Best site for small entry S&Gs ($1-3)?
Hi, everyone--I'm new around here.
I've been studying poker and casually playing online play-money hold 'em off and on for a few years now. I'm not at the point where I feel very confident with my game (I still have a lot of reading to do), but I often find myself thinking critically without having to force myself to, and from my performance in freerolls
and the like, I can tell that I'm at least above average.
I know many will say that play-money games are a horrible guage of ability, but I avoid ring games like the plague and have spent the majority of my time playing tournaments in which minor contest entries are on the line (e.g. ScorePoker.com), etc. I can't quite murder the things, but I'd say that when I'm on my game, I finish in the top 10% 4/5ths of the time.
Well, I'd like to start playing for small amounts of money online, recreationally. But I have no
bankroll. I fired up PKR.com's client last week, discovering that I had $5.00 in my account. I imagine as a reward for beta testing for them a couple of years ago. At this point the $5 is squandered, but not before I did quite well in a few Sit-and-Gos.
This was obviously much more fun than playing in a freeroll. And I got to thinking, if I'm only spending $5 or so a week, isn't that a heck of lot better of an investment than a lottery ticket? I'll finally be learning against valid (albeit online) competition, and will possibly win enough to stay in the black.
PKR.com is one of those neat but gimmicky 3D sites. The avatar customization is a ton of fun, but it's probably more of a distraction to a serious player than anything else. That said, PKR.com is probably also great at drawing fish for that reason. I like PKR.com, but I know you guys will be able to tell me there's a better place for me out there.
I only play S&Gs and tournaments, generally no limit hold 'em exclusively. Ring games have never been my forte, and as I find that I'm as below average there as I am above
average in tournament play, I pretty much avoid them at all costs. (But then, that might be because I've only ever played in play-money ring games.)
As my bankroll is virtually nonexistent, and I'm in many ways still a student of the game, I've been wondering if I should explore limit hold' em in greater detail. But I've honestly found the betting limitations to hinder any strategic advantage I've acquired. The few occassions on which I've played pot limit, on the other hand, I've enjoyed. Most hands seem to be played the same way as under their no limit counterpart, with obvious exceptions. And it seems to keep a lid on the suicidal-aggressive players ruining play. (Though again, that's probably far less common in real-money games.)
PKR.com has $1-2, NL, six-to-fifty-player S&Gs starting almost constantly, which is great for the kinds of games I can afford to get involved in. But other than the odd Omaha S&G, that's about all they've got. Even the ring games are dominated by NL, where it's a little too easy for me to lose my money. .02/.04 limit or pot limit games are where I'd go in between S&Gs if they had any running. So I'd kind of like a site that offers both.
As I'm only going to be investing small amounts (at this point, no more than $15 at a time), deposit bonuses don't really factor into where I choose to play. Where do you guys suggest I go? I know people used to say PartyPoker.com
was great for fish, but I don't know if that holds true to this day. I guess I'm just looking for the best micro-limit site out there.
Your advice is appreciated! Thank you.