I started with zero. Now I can play 4-6 tables easily (plus 1-2 tournaments on the side), 8-10 if I am fresh and focused.
This is how it went:
1) Played freerolls
in December, got some $$$ (6.5$ for starters )
2) Played my first NL hands at cash 2NL (1 table) with careful observation of opponents, 100% exploitative approach and very little knowledge
3) Got on a bit of a heater
4) Started trying to play more tables (4-5), when things went to crap since I couldn't read opponents individually anymore and with habitual potting I got into a LOT of situations when I got stacked since I was getting trapped a lot while "value betting" villains with sets and such.
5) Took a break, started reading a bit more to try and get to a place where I can multitable and not spew.
6) Came back, played up to 8 tables with miniscule win rate and basically just stagnated
7) After collecting a large sample of hands did some analysis and found the largest leak (massive bleeding preflop)
8) Since 1.4. started winning comfortably and with no big downswings, half potting becoming a reliable way to outplay opponents.
The thing that I can't figure out with the potting strategy:
- People LOVE slowplaying strong hands - how can I read their holding if I am basically value betting myself? If I half pot they HAVE TO start showing strength early (usually turn chkraise) or massively overbet river.
Basically with a more conservative approach I never get any big downswings if I am paying attention. With potting I used to bleed like 10-20 buyins in a downswing, then get it all back in an upswing, but this is all card dependent and not skill dependent.
Problem is basically that when I am potting I also get pot committed same as the fish.
What am I missing?