The numbers required for success here are daunting, however. Even if I crush the full ring games for 1 big bet per 100 (which as far as I know is about as well as you're allowed to do, give or take) I obviously need to play literally thousands of hands per day. Assuming I split my time between 2/4 and 3/6 games at first (so we can just use 1 big bet = $5), even playing 3000 hands a day would net....$150 in expectation. That's not really enough. There is some bonus money to be had from several sources such as rakeback, the ironman promotion, and frequent player points, but for full ring games these are secondary to the money actually won in the game. I'm not exactly sure, but my rough calculations suggest that combined they aren't worth $5/100 hands. First things first, though, I have to see if I'm able to actually log somewhere near the number of hands needed for a reasonable chance at success. If I go bonkers after 2K hands or find myself unable to play at a high level at more than 4 or 5 tables at once the entire situation will be a non-starter. If, however, I'm able to log 3 or 4 thousand hands a day by playing 6 or even 8 tables at once at nearly my best, there is hope I could make it work.
This is certainly not where I thought I'd end up when I started down this road over 2 years ago, but it's where I am and it's time to make the best of it. Spending 40 hours a week with the Chessmasters of the world is simply not what I want to do with my life. Clicking buttons on a screen for 8 hours a day doesn't seem much better at first, but I can't knock it 'til I try it. Wish me luck.