So far I am up about $1,200 for the month. Most of my volume is at 50NL and since I will be cashing out half of my winnings every month, it may take a couple of months more before I get to 100NL again. I am okay with this as I feel like I am reworking my game a bit to adjust better to multiple types of games.
Since I am playing on 3 different networks (Bovada, Revolution, and WPN) I am getting a mix of 3 different player pool types. Bovada is mostly recreational players, Revolution is tighter but still has a good mix of Fish and Regdonks (Eurodonks mostly I think), and WPN has a lot of nits.. I mean a ton. They have something called the Beast which rewards the players who pay the most rake a handsome amount.
America's Cardroom has by far the toughest games for me right now. There are very few pure fish since all of the seats are occupied by people 20-50 tabling. The good news is, there is a ton of non-showdown earnings to be had. The bad news is, no one is calling 3-bet shoves light.. I am finding that I have to mix in a lot more small 3-bet bluffs to become a little more relevant in the games.
I actually am switching over to ACR's VIP system, since I am raking enough each month to make more than the 27% rakeback deal I currently have. And even if my volume drops and I can't maintain a reasonable rank, it's still 18% rakeback equivalent at the lowest rank level. That is well worth it to me, since if I am playing.. I am pretty much putting in a lot of volume anyways.
By the way.. the Beast is alluring. I tried 20 tabling 25NL a couple of times and was able to rack up a pretty decent amount of points. So it's very tempting to drop everything I am doing and start 20+ tabling 25NL/50NL and start "chasing the beast".
However, there are about 5 or 6 players that vie for the top spots every month.. and they are obviously full time players. I have read the blog of a guy that consistently wins top prize, yet he claims his long term win rate is -3bb/100. Seems counterproductive to me, but apparently after VIP rewards and bonuses, he pretty much breaks even.. and then gets to keep all of the beast money. And this is no piddly amount, it's like $7k-$10 every 2 weeks for the top winner!
The problem for me is, these guys watch the leader board.. and if someone starts chasing them or getting close to their points, they up their volume massively until they are a safe distance away. So they base their volume on the safeness of their top spot, rather than a regular schedule. It makes since to do that seeing as they make no money for playing, only for placing in a certain spot. I actually wish the card room would keep the rankings secret until the end.. and make the winner a surprise. That will never happen though, since these competitive "rake wars" are good for the revenue of the site.
So for me, the best strategy is to get the 40 tablers to my left and steal their blind relentlessly. I noticed that most of them fold to steal 88%+.. very lucrative. And they are so busy they are unlikely to notice someone stealing 100%. And even if they do, they likely will not realize what is going on or care.. since they have "abandoned the blinds" so to speak.
Don't get be wrong, I am not knocking these guys. I am all for anyone seizing an opportunity out there to make "easy" money. If I were young with no responsibilities, I might be chasing the beast right now myself. 20k a month would be sweet.
By the way, if you are reading this and are currently going for a top spot in the Beast.. shoot me an email. I might be able to help you streamline your sessions to get more points with a lot less tables. Since points are based on money contributed to pots, why not increase your VPIP and reduce your # of tables? I can help you choose "optimal" ranges to do so.. and tailor your HUD to fit your needs. We can base my compensation commensurate to your results. In other words, if it doesn't help you make money, you pay nothing. Consultant for hire here, lol.