Monday, June 28, 2010

PokerStars changes to Rake at micro stakes, and VPP changes for VIP program

I have all kinds of things to report about 2nl, 5nl, 10nl, maybe even 25nl at PokerStars (full ring) and some Rush 5nl and 10nl at Full Tilt (full ring) but first... 
We interrupt this very busy grinder (aka slave!) schedule to bring you info re: Interesting changes over at PokerStars.  Here is the 2+2 forums post


http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/28/internet-poker/midyear-2010-pokerstars-vip-program-change-micromania-july-817248/

PokerStars would like to announce the following changes to VIP Reward Bonuses effective immediately:

There is a new $25 VIP Reward Bonus available to all players, including BronzeStar VIPs, for 2,500 FPPs

The $50 VIP Reward Bonus has been reduced in price from 5,000 FPPs to 4,500 FPPs.

The $285 VIP Reward Bonus is now a $300 VIP Reward Bonus, for the same price of 25,000 FPPs.

PokerStars does plan to make any major changes to the VIP Program at the start of each year when feasible, but these changes indisputably benefit players so they were able to be made midyear.


The above changes are all permanent. In addition, PokerStars will be running a 'MicroMania' promotion in July to benefit those who play the smallest stakes on the site. This promotion increases VIP Club benefits in two ways:

Each player can purchase one $6 instant cash credit from the VIP Store for 375 FPPs between now and the end of July.

NL and PL Cash games up to including stakes of $0.05/$0.10 will offer 10x VPPs in July. All new tables created starting over 12 hours ago have been awarding 10x (as opposed to the usual 5.5x or 6x) VPPs at NL/PL tables up to and including $0.05/$0.10 stakes. A server restart early this week will ensure that all of these types of tables are awarding 10x VPPs before July 1st. VPP earning at these tables will return to normal after July 31st.

Additional MicroMania promotions not focused on the VIP Club will be announced over the coming week.

NOTE: this just in ...
Yes, and for MTT players as well.

From July 1st - 31st, 50-man $1 + $0.10 'Super Sit & Go' tournaments will be offered. Every player who wins at least one of these tournaments during the month will receive a share of $100,000, divided equally amongst all Super Sit & Go winners in July.

There will also be four daily $1 MTTs from July 1st - 31st, each with $1,000 added, taking place at 10:20, 13:20, 19:20, and 22:20 ET.

Last but not least, there will be four special $1.10 MTTs, each with a major tournament package (live) or entry (WCOOP) added, as follows:

July 4th: LAPT Florianopolis
July 11th: NAPT Los Angeles
July 18th: EPT London
July 25th: WCOOP Main Event
NICE!!!! 
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Over on 2+2 or on Friendly Poker, looking for Rake info for 2nl hands at PokerStars and Full Tilt for comparison!
http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/78/micro-stakes-full-ring/survey-looking-ps-ft-rake-data-10nl-below-541081/#post19879644

http://friendlyp.ning.com/forum/topics/pokerstars-changes-to-rake-at

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Turbo Takedown on June 27th, 2010 
I didn't have 3000fpp to enter.  I satellited in for 500fpp.  Woot.
I cashed in Turbo Takedown, 1999 of 15,400 people, for $110.00
There is a promotion for consecutive cashes in TT's on PokerStars listed here:
http://www.pokerstars.com/poker/promotions/turbo/?source=PSP11498
particulary this:

Audi TT for EVERY Turbo Takedown winner

The player that wins the Turbo Takedown each month will be rewarded with a brand-new Audi TT*.

Bonuses for repeat cashes

If you cash in consecutive Turbo Takedown tournaments, you'll get a bonus with a super-fast 5x clearance rate, based on how many times you make the money. Cash in two consecutive tournaments and you'll get a $100 bonus. Make the money the following month and you'll get a $200 bonus and so on, all the way up to a maximum of $1,000. So if you think you are good enough to string together a few cash finishes, make sure you play every month to keep your good run going!

Team PokerStars Pro bounties

Every time a member of Team PokerStars Pro plays the Turbo Takedown, they'll have a $100 bounty on their head. This means that not only do you get to play alongside the biggest names in poker, you get to earn cash when you bust them.
Please note: Bonuses and bounties will be credited within 48 hours of the tournament's completion.
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