Does anyone make money at this?
After two/three weeks of playing the tightest play I've ever played, and still getting beat and losing money hand over fist, I came to wonder... Does ANYONE actually make money at this in low-limit no-fold-em-hold-em anymore? ie: 1/2, 3/6, 5/10?
I follow the starting hands laid out below, TO THE LETTER...
Group 1 Hands (Play in ANY Position)
Pairs AA, KK, QQ, JJ, TT, 99
Suited Ax suited, KQs, KJs, KTs, QJs, JTs, T9s
Unsuited AK, AQ
Group 2 Hands (Play in Middle/Late Position)
Suited Ax suited, Kx suited, QJs, JTs, T9s, 98s, 87s
Unsuited AK-AT, KQ, KJ, QJ, JT, T9
Group 3 Hands (LATE Position ONLY - GO if low betting on u/s)
Suited Ax suited, JTs, J9s, T9s, T8s, 98s, 97s, 87s, 86s, 76s, 75s, 65s, 64s, 54s, 53s, 43s
Unsuited AK-A9, KQ-KT, QJ, QT, JT, J9, T9, T8, 98, 97, 87, 86, 76, 75
Now, the thing is, any action pre-flop, and the lower of the group 3 hands I ditch straightaway. If I don't make a reasonable hand (ie: Trips from a PP, or at least two pair) I ditch. Only going with open-ended str8's, four parts of a flush (unless I've got the A of a three-parter, in which case I'll only got to the turn and if it improves, continue, if not ditch).
Have I got complacent? Three months ago, I was winning. Regularly. Making money, daily, on 1/2, 2/4.
Then, a few weeks ago, it all seemed to go pear shaped. I know I myself started getting sloppy and discipline was in question, so I don't dispute the money I lost then. But now I'm back and following the above very tightly and still losing... lots... just can't seem to make headway.
Am I now playing too low for the level of tight-ness I'm playing? Where there is little/no respect for the money and people go with no matter what they have and seem to win. I know people talk about the long-term aspects of these peoples' play, but these people rarely seem to be at a table long enough to allow comeback these days - either that or they've stolen my whole roll from their antics.
I know I have to be patient... and over time it'll win out... but lately I've started to doubt this when after several hours at a table, I've either made 10 bucks, or lost $200... yet my play is tight and consistent during these times. Maybe I just need some re-assurance. I've been told my play is pretty solid... am I just on a bad run? Or do I need to progress to the higher tables where there's respect for good play?
Thank you in advance