Having a look at my monthly graph for this year shows a big drop in the amount of bonuses i've been clearing on a month by month basis when compared with 2008 (the red part of the results graph).
There's probably a few causes of this -
- I've been playing a lower volume this year which will result in fewer bonuses
- Any months with losses at the table should show as red due to the way the graph works
- I haven't been actively chasing as many bonuses this year through sites like Pokersource
I think the main contributor #1, as the lower volume has meant i'm not raking back as much - particularly if I look at this month and the last month where i've played more like the volume I put in last year, my rakeback/bonuses have increased significantly.
That being said #3 allowed me to pick up 100%, 200% or even more in rakeback by doing hit and runs on various sites through Pokersource. Basically easy money, but only for $100 or $200 per site.
I'll have to think about it some more for next year as i've gotten fairly comfortable just playing on a few sites that give regular bonuses that are probably close to 50% rakeback, rather than chasing the bigger deals (percentage wise) on different sites.
Current bankroll: $23,950
December time played: 28h
December profit / (loss): $1,600