Originally Posted by playtheman
Ive been playing for nearly 4 months online.
I started with 10 dollars, got to 60 dollars playing sngs went down to 40 dollars.
Switched to cash and have been staying on the same amount for the last 3 months.
So for the amount i win, i have leaks and lose, i know this and im reading more poker theory instead of just playing without knowing about different techniques and hand ranges etc.
So my question is , how long did it take you to become profitable. and what was the clicking point in your head that changed you from a loser to a winner
Well, I'm sure my story and thoughts will certainly differ from other players (as it should , but the way it happened for me was a little unusual and totally unexpected. When I first started playing online poker in 2005 I was still learning real life techniques and strategies. My father was doing pretty well online, so I decided to give it a try. Obviously at first I wasn't winning much, because I realized I still had a lot to learn, and with all the information available to all players: books; online; sometimes TV; there's a lot of amateur players that know a lot more than I do. While learning hands-on playing on the field is the best way to learn. It certainly doesn't hurt to learn some things from someone who's won millions or even hundreds of thousands playing poker. So, I decided to start absorbing as much pro knowledge as I could, and I did that using the examples I used above. I read a tournament poker book by Tom McEvoy; I read Doyle Brunson's Super Systems; and another book I really like by a man named Ken Warren called Ken Warren Teaches Texas
Hold'em. The last book I mentioned to me was a really good and easy to understand read that I really enjoyed, and it taught me a lot. After I really learned a lot and became a much better player I was playing at Full Tilt Poker
exclusively. I was playing very well and running deep in some big tournaments, but I would always fall short of the really good money. It took me two years after Black Friday to finally realize that all the tourneys I played in were always 1,000 players or more. Therefore it's like playing a mini WSOP
event every time I play. Around three months ago (after a two year break) I decided to find a poker room that would allow U.S. players, so I could go ahead and give it another shot. What I found out is that most of the sites that allow U.S. players to play have a lot less traffic. This means that the MTTs I play in don't run in the thousands, but run in just hundreds or even just 60 - 90 players in the higher staked tourneys. What that translates for me is that I'm cashing ITM a lot more, and I play with the same players often which gives me the advantage (which can also be mutual). Basically what this long diary of a post boils down to is this: Playing 4 years at Full Tilt I never got my account over two grand and only cashed out a small amount a few times. Playing at a small room with less players I've brought my bankroll from $30 to over $7,000 in less than 4 months. Granted I did make 3 or 4 $30 deposits before it took off, but at most that's a $120 investment at most, but at one time about 4 weeks ago after I made a with drawl I dropped my account down to just $10 and I was worried. I started playing the $1 and $2 double ups until my account was at $35 and then I played two $3 tourneys and won one for $85, after that it was back up to $1,000 within a week playing MTTs with less than 300 players and of course NO TURBOS lol. I could never do that at a poker room with tens of thousands of players. I don't know if I really said anything that would constitute as a good answer for your question, but I hope it gives you something good to feed on. Ok, my fingers are tired. CHEERS!