As a poker newbie (two months in), I've never expected great things right out of the gate. I've started playing both live and online, reading poker books
, and learning about pot odds
, etc. I've thought I've been doing alright, but have had a terrible run the past week, which is extremely discouraging. This makes me wonder whether I just need to be patient and continue to play/learn, or whether I'm simply playing badly and need to make a fundamental change.
I'm not terribly aggressive (perhaps need to be more so), don't play stupidly and have performed well in several tourneys, but never in the money for any significant amount. I'm down about $300 total, which seems like a lot. The breakdown is about $190 for live tourneys, $60 for online tourneys, and $50 for online ring games. I had just about broken even in the ring games until a few days ago when my bad streak started.
Is this normal? I know it can take awhile to become a winning player, but I'd hate to lose much more money at this. Can't imagine giving it up, though, as I really love to play and think I have good potential at the game. How can I tell whether to just hang in there and keep plugging away, or whether I truly suck? I don't *feel* like I suck, but I'm sure most players think they're just fabulous, regardless of actual skill level.