Originally Posted by mastahbates
Completely agree with you both. It is going to take me some time to rebuild from this but wanted to see if there was any difference between the two levels (i.e not raising all-in with Ax) and from this experience I now know that there is not! Luckily, I am more than one site, where I played this game I will primarily use for SNGs but I have an account on another site where 4NL (lowest stake there) is relatively soft and I can get at least 1 buy-in per hour there.
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Getting one buy in per hour is not realistic, and not the correct way of thinking. I will explain.
Even if you played perfect poker, all the time, we can't expect results. All we can control is our decisions. We can't control what cards fall, what our opponents do, etc.
In this thread, in this one hand, you have demonstrated a glaring problem in your decision making. Something as simple as preflop starting hand selection - which is auto pilot for strong players - is something you need to work on.
My advice to you would be this:
Google something like "starting hand selection for no limit holdem". Read all you can. Study multiple sources of information. Use this to tighten up your hand selection.
You must have discipline. You can't be playing rags out of position. You can't really expect to win, if you aren't even playing correct poker.
But if you do play a pretty good strategy, even then we can't expect to just print money like clock-work. You still have to deal with variance. All you can do is make the best decision possible. That's the only thing you can control. Anything else, is up to the poker gods, so to speak.