Hello, first I would like to say hello to everyone, I am new here and this is my first post.
I am a bit confused here, I started playing poker online about 6 months ago, only at play money tables for the time being, I use to play quite a lot with friends and colleagues, I watch a lot of poker on the telle and have read countless books on strategy. I keep hearing that poker is more a game of skill than it is luck, but when I play I seem to be in the, maybe 2% of the people I have played with that seem to put any thought into what they are doing yet I keep getting burned. I have tried playing super tight to extremely loose and everywhere in between. I am using the hold em indicator at the moment which helps minutely, but not enough for it to be worth buying for real money
tables. Is part of my problem here the fact that I am playing at play money tables where people tend to just throw money around, do people tend to play more intelligently at real money tables and am I likely to do better there, or is it if I can't win at play money tables I will not win at real money tables. I feel I have a reasonable understanding of strategy and money management, I haven't read or even heard any new concepts in a while, don't get me wrong I don't think I know a fraction of what there is to learn but I feel I have a good understanding of general concepts. I suppose I am just at a loss. I do enjoy poker and like the idea of playing online but if I am just going to be handing money to people why not just skip the middle man and stand on the street corner handing out 50's. Sorry for the long post, these are my thoughts and as I said am feeling lost at the moment I don't know where to go from here, and was kind of hoping some one here could grant me a bit of guidance. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.