Please, some opinions and feedback
First of all, I've lurked the boards for a bit...and hello to all.
I'd like to get some feedback from some people on here if at all possible. From what I've read it seems several of you have a lot more experience at poker than I do. Especially with online poker.
So here's the deal--- I'll simply explain and hopefully it all makes sense in the end.
I love poker, especially NLHE. And I, believe it or not, consider myself a decent to good player. I'm not playing the pots for flush draws, straight draws, hoping for that 3 to hit the river to give me trips on my pocket 3's....etc etc. At times, I would almost consider myself to be too tight of a player. I've been known to fold pocket AA at the flop when I see KK9 and someone is betting in too heavily as an example.
So what's this guy's problem you ask? Not really a problem...but more of a dillema(sp). I don't have a lot of money to go throwing around. So for someone like me to actually open an online poker account with $50 takes some thought for me to do. So I did at Paradise Poker. I opened $50 and started on the very low limit tables,....I didn't want to lose the money too quickly if I did bad. I did ok--it was my first time with online poker and wasn't used to the speed of the hands, the pace of the games, the flush draws, straight draws....people staying in with horrible hands...all of that. Eventually, in about 2 weeks I lost my money.
It wasn't horrible to me,....in fact, I almost expected it. By the end of the 2 weeks I was playing those 10 person mini tourny's where top 3 win. I'd lose with pocket KK to someone with 5 10 off suit and they'd beat me with a flush..... I'd get pissed, and go do a new one knowing that I shouldn't play mad or hostile...and to cool off first. Anyways.....my point is.. I chalked the experience up to "Lesson learned, take my time, and be a tad bit more aggressive"
So.....6 months pass. I open a real money
account with PartyPoker
with $50. This time I'm determined to turn my cold hard cash into a small fortune, and play knowing how I know to play.
And I got the crap beat out of me. Everywhere I went. I played tight, I played loose, I played aggressive, I played passive...I played in every which way that I could and have lost my money again. Sure, I consistently placed in the top 25% in the buy in tourny's...but that doesn't pay out typically. I could never quite reach that hump of getting "in the money" I would a few times...but never high enough to merit any sizable pot. And fixed limit games would just destroy me. I'd have good hands and get slaughtered by straight/flush draws.
So I guess where I'm looking for feedback is..... am I not going in with enough money? Is $50 simply not enough to make money online? Do I suck? For the people that make money online...am I going thru some bad beats early on? I can't keep dumping $50 online as I lose it. I haven't given up...but I'm looking for some advice/thoughts/feedback. I have no desire to be a professional poker player.....but I feel I'm smart enough, and that I know enough about poker to make money at it. But when I put that into practice, I'm getting beat.
So any words of wisdom? encouragement?
Thanks for reading and thanks in advance to any seroius replies.