're thinking about playing low limits to earn $45 per hour. They likely would see earning such amounts as nothing really and would be like me or you earning $1 an hour at 2nl, hardly anything to get excited about and not something they would want to aim for long term.
Good chance the 100% rakeback at higher stakes would be earning them more than $35/hr anyway, even if they just played break-even poker (which, being pros, they're supposed to be able to do better than).
That said, I think there were definitely some "red pros" who weren't really all that good but knew someone that could get them red pro status and they did grind the low stakes for that guaranteed payday. Can't remember his name, but there was one who'd play almost nothing other than $2 90-person SnGs or something - even if he loses every single one, he'd still be taking about $34/hr home :P
Plus towards the end I believe it was confirmed there were a number of higher-stakes cash game regs who were basically able to "buy" red pro status to get themselves the rakeback.