I feel you pain
I recently began playing Poker myself this past October.. Initially, I participated exclusively using play money on PokerStars
.net.. After a few weeks of building a hefty 'virtual' bankroll, I decided to get a little more serious and deposited $10, the minimum allowed.. This following some time spent on the PokerSchoolOnline.com Web-site.. After completing a quiz and making the deposit, you're offered five $3.40 tickets to use in the SnG's offered in the micro tab on the PokerStars.net site.. I figured, Hey, free Poker..? I'm game..! Besides, my play money status is looking healthy.. However, playing for 'play', and playing for real are apples to oranges.. At least that's what I assumed.. Playing in the micro games becomes very frustrating as a result of the seemingly endless string of donks, durrrrs, and fish constantly betting/calling/raising/re-raising with Any Two Cards in hopes of raking the pot.. My five tickets and initial deposit suffered from attempts to combat these tools by lowering my level of play.. My bankroll quickly became nil.. I was so frustrated as to why this was happening and needed to find resolve, and fast.. I love the game and wanted to improve.. I returned to the PSO Web-site and began to review the material that I 'skimmed' through prior.. I started to play in the PSO Skills League figuring it was a good place to play with people on my level and gain some much needed experience.. My first month I finished out in 4000-something place.. The following month (January) I began applying the strategies offered on the many Web-sites that I visited in search of improvement.. With-in the first ten or so days I rose to the top 50 players, out of a pool of nearly 10k.. This was exciting for me considering there's some pretty solid players among the ranks.. After realizing I was not an 'active' player and my reward was reduced to 1/10 of what I could've made, and following a suggestion from a fellow PSO SL member of whom I become friends with, I began playing for money and entered into the Sunday 1/4 Million and placed in the top 5% of nearly 40k..! It netted me a return of 6x my entry fee of $11.. I was ecstatic..! Shortly there-after, I entered into a few $2.20 SnG's and won two top prizes boosting my bankroll to over $300.. Granted, I played under a considerable amount of luck and stole a few hands by sucking-out, but that's Poker.. Now I find it difficult to play at certain times of day because of the influx of people just wanting to gamble and have no true interest in improving.. My decision was to move up a step to the low-limit tab and try my game there.. I've found that there's alot less donks there playing ATC and players actually applying proper fundamentals, although there's still a few donkeys there, just ones with more money to burn.. By sticking to sound reasoning and applying the strategies learned from the sum of hours of play and hours of research, I've found I'm highly competitive at the higher stakes levels and on the hunt for a pretty good payday with continued learning and analysis of my play.. This comes from reading blogs, forum posts/replies, and lots of playing time mixed with the desire and heart to play well and win big.. Keep persevering and try to build a BR large enough to allow play at the higher stakes.. Don't get discouraged by the lousy, unreasonable play of others and stick to tight-aggressive play.. There's a time and place to loosen up, but first gain some experience by watching what transpires at the tables and making mental notes on what you could've done differently in any given situation to have increased the size of pots you're raking, making proper folds when necessary (yes, even with A-A) by realizing it's a losing situation, assessing the play of others at the table et cetera.. Donks will always be there, and fish will always throw out line, even after hanging themselves with it.. Be patient..! You'll soon want them at your table because they donate, willingly.. Wait for the correct opportunity and start the grill.. It's lunch-time.. And guess who's on the menu..?
Anyway, I hope this helps.. Feel free to message me with any questions.. And try the PSO SL.. Good luck..