re: Poker & Conquering My Bankroll Problems + Progress
You're playing limits a wee bit high for your bankroll at the moment. $600 for playing $1/$2 limit full ring tables is more like it. I would keep to the $.50/$1 tables for now (which you're technically a bit short for as well, but they should be easy enough to beat just by playing tight).
The fact that you're "winning small but losing big" may well be just variance and can in that case be disregarded completely. However, another thing that you may want to be on the lookout for is this:
If you win small, it's possible that you're not aggressive enough on the hands that you win. If you lose big, watch out who you're losing your money to - it's possible that you're up against aggressive players who know how to charge you when they're ahead.
Playing at the limits you do, it's unlikely that you'll find many sharks at the table, but you can practise already at spotting the fish at the table and attacking them. If you use PokerTracker, you should have a rough idea of who's loose and who seems decently tight just by looking at their VP$IP-number.
How often do you fold the turn? How about the river? As a (hopelessly overgeneralized) rule of thumb, the river is not a good place to fold in limit poker, unless you were drawing and missed. A common thing to ask yourself when you call a big bet on the turn is "am I prepared to pay two bets to see a showdown?" since that's how much it will cost you. If you're not willing to showdown what you have on the turn, ask yourself if you will improve often enough on the river that the pot odds
are good enough.
Conversely, and this is all related, you may be winning small pots and losing big ones (this may seem obvious looking at your problem, but they aren't necessarily equivalent). Ask yourself if you're protecting your hands properly in big pots, and ask yourself if you're investing too much in small pots. If the pot is heads-up and unraised, I'm generally not very interested in investing more money on the pot and turn, it's simply not big enough.
Finally, post some hands in the hand analysis forum to get an idea of how you fare. Find some common-situation hands, like one where you flop top pair, decent kicker, and let's look at how you play them. Do you call two bets cold preflop often? Do you just call the flop, or do you raise and checkraise a lot?
I hope you don't mind me saying, but I remember playing against you one or two times on FullTilt, and I noticed you were passive when you flopped top pair - you checked, I bet, and you just called on the flop. Since top pair is (almost) never a slowplaying hand, I remember wondering why you didn't checkraise. I can't remember the hand precisely though (and I don't have it saved in PokerTracker since I've changed computers since) but I believe you ended up winning a pretty small pot where you could have charged me at least an extra small bet by raising the flop.
Anyway, situations like that is where checking what the "standard" play is could be useful, if you don't feel comfortable with your winrate. Look for flopped top pair hands where you're up against two or more opponents, and post some of them.