Let's report the bonus amounts we've got in The Ultimate Challenge!

    • tonypmm
      tonypmm
      Silver
      Joined: 11.01.2009 Posts: 3,853
      Hi all,

      As you can already see in the News section in the Pokerstars client, they're offering a personalised $10-1000 pending bonus (that requires clearing by raking within 30 days of opting in and is paid out as a lump sum, not broken into parts) to every player, that doesn't require a deposit (only requires opting in by typing the star code ULTIMATE before Jan 23th 2015, 23:59 ET). The amount is claimed to depend on the maximum amount of VPPs earned in a calendar month of 2014.

      I'd be glad if each of you shared three figures, i.e.:

      1) the bonus amount you've got in this promotion;
      2) the amount of VPPs required to clear it;
      3) the personal biggest amount of VPPs earned in a calendar month in 2014 (e.g. look it up in tracking software).

      Edit: enough data has already been collected, see the table below. Thanks for sharing!

      This way, we'll be able to grasp the dependence. Officially, it's only known that new customers who didn't play at all in 2014 get $10.

      In particular, it's interesting whether 1) and 2) depend only on 3) or whether Stars are using some opaque player evaluation system analogous to Essence / True Value / source-based to determine the bonus size and hoping that the players won't be able to discover it because the bonus is personal :f_grin:

      I'll opt in when my Russian reload bonus ends and tell you then.

      Full terms and conditions can of course be found at Stars' site, and of course JoshLogan will post a separate advertising and general discussion thread for this promo after getting the official promo materials from Stars shortly :f_grin: , so in this thread, it's advised that you only list 1) the bonus amount, 2) the amount of VPPs needed to clear it and 3) the maximum amount of VPPs earned by you in 2014.
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    • SDK1987
      SDK1987
      Moderator
      Moderator
      Joined: 12.11.2008 Posts: 27,040
      1. $37,50
      2. 600 VPP
      3. Must be between 500-600 VPP

      Cheers,
      SDK1987
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,923
      Originally posted by tonypmm
      Hi all,

      As you can already see in the News section in the Pokerstars client, they're offering a personalised $10-1000 pending bonus (that requires clearing by raking within 30 days of opting in and is paid out as a lump sum, not broken into parts) to every player, that doesn't require a deposit (only requires opting in by typing the star code ULTIMATE before Jan 23th 2015, 23:59 ET). The amount is claimed to depend on the maximum amount of VPPs earned in a calendar month of 2014.

      I'd be glad if each of you shared three figures, i.e.:

      1) the bonus amount you've got in this promotion;
      2) the amount of VPPs required to clear it;
      3) the personal biggest amount of VPPs earned in a calendar month in 2014 (e.g. look it up in tracking software).

      This way, we'll be able to grasp the dependence. Officially, it's only known that new customers who didn't play at all in 2014 get $10.

      In particular, it's interesting whether 1) and 2) depend only on 3) or whether Stars are using some opaque player evaluation system analogous to Essence / True Value / source-based to determine the bonus size and hoping that the players won't be able to discover it because the bonus is personal :f_grin:

      I'll opt in when my Russian reload bonus ends and tell you then.

      Full terms and conditions can of course be found at Stars' site, and of course JoshLogan will post a separate advertising and general discussion thread for this promo after getting the official promo materials from Stars shortly :f_grin: , so in this thread, it's advised that you only list 1) the bonus amount, 2) the amount of VPPs needed to clear it and 3) the maximum amount of VPPs earned by you in 2014. Thanks in advance!
      GTFO
    • kidzoltan
      kidzoltan
      Platinum
      Joined: 05.08.2010 Posts: 810
      50$
      1400 VPPs needed :f_drink:
    • Styr
      Styr
      Bronze
      Joined: 11.03.2009 Posts: 408
      77,50$

      3100 points needed.
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,923
      Isn't it based on your highest VPP month of 2014? In any case I've been waiting for over 30 minutes for the star code to be accepted
    • kidzoltan
      kidzoltan
      Platinum
      Joined: 05.08.2010 Posts: 810
      Yes, it's based on your best VPP month from 2014. I waited about 1 hour
    • Rufus433
      Rufus433
      Platinum
      Joined: 20.08.2010 Posts: 457
      137.5$
      11k vpp
    • mute20
      mute20
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.01.2011 Posts: 563
      Wow this is even better then a reload bonus what a great way to start the year!!!
    • tonypmm
      tonypmm
      Silver
      Joined: 11.01.2009 Posts: 3,853
      Originally posted by UPAY4DINNER
      Isn't it based on your highest VPP month of 2014? In any case I've been waiting for over 30 minutes for the star code to be accepted
      I guess it is, but as we see above, the amount of VPPs to earn per $1 of the bonus vastly depends on the highest VPP month - e.g. the clearance rate is 17 VPPs/$ for SDK1987 but 80 VPPs/$ for Rufus433 :f_cry: So I guess my personal bonus amount (for ~5K VPPs) will be merely around $100, but I'll delay the unpleasant surprise for a while. Maybe I'll even tell Stars to GTO and stop playing at all, as was planned, because, by my standards spoiled by iPoker, a bonus that clears at a cashback rate of less than 15% is not a great bonus.
    • rompas
      rompas
      Moderator
      Moderator
      Joined: 12.02.2014 Posts: 2,369
      clearly this is a bonus for hobby players and not grinders:f_eek:
    • UPAY4DINNER
      UPAY4DINNER
      Bronze
      Joined: 27.09.2009 Posts: 21,923
      Still no word on my amount

      Must be $10,000
    • BrokesoBroke
      BrokesoBroke
      Black
      Joined: 23.10.2007 Posts: 887
      $650 bonus
      91k VPP's to clear

      I quit Pokerstars.
    • mute20
      mute20
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.01.2011 Posts: 563
      thats pretty nuts
    • mute20
      mute20
      Bronze
      Joined: 13.01.2011 Posts: 563
      Originally posted by BrokesoBroke
      $650 bonus
      91k VPP's to clear

      I quit Pokerstars.
      good luck with that :f_eek:
    • chathan
      chathan
      Bronze
      Joined: 30.04.2009 Posts: 798
      Originally posted by BrokesoBroke
      $650 bonus
      91k VPP's to clear

      I quit Pokerstars.
      i laughed it loud :D
    • tonypmm
      tonypmm
      Silver
      Joined: 11.01.2009 Posts: 3,853
      Edit: there's also a bigger table of bonus sizes and VPP requirements in the Russian thread, courtesy of CrazyStyle; under the spoiler, in each line, it lists the bonus size first and then the amount of VPPs needed to clear it.

      Here's some data from the first 2-4 pages (I'm too tired to type it in from them all, hope the data is still representative) of Russian community thread dedicated to the promo (I've also included the English community posters, in purple).

      PS-gy nick(s) | Bonus | VPP to clear | VPP per bonus $ | Cashback % [5.5 VPP / rake $]
      ferdion, vinnkels $1K 150K 150 3.7%
      BrokesoBroke, Moridar $650 91K 140 3.9%
      MrCardman, School47 $350 45500 130 4.2%
      nbk322 $275 33K 120 4.6%
      klompa, MANDREN, Urso93 $250 30K 120 4.6%
      moskalko $200 20K 100 5.5%
      Predtecha $175 17500 100 5.5%
      ze3apb $150 12750 85 6.5%
      Rufus433, YaRaduga, murmanman $137.5 11K 80 6.9%
      TheMisha, Ivanko128 $112.5 9K 80 6.9%
      Rezon84 $110 7700 70 7.9%
      Anton163, banderas88, MasqueRaider, Grifffi $107.5 6020 56 9.8%
      whtocean $102.5 4900 48 11.5%
      westwindpsixo $97.5 4485 46 12.0%
      Styr, emptyalias $77.5 3100 40 13.8%
      ixdon $62.5 2K 32 17.2%
      kidzoltan $50 1400 28 19.6%
      scottc18 $47.5 1140 24 23.0%
      Alehandro $40 720 18 30.6%
      SDK1987 $35 600 17 32.4%
      CrazyNat $27.5 330 12 45.8%
      evtik $20 240 12 45.8%

      The awful thing for me is that there are steep inflection points near 5K-9K monthly VPPs: those who've got a $107.5 bonus need 6020 VPPs, but those with a $110 one need 7700 - that's 1680 extra VPPs for a gain of $2.5 :f_cry:

      That promotion is typical of Amaya: bonuses on the Ongame network are also lump-sum, and bigger ones also have slower clearance rates (but only a bit slower, not like here).
    • klompa
      klompa
      Platinum
      Joined: 09.09.2010 Posts: 140
      250$
      30k VPPs needed.

      Better get right on it
    • scottc18
      scottc18
      Bronze
      Joined: 17.07.2014 Posts: 73
      $47.50
      1140 vpp to clear
    • Elendil0
      Elendil0
      Bronze
      Joined: 05.10.2014 Posts: 11
      Still waiting tailoring, for an hour now