Originally Posted by xUnrated
whats wrong with depositing?
At that level people are reasoning junk calls with "its only $2"
Bluffs are almost impossible, and people are making crazy raises (% compared to his full $2)
So getting out of the limits is going to take more luck than at other limits and good plays are less significant.
This is the reason you should stay at 2NL and why my recent serious attempt at poker has given me a 17bb/100 winrate over 11k hands I've played so far.
Forget about the bluffs. Bluffs shouldn't be made every other hand. A player in my opinion can tell when a bluff is right (for example, you're playing a tight player who you can tell hasn't hit his card yet and bet 70% of the pot on the river, making them fold. I've done it, it works if done right and if the time is right).
I love people who go by the mentality "this is only $2" and shove. These people will contribute to you getting out of 2NL. For example, I just had a session where I lost half a buy-in because I folded KK when there was an A on the flop, and sure enough, 2 other guys had an ace. I recovered from this loss thanks to a bunch of players using this mentality and 3bet shoving my bet on the flop when I had QQ w/ JTs (dry board) and another player 3bet shoving me his shortstack pf w/ J7o when I had 99 (they did this enough times for me to understand they didn't care about their stack).
2NL is easy to beat if you're conservative about what you do and can take advantage of the free money to be had. Not to mention it's a very cheap way to learn. Depositing and going bust in higher limits that you're not ready to play yet isn't going to help your poker.