re: Poker & New Guy Seeks Full-Ring Limit Online, Micro or 'Play Money'
Did you ever find what you were looking for? I, too, am a fan of full-ring Limit Hold'em. The action online is scarce for US players. On Carbon, there are a few very dedicated 6-max regulars that can be found playing at least one and up to four tables, depending on the time of day and day of the week. Bovada is the only other option, and it's the only place where busy full-ring tables can be found. At the lowest stake, .05/.10, the full-ring tables can be inconsistent and ephemeral. Long sessions at that level usually come with some down time and short-handed play. However, it does get busy a few times a week. Further up the ladder, the .25/.50 tables often have very consistent full-ring action. Some days, I have seen four full tables running for several hours. I think the .25/.50 players show up to actually play, while a lot of .05/.10 players buy-in with .50, end up all-in after capping with one of their first few hands, and then leaving when they lose. Other players like to leave as soon as they net a small win or they get caught bluffing
. I am currently dealing with the frustration of [not] playing with these types of players, and I am planning on moving up to .25/.50. Besides full-ring, Bovada also has a morning Limit tournament and an evening Turbo. The tournaments are iffy. I usually see 15-30 people in them, depending on the day, but they are cancelled just as often. 6-max cash is more frequently accessible, on Bovada.
As for play money, Poker Stars is always busy. There is a lot of action there, there are a lot of regulars, and there are many different levels to play at. At the lowest level, there is a strange aversion and disdain for raising pre-flop, but the higher levels get more realistic. I spent a lot of time playing Fixed Limit for play money on Poker Stars. It is not bad practice, though I have found some real-money 6-max players to be much tougher than anything that I encountered while playing for play money. On the other hand, full-ring real money games are oftentimes comparable to the play money games. I don't know about the higher limits, though. Full-ring play money is also available on Bovada, but I have only played twice.
One final place where you can find Fixed Limit action is on Bet Online, but it is a whole different animal. The only tables that are busy there are the heads-up tables, and there are about three regulars that lurk at those tables, near constantly. Like a Venus fly trap, one of these players with occupy one seat at multiple heads-up tables, waiting for an opponent that is willing to take them on. Before losing interest, I watched one of these players siphon over $30 from one player, at .10/.25.
I hope that you found what you were looking for. If not, then I am interested to hear what journey you may have decided to embark on instead. Have you expanded into other betting structures or game formats? Have you begun playing live?
Lastly, here is something that might interest you. If you haven't heard of Luka Kovač, then you should give his video series a watch. He is the only dedicated Limit Hold'em pro that I am aware of, and his are the only Limit-focused videos of this type that I have found. He only plays 6-max and tournaments, but his insights can be very beneficial. He streams on Twitch
, and he also has a YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/user/MrCoreySteel/videos) channel.