Is clearing the bonus in under 90 days realistic for a total beginner?

    • suaveplayer
      suaveplayer
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      Passed the quiz, but I´m such a beginner that, for example, I can´t instantly recognize a straight as yet.

      So is it really feasible to clear the bonus in under 90 days for someone like me?


      I´m planning to play at pokerstars. It just seems bigger and able to provide a large number of tables at any time. Not sure if thats the case.
  • 19 replies
    • inf4my
      inf4my
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      Joined: 28.02.2008 Posts: 91
      The bonus is impossible to clear unless you deposit some of your own money and play at NL25 for 8 hours a day.

      Don't worry about it though, the important thing is to learn the game slowly at your own pace instead of trying to clear bonuses.

      One day when you're ready to play NL25 or NL50, you'll be able to register at all the major poker sites and clear multiple bonuses that are worth thousands of dollars.
    • michaelqian
      michaelqian
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      Try Full Tilt, very easy bonus to clear.

      2 hours a day at NL2 should do it.
    • EdgarAronov
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      i did not deposit any my own money and played about 7 hours a day and cleared the bonus in 2 weeks
    • Berzerger
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      Hello suaveplayer,

      I would seriously recommend working on your game and improving your winrate first. Don't worry about bonus clearing, I've seen a lot of beginning players go broke trying to clear a bonus as quickly as possible. Your main winnings will come from your play at the tables, the pending bonus is just a little extra they give you to encourage you to play.
    • Cpwpoker
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      Full tilt too.

      Played about 5 hours a day clear it in one month so if u play 2 hours a day on NL5 (0.02/0.05) in 30 days it is possible.

      But the thing you must remember.Play to make profit and experience don't play for the bonus.I was a total beginner i played for the bonus so i played too much table at a time and did not follow the SSS correctly i lost my bonus lol

      But now i'm trying get it back :P
    • Bender93
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      Joined: 25.05.2009 Posts: 12
      On FTP i cleared 35 of my bonus in first month.
      Just try to move to higher limits as soon sa you have enough money.
    • Berzerger
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      Originally posted by Bender93
      Just try to move to higher limits as soon sa you have enough money.
      Please never give people this advice again.
    • shortfuse
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      you are all noobs

      i cleared it in a fortnight playing 1-2 hours a day

      no deposit

      after a month: more than 10x the $50

      never broke brm


      edit: in fact i played super conservative br
    • Cpwpoker
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      Originally posted by Berzerger
      Originally posted by Bender93
      Just try to move to higher limits as soon sa you have enough money.
      Please never give people this advice again.
      To elaborate.Always be strict with your bankroll management else your bankroll won't last long.Play for profit not for the bonus if you rush yourself too much to get your bonus at higher limit you will find yourself without bankroll.

      No bankroll = no bonus & no more poker xD

      Originally posted by shortfuse
      you are all noobs

      i cleared it in a fortnight playing 1-2 hours a day

      no deposit

      after a month: more than 10x the $50

      never broke brm


      edit: in fact i played super conservative br
      Lol sorry to be noob :P ! Need to be a noob to become a pro :)

      But at least getting some improvement like losing less and break-even

      Noob style to Pro style

      losing - breaking even - profiting xD !

      lol
    • shortfuse
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      Originally posted by Cpwpoker
      Originally posted by Berzerger
      Originally posted by Bender93
      Just try to move to higher limits as soon sa you have enough money.
      Please never give people this advice again.
      To elaborate.Always be strict with your bankroll management else your bankroll won't last long.Play for profit not for the bonus if you rush yourself too much to get your bonus at higher limit you will find yourself without bankroll.

      No bankroll = no bonus & no more poker xD

      Originally posted by shortfuse
      you are all noobs

      i cleared it in a fortnight playing 1-2 hours a day

      no deposit

      after a month: more than 10x the $50

      never broke brm


      edit: in fact i played super conservative br
      Lol sorry to be noob :P ! Need to be a noob to become a pro :)

      But at least getting some improvement like losing less and break-even

      Noob style to Pro style

      losing - breaking even - profiting xD !

      lol

      you are very right

      i should echo your opinion and stress to everyone- play well, don't play for bonuses
    • AussieIan
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      +1

      To put it in the most basic terms Suave...

      YES, the bonus is clearable within the timeframe

      BUT, dont make that your focus...if you get some or all of the bonus, great, if not then dont make any particular effort for it. As you said, you are a complete noob at the moment, so focus on learning and developing your game, and then the long term gains will be worth much more than a starting bonus.

      If you are as new as you say (strugle to recognise straight etc), i'd recomment you spend as much time reading and learning as you do playing for now.

      Good luck at the tables.
    • Majaee
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      i cleared 1/2 of my bonus on FTP in 7-8 hours playing different limits up to NL50
    • DeathByHobo
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      Originally posted by Majaee
      i cleared 1/2 of my bonus on FTP in 7-8 hours playing different limits up to NL50
      How did you do that? You're still bronze....
    • Majaee
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      i didnt say i completed the bonus did i :) ) i went bankrupt after 1/2 of the bonus , played too higher limits
    • whateverdude
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      I cleared it easily with SSS at NL10, started 16-tabling 2 weeks after I started playing online poker, thx to my leet skillz from video games :P .
    • MrPavlos
      MrPavlos
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      Originally posted by Majaee
      i didnt say i completed the bonus did i :) ) i went bankrupt after 1/2 of the bonus , played too higher limits
      Cool

      Did u happen to have mentioned a BRM thingy when u signed up?
    • archsama
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      I had never played real money online since I got here. Got my $50 on party poker less than a week ago and I have 83/300 party points now (playing 4 tables in NL10). I am quite sure that I can clear the 300 points. Not just for the $50 but for the learning here, opening new strategies and listening to expert live coaching.

      I had doubts too before I started playing but if you really want to improve your game, you can clear the bonus based in what you learn here, no doubt about it.
    • suaveplayer
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      Hey, thanks everybody for sharing your thoughts.


      I´ve been playing some playmoney games just to get used to online-play and trying to get used to multitable 4 tables at least.

      One thing I´ve noticed is that playmoney games are the way I suspected they were, people do dumb shit and bet high with weak hands (some highly risky bluffs) just because there´s no money involved so I can say there´s little to be learned in these games.

      Also noticed that fixed limit games are not much my style since applying much pressure when you have a strong hand because just doesn´t work, they will just call all the time (that could obviously not be the case if it was real money).

      As soon as I get SSS internalized I will get the bonus and play real money.
    • Alverine
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      Originally posted by suaveplayer
      Hey, thanks everybody for sharing your thoughts.


      I´ve been playing some playmoney games just to get used to online-play and trying to get used to multitable 4 tables at least.

      One thing I´ve noticed is that playmoney games are the way I suspected they were, people do dumb shit and bet high with weak hands (some highly risky bluffs) just because there´s no money involved so I can say there´s little to be learned in these games.

      Also noticed that fixed limit games are not much my style since applying much pressure when you have a strong hand because just doesn´t work, they will just call all the time (that could obviously not be the case if it was real money).

      As soon as I get SSS internalized I will get the bonus and play real money.
      You dont need to do that AT ALL

      Just play whatever you want, how much you want ;)