Can I evaluate my poker skills in micro limit games?
I am fairly new to poker and decided that I would start out in the smallest limit, and get comfortable and good at those limits before moving up. I have now been playing for about 3 weeks, and am consistently losing.
I do not profess to be a great poker player, but I don't think I am as bad as my bankroll is telling me. I am trying to play the game properly, which means that when I am playing with a 20 cent pot, and some idiot raises it $1.50, unless I know I have the nuts, I fold. Often I then find out that the other player had absolutely nothing and I had him easily beat.
This then gets me frustrated and the next time I find myself in the same position I call him, this time to find out he did indeed have the nuts.
As you can imagine, this is getting very frustrating and I am questioning what to do from here. My questions for the forums (I know that you have very little information, but I am looking for a general answer from others experience).
Am I needing more experience and practice reading my opponents and therefore should remain at the micro limits tables until I am consistently winning on those tables before moving up?
Or is my assumption correct that I cannot correctly evaluate my play at these micro limits due to the erratic play, and I would be better off increasing my bankroll and playing some higher limit tables? If this is the case, what level am I looking at before I can adequately evaluate my game? How much bankroll would be recommended for that level?