Be honest: Are you good at poker?
If you had to honestly evaluate yourself as a poker player, would you say you were a good one? Also, what factors did you use to determine if you are good or not? I think being a 'good player' means different things to different people, so I'd like to know how you would answer such a general question.
I am mainly an MTT player online. When it comes to online poker, I am not a good player because I consider someone being a good poker player as someone who can win and show profit consistently. And I do not show that. While, I have greatly improved over the years since I started playing and have done much better in MTTs, even winning a number of them in a short period of time, I am still a losing player overall.
When it comes to live poker, I am a much better player and think I'm decent to slightly above average. I play both cash games (casinos) and tournaments (friends house). I am definitely a winning player when it comes to live cash games and while I can't give exact stats, I know I am in the black. My largest cash game result was for $1700 @ 1/2 and I built a BR of $10K playing 1/2 at one point many years ago, which came in handy when I purchased a new car. I don't go to casinos
as often anymore, though but in 3x I have gone in the past 2 months, I've made ~1.2K playing 1/2.
When it comes to tournaments at a friends house, I am also in the black. He keeps a log of buy-ins and cash outs for both tournament and cash games and I am up a little over $300 playing there. I show pretty consistent finishes in the top 3, but because of my style of play, I either finish big or bust early. Still, I would only consider myself to be a decent player and I only have slight edge over the people I play with. I don't want to say most of them are bad; they're just worst than me. I've also done well at other house tournaments as well in the years past, winning a number of them. I won a big house tournament the day after basic training that I was invited to by my squadron Sgt. It was a big game with 40+ players, $40 buy-in with rebuys and add-ons and I took 1st for a nice $700+. Strangely enough, I was never invited back...
So, if I had to give myself an honest evaluation, I'd have to say I'm probably an average or maybe slightly below average poker player, but definitely someone who has improved over the years. While I definitely have good results playing live cash games, my sample size is probably very small and I've only played tournaments at home games where players usually aren't that good. So, I'm not sure how I'd do in bigger tournaments against better players... I like to think I'm much better at poker theory and how to approach/play the game. I think it's funny, but I'm probably better at discussing poker, poker theory, and giving advice than I am at playing it...so, who would take my advice?
Final evaluation: slightly below average player. Don't put your faith in me to win, but lets talk about your game...