I dunno why you guys get so animated about this.
I read books, I study, I watch videos. I have been playing for years quite happy in Casinos
, but struggled to adapt online. So I tried 5NL/10NL, it's mad, random, and pointless.
When I play 25NL I get much more information and I make much better plays. It's much better, a better quality of play.
I don't get the hostility about playing 25NL, I tried 5NL and 10NL, I found it pretty much unpleasant. I like 25 NL. Who, really, are any of you to tell me I shouldn't play at this level, then when I do and do OK, the sour grapes insults follow.
I find it pretty insulting that you tell me I am a fish with only 3500 hands what can I possibly know yadda yadda...
Those 3500 hands were all played slowly, with a great deal of attention. I have a decent win rate, and I always follow each session with a hand review and a study period.
I am happy to let you continue slugging it out for a couple of dollars per hour, in a hostile, unpleasant environment at 5NL. But if you honestly think thats some kind of badge of honour you have to endure before you dare think of playing higher, then you are taking it too seriously.
My money, my time, my life. I play where I want, and no one here has the right to tell me I shouldn't or can't.