Originally Posted by wsorbust
You know what ROI stands for right? I'm not sure if the site calculates based on what you deposited or bought in for with "free" money or what. I'm sure someone can answer that, but I think you answered your own question with #1. up there. Your friends don't like it that you are good and actually make money from nothing? Just a guess.
If not, I suppose it could be just their opinion when looking at the numbers, since the amount of time you spent building your BR to "over $100" probably took too much time spent, too many SNG's, rings, etc?
The various websites that publish ROI's do only take in to their calculations MTT and STT play. The calculations do not take into consideration how you build your bankroll as they only track buy-in's vs return. So money won on a freeroll doesn't boost nor deminish your ROI.
ROI is simply a way to calculate your return, and give some idea of an expected return on future play.
For most newer player or those with a short track record the ROI can give very misleading impressions. Even established accounts suffer from the players learning curve and do not accurately "predict" his or her ROI.
The better databases where you don't get just a single number, but can evaluate the players play at mutiple buy-in points are of course more useful. This is because players typically move up in buy-ins and their current play is often, but not always, easier to evaluate.
Hope this helps,