First post, go easy on the noob please
Brief history - I've known about, and been playing, holdem casually for quite some years on and off, but never for money and never really sat down and decided to learn some proper strategy with an idea of dabbling in some online cash games, until now. Just played on instinct.
So after reading around quite a few places that offer basic strategy guides or ways "not to suck" as a beginner I was pleased to learn quite a few basic tips to get me on my way, it seems I was a typical fish LPP always calling to see the flop with trash hands and hoping to luck out on the turn or even river, no basic idea on betting, raising, table position or odds
Now I've learnt a little I've noticed an odd thing happening, I seem to do worse/no better than I did before...
First thing I learnt was to play less hands and only call the premium hands, this only seems to be going one way so far in that I rarely, if ever, seem to catch anything on the flop worth carrying on with so I end up folding premium hands (which plays out correctly because the turn and river wouldn't have given me anything either, but still). I get beat by chumps constantly calling trash hands in the hope of getting lucky post flop, which they usually do, and I end up with nothing, whilst the garbage I always fold always seems to catch great flops
I'm not really losing much money because I'm correctly calling when to flop, even with the good hands, it's just that I'm not winning even with the good ones
So am I just getting REALLY unlucky or am I still making some big mistakes somewhere? I've read and taken in the basics that should be helping me (except for odds as I just can't get my head around numbers) but I'm fairly confident I can quickly see whether I should play the hand or not based on what can beat me.
Sorry for long post but I'm baffled.