Sorry for the delay in replying everyone.
Originally Posted by jbbb
What would you say the main way you've improved your game is? Books, HH analysis or something else?
Good question - have read a lot of books but none that I would individually recommend. Basically I took a lot of advice from a number of books and articles and applied it to my game (and limit).
The hand analysis thread on here is priceless too. Get stuck in and articulate your thoughts. Don't read the whole thread until you have analysed the hand and have decided exactly what you would do in that spot and why and then post your thoughts. It's all too easy to read a HA thread and think you understand it when you are just reading someone's particular angle. This is true of books too.
I did have coaching at $10NL as well which seriously overhauled my game.
Originally Posted by mrmonkey
Hey OP, just found this thread and curious how things are going. I took a shot at 25nl on the first of May with a $600 roll, coinciding with my decision to try to clear as much of my $300 added bonus as possible. I put a stop loss at 8 buyins, so if my roll went down to $400 I would have to drop back down to 10nl. I figured with effective 40% rakeback or so it would probably be a good time to attempt such a shot.
Things went decently well, from an EV perspective. In about 15,000 hands with the bonus, I estimated my street for street EV was about 8-10 buyins up.
As for actual results, I had to drop back to 10nl when my bankroll went down to $400 due to an unbelievable string of suckouts, coolers, and monsters going unpaid. It was by far the worst downswing I've suffered in over 200,000 hands, and the timing for it was just terrible.
I was mostly playing 6-max Rush, I'm not sure what your favored game is. At 6-max Rush, I would echo what was said before -- generally people don't spew stacks as easily as at 10nl and the 3bet aggression is perhaps slightly higher on average. There's also more SPR planning going on, and people tend to be more aware of different betting lines.
Care to share your experiences? I'm currently rebuilding my roll and may take another stab before my bonus period runs out if I can get my roll to at least $500 with another stop loss at $400.
My favoured game is full ring. $25NL started off pretty awful losing some monster pots early to the usual coolers. Every move up in limits I have had as always started with a lovely heater allowing me to get well and truly 'bedded' in to that limit BR wise except this one! I don't know if you saw my other thread (http://www.cardschat.com/f4/fml-197359/) but this caused me to tilt off a few buyins playing pretty shitty poker in the couple days after before I got away for a bit. Since then I have stopped, reviewed some hands and made a few (minor) adjustments to my game. Although the differences between $2NL, $5NL, $10NL and $25NL are negligible (certainly at the lower end) the exploitable edges IMHO become a lot thinner with each step up, but this is a good thing, this is how we become better. By narrowing these edges we force ourselves to gain new skill-sets to exploit these edges making us better players...that's the idea anyway.
Let me know how you're getting on.