re: Poker & Time to move up or hang around?
Originally Posted by forsakenone
i play on pokerstars. i played the 40-100 BB deep and the 100-250 BB deep but they are very rare to find, some days i can not even get 1 of these tables to be decent, meaning they play very tight so it a waste of time.
I also play on PS and frequent the 40-100bb 10NL tables. Yesterday I tried the 20-50bb tables but found all the all-ins from $2 short stackers rather annoying and felt ill equipt to adjust when 6 tabling.
Today I thought I would give the 100-250bb tables a go and they do suit my style though in contrast, you can really wait a long time for some action!
That ante thing confused me too! I guess its there to keep people playing when the blinds are so low compared to the average stack size.
I did figure that an extra bb was useful to add to my pre-flop raise. If your standard raise is only to 40c but there is already 33c dead money in the pot, you do tend to price in more callers!
One thing that I have found can make a big difference is the time that you play. Its a LOT easier to find a soft table at peak hours. Annoyingly times when my focus and attention are at their peak (2 hours daily when I can be alone when I get up early to play before work) just happens to be when there are barely 80k people online. every table is full of the same regs swapping blinds back and forth. 10% of tables have >20% players seeing the flop for maximum 10-15 minutes! Idiots are few and far between.
12-13 hours later when I return from work mentaly and physically tired, the house is full so there is no chance of peace... spouse wants to "talk" etc!
Low and behold we have 250-300k people online, idiots stacking off with J3o and table coaches arguing and trash-talking everywhere!
Even as someone who is a fair way from being consistantly profitable at 10NL I would also strongly suggest that you wait. Its a BIG jump in stakes and bet sizes to 25NL. Even if you KNEW you were profitable to the tune of 4.7BB/100 at 10NL (which you don't until the sample is decently 30-50k) I doubt your winrate at 25NL would be enough to allow you to maintain a confident game. At 4.7BB/100 you are enjoying yourself and seeing a steadily increasing bankroll. Throwing money away through tilt probably isn't an issue.
When the rake gets you and you are struggling to find 1-2BB/100. Those bad beats are gonna affect your emotional state a whole lot more.
There is a LOT more money for you to make at 10NL before you hit your ceiling... I'd say atleast 50% more.
When I reach your level I hope to have learned from the mistakes I made moving from 5NL-10NL too quickly.
To have the sence to commit to not moving up to 25NL until I have $750 and make >7BB/100 over 50k hands but as ever in life, taking your own advice is never easy!