Before the Moneymaker effect, I played with a friends family and then we made it a monthly dealers choice game. Was OK, but now understand that I did not have a clue as to what I was doing.
After Moneymaker, I first played in a 30 person neighborhood game, went out second and decided to go buy Super System II. Read it and many other books, started playing in Bar League Freerolls
and freerolls for Subscription sites.
Moved on to local casino playing $2/$4 and $3/$6 limit and eventually moved to $1/$3 and $2/$5 NL.
Started playing tournaments started at $25-$40 and now will play up to $100-$200 when in CA or local WSOP
Circuit and MSPT events.
This has been an 11 year journey, with more to learn everyday.
BTW-Played in my first PLO8 tourney last week-More to come!