Live game advice? (with long story)
I dont normally post here, but i've been looking to get more involved, so this should be a good start. I started playing cash games and small tournaments at friends houses when I was 16 or 17 (and when I say friends, it was with alot of guys in their 30's and 40's). I usually did pretty well, and I, like alot of young people, thought I was the best player around. I read books, played online, and put alot of time into my poker game
. In fact, my overall goal was, and still is, to play professionally at some point in my life. In late 2010, I started playing in casinos
, as I had turned 21. I quickly learned that I definitely wasn't as good as I had thought I was. I still think i'm pretty good, and my long term goal is still to play professionally. I'm well aware it could be years before that happens, but i'm dedicated and I know that I still have alot of learning to do. Thats fine though, because I want to learn, I want to get better, and I want to put the time in to improve my game, I just don't know where to start. I dont really know anyone in my area that can analyze my game and give me advice. Anyways, this was pretty much an introduction to me, my question's in the next paragraph lol.
Most of the time I play in my local casino, I play 1-3 NL. i've played 2-5 a couple times, but I don't know that I have the BR for that at this point in time. When I started playing 1-3, I did fairly well. Originally, I played tight aggressive, but over the past year i've loosened up a little (i'd still definitely consider myself a tight player overall). The past few months i've been noticing a problem, and I don't really know how to deal with it. For whatever reason, i've had alot of trouble dealing with aggressive players. Last year, I didn't have this problem. If I was in a hand and someone bet out a significant amount of money, I wouldn't be afraid to make the call or raise if I thought he was bluffing. I'd even be able to make the occasional hero call. It seems like this strange fear started during February. I really dont know what is happening. The situations have been the same, but even if I think someone is bluffing or i've got them beat, its gotten really hard to call medium or big bets. Last week, I was at a table with 3 pretty aggressive players, and I had alot of trouble. I tried being aggressive back at them, with no luck. I tried playing tight and waiting for a solid hand to get them, and it never came. Last night though, I was at a table where everyone was incredibly tight and passive. I ended up playing much more aggressive and it was a cake walk. My money situation hasn't changed since last year, I've just developed this strange nervousness that's really hard to shake. So, I guess my question is, given this situation, does anyone have any advice on how to deal with aggressive players with whats going on with me? If any of you actually read all of this, I am impressed, I just ramble. Good or bad, thanks for all advice