Differences between level of play at poker rooms
Recently I just opened up an account at Full Tilt after about a 5 year hiatus from that site. I had been playing mostly at Bodog and Ultimate Bet.
From my experience, the level of play/players is drastically better at Full Tilt, even at the .01/.02 micro limits.
To give you an idea, I built my bankroll up from an initial deposit of $20.00 at Bodog to about $50.00 in less than a week, playing mostly .05/.1 cash games there. (I eventually donked it all off in a 2 hour tilt rampage, lol) If I had not gone on tilt an used proper bankroll management, I would easily have built it up to over $100 by now, but that's neither here or there.
At Ultimate Bet I made an initial deposit of $12.00 and built it up to over $60.00 by playing mostly single table 9 handed sit n' go's, also in less than a week. The $1.20 buy ins are like taking candy from a baby there. The micro limit cash games are slightly harder to beat but not that bad.
Now, I've been on Full Tilt and what a rude awakening, lol! The level of play there is much, much harder - cash games and sit n' goes.
Although I've experienced some horrible beats (part of poker) and that's how I've lost most of my money there, the overall level of play is much stronger. I would compare a .01/.02 table (on average) at Full Tilt to a moderate live $1/$2 table at a casino. Typically will have 2 - 3 fish/donks per 9 handed table, 2-3 average and the rest pretty good, above average players.
I deposited $25.00 on Full Tilt and lost about $7.00 so far playing cash but I've won about $8 playing 2 handed SnG's and another $3 or $4 playing single table Sn' G. So I'm up a few bucks but not nearly as much as I was up on the other sites.
I've actually had to concentrate and play some of my best poker on Full Tilt just for very marginal gains while I could fall asleep at the other sites and still be ahead, lol!