Returning to poker.
So I previously played some micro tournaments back in 2010. Dan Harrington's Tournament book opened my eyes a little. I never really understood the volume required to be successful at the time. I played some live tournaments and used to cash small amounts now and then.
I came back to NLHE last year briefly and into cash games for the first time, and it's a lot tougher than I remember. I grinded under rolled $10 to about $80 then moved the roll to PS intending to use Blackrain79s approach and lost it all very quickly at 2NL. Who cares about my little ups and downs. I'm playing out a deposit bonus on a fishy site and have a comfy a small roll at 5NL. I am starting to gain some stats on regs and start to feel I am a part of the game when I sit down with 7 regulars waiting for someone to come along and spew off chips. Which I guess makes me a part time reg. I am finally having those AHA moments realizing the deeper game and my mistakes as I make them.
I want to grind my 5NL bankroll up to a comfy 25NL bankroll and then attend the casinos
0.25/0.25 lowest live games on busy nights. Correctly rolled ofcourse... with money grinded up from the micros. I have the money to go now but it just doesn't seem right.
The casino has an equal blind game of .25/.25 game which I briefly sat down at a few months ago, although people like to stradlle. I don't like this, I don't know why they don't go sit down at the 1/0.5 game if that is how they play. I remember watching all sorts of arguments over straddles years ago. I want to talk about this more and ask some advice.
There were two lads who sat either side of me talking in their own language across me. 6-7 orbits later they leave, then come back and both sat to my left, now they spoke English. They begin reraising me every hand I opened, and then they took turns raising me. then checking eachother out after my fold. Took me a few times to grasp it was happening. I don't know what counts as collusion, but they weren't playing against each other. I lost 1/4 of my stack to these constant reraises. I guess I know to always sit down to the right of someone now. I'd like to discuss it more but this is getting a bit much for a first post. I feel like my heads about to explode and I'm just trying to take a break from the micros.
I rarely post of forums, but hope to return. I would be interested in discussing hands daily if anyone shares details over skype or has groups.
Anyway, feels good posting, like a weight of my shoulders and hoping to continue taking the game seriously while enjoying myself.