blah blah blah blah blah balh
Surely you've been around poker long enough to recognize someone who can beat mid-high stakes and someone who can't. I'm pretty sure if you could have talked to Jungleman or Dwan when they were ascending the ranks, they could give you incredibly detailed reasons why certain plays work and what people's ranges are in a certain spot. I know for sure that when Phil Galfond was breaking into high stakes it was obvious to anyone reading his stuff that he was an incredibly high-thinking player.
At the very least, they will tell you more about the game and what they need to do to improve and move up than, "I'm an action player and I like high-stakes players because sometimes they make big bluffs."
By the way, I know WVH plays something like 100/200nl and he has a welath of knowledge about cash games to the point of where does it really end? Why couldn't WVHBily get on a thinking level of say a 1000nl player and crush these limits? Maybe because he has never tried but the distinctive difference between good players must be so little surely. I struggle with topics like this because people can only be "so good" in my opinion.
There are so many things that go into being a big winning player and moving up levels is not at all easy in any way, shape or form. Some people just adapt quicker. There are factors that go beyond knowing and understanding the game, such as BRM and tilt control and not playing while doing lines of blow off a hooker's ass.
Oh andjust another example "0Human0" absolute monster. Why does he crush 2000nl by a bigger winrate than say 1000nl over 300k hand samples on BOTH limits?
I don't think anyone can say the sample sizes are not good enough either as 300k HAS to be.
$5/$10 NLH SH 392,942 $131,583 1.67
$10/$20 NLH SH 315,379 $284,840 2.26
$25/$50 NLH SH 234,505 $232,695 0.99
$3/$6 NLH SH 167,652 $15,054 0.75
I'd say these was all reasonable sample sizes so why is 2000nl so much better than his 1000nl and why is 600nl is so bad in comparison to his 5000nl?
1. 300k hands isn't really a ton. For sure it is not enough to even out all variance.
2. He could have gotten better as he moved up. This is actually natural,but maybe his learning curve was ahead of the increase in competition.
3. Maybe he decided to bumhunt more often.