Glad to hear it's going well. Starting from zero is tough, though, and unless absolutely necessary I'd actually recommed against it. Why? If you can deposit even a small amount you can progress MUCH faster than starting with nothing. I'm going to use Tcummo's post as a reference (hope that's OK, Tcummo)....
Originally Posted by tcummo
Full tilt BR (pre BF) = $267 +
Carbon BR = $91 +
Black chip = $36 +
Not fantastic amounts of money , but all from zero
It's a slow grind , but lots of fun.
The 'tortoise and the hare' comes to mind , I think I'm a tortoise ,
which one are you ?
good luck OP.
Impressive. Totally serious. Those are actually impressive numbers and achievements for starting from nothing. Now.... Lets look at my case (I'm an average player, at best, and I'd be willing to bet Tcummo is probably better than me, but here we go..... (Oh these are are pre-BF, too, just like Tcummo's).
January....First ever deposit (and ONLY deposit, until I quit due to black Friday and had to re-deposit to get started again 9-10 months later). Anyway, here goes....
January...deposit $50 on Pokerstars. By Christmas, total from that $50 deposit is over $1200. Withdraw all but $50 and go on vacation to see family I've not seen in years, leave $50 on site to start new year off with. This time I hit $950 by summertime and withdraw most all of it again for a vacation. Leave $50. By Christmastime I'm back to around $1000. No need to withdraw this time so I "let it ride" Black friday hits.... pokerstars balance $1350.
So, as you can see, by starting with just a relatively small, one-time deposit I was able to earn signifcantly more than Tcummo. Am I better than he? I doubt it....I just had the advantage of startring from "more than zero" and my balance grew exponentially faster because of that.
Now, I really do admire people who can, and do, start from zero and become a success. But, I just wonder why they do it unless there really is no other option.