re: Poker & How much did you lose before you started to gain?
Dec 2005 - May 2006:
Stupidly just played tournaments and the odd cash game at Party Poker with the odd $100 deposit here and $50 deposit there. DOWN APPROX $500.
(This is a very stupid and wrong way to try to win money.)
BIG RETHINK, THEN:
Aug 2006 - Present:
Joined many sites and started grinding Limit Poker tables starting at micro limits; including the $0.01/$0.02 and $0.02/$0.04 tables. (Learnt LOADS from playing these tables for weeks on end and keeping track of results.)
Moved up through the limits at the rate of one level every month or so to the $0.50 / $1 Limit tables. Noticed a BIG jump in quality of player when playing $1/$2 Limit poker so:
Left many sites after working off bonuses (yes small amount of bonus whoring was involved). Now mainly play at 4 sites at the NL tables with $25 to $50 buy ins. Really learnt a lot by grinding away at those Limit tables though. Now, since August 2006, currently UP APPROX $700!!
Which means I am up a whopping $200 in my online poker career spanning about 18 months!
Nevertheless, in those 18 months of intense poker playing I've learnt a lot and been through all the usual mistakes a typical "starting out" player goes through. Most notably; (1) being $300 up at Pacific Poker
and then wiping out the whole lot in about 3 days by prematurely going up in the limits. And (2) Tilting my entire bankroll away at Poker Stars after taking a shot at a $5 /$10 Limit table.
I now consider myself to be an average player with, still, plenty to learn.