Leaderboards and rakeback grinding have become an integral part of a winrate that players achieve in the game on many online poker sites. This way sites incentives players to play more hands, which is good for liquidity of games and in return they give tempting rakeback statuses and excellent leaderboards rewards.
What does it take to win the leaderboard?
What is needed to conquer the leaderboards and get the most of our grind, is a large number of hours played. How many hours it depends on the stakes you play.
For example, in order to win the Rush & Cash NL25 Leaderboard on GG Network (GGPoker, Betkings, Natural8), you need about 16 hours of play, where each hour generates about 2,500 to 3,000 points, depending on your style. Two hours a day there’s Happy Hours going on, which double your points, so you can get from 5,000-6,000 points in that time slot.
So, this means 14 hours at 2,500-3,000 points + 2 hours at 5,000-6,000 points, for a total of 45,000-54,000 points needed to win NL25 leaderboard and earn $169.
Of course, winning a leaderboard isn’t realistic for most of the players, but up to 250 players are paid on these leaderboards, for a nice bankroll boost.
The way you collect points at Rush & Cash is through the actions you do at the tables, such as folding, calling or betting/raising. Folding brings you 1 point, calling 3 points and bet/raising 5 points. You can win additional 10 points for winning a splash pots, which brings a maximum number of points per hand to 20. With help of Happy Hours promo, you can win up to 40 points this way.
Because you are getting points for actions, it means you need to play aggressively at the tables, which is especially profitable against weaker opponents. It’s also important to fight for splash pots, as these bring additional 10 points which you wouldn’t get any other way.
It should also be noted that GG is running a promo every Friday, in which splash pots appear more often than usual, so your total number of points can be higher on this specific day.
It’s good to pay attention on who the regular leaderboard grinders are and if possible, try avoiding playing on those days, as you might end up having to play even more hours to fight for the top spots.
Let's sum it up
Let’s go back to the numbers again and say we grind 3 times a week for 16 hours, we get 48 hours of play, which is 6.7 hours a day in which Happy Hours are paid more than regular hours. If you are embarking on this type of grind, prepare everything you need in advance, such as water, good, snacks, etc. An optimal schedule would be to play every other day, i.e. to never play the day after the 16 hour grind.
What should be taken into account is that towards the end of the grind your game quality will drop and the ideal schedule would be, to avoid European regulars in those hours as this will surely affect your winrate.
That’s why to us it seems the best schedule is to play from 17:00 until 9:00 in which you capture two hours of Happy Hours as well, or from 9:00 until 23:00 with additional two Happy hours from 7:00 to 9:00. The latter might be worse for your winrate but is certainly better and "healthier".
Speaking of health, it is very important that you take breaks in this process and do not sit for 16 hours straight. Make sure to take a walk or go outside for at least few minutes. Also, the day after a grind you should definitely take a break and not play at all or stick to a shorter session.
If you manage to squeeze a win at NL25 Rush & Cash Leaderboard 3 times a week, you can earn $507, on top of a rakeback and what you earn on the tables. At the end of a month, if you have been consistent and successful, you can earn over $3,000 this way!
Some of the famous players who do this on Rush & Cash NL200 stakes are Kahltorr and Phil_SN, who are also some of the biggest winners on the site.