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time to time I play some freerolls. When I win I usually play micro 9max SnGs. When I manage to run it up a little
time to time I play some freerolls. When I win I usually play micro 9max SnGs. When I manage to run it up a little I find myself in a spot where I think that I know how to play that level and I am confident that I can beat it. That feeling usually appears when I got first an unusual amount in a session (like 7 out of 10 games).
Naturally I start to peak at the next higher buyin and have no success there coz I play to scared or w/e. So I go back to the cheapest buyins deciding that I need a bigger "bankroll". Now at this point I have a hard time to play profitable at the tables I was crushing before. And it feels like I get hit by a bad beat after another.
So I just wonder if you guys know that phenomenon or if its a classic swing-scenario. To me it feels like something in my mind clicks and my playstyle changes w/o me noticing. If that is true how can I prevent this from happening?
Hi te7ris and welcome to Cardschat. You are in the right place to learn the game and be a success at winning. One thing is for sure, you can't rush the process of learning the game. I have worked on my game for 2 years, but been playing online 13 years, and I've only been able to moved up to 10nl. But if I want to keep a BR and make no more deposits, then I have to have good BRM. I don't blame you for being scared when you try a higher level. Ever level is like a different world, and I was scared at every level. I think it is a mistake to change your style very much. Just add a little to it or take a little away from it from time to time. I don't know where you are at in your learning of the game, but you have to start at the bottom with that too. I started with tilt because that was hurting me the most. Then I went to BRM, position, range, and betting with what hands. One step at a time is the only way to learn the game, and I have much more to learn. GL to you.
If you are a real beginner I would suggest that you keep playing at the level you think you can beat until you have 100 buy-ins for the next level. If you are a little more experienced (i.e. not a total beginner) then you could drop that to 40-50 buy-ins. Then keep playing that level until you have 40 buy-ins for the next level and so on.
If at any level your BR drops to 20 buy-ins then you should go back one level until you have built your BR back up to 40 buy-ins again.
As others have said, don't try to rush moving up. In fact, there are many people that make a comfortable second income from playing mostly 2NL with only an occasional game at higher stakes.
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