Originally Posted by Big_Rudy
I think everyone downplays this, but its been my experience that there is a HUGE difference between levels, even at the micros. Most people here seem to say that there is little to no difference, but that has not been my experience. In fact, I'm at 10nl now and am barely a break even player after having decent success at the lower levels.
It's to the point where I'm thinking of dropping back down even though I'm rolled for higher just because who wants to play break-even poker?
I wish I could pinpoint exactly what the difference is, but I just can't put my finger on it. Its been quite frustrating to start thinking that 10nl may be as high as I ever get in poker, just because I don't seem to have the ability to go higher.
Anyway, here are my stats for the different levels:
.02nl -- 15.8BB/100 over 19K sample size
.05nl -- 5.7BB/100 over 49K sample size
.10nl -- 1.2BB/100 over 60K sample size
So, clearly, at least for me, there has been a big difference between levels. The competition has clearly gotten better while my game has not kept pace. I only play on PS and only play FR so your milage may vary by site/game.
There has to be a difference, else there wouldnt be anyone actually playing 2NL and 5NL as they would all be winning at 10NL wouldn't they?
Then all the worse players at 10NL would drop down to 5NL where they could find profit and so on. Is this like some reverse paradox?
Like I said before. The standard of play is generally a bit better but I think that this, combined with the rake we pay really sorts the wheat from the chaff.
You only really have meaningful samples at 5NL and 10NL and I would even say your 5NL numbers at 5.7 still need to converge a little. Go on to PTR and try to find a >100,000 hand sample over 5BB/100. I spent over a year kidding myself that 10BB/100 was achievable long term.
IMO you need to drop back down to 5NL. This is where you are makng a good profit for yourself (not just PS) Where you are confident in your game. Try to find another half dozen leaks, get them sorted and then take another shot at 10NL
Think we are both in a similar place owning 5NL but having trouble with 10. PM if you wanna pick my brain.