Advice for a determined n00bie
I wanna play online. I'm a total n00b--but not necessarily to gambling: I made some SERIOUS money in the 80's counting BJ cards (and even using two different BJ computers, and even reading dealers for hole card when they used to look on 10/A up). I make money every week trading e-minis. But I want to branch out. My plan: learn from the ground up, prove myself at the lowest sensible stakes, and try to work my way up the stake levels. Cash games. I'm not interested in tournaments until I can prove to myself I can win at cash games.
Here are my questions:
1) At least at lower limit games, is it enough to be able to win to a) make decent general judgment about player types: loose, tight, weak, b) really know the odds
of the game and the "proper" playing strategies? c) Have good judgment and experience with this sort of thing. Or...is that not enough. Another way to put it is: are there lots of suckers playing lower limit games?
2) How far up the stakes scale can the traits listed above get you?
3) What are the best online sites (for a US player), where "best" means a) I'm gonna get my money and winnings when I ask for them, b) rakes are reasonably low--to make playing small stakes potentially profitable.
4) What are the best books to read to learn the important strategies, odds, etc?
5) Any software suggested for research about odds/hands/strategies?
6) What ARE the lowest sensible stakes, and what sort of bankroll does a serious player need for them?
7) What's the best game/s to study and try to start with? I've watched a lot of the pros on youtube playing Hold'em (no limit) and PLO. I would probably like to start with either or both of those.
Thanks. I really appreciate it. I'm a guy with general abilities that should help me, but I'm TOTALLY clueless about how to get started right, and what to expect.