re: Poker & Poker Systems via ebooks, To buy or not?
Just imo responses:
If the free stuff seems to have exhausted themselves, I do like the training sites. Sign up for a short term (1 month), see if you like it, stick w it if you do, dump it if you don't - I think most of the sites are around $30/month give or take. Most sites offer a trial membership for a week that allows you access to their content. So not a huge investment to try it out.
I have no opinion on freerolls
, so I'll skip that one.
Did want to comment specifically on playing cash games though. 50nl (common abbreviation for $0.25/$0.50 no limit holdem) is the highest of the microstakes levels - if you're coming from a live play background (I did), you might think this is ultra low level, but the skill level at 50nl online is better than the general skill level you see at a live 200nl game. I'd suggest starting at 25nl instead of 50nl, assuming you have at least a $500 bankroll - if you have a smaller bankroll, you could start at 10nl w a $200 bankroll and work your way up to 25nl when you build it up to $500.
If you have a $1250 bankroll, you could try 50nl - but seriously you may be surprised by the skill level. No shame in starting lower than 50nl, and no shame in trying it out and then dropping a limit to 25nl if you find the skill level better than you're expecting (just don't burn through too much money trying out 50nl if you do - set aside $200 or whatever as dedicated to trying it out, then decide what limit you should play).
Oh, and if you meant limit holdem or some other game, the bankroll numbers above are incorrect, but the general theme about skill probably isn't.