I finally made the Royal Flush Club on Empire Poker! One last marathon session yesterday made sure I reached the giddy heights of their top tier – and earned the right to the promised $100/month no-strings deposit bonus.
I didn’t expect fireworks, but I was hoping for something to mark the occasion. A congratulatory email, perhaps (with details of how I get my free money, preferably). There’s been nothing yet. But I definitely made it:
Played 33, cashed in 7. The in-the-money results were far from spectacular though, and if it wasn’t for a 3rd place finish in a 60-man $30 tournament, which landed me $371, I’d have wiped out almost all of the good work I did last time.
As it is, I ended up down $226, which is offset slightly by $25 cash back from redeeming the points I earned. I paid $67 in tournament fees, so that’s a reasonable rakeback rate (37%), but that’s only the case when you play dozens of tournaments on the same day (because of the "number of tournaments squared" rule for bonus points) . Otherwise it’s virtually worthless.
I can live with that result given the luck I had, and knowing that one or two results going slightly differently could have turned things right around. I bubbled in a satellite for a $172 seat, and my session ended with aces getting predictably cracked.
I open-pushed, got called by ace-jack and the harmless king-high flop turned to disaster with a ten on the turn and a devastating queen on the river.
The other nine times out of ten, I’d have been sitting on a stack virtually guaranteed to make the money ($90+) and in good shape to fight for the top prizes.
Anyway. hit me with that deposit bonus Empire Poker…