Failed in poker so many times. Should I bother with HU?
Long story short, I've never been able to win in poker. Recently I have tried playing microstake cash games (not HU) and managed to beat them for 50k hands but found that cash is not for me.
It might sound ironic but I can't handle variance yet I want to play HUSNG.
The thing is that I have proven to myself that I am able to handle swings when it comes to tournaments ( I have played over 5k games ranging in 9man, 18man, 45man and 90man sng's). The reason for this is that when I play cash each hand can hurt my br + since I was playing rush/zoom all my QQ and KK were never good when it come to pre flop all ins (You are usually up against AA when there is a pre flop 4bet but I just could never lay down QQ+ as I expected fish to call with AK,AQ,AJ small pocket pairs etc which they did on FTP but not PokerStars
for some reason.)
Anyway, I have bought moshmans HU no limit book. I just wanted to find out if there is any point in me trying to learn poker? I am an intelligent person as I have always been top student in school so I easily absorb new information yet when it comes to poker I find it hard to apply it in my game.
What I tend to do is I either play my cards and bluff thinking my opponent is bluffing OR I am scared of my opponent. (Speaking about microstakes HUSNG of course) By this I mean that I am scared to raise all buttons + cbet often when I know my opponent is passive as I am scared he will start being aggressive as he will see that I am playing so loose.
Off the top of my head I can say that my main leaks are:
- Hardly ever attempt to hand read - don't know how to put players on a range pre flop as I'd be able to go on from there but pre flop is my main matter(I just don't understand how it works although I've been reading forums + playing for over a year)
- Don't know how to use and how important are pot odds
, implied odds, EV etc. (how is it supposed to help you win if you cannot use it during the game? Or at least that's what I have been told. People say that you do it away from the table as it's too complex)
- I think I am always being bluffed so I try to bluff as well
Should I even bother with HUSNG or is it too complex?
Can anyone win at poker if they actually try to learn? I would be a happy person if I managed to start off with a 150$ bankroll (100 bi enough for BRM?) and turn it to 350$ which is 100bi for 3.50$ games by the end of this year.
As for tilt/variance I couldn't set myself stop/loss goals however when I did play SnG's I managed to tell myself I will play X amount of games and stop for the day no matter if I win or lose and it did work so tilt is not a problem for me.