From play money to Platinum

Thumbnail image for VIP-Club.jpgWe're real suckers for ROI stories around here, and this is one of our favorites of the month.

Two or three years ago, kaoz12345678 (which we believe translates to English as "Michael") started playing on PokerStars for play money chips. It was fun, and over time he won a million play money chips in ring games and SNGs.

As anyone who has ever played with play money knows, it's fun for a while, but after you develop some skill, you'd sort of prefer to be winning some real cash. So, Michael sold his play chips to a buddy for $10. We're not sure what the exchange rate is on these things, but Michael seems to have made the best of it.

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With $10 in his account, Michael went to work in what he called, "the lowest of low stakes." It was 0.01/0.02, the lowest possible amount he could play for.

He maintained some pretty strict bankroll management, always making sure he had 20 buy-ins before moving up in levels. Since then, he has climbed farther up the ladder. Now he plays .50/$1.00.

Now, you might be asking yourself, "Well, why should I care if some guy plays .50/$1.00?"

Well, here's the thing:

Michael has managed to build his $10 bankroll up to $11,000 without ever depositing a single dollar. What's more, he's achieved Platinum status in the PokerStars VIP Club and earned more than $2,000 worth of gift cards.

So, for anyone who might be stuck playing for play money and thinking about what could happen if you play for real cash, think about Michael. You'll find him in the Platinum section of the VIP Club sipping on a cool drink and fanning himself with gift cards.

Brad Willis
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