Originally Posted by bigjoker66
If your 18-20 and living in your parents house, who needs to do BRM? Play whatever you have online at whatever stakes. Doesn't matter if you loose just get some more money in a few days/weeks and deposit again. Its not like they are living off their online winnings.
I think too much emphases is placed on BRM by people who don't need to, and conversely people who should be doing BRM don't.
A lot of the hot youngsters used terrible BRM to start. There is no way they would have risen so fast using it. Some still do, most likely. But when you are a kid, you don't worry about going busto so much perhaps. Easy come, easy go. Certainly, the money is more of an abstraction. Online poker, to the younguns, is more like a video game that they want to beat. Playing within BRM is slow, it's plodding, it requires patience and discipline -- and none of those things appeal to a lot of young players.
As for the points of the OP, I know that I have a huge problem moving up because I dislike risk. Still playing micros after 5 years. When I move up to, say, 50NL or 100NL, losing a buyin upsets me. This puts a definite cap on how well I can do overall. And the cap is on my own head. It's not really about my bankroll, it's me and my comfort zones. Dagnabbit.
For me, the money needs to be within certain limits for the game to be enjoyable. I work hard for my money in regular life and don't want to flush it down the toilet. I also have bills to pay. And my entertainment budget has to be kept within bounds. BRM lets me keep my bankroll, lets me keep playing for a lot longer. I like that.
there are all that many players with the skill level of the danger brothers or jungleman. One of the factors of skill is being risk-neutral, making the correct decisions consistently (whether or not that correct decision means they win that particular hand). Able to control tilt rigorously. Able to grind, grind, grind some more, hours on end, at multiple tables, while still keeping up a good ROI. That's all on top of knowing all the basic stuff -- stats, pot odds
, player reading, position, etc., etc. It's a lot to have in one package. And probably roughly equivalent percentage wise to the number of basketball players who have the height, the endurance, the various skills and the grace to make it as a pro; a lot of people play and play with great skill and enjoy the game but few are at the top. Unlike a sport like basketball, there are not a finite number of pro spots -- but there are a finite number of people who have the whole package.