Time to take the plunge and play for REAL money???
I'm one of those "freeroll to bankroll" people. I have a full-time job and three kids and not a great deal of time to play poker. And I am a extremely conservative person with my money (you may say cheap, I say frugal ). But what I'd love is to be able to earn a small but steady stream of "mad money" on the side while I'm having fun and meeting interesting people (yes, that's you, CC people!).
Over the last two years I've signed up (sadly, before I knew anything about rakeback) at multiple sites that allow US players. Probably I have an account at just about every one! On some of those sites I've gotten no-deposit bankrolls. On others I got money via freerolls
. As I was learning poker, I blew through most of the winnings I've earned. Not horrible, since I was learning the game and none of it was on my own dime. I got books, I read forum postings, I listen to podcasts, I ask lots of questions and I'm now an active member of CC (hoping that I'll be able to give advice some day and not just absorb advice).
All the work seems to be paying off. I now only have money for micro-stakes play at Absolute. After winning a few freerolls and playing micro-stakes and micro tournaments, I've now upped my bankroll to over $200 (ups and down but yesterday I placed 1st and 2nd in two cash tournies for about $150 in winnings for the day). I've just learned that I can't withdraw there without depositing first. So now, for the first time, I'm really considering depositing. I'm willing to consider not just a min deposit to get my AP $$ but also depositing on FT and/or PS (and I'm thinking like $50 or $100 at each of those sites) so that I can get my foot in the door there without agonizing over the 7500-player freerolls. I'm talking here about money I can afford to spend; no children will be harmed in the making of this player. That's raising multiple questions. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated:
1. If I've never deposited before, doesn't that make me a first-time depositor? Can I "trash" my play accounts and sign up for some rakeback deals? Or are they out of reach because I've downloaded the software before?
Getting tired of my questions. Wait, there's more:
2. How do I take advantage of the best deposit bonuses given that I don't want to deposit more than a couple of hundred dollars total? Would the points requirements to free up the bonus dollars be out of my reach if I never play more than 10-15 hours a week?
3. Got any general advice for a newbie in my situation?
Thanks for reading this far. I could think of several forums where this could go, so please excuse the long and rambling nature of this post.