Originally Posted by 4aces07
I don't know how hard it is, or how long it takes to make 1,000,000 play chips, but selling them for $10 doesn't sound like a good deal for me. Maybe I'm wrong, but wouldn't it be a lot easier to cash in a freeroll for $10 than to build play chips?
NO. All freerolls
play like freerolls, unpredictable, and erratic. At higher levels, ex;10K sng play, the game is much closer to real money games, thus more predictable, less erratic. Good poker is often found at those levels, meaning if you have a good game you can profit there.
I got up to 1/2 mil at FT because I heard that it opened up a restricted freeroll with real money payoff. It wasn't really a freeroll, it cost 1/2 mil play to get into it. So to play in that I would want my BR to be in the 20 mil range. This was one idea that could explain why folks might want to buy play money.
Those games at FT have recently disappeared, and are morned in the forum at FT. Perhaps some similar thing happens at Stars, I don't have a big stack of Stars play money and don't know.
As for why anyone would buy play money they could possibly make for free?
Those FT 'not so' freerolls might be one reason. Perhaps experienced players realize that the higher level play money games are pretty good, at least good enough to use as a pretty good training ground, and the $10 to avoid the low level BS is a good investment. Certainly cheaper than playing a bunch of $5 donk games.