Striving to Become Better
So I have been playing casual online poker for a couple years roughly, and in that time I have read a few books and played quite a bit but never really taken it seriously.
I have deposited money on a few sites, lost a couple of deposits and totally withdrawn a couple of other deposits when I decide to quit (which never really happens, I just slow down)
Anyway on the whole I am a winning player. My last deposit into pokerstars
was 50$. Since then I cashed out 100 after a 2nd place in those 20 tabler 4.40 and is now up to ~250$ (was up to 350$ but lost a few 10$ sng's and not really cashed in those 20 table 4.40 buyins) And more importantly unlike my other times depositing I have actually been following bankroll management pretty well. (although I have taken one or two shots at a higher level game and it hurts to say it but they out played me at the sit n gos but I did pretty well the one time I played a .25/.50 nl ring game mostly due to a lucky deal of AA when villain had QQ)
So I've decided to try and take it more seriously and actually invest in some software and maybe a couple more books.
However I really don't want to pay for this out of pocket so I was considering using some of my winnings which brings me to my questions.
What software should I go for? I know everyone recommends poker tracker but its 90$ and a significant portion of my bankroll. I'm curious if there would be any value in downloading a free/cheaper software at this level or if I should just go balls deep.
I was considering cashing out down to 100$, which if I do would give me enough $ for pokertracker but I'm curious if anyone would suggest buying some more good poker books
instead of using it all on software.
Would there be any value in cashing down to 100$? I built my bankroll almost completely on sng's and have very little experience at ring games (which is what I want to begin playing) so I was wondering if I should log more hands at the lower limits before I even attempt moving up? Cashing down would to 100 would also bring me down to the 5$ sng's (for my bankroll management I have to have 20 buyins)
I'm sure I left a few things out so feel free to ask if you want more info, but if you want some loose idea of my play just check me out on sharkscope