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How to Make Supernova Elite (SNE) on PokerStars

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Super Nova Elite (SNE) is the highest tier in the PokerStars VIP program. Players who obtain this status receive cash bonuses totaling around $100k and entries to live and online tournaments. It’s easily the most lucrative VIP rewards program in online poker.

It’s also the hardest to earn. Players who would like to be known as a Super Nova Elite player must earn 1 million VPPs (VIP Player Points) between January 1st and December 31st. To give you an idea of how difficult it is, only 342 players managed to earn it in 2010. This is compared to 8,300 players who have earned the title of Super Nova, which requires players to earn 100k points and is one VIP tier below SNE.

But while obtaining SNE is certainly difficult, it’s not impossible. With a little bit of understanding of what it takes to get there and a little bit of planning, you too can earn Super Nova Elite status. I’ll outline this information for you below.

Perks of Super Nova Elite (SNE)

But first, I’m going to discuss the perks of being a SNE player. You’re probably going to want to write your favorite perks down on a whiteboard or post-it-note next to your computer. It’ll serve as motivation for what is going to be an extremely difficult task.

SNE Perks

  • SNE players will $90k+ in cash bonuses between stellar rewards, milestone credits, freerolls and FPPs.
  • SNE players are given an entry into the WCOOP ME which is worth approximately $5k. Discounts are given for live events.
  • SNE players will earn FPPs at an accelerated rate of 400% or 5 FPPs for every 1 VPP earned.
  • SNE players will be given entries to various freeroll tournaments on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. Prize pools range from $30k to $1 million.

So in short, players who obtain SNE will earn roughly a six-figure income. This does not include your profits, or lack thereof, throughout the year. But as long as you don’t have a terrible year, you should be able to hit the 6-figure mark, if not make significantly more.

How to Earn Super Nova Elite (SNE)

Now, although there is good money to be made as a SNE, you don’t want to count your chickens before they hatch. Simply use that information for motivation. I’m not trying pop anyone’s bubble, but once you see what it takes to become a Super Nova Elite player, you’ll realize it’s not going to be a walk in the park.

So, to become a SNE, you’ll need to rake enough money to earn 1 million VPPs. For tournament, SNG and shorthanded players, you’ll need to rake about $182,000. Full ring players will need to rake $167,000.

But how many games or hands is that? Well, let’s look. I’m only going to do the math for one stake for cash games and one for tournaments/SNGs. You should be able to see it how I did it and apply it to the games and stakes that you play.

For cash games, I’m going to look at how many hands a 100nl FR ($.50/$1) player would need to play. A full ring player at 100nl will earn about .286 VPPs per hand ( and 1 million VPPs are needed. So our math would look like this:

  • 1,000,000/.286 = 3,496,503.5 hands

That’s how many hands you would need to play in one year. Now, let’s look at how many hands you would need to play per day:

  • 3,496,503.5/365 = 9,579.46 hands per day

You’d have to play almost 10,000 hands per day, for 7 days a week for the entire year. If you 10-tabled averaging 75 hands per table per hour, you’d have to play for about 13 hours a day give or take.

Ok, so let’s look at SNGs and tournaments now. I’m going to assume that the games being played have a $1 fee. I know from looking at VIP FAQ, players will earn 5.5 VPPs for every $1 spent in rake. That being said, this is what our math will look like:

  • 1,000,000/5.5 = 181,818.2 games

SNG and tournament players will need to play 181,818 games in 12 months in order to earn SNE. How many games does that come out too?

  • 181,818.2/365 = 498 games per day

Players will have to play 500 games per day. How long this takes you will depend on what SNG or tournament you play. From playing 18-mans, I can tell you that a 20-tabler can average 26 tables per hour. To play 500 games a day, an 18-man 20-tabler would have to play about 19 hours per day.

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As you can see, going for SNE will not be easy. For many, it just won’t be possible due to time constraints, the number of tables they play or the stakes they play at.

But again, this article isn’t meant to discourage you. After all, if there is a will, then there must be a way. If you really want to go for Super Nova Elite, you just might have to make some adjustments.

For example, say you play $15 18-mans on Stars. These have a $1 entry fee. So, you would have to play 500 games a day to make SNE. But what if you moved up stakes? The $25 18-mans have a $2 entry fee. That would cut the number of games you’d have to play in half. That means only approximately 90k games for the year or 250 a day. If you were to 20-table you’d only have to play for about 10 hours a day. You could even play a bit longer to buy yourself a day off per week.

This is only one of many adjustments that you could make that will work for any game, stake or format that will enable you to go for Super Nova Elite. Just find what works for you, plan it out and then go for it.

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Written by Matt Geer

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